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September 28, 2020

Every year we talk about R U OK Day and bringing the struggles of mental health out into the open by starting a conversation with the simple question – “are you ok?”. The rise of this day in the Australian calendar each year should absolutely be applauded, but in a year like no other, now […]

When can hairdressing and beauty salons open in Melbourne and regional Victoria – Victoria’s Roadmap out of Restrictions

September 21, 2020

On Sunday 6 September, Premier Daniel Andrews announced the plan to move Victoria out of restrictions, back to business and into the new COVID normal life.   What are the key changes? There will be no changes to COVID-19 restrictions for industry until at least 28 September 2020 for both metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria. […]


September 14, 2020

We all need a little pick me up right now, we need something to look forward to and we need a dose of positive in our lives. The team at HABA received so much amazing feedback from our virtual events about how inspired our members were thanks to the incredible speakers, and we want to […]

“When JobKeeper Ends…” What to do if your salon doesn’t qualify for JobKeeper 2.0

September 8, 2020

We have all been talking about what will happen in small business and the economy “when JobKeeper ends…” and now we are truly staring down the barrel of the gun. With Jobkeeper entering into phase two at the end of September, and more stringent eligibility rules put in place, many salon businesses will no longer […]


August 27, 2020

Yes, 2020 has been horrible. For all of us, in all industries, but particularly in the Hair and Beauty Industry, and particularly in Melbourne. And while it’s only August, it feels like we have been slogging through this mess for years, with limited and insecure relief on the other side. But that doesn’t mean there’s […]

What’s different about JobKeeper 2.0?

August 24, 2020

The Federal Government has made significant changes to JobKeeper. Between 3 August 2020 and 27 September 2020, eligible employers are able to claim JobKeeper payments for current employees who have been employed since at least 1 July 2020 (even if they were employed after 1 March 2020). The current JobKeeper scheme will remain in place […]

BUSINESS AS USUAL – Getting back on track post Covid-19

August 17, 2020

Salon owners are doing their best to make the best of a bad situation, despite the devastating effect Covid-19 has had on our industry. For those states starting to move away from restrictions and back to normal, now is the time to relaunch and reinvigorate. For those states still working through lockdown and restrictions, now […]

Mental Health During COVID-19

August 10, 2020

Widespread concern about being infected with COVID-19, restrictions on movement and gatherings; and people working differently in the workplace or from home, all pose a risk for the mental health of the community. Employers have an obligation to ensure that they minimise the risks associated with work-related issues that may impact negatively on a person’s […]


August 3, 2020

The hair and beauty industry has been devastated by the loss of many major national events due to the Covid-19 crisis. Industry events have been postponed until 2021 and many salon owners are feeling the loss of a few days away from the salon to be inspired by the best in the business. The beauty […]


July 27, 2020

JobKeeper has been an absolute lifeline for salon owners, enabling so many of us, including our faves in the Beauty industry who have been horribly hit during COVID-19, to stay open. While all salon owners have been dreading the end of the JobKeeper payments in September, they were given a lifeline this week with the […]

Implementing safe procedures at work during Covid-19

July 20, 2020

With the development of COVID-19, we are all being asked to exercise social distancing and to enhance cleaning and hygiene protocols. Much of the advice is about “working from home” where possible. But that is by and large not possible in the hair and beauty industry. We have put together a list of possible control […]

BUSINESS AS USUAL: Managing Cashflow in a Crisis

July 14, 2020

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.   Cashflow is one of the biggest stressors for small business owners across Australia. From long payment terms from larger organisations, to dealing with tax and […]

Annual Review 2019-20 Decision for the Hair & Beauty Industry

July 6, 2020

On 19 June 2020, the Expert Panel of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) handed down its Annual Wage Review 2019-20 Decision. The FWC determined that award minimum wages and the National Minimum Wage will be increased by 1.75%. This year, the way in which the wage increase will be applied is different from previous years […]

BUSINESS AS USUAL – EOFY 2020 Deductions for Salon Owners

June 23, 2020

This post is general information only and does not constitute professional financial advice. For advice specific to your business, please consult a licensed financial planner or accountant.   With the end of financial year approaching, HABA have a few last-minute reminders of areas in which you can claim tax deductions before the end of financial […]

BUSINESS AS USUAL – Check in on your team’s mental health.

June 15, 2020

Salon owners know how stressful the past few months have been and we have spoken about a number of ways that salon owners can manage their mental health – but what we haven’t covered is that the mental health of your workers will likely have been affected in various ways as a result of the […]

Back to Business – Easing of restrictions for Hair and Beauty Industry

June 9, 2020

In May, the National Cabinet agreed on a 3-stage framework for the gradual easing of restrictions on social movement and gatherings in response to the covid-19 pandemic. Each state and territory has its own timetable for the removal of restrictions based on the level, location and cause of infections. Generally, hairdressing salons have been able […]


June 1, 2020

JUNE 06 . 07 . 08 . 2020  |  REGISTER NOW   The hair and beauty industry has been devastated by the loss of many major national events due to the Covid-19 crisis. Industry events have been postponed until 2021 and many salon owners are feeling the loss of a few days away from the […]

NSW + VIC BEAUTY SALONS TO REOPEN – but what does that mean for salon owners?

May 25, 2020

On Sunday it was announced that a range of beauty salons are allowed to reopen under revised state-level legislation across NSW and Victoria as of June 1. The past few weeks have been incredibly disruptive for business, but for few more so than our Beauty Salons. This time has been so challenging for salon owners, and […]

BUSINESS AS USUAL – Getting your staff back to work.

May 25, 2020

As we watch other industries start to open up again post-Corona Virus Crisis across Australia and as we anticipate opening in the Beauty Industry, we can learn a lot from other industries about what to expect in the coming weeks. Salon owners are counting down the days until Prime Minister Scott Morrison announces that the […]

When will beauty salons reopen in Australia? A state-by-state breakdown.

May 14, 2020

The past few weeks have been incredibly disruptive for business, but for few more so than our Beauty Salons. This time has been so challenging for salon owners, and we have heard from many beauty members about the stress and frustration they are feeling at the closure of their businesses.   Beauty salons fall under […]

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