Communities and Justice

Review of the Tattoo Parlours Act 2012

The Department of Justice is preparing to review the Tattoo Parlours Act 2012, as required by section 42 of the Act, following five years of operation.

The purpose of the review is to determine whether the policy objectives of the Act remain valid and whether the terms of the Act remain appropriate for securing those objectives.

The policy objectives of the Act were to:

  • remove organised criminal gangs from the tattoo parlour industry and in so doing enhance public safety in and around these premises
  • ensure tattoo parlours cannot be used to launder the proceeds of crime
  • appropriately and effectively regulate tattoo parlours, to ensure such premises are not used to conduct illicit activity.

The Act can be viewed at


Open to​
​Interested individuals and organisations
Among other things, respondents may wish to consider the following issues in their submissions:

  • How to ensure that criminals do not use 'clean skins' as licensees and continue to operate the business behind the scenes
  • Should the Act set a list of mandatory disqualifying offences, as in, for example the Security Industry Act 1997? If so, is a fit and proper person test still required?
  • Should tattooists continue to be licensed under the scheme, or only parlours/operators?
  • What level of police enforcement is needed to keep the industry free of organised crime influence?
  • Does the Act present any barriers to entry for prospective new businesses, which need to be considered?
  • Should tattoo parlour licences issued by other Australian jurisdictions be recognised in NSW?
​Closing date
​Friday 25 August 2017

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