New Laser Laws in WA – What This Means For You

In 2018, the WA Radiological Council announced that they have changed the laws when it comes to the use of lasers in Western Australia. This is the official update provided to AACDS from the Radiological Council of W.A.

Non-medical practitioners wishing to obtain a licence (exemption) to use lasers for hair removal must –

  • Be an Enrolled Nurse or Registered Nurse, or hold a Diploma or Certificate IV in beauty therapy or equivalent;
  • Have attended a recognised laser safety course;
  • Have undertaken 25 hrs practical training under the immediate personal supervision of a person licensed in WA for the use of lasers for hair removal.

Non-medical practitioners wishing to obtain a licence (exemption) to use lasers for superficial cosmetic procedures must –

  • Be an Enrolled Nurse or Registered Nurse, or hold a Diploma or Certificate IV in beauty therapy or equivalent;
  • Have attended a recognised laser safety course;
  • Have undertaken 50 hrs practical training in the use of lasers for pigment treatment under the immediate personal supervision of a person licensed in WA for this purpose;
  • Have undertaken 50 hrs practical training in the use of lasers for vascular treatment under the immediate personal supervision of a person licensed in WA for this purpose.

Immediate personal supervision means that the person required to exercise such supervision must be present and directly observing the use of the laser.

A medical practitioner will be required to be involved with setting up the protocols and procedures relating to cosmetic laser treatments.  This requirement will be a condition of registration of the lasers for cosmetic purposes. The Council also agreed that prior to using lasers for superficial cosmetic procedures a letter must be provided from a medical practitioner confirming the patient has undergone a skin check prior to each course of new treatment.  The use of lasers for superficial cosmetic procedures does not include treating issues such as varicose veins and raised spots.


To keep up with industry, AACDS now offers a number of courses and training to assist in gaining the ability to use lasers in Western Australia.

For more information on these courses or how the above changes affect you, please download our information pack here.

Alternatively you can speak to our Enquiries Team on (08) 9328 6760 or via enquiries@aacds.edu.au.

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by Brittany Connor