There are many small businesses within the Campaspe Shire that do a great job providing high quality services to the local community. To ensure the safety of the community, certain businesses must be registered with council and adhere to the Public Health & Wellbeing Act 2008.

This includes:

  • hairdressing
  • beauty treatments such as waxing, facials etc
  • tattooing
  • ear and body piercing
  • manicures
  • pedicures and
  • colonic irrigation.

Campaspe Shire Council's Environmental Health Officers ensure all these premises are registered under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 and comply with the Health Guidelines for Personal Care and Body Art Industries. The Environmental Health Officer must also investigate any complaints made regarding businesses within their Shire and regularly inspect these types of businesses.

If your business involves skin penetration and you are unsure if you need to be registered with council, Council’s Environmental Health Officers are happy to discuss this with you.

Read on for information on how to:

Set up a new health business

Depending on the type of activity conducted at your business, there will be different requirements to set up a new business. For example, the rules a hairdresser must follow will be different from those applying to a tattooist. That’s because there is a greater risk of infection at a tattoo parlour, where the skin is pierced, than at a hairdresser that only cuts hair.

Before opening a new Health Premises or buying an existing premise you should contact an Environmental Health Officer at Campaspe Shire Council to discuss your proposal and the requirements.

For more information, download the Guidelines for Opening a Health Business here or contact council’s Environmental Health Unit on 1300 666 535 or 5481 2200.

Transfer a business's registration

If you are considering purchasing an established business, the premises registration must be transferred from the name of the existing licensee to the name of the proposed purchaser. You must follow these steps to legally operate the business:

  1. Contact Campaspe Shire Council and speak to an Environmental Health Officer to determine if the business is currently registered with council.
  2. Send a formal request in writing to council detailing the business name, address, prospective purchaser and date of settlement. We recommend you do this through your solicitor. The request should be received by council at least two weeks prior to settlement.
  3. Once this request is received, a consent form will be sent to your solicitor to complete. The current proprietor must complete the form to allow the Environmental Health Officer to release information about the business.
  4. An inspection will then be conducted (if requested) with the current proprietors of the business. This inspection is very worthwhile for the purchaser as it will identify any work that needs to be done on the premises.
  5. Following the inspection, a report will be issued to both the current and prospective owners, detailing any issues that need addressing under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 and Regulations 2009. An application for Transfer of Registration will also be sent at this stage to the prospective purchaser’s solicitor. This form must be completed by both the proposed purchaser and existing licensee and returned to council with the relevant fee. This should be within 14 days of settlement.
  6. It is then up to both parties to discuss who will complete any required works on the premises. If the current proprietor is to complete the works, they should be completed before the settlement date. Once the work is done and the application form and fee received, a new Certificate of Registration in the name of the purchaser will be sent to the new proprietors.

NOTE: The business will remain registered in the current proprietor’s name until the application and relevant fee are received by the shire.

If the transfer fails to proceed, the fee for the transfer inspection must still be paid.

For more information, please contact an Environmental Health Officer at Campaspe Shire Council on 5481 2200. 

Other helpful resources 

If you’re considering establishing or buying an existing health business, you may find the following resources helpful:

Fact sheet - Purchasing a business

Fact sheet - Health premises

Guidelines for opening a health business