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The 12 Check Points of Salon Christmas

November 24, 2021

Just as salons across Australia are starting to get back onto their feet, we are heading into the busiest period for salon owners in the calendar year – December. Every salon in the country is manic at this time of year, and little things tend to slip as we all get busier. Here’s the most […]


Checking the authenticity of a vaccination certificate

November 8, 2021

In line with current regulations in most states and territories across Australia, salon owners need to check vaccination certificates for both their staff and their customers. Currently, public health directions in NSW and Victoria prevent unvaccinated workers from attending work. Knowing what to look for to determine that a vaccination certificate is authentic is key […]


Can you mandate COVID 19 vaccination in your salon?

November 3, 2021

With the incredibly high vaccination rates of over 95% in NSW and a general push for all Australians to be vaccinated, we felt it was worth reminding salon owners what their rights are around mandating vaccination and ways that they can deal with staff who are on the fence. The topic of mandated vaccines has […]


2021 Changes to the Hair and Beauty Award

October 25, 2021

*Please note that all information is correct as of 26 October 2021. In accordance with the Fair Work Commission’s Annual Wage Review 2020-21 Decision, the wage rates and some allowances in the Hair and Beauty Industry Award 2010 have been varied. This update was delayed due to “exceptional circumstances” as defined by the FWC, justifying […]


COVID FAQs for Hair and Beauty salons in NSW

October 18, 2021

When is NSW opening up for hairdressers and other beauty establishments?    New South Wales allowed hairdressers and beauty salons to open from 11 October 2021. What requirements do businesses need to comply with? A business that is a hairdresser, spa, nail salon, beauty salon, waxing salon, tattoo parlour or massage parlour must not allow […]


COVID FAQs for Hair and Beauty salons in Victoria

October 18, 2021

What are the major developments coming up with respect to COVID 19? The Victorian Government has announced a Roadmap out of COVID restrictions. From 22 October 2021 (when Victoria’s rate of double vaccination reaches 70%) , hair and beauty salons will be able to open again with certain rules in place When Victoria’s rate of […]


COVID FAQs for Hairdressers and Beauty salons in Tasmania

October 18, 2021

Do any restrictions apply to hair and beauty services in Tasmania? Hair and beauty services can open in Tasmania with very few restrictions. The number of people within the premises of the business cannot exceed 1 person per 2 square metres, therefore there cannot be more than 25 people in a salon if the floor […]


COVID FAQs for Hairdressers and Beauty salons in South Australia

October 18, 2021

Do any restrictions apply to hair and beauty services in South Australia? Hair and beauty business can open in South Australia. Masks are required to be worn, except for the customer while receiving the service, if necessary, for the provision of the service.   What requirements do businesses need to comply with? In all indoor […]


COVID FAQs for Hairdressers and Beauty salons in Queensland

October 18, 2021

Do any restrictions apply to hair and beauty services in Queensland? Hair and beauty businesses can open in Queensland. However, in certain COVID-19 impacted areas, there is a requirement to comply with face mask restrictions. The impacted areas are: Brisbane City Council Gold Coast City Council Ipswich City Council Lockyer Valley Regional Council Logan City […]


COVID FAQs for Hair and Beauty salons in the Australian Capital Territory

October 18, 2021

What are the major developments with respect to COVID-19? The ACT lockdown ended 11:59pm Thursday 14 October 2021 and hair and beauty salons were able to reopen with certain rules in place. The ACT Government released a Roadmap which sets out the easing of COVID-19 restrictions.   Is it compulsory for my staff and clients […]


COVID FAQs for Hairdressers and Beauty salons in Western Australia

October 18, 2021

Do any restrictions apply to hair and beauty services in Western Australia? Hair and beauty businesses can open in Western Australia with very limited restrictions. No capacity limits are in place but staff should stay 1.5 metres away from clients where possible and practise good hygiene. Is it compulsory for my staff and customers to […]


COVID FAQs for Beauty salons in the Northern Territory

October 18, 2021

Do any restrictions apply to hair and beauty services in the Northern Territory? There are no restrictions preventing hair and beauty salons from opening.   Is it compulsory for my staff and clients to be vaccinated? No. There is currently no order from the NT government requiring staff or clients to be vaccinated in the […]


Weekend Penalty Rate changes for Hair & Beauty Award Approved.

October 6, 2021

It has been confirmed that 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.   Maureen Harding, National President of Hair and […]


Casual Employment Obligations for the Hair and Beauty Industry

September 27, 2021

A statutory entitlement to casual conversion was introduced into the National Employment Standards (NES) effective from 27 March 2021. Under the NES provisions, unless the employer is a small business employer, an offer of conversion or notice that conversion will not be offered must be made within 21 days of the employee reaching 12 months […]


NSW and Victoria’s Roadmap to Reopening – Everything Salon Owners need to know.

September 22, 2021

The New South Wales and Victorian state governments recently announced their respective roadmaps, with restrictions set to lift as vaccination targets are reached. The table below summarises the dates that vaccination target rates are expected to be achieved and the restrictions which would be eased:   HABA + our partners at Ai Group are in discussion with the state […]


HABA + THE BLACK DOG INSTITUTE  |  MULLETS FOR MENTAL HEALTH

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 […]


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