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Home Food Business

All food related activities which involve the preparation, storage and/or transport of food which may be intended for sale, or the sale of food, must be undertaken within the legislative requirements of the following:


Under the requirements of the Food Act 2001, all businesses within Roxby Downs undertaking food handling activities or selling food are required to notify the Roxby Council of their food business details on the approved Food Business Notification Form or by registering and obtaining a food notification number online at

Businesses that are required to notify the Council must do so within 14 days of beginning operations, changes in ownership or contact information and when the business ceases to operate. Operating a food business without notifying the Council, and/or with substandard or non-compliant premises is an offence and penalties may apply.

<<Guidelines for Home Based Food Businesses>>

Online Resources:

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is an independent statutory agency established by the Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991.

Food safety Fact Sheets from the FSANZ.

Information kit for retailers, food services and manufacturers available from the South Australia Department of Health.


Home Hair & Beauty Business

It is important that hairdressing businesses know and understand that infection can occur during hairdressing procedures and practices.

Infection can occur during hairdressing procedures. Such items include razors, scissors, combs, clippers and hairpins which can accidentally pierce the skin. Blood and body fluids do not have to be visible on instruments or working surfaces for infection to be transmitted. Both clients and operators are at risk.

Micro-organisms can also be transmitted by contact with unwashed hands and soiled equipment.

Successful hairdressing businesses supply their clients with professionally competent, safe and hygienic services, in clean and congenial premises. To do otherwise, by following unhygienic or unsafe procedures, or to allow premises, furnishings or fittings to become dirty or poorly maintained, will not only threaten the commercial success of the business; but may lead to conditions that can jeopardise the health of both clients and operators and contribute to the spread of infectious diseases and the transmission of ectoparasites such as head lice.

It is essential for hairdressers to know and understand the health implications of the procedures carried out and the precautions that must be taken to minimise health risks. The following basic principles apply to hairdressing:

The premises must be kept in a clean and hygienic state.

Any article that has been used on a client must be cleaned before using it on another person.

Operators must keep themselves and their clothing clean and have no exposed cuts, abrasions or wounds.

For more information, a copy of the SA Department of Health Public Health Standards of Practice for Hairdressing is available SA Department of Health Public Health Standards of Practice for Hairdressing document. 

Where sterilisation of equipment is required, or where a hairdressing salon also offers skin penetration procedures such as waxing, manicures, pedicures, body piercing, or permanent makeup, this guideline must be read in conjunction with the SA Department of Health Guidelines on the Safe and Hygienic Practice of Skin Penetration.

A copy of the Guidelines on the Safe and Hygienic Practice of Skin Penetration document is available Guidelines on the Safe and Hygienic Practice of Skin Penetration document. 


Home Tattooing & Piercing Business

The practice of skin penetration for decorative, health or cosmetic purposes exist in various forms.

Modern medical knowledge has made us aware of the potential dangers associated with skin penetration procedures. If precautions are not taken, blood-borne viruses such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and a range of bacterial infections can be transmitted to clients or operators by contaminated equipment or unhygienic premises and procedures. 

Any business that offers services involving skin penetration including   - such as acupuncture, tattooing, micropigmentation, body piercing, waxing, electrolysis or other hair removal/beauty therapies processes, whether intentionally or otherwise, that involves the shaving, piercing, cutting, puncturing or tearing of the skin or mucous membrane - must take reasonable steps to protect both clients and staff.

Business owners and operators must carry out procedures that are professional, competent, safe and hygienic and must be aware of the possible wider consequences of the procedures they use.

The risk of exposure to a blood-borne virus varies for clients and operators. The larger the population who have a blood-borne virus and are involved in skin penetration procedures, the higher the risk that someone else can be exposed during tattooing, body piercing etc, unless the needles and instruments are sterile. Clients are not required to tell the practitioner if they are infected with a blood-borne virus. Operators must assume that all blood and other body substances are potential sources of infection.

When operators are designing their premises, renovating or moving into an existing space, they should contact the Roxby Council on 8671 0010 for further information. 

It is essential that proprietors and staff understand the precautions that need to be taken to minimise the likelihood of infection or spread of disease.

The Australian Public and Environmental Health Council has prepared the publication 'Guidelines on the Safe and Hygienic Practice of Skin Penetration' to provide an overview of the legislation, recommended hygiene and protective wear as well as skin preparation and environment.  It also includes information on specific practices and links to other guidelines in which owners and staff must familiarise themselves with.