In Victoria you need to be 18 to get a tattoo or other body mark. Other body marks are beading, branding, scarring and tongue splitting. 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 Victoria. If you’re under 16 and want a piercing that is not in a private place (e.g. your genitals or nipples), you’ll need your parent’s written permission. Your parent will have to come with you when you get the piercing done and give the body piercer their written permission. Your parent’s must explain the number of piercings you will be getting and where they are going to be on your body.
If you want a piercing on your genitals or nipples), you have to wait until you’re 18. You can’t get this done even with your parent’s permission when you are under 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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