(1) In this
body piercing means piercing a part of the body
for the purpose of inserting a bar, pin, ring, stud or similar thing.
(2) A person must not
carry out body piercing on any of the following parts of the body of a
Penalty: a fine of $18 000 and imprisonment for 18
(3) It is not a
defence to a charge under subsection (2) that the child, or a parent of the
child, consented to the body piercing.
(4) A person must not
carry out body piercing on any other part of the body of a child unless the
person has first obtained the written consent of a parent of the child to
carry out body piercing on that part of the child’s body.
Penalty: a fine of $12 000 and imprisonment for
(5) Subsection (4)
does not apply to body piercing carried out on the ear of a child who has
reached 16 years of age.
(6) This section does
not apply to body piercing carried out for a medical or therapeutic purpose.
[Section 104A inserted by No. 49 of 2010