QLD Australian Law or Regulations that Apply to Working Topless?

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Anthony Utz

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Are there any relevant laws or regulations against having topless women in an urban/suburban premises performing normal professions for example hairdressing. There would be no other services provided except the profession eg. haircuts, and the premises is a normal shop/store not part of an adult entertainment venue. For example at your local suburban shops you may have a Bakery, Newsagent, Bottle-o, Chemist and Hair Salon. Is there any Australian law against it being a topless hair salon?
 

Rod

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Not sure about decency laws, but you might run foul of occupational health and safety.

Having an exposed chest area, male or female, is a definite personal safety issue working with hot equipment as found in hair salons and bakeries.
 

Sarah J

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I am not too familiar with this area either. However, I believe there may be some regulation that provides that minors would not be allowed to enter /access your shop. As such, for the purposes of protection of minors, you may need to structure your shop in such a way that topless people are not viewable from the streets where minors may walk by and see.

Perhaps try contacting the Queensland Government Business and Industry Department (which oversees licensing of venues and restriction of minors for certain businesses). A store served by topless people may be considered an "adult entertainment business". If so, you would require an adult entertainment permit. Try contacting the Department of Justice and Attorney-General Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation Licensing Division (apparently the department that governs issuing of such licenses).
 
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hlly

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I am not too familiar with this area either. However, I believe there may be some regulation that provides that minors would not be allowed to enter /access your shop. As such, for the purposes of protection of minors, you may need to structure your shop in such a way that topless people are not viewable from the streets where minors may walk by and see.

This seems unlikely. There is no law against being topless, whether or not children are around, and whether or not you are in, or visible from, a public place.

The OHS issues seem like the most pertinent.