Infection Control

The Infection Control Unit at the Health Protection Service regulates all businesses in the ACT that perform skin penetration procedures.

The Infection Control Unit at the Health Protection Service regulates all businesses in the ACT that perform skin penetration procedures.

These businesses require a licence and must comply with the relevant code of practice. They are also inspected regularly by Public Health Officers to check for compliance with the legislation. Public Health Officers also inspect complaints about business hygiene standards.

We can provide advice and assistance to long-term residential care facilities, child care centres, schools and visiting tour groups for the management of outbreaks of communicable disease in the ACT.

Please see Infection Control for Office Practices and Other Community Based Services for more information.

You can also see Infection Control Licensing for forms and documents.

Deregulation

Hairdressing is no longer a declared public health risk activity and hairdressing businesses no longer require a licence under the ACT Public Health Act 1997 to operate.

A new set of public health guidelines replaces the Public Health (Hairdressing) Code of Practice.

The Health Protection Service still holds regulatory powers under the Act to address any condition that is or may become a public health risk. We will investigate any public health complaints from the community about hairdressing businesses.

Hairdressing guidelines

The Hairdressing Guidelines provide a set of standards on infection control for businesses who perform hairdressing procedures. The guidelines are based on the key principles of infection control and include best practice hygiene procedures for personnel hygiene, equipment and premises cleaning and workplace health and safety. 

Page last updated on: 3 Oct 2018