An Act to prohibit unqualified individuals from acting as hairdressers; to amend the Shops and Industries Act 1962; and for other purposes.
Part 1 Preliminary
1 Name of Act
This Act is the Hairdressers Act 2003.
This Act commences on a day or days to be appointed by proclamation.
Part 2 Hairdressers must be qualified
3 Hairdressers must be qualified
An individual must not act as a hairdresser for fee, gain or reward unless the individual is qualified to act as a hairdresser.Maximum penalty—20 penalty units.
4 When is an individual “qualified to act as a hairdresser”?
(1) For the purposes of this Act, an individual is qualified to act as a hairdresser if any one or more of the following applies to the individual—(a) the individual has been awarded an authorised qualification by a registered training organisation,(b) (Repealed)(c) a determination has been made under section 37 of the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Act 2001 that the individual is adequately trained to pursue the recognised trade vocation of hairdressing (because the individual has acquired the competencies of the recognised trade vocation),(d) the individual has at any time held, or been taken to have held, a licence under Part 6 (Regulation of the hairdressing trade) of the Shops and Industries Act 1962, other than a licence limited to carrying out beauty treatment only.(2) In this section—means—(a) the set of nationally endorsed standards and qualifications for recognising and assessing skills known as “Certificate III in Hairdressing”, or(b) if the Certificate III in Hairdressing is no longer nationally endorsed, the qualifications prescribed by the regulations.registered training organisation has the same meaning as in the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011 of the Commonwealth.s 4: Am 2005 No 100, Sch 3.8  ; 2013 No 95, Sch 9.4; 2017 No 22, Sch 2.17  ; 2017 No 42, Sch 2.4; 2018 No 25, Sch 6.
Part 3 Miscellaneous
5 Prohibition on unqualified hairdressers does not apply to apprentices, health care professionals or certain others
Section 3 does not apply to—(a) an apprentice (within the meaning of the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Act 2001) who acts as a hairdresser when under the direct control and supervision of an individual who is qualified to act as a hairdresser, or(b) any individual who acts as a hairdresser when engaged in the practice of his or her profession as a legally qualified medical practitioner, nurse or physiotherapist or other health care professional, or(c) any individual who acts as a hairdresser when providing care for elderly or disabled people, or(d) any individual who acts as a hairdresser in such other circumstances as may be prescribed by the regulations.
6 Apprenticeship and Traineeship Act 2001 not affected
The operation of the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Act 2001 is not affected by this Act.
7 Information and documents may be required
(1) If an authorised officer has reason to believe that an individual is acting as a hairdresser but is not qualified to do so, the authorised officer may serve on that individual a notice requiring the individual to do either or both of the following for the purpose of determining whether the individual is in fact qualified—(a) to produce specified documents for inspection or copying at any place nominated in the notice,(b) to provide the information specified in the notice.(2) An individual who, without reasonable excuse, fails to comply with a notice served on the individual under this section within the time specified in the notice is guilty of an offence.Maximum penalty—20 penalty units.(3) In this section—Fair Trading Act 1987 or an officer of a Government Department who is authorised by the Minister for the purposes of this section.means an investigator appointed under section 18 of thes 7: Am 2019 No 14, Sch 1.9.
8 Proceedings for offences
(1) Proceedings for an offence under this Act may be dealt with summarily before the Local Court.(2) Proceedings for an offence under this Act may be instituted only by the Minister or by a person duly authorised by the Minister in that behalf, either generally or in a particular case.s 8: Am 2007 No 94, Sch 2.
The Governor may make regulations, not inconsistent with this Act, for or with respect to any matter that by this Act is required or permitted to be prescribed or that is necessary or convenient to be prescribed for carrying out or giving effect to this Act.
s 10: Rep 2005 No 64, Sch 3.
12 Review of Act
(1) The Minister is to review this Act to determine whether the policy objectives of the Act remain valid and whether the terms of the Act remain appropriate for securing those objectives.(2) The review is to be undertaken as soon as possible after the period of 5 years from the date of assent to this Act.(3) A report on the outcome of the review is to be tabled in each House of Parliament within 12 months after the end of the period of 5 years.
Schedule 1 (Repealed)
sch 1: Rep 2005 No 64, Sch 3.