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Tattoo policy in the Public Service?

By LumpySpacePrincess 21 August 2012 34

Has anyone had any personal experience with tattoo policies in the APS? 

I currently work in a government department but am planning to move on.

My current employer has no concern with visible tattoos but I’m a little concerned that I may have to conceal them in another department.

What’s Your opinion?


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schmeah 12:20 pm 22 Aug 12

Tattoos should be the least of any pube’s worries.

I wish Department’s would lay into people who take multiple ciggie breaks every hour and people who spend all day making personal, sometimes intimate, sometimes aggressive phonecalls… so many staff issues, tatts aint one.

Whitepointer 10:56 am 22 Aug 12

Numerous AFP officers have tattoos and are visible to the public while on general duties, facial tattoos are not allowed unless it is for religious beliefs. So I can’t see a problem, go for it!
If you get the job celebrate by getting some new ink done, if you don’t get the job maybe it was because you didn’t have enough tatts!!
Cheers

breda 10:55 am 22 Aug 12

Having worked at PM&C, I assure you that profound eccentricity and social dysfunction is no barrier – as long as you are a brilliant workaholic.

Still, that lets out 99.99% of us.

Jim Jones 10:43 am 22 Aug 12

dpm said :

Pandy said :

…You wont go far (at least in Prime Ministers or Foreign Office) having too many visible tatts…

Oh well, in that case, I may as well end it all now. There’s no point in me going on.
My dream in life was to ‘get far’ in the Foreign Office. Why didn’t someone warn me earlier…???
Hahahahaha!

+1

This is possibly the best reason for getting tattoos I’ve heard in a loooong time.

dpm 9:42 am 22 Aug 12

Pandy said :

…You wont go far (at least in Prime Ministers or Foreign Office) having too many visible tatts…

Oh well, in that case, I may as well end it all now. There’s no point in me going on.
My dream in life was to ‘get far’ in the Foreign Office. Why didn’t someone warn me earlier…???
Hahahahaha!

Pandy 10:55 pm 21 Aug 12

IMHO having tatts makes you a testosterone induced pushy hippie with BO. I will always think you are strange and wont give you the time of day.

You wont go far (at least in Prime Ministers or Foreign Office) having too many visible tatts, unless you look like Sporty Rice.

So you have been warned

Masquara 10:49 pm 21 Aug 12

Tootza said :

I work for a department that is currently consulting on draft guidelines that will require that they be covered up whilst on duty.

That won’t get through. What about traditional Maori chin tatts etc?

LSWCHP 7:44 pm 21 Aug 12

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

aceofspades said :

What about my Prince Albert? Do I have to keep that covered also?

No. No you don’t.

Oh yes you do, at least if you’re anywhere near me.

Jungle Jim 1:59 pm 21 Aug 12

HenryBG said :

People with tattoos shouldn’t be able to get security clearances. Which means no PS jobs for criminals.

As much as I’d like to simply enter the fray with a similar comment to my co-poster (which are all spot on), I’m going to take the bait this one time and ask:

Why, Henry, should body art preclude someone from obtaining a security clearance?

I assume, with a blanket statement like the one you’ve made, you’d also expect anyone in the military to be ink free, therefore kicking out any who’ve inked with their brothers and sisters in arms and precluding anyone with existing ink from joining?

bugmenot 1:58 pm 21 Aug 12

To the OP…

You don’t suppose having this brainwave would have better occurred before getting inked in a fashion that may inhibit future employment?

Reminds me of this – http://us8.memecdn.com/sorry-we-are-not-hiring_o_180828.jpg

Duffbowl 1:47 pm 21 Aug 12

Worked at several departments without issue regarding my tattoos, although they are upper arms only.

HenryBG, you should try harder, mate. You’re efforts really are slipping, and it will be reflected in your performance review.

aceofspades 1:27 pm 21 Aug 12

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

aceofspades said :

What about my Prince Albert? Do I have to keep that covered also?

No. No you don’t.

Oh good, I was worried people might judge me by it.

SyntaxEra 1:22 pm 21 Aug 12

Ahoi-hoi,

I have tattoos on both hands and forearms, and in the 8 years I have worked in the ACT public service, it has never been raised as an issue. Not even slightly.

VYBerlinaV8_is_back 1:20 pm 21 Aug 12

aceofspades said :

What about my Prince Albert? Do I have to keep that covered also?

No. No you don’t.

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