Frequently Asked Questions

What is the SA Qualified Hairdressers and Barbers Register?

The Register is a searchable list of hairdressers and barbers who have opted to have their qualifications promoted and publicly verified. It has been developed in conjunction with the Consumer and Business Services (CBS) and the SA Government to align with the South Australia Hairdressers Act 1988 (Act) legislation. The Register is the first stage of SA Qualified Hairdressers Register and STAR Program.

What is the South Australia Hairdressers
Act 1988 (Act) legislation?

This legislation stipulates all hairdressers and barbers working in SA must be qualified; and penalties of $1,000.00 to $4,000.00 to both the employee and the employer may apply if a hairdresser is found to be in breach of the Act.

What do I need to be a qualified Hairdresser or Barber?

The Register is strictly for Qualified Hairdressers and Barbers only. To be considered a qualified hairdresser or barber in South Australia you are required to hold at least one of the following qualifications:

  • Qualified Through an Apprenticeship (you will need to provide one of the following)
    • Trade Certificate (if from SA)
    • Hairdressers License (if from interstate)
    • Registration (if from SA or interstate)
  • Qualified Through a National Accredited Course (Institutional Student)
    • Cert III in Hairdressing PLUS Certificate of Recognition (which is issued by Traineeship and Apprenticeship Services) (you will need to provide both of these documents)

Why has the Register come about?

The Hair and Beauty Industry Association of South Australia Incorporated (now known as SAHBA or SA Hair & Beauty Assoc.) is the peak body for the industry in SA. SAHBA is concerned about the number of unqualified hairdressers in SA. The Register is a searchable tool and a way to understand the size of the problem so that workable strategies can be introduced to help raise industry standards.

How much will it cost to go on the Register?

Going on the Register is a free service to SAHBA Members. The cost for non-members is $50 with an annual renewal fee of $20. If you would like to become a SAHBA Member, you can do so here.

The Register is made possible by a funding grant from the Department of the Premier and Cabinet. Throughout the Register development input has been sought from Consumer and Business Services (CBS) and the South Australian hairdressing industry