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COVID restrictions ease in VIC

by HSA Admin • December 7, 2020

COVID-19 restrictions loosened across Victoria last night, as part of a new “COVIDSafe Summer” announced by the Government. These restrictions are set to be in place throughout the summer, and include relaxations on masks, decreased social distancing, and greater travel. Masks are only required: on public transport, in rideshare vehicles and taxis, in some retail […]


The COVID-19 wage subsidy explained

by HSA Admin • March 31, 2020

Yesterday’s government announcement that all employees eligible under a brand-new scheme will receive a $1500 fortnightly subsidy has made massive waves. A lot of workers are asking questions, and at HSA, we want to get the facts straight. Here’s what you need to know about this new subsidy – and if you’re covered. It applies […]


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 […]


5 Things you need to know about salon rent-a-chairs

by HSA Admin • February 7, 2020

Salon rent-a-chairs seem to be popping up all over the place. For employers, it’s a way to make money without taking on the full financial commitment of a staff member, and for stylists, it’s a taste of what it’s like to own your own business and take responsibility for your clientele.   But it’s also […]


HSA wins penalty rates case with FWC!

by HSA Admin • January 10, 2020

In a massive win for HSA, the Fair Work Commission has rejected Hair and Beauty Australia’s (HABA) bid to slash penalty rates for hair and beauty workers. HSA, with the support of the SDA and AWU, have been fighting the case for two years. HABA pushed for penalty rates to decrease from 200% to 150% […]


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 […]


How to deal with dermatitis in your salon

by HSA Admin • October 17, 2019

If you’ve ever had what seems like a rash on your hands from working in the salon, you’re part of the majority. 61% of practicing hair stylists and 59% of hairdressing students have experienced a skin problem on their hands – generally contact dermatitis – during their career. Irritant contact dermatitis occurs when your skin […]


Dealing with head lice – some HSA tips

by HSA Admin • October 11, 2019

As part of National Safe Work Month this October, we’re educating our members around health and safety issues in the salon, especially those that seem to fly under the radar. One of these ongoing problems is head lice. They can be a common occurrence in the salon, but if not taken care of straight away, […]


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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