COVID-19 Financial support: 2021

by HSA Admin • July 21, 2021

With a renewed outbreak spreading across Australia, State and Federal Governments have released a number of financial support packages to help us through lockdowns and business closures. We will do our best to keep this page updated with the latest information. Here is an overview of what is available: NAME CATEGORY STATE AMOUNT ELIGIBILITY AVAILABLE […]

“You could come to my room and I’d lock you in” Hair stylist shares her story

by HSA Admin • April 7, 2021

Many hair stylists are subject to unacceptable levels of bullying and harassment, and often feel as though there is no support when they need help. Today, we’re sharing a story from one of our members, told in her own words, after she was sexually harassed by a client at work. – I had been working […]

Speaking out: Lily’s Story

by HSA Admin • June 26, 2020

It can be really hard to find the courage to speak out when you know something is wrong. But for our ambassador Lily, she’s always stuck up for herself and her co-workers, and she’s on a mission to help other hair and beauty workers to find their voice.  Lily’s story with HSA began when she […]

FAQ – The medical facts behind COVID-19

by HSA Admin • March 19, 2020

What is coronavirus (COVID-19)? Coronavirus is a group of viruses which normally cause mild illness, with symptoms similar to a common cold. A new strain, COVID-19 was first identified in December 2019 in Hubei Province, China. It is very different from, and more serious than, the usual seasonal influenza outbreaks that happen every year. What […]

What hair stylists need to know about Coronavirus

by HSA Admin • March 12, 2020

COVID-19, or Coronavirus, is becoming more widespread in Australia with each passing day. Because of our close contact with clients and busy schedules, workers in the hair and beauty industry have an increased risk of being infected if we don’t take the right precautions. We’re keeping a close eye on COVID-19 at HSA, and we’re […]

HSA launches casual pay equity campaign at International Women’s Day

by HSA Admin • March 11, 2020

HSA have officially launched their new campaign, aimed at pay equity for casual workers in the hair and beauty industry. Members and staff spoke at the International Women’s Day march in Sydney last weekend, telling an audience of unionists and supporters about the struggle that casual workers face. As it stands, casual hair stylists are […]

Seeking Justice – Liz Shares her Story

by HSA Admin • January 17, 2020

Far too many young men and women are afraid to speak up in case their complaints come back to bite them. What can you do when you speak out about exploitation in your workplace and the salon turns against you? Our HSA Ambassador Liz did report her employer’s illegal behaviour, and when the situation got […]

HSA to go pink for Picnic Day

by HSA Admin • November 1, 2019

Next week is Melbourne Cup Day… and the start of the busiest season of the year for hair stylists. 😰 School formals, weddings, Christmas, races – everyone needs their hair and makeup done, and they want it done right. Some of you may remember that Melbourne Cup Day actually used to be a paid public […]

Ruby Rose shares her super story

by HSA Admin • October 25, 2019

There’s one thing every trained hair stylist has in common – they started their career as an apprentice. Ripping tinfoil, sweeping floors and manning the basin is all in a day’s work. But when something goes wrong, who do you turn to? Ruby-Rose, an HSA ambassador, has come forward with her apprenticeship story, and why […]

Sexual harassment – Kimberley shares her story

by HSA Admin • October 9, 2019

(Content Warning: This story discusses sexual harassment and sexual assault. If the story is upsetting, we advise you stop reading immediately and reach out to a member of your support team) Did you know that 70% of Australian workers have suffered sexual harassment at some point in their working lives? It’s something that affects the […]

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