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September 14, 2021

This year, more than ever, we know salon owners are struggling. Salons across most of Australia are closed. We have all seen what shut doors have done to us all. With staff wages, rent and other business costs to cover, and the possibility of closures throughout Australia continuing, a feeling of abandonment and despair is […]

Taking a COVID holiday and other emerging employment issues in managing the pandemic

August 30, 2021

COVID-19 continues to present significant challenges for business and the community. More than ever, salons need to be flexible in responding to government restrictions. It is important to communicate well and work with your employees if making any changes in response to the pandemic. This article will look at some strategies of managing leave balances, […]

Salon Owners: Are you ready to open?

August 23, 2021

Dear All, We appreciate all of the comments and feedback on our recent post ‘An Open Letter on behalf of Hair and Beauty Salon Owners’.   We wanted to take a moment to clarify what HABA is and is not doing on behalf of Hair and Beauty Employers, because that is who we represent and […]

An Open Letter on behalf of Hair and Beauty Salon Owners

August 16, 2021

Written by Maureen Harding, Chair of Hair and Beauty Australia and owner of Hairdressing by Maureen Harding in Ingleburn. Salons across most of Australia are closed. Sydney alone is facing the seventh week of shut doors. With staff wages, rent, and other business costs to cover, and the possibility of closures throughout Australia continuing, a […]

Communicating about Covid-19 Vaccines with salon staff.

August 12, 2021

With so much misinformation around on Covid-19 and vaccinations, there’s no wonder that rumours are running rampant within salon teams. A safe and effective vaccine is only one part of keeping the Australian community safe and healthy, and getting businesses out of lockdown in states across Australia. Salon owners have a duty under the model Work […]

Rent relief for salon owners in 2021 Lockdowns

August 2, 2021

With every day that lockdowns continue and expand across the country, we see more and more salons struggling to meet their commercial rental payments. Rent is undoubtedly one of the largest expenses for salon owners, and one of the more fixed costs – stock can be managed, wages can be tweaked, but rent is a […]


July 26, 2021

Casual hair and beauty employees are set to gain a pay rise of up to $92 per week by 2023. This is a 25% increase over 2 ½ years with the inclusion of a casual loading on top of existing penalty rates.   Hair and Beauty Australia (HABA) National President Maureen Harding said that the […]

Supporting Salons; Lockdowns are hurting communities.

July 19, 2021

An Op-Ed by Maureen Harding, Chair of Hair and Beauty Australia and owner of Hairdressing by Maureen Harding in Ingleburn. Hairdressers across the Greater Sydney area now facing their fourth week of closed doors. With staff wages, rent and other business costs to cover, and the possibility of closures throughout Australia hanging over all our […]

QR Code Requirements for Australian Salon Owners

July 14, 2021

COVID-19 contact tracing requirements mean that some businesses and venues are required to have QR code check-in processes in place for people who enter their premises. Each state and territory has its own requirements for the types of businesses and venues that must use the designated QR code system. Businesses that are not required to […]


July 6, 2021

HABA understands that these are the most trying of times for salon owners across the country, with repeated government shutdown orders in different states across Australia. All small business owners are struggling to make ends meet and there are a number of different ways that state and federal governments are tackling economic hardship during the […]

Hair and Beauty Salon COVID-19 Lockdowns – what salon owners need to know.

June 28, 2021

With all the uncertainty around lockdowns and the current COVID-19 situation, we thought it would be helpful to revisit what to do if you are shut down by order of the government. During lockdowns, employers have the right to stand down employees, but as with all matters around employee/employer relations in these unusual times, we […]

5 things to do RIGHT NOW to make Tax Time 2022 easier.

June 24, 2021

While we are all focused on the current EOFY 2021, it is never too early to set yourself up for 2022. Salon owners, and small business owners in general, are always complaining about tax time. Maybe it’s the small admin details that are required that gets under the skin, or it’s the idea of paying […]

Annual Wage Review 2021 DELAYED for Hair & Beauty Industry

June 17, 2021

Following the Annual Wage Review 2021, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has announced a 2.5% increase to the national minimum wage. This will apply to all award wages, with the award increase happening in 3 different stages. The Hair and Beauty Award falls into the third stage, with the increase occurring from the first pay […]


June 9, 2021

Supplied to HABA by the Australian Tax Office (ATO) as the only official industry association for Salon Owners.   It’s tax time! It pays to learn what work-related expenses you can claim. Tax time seems to creep up on small business owners each and every year. Usually, we are so busy in the running of […]


May 31, 2021

HABA (Hair and Beauty Australia) + TAFE NSW are working together to address skills shortages in the hairdressing industry by offering a traineeship pathway program.   Through the program, students will combine studying a Certificate II in Salon Assistant at TAFE NSW Ultimo with on-the-job experience at HABA member hair salons.   Before the challenges […]

The company tax rate is changing

May 24, 2021

This blog post is general information only and should not be considered to be financial advice. HABA recommend that all salon owners seek independent financial advice on their business.   There are changes coming to company tax rates. While the full company tax rate is 30%, your company may be eligible for a lower company […]

FEDERAL BUDGET 2021 – what it means for salon owners.

May 19, 2021

While Federal Budget Night isn’t usually high on the calendar for most business owners, in the wake of Covid-19 the Federal Budget looms higher and higher in importance. The last few budgets have announced significant measures, like JobKeeper, which have helped keep many businesses open during the pandemic and so the team at HABA were […]

NSW Covid-19 Restrictions for Hair + Beauty Salons

May 7, 2021

New Covid-19 restrictions have come into place for NSW Residents from 5pm Thursday 6 May 2021 until 12.01am Monday, 10 May 2021, and some have a direct impact on salon owners. Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the three day restrictions would help reduce the risk of a super spreading event.“These measures are proportionate to the risk […]

Hair & Beauty Franchises – what you need to know.

April 27, 2021

There has been a lot of conversation in our industry of late around franchises in the hair and beauty industry, and some of the trouble that unsuspecting salon owners can fall into when looking at these options in business. Franchises can offer great benefits for those wanting to start their own business, but you absolutely […]


April 14, 2021

Building a successful salon business is a challenge that many of us were less-than-prepared for when we first started our business. But that’s no excuse to continue going the way we are – instead, it’s time to make sure you are not making the 5 biggest mistakes we see in salon businesses and get on […]

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