In Tasmania you need to be 18 to get a tattoo or other body mark. Other body marks are branding, body implants, tongue splitting, scarring and earlobe stretching.
Your parents cannot give you permission to get a tattoo or body mark before you turn 18. It’s against the law for someone to tattoo you or make a body mark on you if you’re under 18.
You can get a piercing anywhere other than a private place (e.g. your genitals or nipples) when you turn 16. If you are under 16 and want to get a piercing anywhere other than a private place, at least one parent will need to be with you while you are getting the piercing.
You cannot get a piercing in a private place until you are 18 years or above. Even if you get your parent’s permission, and your parent comes with you, you will need to wait until you are 18.
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, or even sign a statutory declaration (a legal document) outlining your age, and that you understand the risks involved in the procedure. As a result, it is a good idea to call the piercing parlour you are thinking of going to and ask them what their policy is on giving piercings to someone your age.
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 must 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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