The Victorian Government plans to ban sexual body piercing for people under the age of 18.
The Deputy Premier Rob Hulls says non-sexual piercing for those under 16 will still require parental consent under the proposed bill.
Mr Hulls says he expects the issue to create a lot of discussion in the community.
“So the Government will be putting out a draft bill by the end of the year, so we can have feedback from the public as to whether or not the balance in that bill is appropriate,” he said.
“We want to get this legislation right, but the Government’s preferred position is to ban intimate body piercing for anybody who is under the age of 18,” Mr Hulls said.
Mr Hulls says the Government needs to protect young people.
“There are a whole range of issues, including health issues, the permanency of scarring that can take place in relation to intimate body piercing,” he said.