A close associate is a person who:

  • holds or will hold any Relevant Financial Interest in the business
  • is, or will be, entitled to exercise any Relevant Power in the business
  • by virtue of that Relevant Financial Interest or Relevant Power, is, or will be, able to exercise significant influence in respect to the conduct of that business
  • is, or will be, engaged as a contractor or employed in the business that is or will be carried on under the authority of the licence (including as a tattooist)

“Relevant Financial Interest”: any share in the capital of the business; any entitlement to receive any income or other financial benefit from the business; any entitlement to receive any rent, profit or other income in connection with the use or occupation of premises at which the business is or is to be carried on(e.g. an entitlement of the owner of the premises at which the business is carried on to receive rent as lessor of the premises).

“Relevant Power”:  any power (by voting or otherwise) to:

  • participate in any directorial, managerial or executive decision, or
  • elect or appoint any person to any relevant position.

“Relevant Position”:  this refers to the positions of director, secretary or manager or any other executive positions.

NOTE: The above information is set out as a guide only. The definition of the term “close associate” is fully set out in section 4 of the Tattoo Industry Act 2012.

Each Master licence application must include a Close Associate Consent form (PDF) and three forms of acceptable identification for each close associate (if applicable)

Reporting changes to close associates a(including employees and contractors)

Master licensees must notify SLED of changes to close associates (including all tattooists and other staff members and contractors) within 14 business days of the change.

Master licensees must notify the change using the P1247 Application to Amend or Replace a Tattoo Industry Licence form.  If adding a close associate, a separate P1243 Close Associate Consent Form completed by the individual must accompany the application.

Three forms of acceptable identification for each new close associate must also be provided (except for holders of a current NSW Tattooist licence).