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Created for the industry, by the industry, we are thrilled to introduce you to the Aesthetic Beauty Industry Council (ABIC). Your trusted, connected and representative body for the professional salon, clinic and spa community, the ABIC embodies the industry of today and the future of tomorrow.

During a tumultuous 2020 for our industry, we were faced with a lack of unison and little to no voice when presenting to government. Consequently, our industry was not being heard and left us fighting many independent battles as opposed to one strong one. 

Pairing unwavering passion for our industry with a large and united voice, twelve industry-leading figures joined forces to represent individuals, businesses, and associations across our diverse industry like never before.

The ABIC is raising professional standards by crafting a benchmark framework for all industry businesses and practitioners to model. Paired with expert advice and guidance, exclusive member-only resources and resolute advocacy, becoming a member of the ABIC is your opportunity to be a part of ground-breaking industry change.

“Our mission is to provide specialised support and guidance for the aesthetic community, and to enhance and strengthen the foundational framework linking the various sectors of the collective industry, allowing for more unity, strength, and industry control over its own direction and self-regulation” explains ABIC CEO Stef Milla, one of the esteemed industry leaders that make up ABIC’s impressive board.

To celebrate the launch of this trailblazing association, we’re sharing some of the must-know features of the Aesthetic Beauty Industry Council and insight into the incredible member-only benefits you’ll discover.

Your ABIC representatives

It goes without saying that diverse industry representation was at the forefront when selecting ABIC Board Members. 

Uplifting the salon, clinic and spa industry are your ABIC Board Members:

  •    Stefanie Milla, CEO and Formulator of Dermalist Skincare
  •   Reika Roberts, Managing Director and Co-Founder of Derma Aesthetics
  •   Tamara Reid, Founding Director of Beaute Industrie
  •   Emma Hobson, Director of Education (APAC) for the International Dermal Institute
  •   Faye Murray, Founder of Your Coach  
  •   Gay Wardle, Founder of Gay Wardle Education
  •   Jahan Kalantar, Managing Partner of Executive Legal and TEDx Speaker
  •   Karla McDiarmid, Director of Macquarie Medi Spa Bathurst and Orange
  •   Keira Maloney, Brand Ambassador of HeadHunter Recruitment
  •   Greg Ure, CEO of Caronlab
  •   Maria Enna-Cocciolone, Founder and CEO of Inskin Cosmedics
  • Matt Williams, Managing Director of Professional Beauty Solutions

Chosen for their long-term dedication to the industry, specialised skill sets and exceptional industry connections, your ABIC Board Members deeply understand your day-to-day environment to authentically and forcefully advocate on your behalf.

“This is what truly sets the ABIC apart from non-industry specific associations. Each board member speaks your language, has experienced your frustrations first-hand, celebrates industry wins with you and understands what having reliable representation moving forward means to your business.” – Tamara Reid, Vice Chair of ABIC and Founding Director of Beaute Industrie and ABIC Board Member.

As you scan through the impressive list of Board Members, you’ll notice that outside of the boardroom, many of these members would consider each other competitors. Now, they’re spending hours together each week for the betterment of the industry. The power of a united front begins at the ABIC boardroom table to prove that regardless of your role in our industry, together, we can achieve so much more.

A membership for every professional

Industry professionals can join the Aesthetic Beauty Industry Council by selecting one of the five membership types currently on offer. These memberships have been designed to represent the intricate roles played within our industry and allow professionals to match themselves with a membership that fits them best.

Each membership offers professionals up-to-date industry news, reliable government and legislative updates and access to exclusive member-only digital platforms. Students, professionals and clinics will experience the ABIC Connect Resource Hub featuring unlimited access to expertly crafted templates, guides and resources.

ABIC Memberships that are now available include:

Student Membership

As the industry’s future, ABIC Student Memberships are designed for individuals studying at an accredited learning institute. 

Professional (Individual) Membership

Designed for qualified industry professionals, employees and sole traders working within the Professional Beauty and Aesthetics Industry.

Clinic Membership

Clinic members have a registered ABN and a council-approved site. This membership is designed for employee-based businesses that fall under one of more of the following categories:

  •   Beauty Services – nails, lashes, eyebrow services, tanning and makeup
  •   Advanced Beauty and Skin – massage, day spa and beauty therapy diploma-level services with basic to moderate use of laser and IPL modalities
  •   Aesthetic and Dermal – advanced skin treatments, laser, skin resurfacing, cosmetic tattooing, non-surgical cosmetic enhancements, cosmetic injectables and advanced treatment modality use

Supplier Membership

For distributors of goods and services that elevate the Professional Beauty and Aesthetics Industry and are recognised as trusted industry allies.

Affiliate and RTO Membership

For aligned partners of the Professional Beauty and Aesthetics industry such as media partners, aligned industry associations and RTO and training organisations.


ABIC accreditation

Time and time again, consumers struggle to find businesses that match the level of professional standard they expect from our industry. That’s where ABIC Accreditation comes in.

A unique and standout feature of ABIC Professional (Individual) and ABIC Clinic Memberships is the opportunity to become an official ABIC Accredited business. As an accredited salon, spa or clinic, you represent the gold standard of our industry when it comes to services, hygiene, professionalism, internal operations and customer experience. You meet and exceed the criteria structure of the ABIC and receive their official tick of approval to match!

Yet again showcasing the value of joining an industry-dedicated association, this accreditation elevates your status as a must-visit salon, spa or clinic. When your potential customer is using the ABIC’s Find A Clinic Directory, your business is prioritised in their customer’s search.

Accreditation can be seamlessly added onto any ABIC Professional (Individual) Membership or ABIC Clinic Membership with facilitators available to assist with the accreditation process.

Unparalleled industry support

Members of the Aesthetic Beauty Industry Council will gain access to over 350 industry-specific resources to enhance business operations, boost professional conduct, transcend their leadership confidence and transform the performance of their team.

From business operations, financial direction, human resources, marketing and communications, operational procedures and policies, leadership and management, ABIC Members can access, download and use templates, guides and manuals that have been designed and approved by your expert Board Members.

In addition to the ABIC Connect Resource Hub, on-demand human resources and legal support is available for ABIC members. Understanding the importance of fostering relationships and finding the right people for your team, ABIC Clinic Members receive unlimited access to HR and IR support, delivered by industry-specific experts. Additionally, when navigating the need for legal support, ABIC Clinic Members are connected with ABIC-approved lawyers for guidance and advice. 

When developing the association’s impressive resource hub, ABIC Board Members channelled what professional salon, spa and clinic owners needed most to run their business with confidence.

In addition to easily accessible resources and guidance, time-poor business owners needed swift access to real people, in real-time. This is why whenever an ABIC member contacts the association for support, they’ll be connected with the warm welcome of an official ABIC facilitator ready to point them in the right direction. 

Without a doubt, the Aesthetic Beauty Industry Council represents what it means to have strength in numbers. The Aesthetic Beauty Industry Council gives you, the professional beauty business owner, the voice and representation you have craved for decades and we couldn’t be more excited to be involved!

Visit www.theabic.org.au to learn more about your Board Members, the memberships on offer and how to be a part of industry-transforming change.