In South Australia you need to be 18 to get a tattoo or other body mark. Other body marks include scarification, branding, beading, stretching, tongue splitting and implantation. It’s against the law for someone to tattoo you or make a body mark on you if you are under 18, even if you have your parent’s permission.
You need to be 16 to get most piercings in South Australia. If you’re under 16 and want a piercing that is not in a private place, you’ll need your parent’s permission either in person or in writing. If you’re getting written permission, your parent’s note must explain the type of body piercing and where it’s going to be on your body. For written permission, you will also have to complete a statutory declaration (a formal legal document saying that you are telling the truth).
You need to be 18 to get a piercing in a private area – this means your genitals, anal region, perineum, nipples or uvula. You can’t get this done if you’re under 18, even with your parent’s permission.
In South Australia, everyone (including adults), unless you are over 16 and getting an earlobe piercing, must enter into a written agreement with the person who is giving you a tattoo, piercing or other body mark. The agreement must contain information about the nature of the procedure and the way that it will be carried out. It must also contain information about how to care for the area of your body where you get the procedure done.
Also, even if you do get permission from a parent, some body piercers will not give you a piercing if you’re under 18, and others may ask you to show proof of your age. You may want to call the parlour you are thinking of using and ask what their specific policy is.
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. You have to follow these rules as long as they are not unreasonable or discriminatory.
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. If you would like more information on this, check out our page on discrimination, or contact us here.
If you have any questions about getting a tattoo, piercing or other body modification, please contact us here.
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