This is a fast-moving story, with some state premiers making unexpected announcements and relieving some restrictions, applicable within hours. So we thought we’d put together a guide to what beauty services are open state-by-state as of Wednesday, May 27. There is still some outdated information online – even on some government websites. It’s a good idea to call and check with your beauty provider well ahead, plus many are already being booked out!

Another reason to book ahead is all states now require clients to provide their personal contact details in advance. By doing this, you can also confirm with your provider exactly what services they can provide – and when. You can also expect longer appointment times due to enhanced safety precautions and social distancing requirements.

New South Wales

Australia’s most populous state was one of the big winners this week with beauty business now allowed to operate – albeit with new, enhanced safety rules to strictly apply.

NSW State Premier, Gladys Berejiklian even joked that, “It’s fair to say I’ve been lobbied by half the state’s population,” when it came to reopening NSW beauty businesses.

These newly opened businesses include nail, waxing and tanning salons, beauty salons and beauty clinics. Any services that they would normally take place in that business – will be able to be undertaken.

Details of new rules apply to beauty salons can be found in our BlogWhat New Safety Protocols You Can Expect at Beauty Businesses. As a guideline, beauty businesses are now required to develop and implement a detailed, new and enhanced Covid-19 safety plan.


The other big winner this week was Victoria.  Beauty therapy, tanning, waxing, nail salons, spas, tattoo parlours and massage parlours can open for services from June 1 and can operate with up to 20 patrons. All client information also must be recorded when accepting bookings. To date, there are no further details around checklists or specific treatments released. But expect similar detailed new safety measures to be implemented as is in New South Wales.


Beauty and aesthetic businesses in Queensland were given the green light to reopen as of May 15. They can now provide services such as facials, exfoliations and wraps, nail services, lash services, makeup services, hair removal services, massages – plus cosmetic injections.

Northern Territory

With very few cases of Covid-19, the Top End has allowed hairdressers, nail salons, massage and tanning salons to open from mid-May. The remaining beauty services, such as spas and cosmedical services such as injectables will open from noon, 5 June.

South Australians

Our southern state is now allowing all beauty businesses to open on June 8. Expect enhanced safety protocols and strict client details recorded for each booking.


While hairdressers and barbers are open other beauty services are not available – yet. From 15 June, beauty services and day spas can reopen for up to 20 people at a time, per premise.

Western Australia

Hairdressers and barbers are open, with physical distancing rules applied. But beauty and massage parlours are prohibited from providing services. However, beauty businesses can open to sell products, but not services – yet.


Like all states, hairdressers and barbers are open. The good news is from Saturday 30 May, all beauty businesses will be allowed to reopen – with new safety measures. For instance, they must enforce social distancing rules and record all contact details of any clients.

One Step At A Time

So looks like we are kind of taking this one step at a time, although I have to be honest in saying I’ve been getting out and about and it seems in many places we are becoming complacent. Let’s hope this is the right thing, and we can all help to keep each other safe. If you haven’t already, please download the COVIDSafe app. Stay safe people!

Photo by Artem Beliaikin on Unsplash


Trish is a plastic surgery blogger. She is passionate about wellbeing, health and beauty, and doesn't mind a little bit of 'help' from the amazing cosmetic and beauty procedures that are available today. Trish spends her days talking to women and men who are looking for suggestions and advice on procedures that are available to them. Cutting through the sales pitch and hype, a down-to-earth response on general information is what you will get.

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