Infection Control

The Infection Control Unit at the Health Protection Service is responsible for regulating all businesses in the ACT that perform skin penetration procedures. These businesses are required to be licensed and comply with the relevant code of practice. The businesses are inspected regularly by public health officers from the Infection Control Unit to check for compliance with the legislation. Any complaints received concerning hygiene standards at a business premises are investigated by our public health officers.

As part of the CDC team, the Infection Control Unit also provides advice and assistance to long term residential care facilities, child care centres, schools and visiting tour groups with the management of outbreaks of communicable disease in the ACT.

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As part of the ACT Government's commitment to reducing red tape, ACT Health has undertaken a review of public health regulation in the ACT.

As of 1 January 2015, hairdressing will no longer be a declared public health risk activity and hairdressing businesses will no longer require a licence under the ACT Public Health Act 1997 to operate.

The Public Health (Hairdressing) Code of Practice has been repealed and will be replaced with a set of public health guidelines for hairdressing.

It is important to note that whilst hairdressing will no longer be a licenceable public health risk activity under the Public Health Act 1997 from 1 January 2015, the Health Protection Service retains regulatory powers under the Act to address any condition that is, or may become, a public health risk or be offensive to community health standards. As such, the Health Protection Service will investigate any public health complaints received from the community concerning hairdressing businesses.

Hairdressing Guidelines

This document aims to provide a set of standards on infection control for businesses performing hairdressing procedures. The ACT Health Hairdressing Guidelines 2015 are based on the key principles of infection control. They include implementation of best practice hygiene procedures for personnel hygiene, equipment cleaning, premises cleaning and workplace health and safety.

Hairdressing Guidelines 2015