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Memberships

The AHC has several types of memberships available for passionate hair and barber industry advocates. An AHC membership is fully tax deductible and all memberships are for a minimum of 12 months.

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Memberships
Salon Select
Associate
Franchise
RTO
Single Operator
Pathway Connect
Teacher
H.A.I.R.
Salon Select

FOR SALONS

Accreditation for salons with staff for promoting that you are a compliant and quality business to your local community.

$926.64
$85.80
Associate

FOR INDUSTRY

From salon supplies to allied industry services, connect with thousands of businesses around Australia to promote your product or brand.

$295.00
$595.00
$1,200.00
$24.58
$49.58
$100.00
Franchise

FOR SALON GROUPS - POA contact the AHC 

Including franchises and groups of 5+ salons. Progress to a fast-track Gold Salon Select assessment for high professional standards.
This is ONLY FOR FRANCHISE MEMBERS

$295.00
$24.58
RTO

FOR COLLEGES

For public or private Registered Training Organisations. Connect with those who influence future directions in Training Package reviews and education.

$1,100.00
$91.66
Single Operator

FOR SOLO BUSINESSES

Membership for a freelancer, mobile stylist, solo operator, hairdresser with a compliant home business or in a rent-a-chair arrangement.

$295.00
Pathway Connect

FOR EMPLOYEES - COMING SOON

This exciting new program helps salon owners and employees work together towards one goal… success, happiness, confidence and financial security.

$0.00
Teacher

FOR TEACHERS

Teachers at private colleges or TAFE can connect with key industry players about vital training plans for your students’ future.

$129.00
H.A.I.R.

FOR HAIRDRESSERS

The Hairdressing Australia Industry Register recognises and publicly promotes qualified, professional hairdressers working in compliant business structures.

$0.00
$0.00
Salon Select

FOR SALONS

Accreditation for salons with staff for promoting that you are a compliant and quality business to your local community.

$926.64
$85.80
Associate

FOR INDUSTRY

From salon supplies to allied industry services, connect with thousands of businesses around Australia to promote your product or brand.

$295.00
$595.00
$1,200.00
$24.58
$49.58
$100.00
Franchise

FOR SALON GROUPS - POA contact the AHC 

Including franchises and groups of 5+ salons. Progress to a fast-track Gold Salon Select assessment for high professional standards.
This is ONLY FOR FRANCHISE MEMBERS

$295.00
$24.58
RTO

FOR COLLEGES

For public or private Registered Training Organisations. Connect with those who influence future directions in Training Package reviews and education.

$1,100.00
$91.66
Single Operator

FOR SOLO BUSINESSES

Membership for a freelancer, mobile stylist, solo operator, hairdresser with a compliant home business or in a rent-a-chair arrangement.

$295.00
Pathway Connect

FOR EMPLOYEES - COMING SOON

This exciting new program helps salon owners and employees work together towards one goal… success, happiness, confidence and financial security.

$0.00
Teacher

FOR TEACHERS

Teachers at private colleges or TAFE can connect with key industry players about vital training plans for your students’ future.

$129.00
H.A.I.R.

FOR HAIRDRESSERS

The Hairdressing Australia Industry Register recognises and publicly promotes qualified, professional hairdressers working in compliant business structures.

$0.00
$0.00
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Why Join the AHC?

The AHC is the trusted industry body to support you and your salon business during good times and challenges. We work as a united front for better business and a better industry.

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Information

More than 350 up-to-date and invaluable documents and templates essential for running your business and being compliant.

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Support

Access to our specialist employment lawyers who understand your industry as part of your membership,

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Community

Friendship, sharing, knowledge and support when you face challenging business situations so you are never alone.

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Trust

Real facts and latest information from Government, Health Authorities and Fair Work Ombudsman at your fingertips.

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Education

We invest time and education into supporting hairdressing’s sustainability via apprenticeships and training for a better future.

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Advocacy

As a member of COSBOA, our relationships with the Government, ATO and FWO are powerful and proactive.

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Information

More than 350 up-to-date and invaluable documents and templates essential for running your business and being compliant.

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Support

Access to our specialist employment lawyers who understand your industry as part of your membership,

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Community

Friendship, sharing, knowledge and support when you face challenging business situations so you are never alone.

Membership Page Icons 12
Trust

Real facts and latest information from Government, Health Authorities and Fair Work Ombudsman at your fingertips.

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Education

We invest time and education into supporting hairdressing’s sustainability via apprenticeships and training for a better future.

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Advocacy

As a member of COSBOA, our relationships with the Government, ATO and FWO are powerful and proactive.

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FAQs

Who can join the AHC?
What does the AHC do for the industry?
Who runs the AHC?
How Much is AHC Membership?
What Will I Get Out of My Membership?
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AHC Membership… Your best investment

Who can join the AHC?

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

Salon Select Membership

SALONS WITH STAFF

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.

Associate Membership

ALLIED INDUSTRY BUSINESSES

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!

Franchise Membership

FRANCHISE / MULTI-SALON GROUPS -  POA contact the AHC 

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.

RTO Select Membership

REGISTERED TRAINING ORGANISATIONS

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.

Single Operator Membership

SOLO OPERATORS

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.

Pathway Connect Membership

EMPLOYEES - COMING SOON

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.

Teacher Membership

TEACHERS

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?

Representing Small Business

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.

A Voice to Government

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 Issues that Matter

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.

A Sustainable Future

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 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?

YOUR BEST BUSINESS INVESTMENT

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 information on pricing go to our Memberships page (hyperlink).

Secure Payments

Payleadr handles all AHC membership payments. Payleadr is an Australian owned and operated company that has been established by a team of passionate payments and software industry experts possessing more than 30 years combined payment experience. Payleadr is regulated by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) and holds an Australian Financials Services License (501914) enabling them to issue non-cash payments products. It sounds cliché, but we’re serious about security. Very serious. And so is Payleadr. All data is handled in accordance with their privacy policy and all traffic on the Payleadr site and platform is encrypted via SSL, meaning they encrypt and decrypt date sent over the internet.

Flexible Payment Options

Memberships can be paid by direct debit from an Australian bank account, Visa or MasterCard debit card or a Visa or MasterCard credit card. The Payleadr platform offers the ability to pay for your AHC membership in annual, six-monthly, quarterly, monthly, four weekly, fortnightly or weekly instalments. Annual payments receive a 10% discount on the annual AHC membership fee (Salon Select membership only). PayPal is not available on the Payleadr platform.

Membership is Tax Deductible

Make sure your accountant has your payment receipt so you can claim it back at tax time.

What Will I Get Out of My Membership?

THE BENEFITS ARE ENDLESS!

The sense of community. The support. The knowledge that you get accurate, up-to-date information, every time. The guidance from our specialised employment lawyers. The sharing of advice and knowledge from experienced, likeminded salon owners within our organisation. The countless resources at your fingertips to help you with everything in business. The friendships. The confidence knowing that you are not alone and others are experiencing or have gone through exactly what you are.

What's in it for you?

The AHC understands that all business owners need to be informed and supported with industry changes or employee advice. Salon owners join the AHC as ‘Salon Select’ members and gain access to the following, plus so much more:

  • Specialised employment lawyers advising on all employment and Award queries
  • Over 300 resources covering crucial operational information including pay tables and IR changes
  • Employee management ideas and templates
  • Policies and Procedures covering your salon culture
  • Valuable support, opportunity, insight and inspiration in many areas as you forge ahead in your business
  • A support network of industry peers at your fingertips via a 24/7 online forum
  • Consumer recognition that your salon is amongst the very best in Australia
  • Accreditation as a GOLD or SILVER Salon Select salon
  • Access to seminars, speakers, business insight and creative education opportunities at discounted AHC membership prices
  • Peace of mind that you are part of a community of likeminded business owners that will support and help you throughout your business journey.
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