The Passion and Experience To Help Your Salon


Creating great hair for your clients is just the beginning. But the day to day operations, hiring, and HR are completely new to many of us when getting started in our own salons.

That’s why AHC was formed – to give you the resources
and support you need.

We’ve Been In Your Shoes

Proven Success and Experience

Successful Management of a 100+ Staff Company

Leadership of a 20 Staff Business in New Zealand

Proven history of expanding and scaling businesses effectively.​

Leading The Revolution Of
Australian Hairdressing

The Australian Hairdressing Council (AHC) is the national voice connecting hairdressing and barber professionals, educators, and suppliers. It exists to ensure a sustainable, positive future for our industry. Since 2010 the AHC has set ethical business standards for salon and registered training organisation (RTO) members and represents the professional hair industry nationally.


Salon Select Membership

For salons with up to four locations, offering accreditation and recognition as a quality salon​​.

Solo Owner Select Membership

Tailored for solo operators, freelancers, or home business owners, providing a supportive community and industry leadership​​.

Associate Membership

Connects allied industry businesses with thousands of salons for promotion and networking, ranging from supplies to services​​.

Franchise Membership

Designed for franchises and multi-salon groups, including a fast-track to Gold Salon Select assessment and recognition for operational excellence​​.

RTO Select Membership

For Registered Training Organisations, offering connections with industry players and access to the latest industry news and resources.


Provides teachers at private colleges or TAFE with the latest industry developments and a platform to influence training plans​​.

Proven Leadership: The AHC Board

The Heart and Soul of The Hairdressing Community

The affairs of the Australian Hairdressing Council are controlled, managed by, or under the direction of the Board of Directors, which comprises a combination of the following representatives: salon owner/hairdresser, manufacturer/supplier, public/private RTO, media and service provider. 

The AHC Board also has 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.

Getting Your Salon On The Right Path


Connect and Collaborate

Book a call and engage with our community of hairdressing professionals. Join and go through an onboarding and welcome and introduction.


Access The Resources You Need

Utilise our tailor-made resources, including business management tools, HR support, and policy templates, specifically designed for the needs of the hairdressing industry.


Elevate Through Accreditation

Achieve recognition and distinction in the hairdressing industry through our accreditation process, enhancing your salon’s credibility and setting a benchmark for excellence and professionalism.

Foundation Members

American Crew is more than just another product supplier. It's a landmark in the history of men's grooming created to establish trust and care for men.
Aveda believes it’s what’s inside that counts. That’s why we work tirelessly to bring you the best natural products possible.
The De Lorenzo brand has been providing professional salons with the best quality, natural based haircare products since 1930, built from two brothers with a dream.
A lifestyle brand for the young and young at heart, ELEVEN Australia is the fresh approach to hair and body care suitable for everyone.
We are here to give free-thinkers unnaturally good-looking hair. Fudge celebrates the people who want to turn heads, make a statement and defy expectations.
From industry leaders to session artists and salon stylists, the most discerning professionals understand that working with the best tools gets the best results. ghd isn't just a brand but a community, with products being sold in over 50,000 salons worldwide.
The latest innovations in combination with the best educated stylists, Goldwell offers salon exclusive products and innovative services that guarantee stunning hair and outstanding looks.
The foundation of the Great Lengths mission is to source, treat and supply 100% human hair extensions of the highest quality in an ethical manner.
At Indola, we’re inspired by real life and real people, focusing on all the relevant things you need
Our salon innovations are designed to return hair to its strongest, shiniest, healthiest state with each and every use. The ‘joi’ of healthy hair is our promise and our commitment.
Since 1964, we have been combining our deep knowledge of hairdressers and their clients to imagine a world of professional hair care products that would exceed expectations.
Keune is a Dutch brand and has been making products since 1922. The Keune brand aims to develop the highest quality products and actively works to work with suppliers who share a sustainable approach. All products are proudly Cruelty Free.
Born from the same philosophy as skincare, KEVIN.MURPHY products provide the tools to recreate high-fashion runway looks in the salon or at-home, while always remaining kind to the environment.
We use the powerful language of style to collaborate with our community and collect ideas from the most inspiring places in the world: runways, urban fashion districts and the streets.
La Biosthetique was born from the passion to create hair and beauty products from natural pure ingredients which work in harmony with our own bio-chemistry.
L’Oréal Professionnel is committed to helping hairdressers improve their working conditions and education by developing high quality, environmentally friendly products.
Matrix is committed to serving each and every community salon and empowering stylists to create positive change for their clients and the world around them.
Nioxin is all about a holistic approach to hair loss, with hair and scalp treatments to help keep your scalp and strands youthful and healthy-looking.
Nioxin is all about a holistic approach to hair loss, with hair and scalp aOur mission: to bring the finest hair products to Australia so salons could realise their potential, from premium, fashion-connected products to simple solutions to haircare, including ELEVEN Australia, KEVIN.MURPHY and Ecoheads.treatments to help keep your scalp and strands youthful and healthy-looking.
Pureology was born from a powerful idea: professional colour care without compromise. We create customised, high performance formulas while caring for our planet.
Redken is a unique mix of fashion, innovation and inspiration creating the buzz, setting the pace and establishing what's new, what's hot and what's next in hair.
The journey between the brand, the hairdresser and the client to find one’s own voice. To stand up for what you know, not what you’re told.
Schwarzkopf is a brand that represents quality, expertise and innovation and has been for more than 120 years, thriving off satisfaction and trust with customers.
Sebastian was born from a vision of beauty without boundaries. We think outside the lines of our craft and follow new possibilities for self expression.
One of the world’s leading software providers for the hair and beauty industry, found in more than 14,000 salons and 45 countries worldwide.
For more than 130 years, Wella has been delivering innovations and services that enable hairdressers’ creativity and is one of the world’s leading professional haircare brands.


Most frequent questions and answers

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

If you employ, contract or rent chairs, then 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 eco-friendly practices. 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 run a professional compliant business to your local community.

Single Owner Select (SOS) Membership
If you are an independent stylist, a freelancer, solo operator with a compliant home business or perhaps in a rent-a-chair arrangement within another business, you are eligible for SOS. 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.

Associate Membership
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
Franchises and salon groups of five or more salons come under this level of membership.

RTO Select Membership
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.

Teacher Membership
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.

Representing Small Business
Small businesses require strong representation at all levels of Government, as well as to other organisations whose policies and decisions affect their industry.
The AHC is the voice of our industry with holistic representation covering skills and education, industrial and employment relations, immigration, and all small business matters. Our hairdressing industry needs credible representation at all levels of Government and the media. Our cause is to 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 undertakes extensive advocacy and lobbying, and ensures it is engaged and present at a Government level so that our industry is not overlooked when it comes to important decisions.
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 )
  • Industrial reforms and changes affecting small businesses.
  • Apprenticeships, Incentives and Employment.
  • Federal and State Government engagement on the recovery of natural disasters 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 that 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. 
What makes the Australian Hairdressing Council stand out from other associations? The difference with the AHC is that an industry person will respond to your query. Our team members are all hairdressers, business owners and/or educators, and have an understanding of what it’s like to stand in your shoes.
The hairdressing industry landscape has evolved over the last 10 years. The way many do business has changed, with the increase of solopreneurs, rent a chair operators, freelance stylists, contractors, studio and suite locations, and home business operators. With 95% of our industry being female, flexible work arrangements have become a necessity for many.
The AHC as an Association adapts to this changing landscape by understanding the needs for these business models. The AHC acts as a connection to these businesses to encourage inclusivity so that no business or individual feels isolated, but instead, 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 upskilling 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.

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 and bound by our Constitution, which governs a set of fundamental principles or established precedents that the AHC is run by.

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. A Salon Select membership is about the same investment in your daily cup of coffee, giving you peace of mind, advice when you need it, saving you time and money. Associate Memberships are available for solo operators, solopreneurs and companies. For more information on pricing and membership types, go to our Memberships page.

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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.

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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
AHC membership is 100% tax deductible. Make sure your accountant has your payment receipt so you can claim it back at tax time.


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.

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 Workplace Advisory Team advising on all employment and Award queries
  • Over 400 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, as well as GREEN accreditation for eco-friendly salon warriors
  • 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.