The law here in Australia regarding tattoos

Everyone and their dog has their own theories and opinions about the law when it comes to tattoos, so let’s clear up a few things up.


While the law varies from state to state, in Victoria you need to be 18 to get a tattoo. It’s against the law for someone to tattoo you if you are under 18. Some people think they can still get a tattoo if they have permission from their parents, but that’s only true in some other states like WA and New South Wales, not here in Melbourne.


Having tattoos at school or work

Your school or workplace may have specific rules or policies about tattoos, piercings and body marks, so it’s a good idea to check these first.


These rules are legal as long as they are not unreasonable or discriminatory.


Workers in Australia are protected by unfair dismissal laws. If you are dismissed only because you have a tattoo or piercing and this has never been discussed with you or addressed in your employment contract then this may be considered unfair dismissal. If this has happened to you, you may need to take some option within 21 days of being dismissed, so don’t delay.


If a tattoo, piercing or body modification is part of your cultural background, for example, your race, descent or ethnic heritage, then it may be unlawful discrimination for a school or workplace to ban you from having it.


Call Chapel Tattoo with any questions


Unlike New South Wales, in Victoria, a tattoo artist doesn’t need a tattoo licence to ink someone. That being said, we here at Chapel Tattoo take our Health and Safety responsibilities very seriously. Our studio and equipment are of the highest hygiene standards and quality, so you know you are in safe hands when coming to us for a tattoo.


Contact us today if you have any questions about tattoos. Our friendly staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have.