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CHILDREN AND COMMUNITY SERVICES ACT 2004 - SECT 104A

104A .         Body piercing

        (1)         In this section —

        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 child —

            (a)         the genitals;

            (b)         the anal area;

            (c)         the perineum;

            (d)         the nipples.

        Penalty: a fine of $18 000 and imprisonment for 18 months.

        (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 one year.

        (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 s. 67.]



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