Who can join the AHC?

The Australian Hairdressing Council has several types of memberships available for passionate hair, beauty and barber industry advocates:


If you have up to four salons and you employ staff, Salon Select membership is for you. Salons that join the AHC are known as ‘Salon Select’. Membership starts at Red status, then via an accreditation process your business can become Silver or Gold Salon Select, depending on which standards your salon business meets. Green Salon Select status is also available for salons with high eco-friendly practices in place. Accreditation from an industry association says that you are a reputable and quality salon. AHC Salon Select membership is the perfect vehicle to promote that you are a sound and compliant business to your local community.


If you are a freelancer, solo operator, hairdresser with a compliant home business or perhaps in a rent-a-chair arrangement, you are not alone! We welcome you to join our community of salons, suppliers, educators and creatives all working together to ensure that the Australian hairdressing industry remains a worldwide leader in our craft.


The AHC has a wide spectrum of businesses that enjoy the benefits of being an Associate Member by connecting with thousands of salons around Australia to promote their product or service. These range from salon supplies (furniture, products, tools, food and beverage, uniforms, software companies and many more) through to allied services (marketing, photography, business coaches, educators, PR and creative agencies to name a few). For a moderate annual fee, AHC Associate Membership could open a whole new world for your business!


Franchises and groups of five or more salons come under this level of membership. The AHC has developed a unique 5-Star Gold Salon Select Program specifically for this market segment and identifies as having operational systems and professional standards in place across their organisations. As such, these salons progress to a fast track for Gold Salon Select assessment.


This is for Registered Training Organisations, both private and public. Connect with salon employers, other RTOs, educators, government and industry players who influence future directions in the Training Package reviews, assessment strategies and education. Take advantage of direct access to the latest industry news, resources and invaluable connections.


This exciting new program helps salon owners and employees work together towards one goal… success, happiness, confidence and financial security. For a moderate membership price, gain access to a wide range of useful tips, education, guides, videos, podcasts, interview and a whole heap more to support you in your career and your life. Be inspired and educated creatively, personally, holistically and practically to be the best you can be and take your career to new heights.


If you are a teacher at a private college or TAFE, you are also welcome at the AHC. For a very moderate annual fee, you can keep abreast of the latest developments in the world of Education and Training and have your say with key industry players on vital plans for the future of your students. Network with likeminded associates and have access to valuable resources and news.

What does the AHC do for the industry?

Small businesses require strong representation at all levels of Government, as well as to other organisations whose policies and actions affect their industry.

The AHC is the voice of our industry with holistic representation covering education, industrial relations and employment and all small business matters. Our hairdressing industry needs credible representation at all levels of Government, the media, as well as to other organisations whose policies and actions affect our industry. Our cause is to protect and support all stakeholders for the betterment of the industry.

The AHC is also a proud member and contributor to COSBOA, Council of Small Business Organisations of Australia.

The AHC advocacy and lobbying is active and present at a Government level. Our industry can be dismissed by bureaucrats and public servants and our role is to ensure we are not overlooked.

We are active in the lobbying and consultancy space including the following:

  • Keeping hairdressing on the Skills Migration List,
  • Feedback on Vocation and Education and Training Reform ( VET )
  • IR Reform, including simplifying the Hair & Beauty Award
  • Apprenticeships, Incentives and Employment
  • Federal and State Government engagement on the recovery of small businesses on the effect of the 2020 drought, bushfires, floods and the pandemic.
  • Creating a Case for Change consulting with RTOs and Industry for a new Training Package for Hairdressing and Barbering.

The AHC supports businesses who invest in the future of our industry training our future stylists and barbers, via apprenticeships or self-funded courses. Our programs, resources and employment advice help business owners who are too busy working in their business to source the information they need to access to successfully run their salons. Pathway Connect is our AHC program designed to support employees to be happy and successful in their hairdressing career.

The difference with the Australian Hairdressing Council is an industry person will respond to a query. Our facilitators and office are all hairdressers, have been business owners, educators and have an understanding of what it’s like to stand in your shoes.

With the challenges in finding staff the AHC developed a recruitment platform, Headhunter Recruitment Australia, an industry specific platform to engage future employees with salons advertising for receptionists, managers, coordinators, apprentices and qualified stylists.

The hairdressing industry landscape has changed over the last 10 years. The way many do business has changed with the increase of sole operators, rent a chair operators, freelance stylists, contractors, studio and suite locations and home business operators.

 The AHC as an Association adapts to this changing landscape by understanding the needs for these business models. With 95% of our industry being female, flexible work arrangements have become a necessity for many. The AHC acts as a connection to these businesses to encourage inclusivity so that no business or individual feels isolated, but supported.

The future of the Australian hairdressing industry is reliant on hairdressing being seen as a career of choice. We aim to educate and inform careers advisors, parents and individuals on the countless opportunities in a career of hairdressing or barbering.

The skills in our industry are reliant on employing and training apprentices and up skilling our industry as well as sponsored migrants bringing in unique skills, Change is permanent in hairdressing and barbering. The most successful stylists never stop learning and never stop educating.

Who runs the AHC?

The Australian Hairdressing Council is a not-for-profit industry association. The affairs of the Council are controlled, managed by, or under the direction of the Board of Directors, which can consist of up to seven directors. 
The Board represents a combination of the following representatives: salon owner/hairdresser, manufacturer/supplier, public/private RTO, media and service provider. A Board Member can serve a continuous tenure of six years. The AHC Board also consists of a Corporate Governance Lawyer and a Chartered Accountant. 
The AHC Board of Directors and the AHC are bound by our Constitution, which governs a set of fundamental principles or established precedents that the AHC is run by.

How Much is AHC Membership?

Just as there are several AHC membership types, there are also various membership prices, depending on what type of business yours is. All memberships are for a minimum of 12 months. Salon Select membership is less than $20 a week; pay for one year and receive a 10% discount. Associate Membership starts at $295 a year. For more pricing information go to our Memberships page (hyperlink).