ORGANISATION AND STRUCTURE
Due to the ATG’s dual representative and liaising function, our organisation is structured in order to maintain a presence both within our profession and with Government departments, as well as foster consultation and collaboration with and between the profession, the lawmakers and all stakeholders including the general public.
The ATG committee would like to thank all the professional tattooists who have and continue to offer their invaluable advice, insight and support especially all of our committed members.
The ATG encourages tattooists to work together, not only to benefit from our shared knowledge and resources but also to protect our unique industry. It is the Guilds vision to provide opportunities for professional tattooists whereby a transparent dialogue can be held and subsequent action taken to tackle the many issues that exist and creatively pave the way for future progression of the trade within Australia.
We aim to serve the people who tattoo, and get tattooed, within Australia through encouraging education, high standards of art, technical skill and health and safety within the profession. We work with the Government to ensure that any Government imposed tattoo licensing and policy protects the health and safety of the public without burdening small businesses.
GUIDING THE PROFESSIONS VOICE
The ATG has a Duty of Care and Code of Professional Conduct in which to guide professional tattoo artists in their standards of practice.
These are available here:
UNITING THE PROFESSION
We aim to unite the profession, helping members across state borders stay in touch with legislative and regulatory developments through posts on the website, emails, sms and through the Guild’s public and private Facebook page. Our members are experienced professional tattoo artists from every state who actively support and contribute to this process.
how we consult
As a professional body representing Australian Tattooers, the ATG must consult with appropriate stakeholders which include its members, the wider industry and the public.
We use these forms of consultation:
For members, our consultation is done through: direct email, face-to-face consultation (via meetings or one on one consultation), mass sms messages and through the ATG members Facebook page (the access of which is limited to ATG Professional and Honorary Members). We also regularly request impact statements regarding specific legislation or regulatory changes to the wider profession and where relevant the general public.
Please see details below on how to submit.
THE WIDER TATTOOING COMMUNITY
For the wider community – those professional tattooists who are not members of the ATG – we offer the opportunity for submissions in regard to legislative or regulatory issues via the ATG Facebook public page or directly by email or personal meetings.
The ATG also conducts open meetings for members of the profession in capital cities where any professional tattooist can attend and contribute to the ongoing discussion about legislation and regulation within their State. Even though all States are regulated in some way, the regulation and legislation varies greatly from State to State, so the ATG is always seeking submissions from any professional tattooist in any State in regard to problems or inadequacies of existing legislation, regulation or administration.
We are not just interested in Government Legislation! If you perceive that there is something you wish to bring to our attention or you simply would like to know more about the work we do then contact Jarrad Chivers at
Please see HOW TO SUBMIT below for more details.
For the general public, we offer people the opportunity to express their concern or experience regarding tattooing within their State directly to the ATG through the ATG public Facebook page, or through the email contacts on the ATG website. Occasionally we will ask for direct feedback for a specific concern on the ATG public Facebook page. If you are a member of the general public and have a concern regarding a specific tattoo practice within your State, or an experience you’ve had, please see below.
HOW TO SUBMIT
If you are a professional tattooist, ATG member or a member of the public and wish to give a submission regarding the regulation and legislation within your State or a personal experience that reflects on these, please email it to:
Submissions must contain:
Your name, business or personal address, and contact email address, and be signed if it is to be submitted by the ATG to any Government department for consideration on any matter.
Your view about the particular matter, including any specific concerns or experiences which reflect on your view.
Any suggestions regarding how the matter could be resolved, whether that be by educational or cultural changes, legislation, administration or regulatory changes.
PUBLICATION OF FEEDBACK
Unless specified by the submitter, responses to general concerns – regulatory, legislative or administrative – will only be published as statistics or quoted comments and will not identify the submitter.
If you choose to have your detailed submission published in full in any ATG report to government, your name, business address and contact email along with a dated signature must be on the submission.
If necessary, the ATG may at its discretion redact or not publish submissions that contain accusations about specific individuals, offensive language or irrelevant material.
Australian Tattooists Guild
P.O. Box 237, Brunswick West, Melbourne, Victoria, 3055.