The AHC in 2019...a year in review

A snapshot of what your industry body accomplished in 2019

Here is a list of some highlights and a few of the many initiatives the Australian Hairdressing Council has accomplished for the industry during the last 12 months. The AHC has consistently reinforced its four pillars – Raising Industry Standards, Connecting Our Industry, Voice to Government and Supporting Business – so that for every initiative, event and promotion we undertake, we endeavour to ensure it meets some, if not all, of these pillars so we can be true to the philosophy and mission of the Australian Hairdressing Council.
So how have we done this?

  • The AHC continues to meet with the Government to lobby on presenting the needs of the hairdressing industry.
  • The AHC actively lobbied the Government on our industry’s need to be included on the medium to long term strategic skills lists. Meetings with Federal Ministers David Coleman, Minister Steve Irons and the Departments of Home Affairs and Education included 3 submissions, 12 case studies and an industry survey. 
  • The AHC presented Industry Day, attended by Assistant Minister for Vocational Education, Training and Apprenticeships, Steve Irons. The focus of this event was workshopping the industry’s Training Package. Industry attendees were RTOs, teachers, educators and salon owners.
  • Schmoozefest was held at the stunning Sofitel Darling Harbour bar. With a sold out attendance of over 200, the members of the AHC networked on Hair Expo Saturday night.
  • The AHC presented ‘Meet the Industry Disruptors’, a lively discussion panel with Dennis Langford, Mia De Vries, Tom White, Adam Ciaccia and Natalie Anne.
  • Youthworx presented the 2019 Apprentice of the Year finalists on the Hair Expo Main Stage.
  • The AHC introduced Teacher Select accreditation to recognise teacher currency in our RTO colleges.
  • The AHC supports the Hairaisers Campaign for Beyond Blue, raising awareness of suicide.
  • CEO Sandy Chong is re-elected to the COSBOA Board (Council Of Small Business of Australia). 
  • Sandy Chong attends and presents at the COSBOA Summit in Melbourne, engaging with Australian Government, Regulators and small business stakeholders in discussion on small business concerns and interests.
  • Sandy Chong continues her role with the IRC (Industry Reference Committee), representing WRAPS (Wholesale, Retail and Personal Services)
  • Wendy Blair carries on her role on the IAC (Industry Advisory Committee). Wendy also continues to consult with government, salons and RTOs nationally on the future needs of apprenticeships, education and industry skills.
  • AHC lawyers received more than 1800 phone calls from members, with the most commonly covered enquiries regarding pay rates, award entitlements, litigation, policy and procedures and contracts.
  • The AHC partners with several brands to offer additional support, savings and intelligence to its members. These include American Express, Energy Australia and Hamilton and Hamilton Insurance.
  • The AHC partners with The Journal Magazine to raise more than $80,000 with the hair and beauty community for the Charlie Teo Foundation to support vital brain cancer research. The campaign was named ‘Charlie’s Angels’.
  • The AHC initiative Benchmarking project 2019 report shows AHC salons to be more profitable than non AHC salons.
  • The AHC partnered with Skills Road, Hair Expo and Instyle magazine to develop a video targeting 200,000+ school leavers, parents and careers advisors about the many different pathways a hairdressing career can lead. 
  • The AHC devised several targeted social media campaigns using members to share how they chose a career in hairdressing. #choosehair
  • AHC Accreditation continues to grow, recognising ethical business practices in Salon Select, RTO Select, Green Select and Teacher Select.
  • The AHC delivers 40 Reality Bites 10 minute videos, offering business advice from 30 industry experts

    Best wishes to all AHC members for a fabulous 2020!


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