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What Australian Salon Owners can expect from the Albanese Labor Government.

May 24, 2022

After a tumultuous campaign, the Australian people have chosen to elect Anthony Albanese as the next Prime Minister of Australia, putting his Labor party into power after nearly a decade.   But what does this mean for salon owners?   With a huge swing towards Independent candidates and Green candidates across the nation, deals will […]


A lesson in vicarious liability for salon owners

May 16, 2022

Harassment is any unwelcome behaviour or conduct which intimidates, humiliates, or offends others. In harassment cases, the intention of the alleged harasser is irrelevant. What is important is the reaction of the person being harassed and how they feel because of the harassment. In July 2021, sexual harassment was included in the definition of ‘serious […]


Why salon owners need PROTECTION in business.

May 10, 2022

No one likes to talk about it, but things go wrong in a salon environment. In a workplace where we are dealing with chemicals, clients’ faces and hair, and our work hours and rates are far from simple, mistakes get made. This is just part of life, and particularly life as a salon owner, but […]


Low-Cost or FREE Team Building + Salon Social Activities

April 14, 2022

After the last few weeks of public holidays, annual leave, and staff missing work due to COVID, we hope your whole team is now back on the salon floor and back together – but these periods of ‘never really together can be really challenging for your team culture. As salon owners ourselves, we know that […]


State-specific breakdown of Exposure to COVID and Isolation rules

April 5, 2022

We continue to hear about situations where salon staff are re-exposed to COVID-19 and employers are wondering whether the person must isolate again. The rules vary widely across each state, so our article this month will provide an update on each state’s isolation requirements for people who are re-exposed to the virus. Please note that […]


Budget 2022 – what’s in it for salon owners?

March 30, 2022

It’s federal budget season, and the nation’s small businesses are wondering whether there’s any good news on the horizon for what is shaping up to be (yet another) challenging year.   Many business operators and workers alike are hoping this year’s federal budget will provide a lifeline to small businesses that have struggled to keep […]


What should you do if one of your staff tests positive to COVID?

March 23, 2022

We’ve been hearing it more and more from our members – a staff member has tested positive for a COVID infection but was working on the floor with clients and your team during their infectious period. Thankfully, due to the mass vaccination rollout across Australia, the risk of Covid being life-threatening has been reduced and […]


Is your salon prepared for the Easter public holidays?

March 14, 2022

The Easter holiday period is always a popular period for leave requests, with many employees seeking to take advantage of the number of public holidays. With COVID-19 restrictions easing across the country, employees may take this opportunity to have a well-earned break. This leaves salon owners with the challenge of balancing their employees’ leave requests […]


International Women’s Day for Salon Owners – #BreakTheBias

March 7, 2022

International Women’s Day is a movement that has gained momentum over the past 5 years or so, particularly in the corporate sector. We are sure that by now you have seen the same quotes repeated over and over – “May we be them and may we raise them” – but while the sentiment is absolutely […]


TAKE FULL ADVANTAGE OF APPRENTICESHIP SUPPORT + GRANTS

February 28, 2022

Time is running out! The Australian Governments Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements program provides a wage subsidy for all employers who engage a new Australian Apprentice. This generous program offering a subsidy of 50% of wages closes on 31 March 2022 (ONLY ONE MONTH LEFT!) so salon owners able to take part in the program need to […]


Hefty penalties apply for undercutting wages

February 21, 2022

An owner of a chain of hairdressing salons in Western Australia has been fined over $42,000 for underpaying two hairdressers and ordered to repay the employees more than $90,000 in total for unpaid wages under the state Hairdressers Award 1989, plus interest. An investigation by industrial inspectors from the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and […]


Giving Notice + Final Pay – what Salon Owners need to know.

February 7, 2022

Employers and employees usually need to give notice when they end the employment relationship and there are rules about what needs to be included in an employee’s final pay. How does an employer give notice? To end an employee’s employment, an employer must provide them with written notice of their last day of work (except […]


Hair and Beauty Industry Award 2010 Increased weekend penalty rates for casuals

February 1, 2022

On 7 October 2021, the Fair Work Commission (Commission) decided to amend the terms of the Hair and Beauty Industry Award 2010 (Hair and Beauty Award) to insert phase-in arrangements for increases in weekend penalty rates for casuals. HABA Members can download the new weekend penalty rates for casuals from the members section of the […]


NSW Government releases $1bn package for Omicron-hit small businesses 

January 31, 2022

The NSW government has announced a $1 billion support package for businesses hit this summer by the economic impact of the Omicron wave. This latest package, which targets businesses with a turnover of less than $50 million and a 40 percent decline in turnover in January. The package also allows businesses to be reimbursed up […]


COVID-19 workplace relations issues 

January 28, 2022

What are the entitlements of an employee who is required to self-isolate because they are infected with COVID-19?  An employee who is infected with COVID-19 is required to self-isolate for a period (often 7 days, but the specific requirements in the relevant State or Territory need to be complied with).   During the self-isolation period, a […]


Getting pay right in your salon.

January 27, 2022

It’s pretty rare for a salon owner to go out of their way to deliberately underpay their workers. We do see it, in splashy expose’s in the tabloids, when large companies and chains get it wrong.  But it’s not uncommon to see small businesses pay their staff incorrectly – and ignorance is not a defence […]


Setting Salon Goals in 2022

January 17, 2022

It might be that you sit down at the start of the year and think about your personal goals for the year, but when do salon owners take the time to think about their business goals? Often we are running to the deadline in the lead up to Christmas, many salons operate during the Christmas/New […]


HABA Christmas Closures 2021

December 14, 2021

After what feels like an eternity of uncertainty in the Hair and Beauty Industry, we are starting to see normality come back into action, and we here at HABA are thrilled to see it. We hope that all our members have had an absolutely bumper Christmas period and are taking some time off from business […]


The top 4 issues facing salon owners in 2022 – and what you can do about it!

December 13, 2021

After what feels like an eternity of uncertainty in the Hair and Beauty Industry, we are starting to see normality come back into action, and we here at HABA are thrilled to see it. That doesn’t mean that all issues are going away, but we at least have enough head space and time to start […]


COVID-19 vaccinations and privacy laws

December 6, 2021

Many employers are asking about the collection and storage of information regarding an employee’s vaccination status and the requirements of the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Privacy Act). Can an employer require an employee to provide evidence of their vaccination status? If an employer wants to collect vaccination status from employees, they must be satisfied that […]


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