When establishing or running a hairdressing business Australia, it’s important to ensure you’ve met all the legal requirements. Our legal team specialises in helping small businesses and startups with all their legal needs, from contracts to intellectual property protection and privacy. Get in touch today!

Yes, in some cases, you will need a licence to run your beauty business. The type of licence you need will depend on your location and the specific beauty services you wish to offer.

For example, the following beauty professions require a licence:

  • Cosmetologist
  • Ethetician
  • Nail technician
  • Barber
  • Massage therapist

To establish a hairdressing business in Australia, you will need to prepare and register a variety of legal documents. Key requirements include:

  • Registering your business name with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).
  • Obtaining Workers' compensation insurance and business insurance (e.g. public liability, professional indemnity).
  • Securing Council approval (if operating from a commercial premise) and a lease agreement (if renting premises).
  • Having Health and safety policies and procedures in place.
  • Complying with privacy and data protection policies and procedures.
  • Obtaining an Australian Business Number (ABN) and registering for Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Your IP is often the key to your business' success. In a software or technology business, it's important to keep your IP secure. To effectively protect your creative works, you'll need to understand the type of IP you intend to keep secure and the specific process required.

Copyright protection applies automatically to creative, original works in Australia (however, you may still wish to display copyright disclaimers for clarity!).

For further legal protection, you can also register a trade mark with IP Australia. This lists your IP on an online register and prevents other people from using it - so it's officially and legally yours.

There is also the option to patent your IP, but there is a very specific criteria for doing so. Our IP lawyers can guide you through your options.

If you have suppliers for your clothing business, it's important to capture the details of your arrangement in writing. This way, if anything goes wrong in the supply chain, you can refer to the agreement and settle any matters or disputes smoothly.

A Supply Agreement will generally cover payment terms, the goods being delivered, quality expectations, timeframes, termination rights and warranties.

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