Premier Mark McGowan says he is ‘pro mullet’ but draws the line at rat’s tails in response to a private Perth boys’ school’s clampdown on “non-conventional” hairstyles.

In its latest newsletter, Trinity College informed parents that the mullet was “untidy, non-conventional and not acceptable” at the school.

“Hair should be well styled, brushed, neat and clean,” the Catholic school said.

“Hair should be cut so that it clears the collar at the back and does not fall in front of the eyes.

“Students are not permitted to have mullets, rat tails, top knots, mohawks, extra long fringes or any other non-conventional style cuts.

“Hair is not to be undercut or layered and is not to be worn any shorter than a number two cut.”

They didn’t stop at hair on the head, adding that boys must be cleanly shaved.


“This is the personal responsibility of each young man as he matures,” it read.

“Parents are asked to support the college by ensuring that their son is taught to shave and have an adequate supply of shaving equipment at home.

“Boys attending school with excessive facial hair will be asked to shave and supplied with basic disposable equipment.”

Love it or hate it, the mullet is experiencing a resurgence.

It was reported that after Tiger King premiered on Netflix in 2020, Joe Exotic’s bleached mullet led to the search term “how to cut a mullet” increasing by 1124%.

Now, everyone from rock stars to AFL players are sporting the ‘work at the front, play at the back’ look.


A proud Rockingham man, McGowan told reporters on Tuesday he was a fan of the mullet when pressed about Trinity College’s stance.

“I’m very pro mullet, it’s a unique Australian invention – one we should be selling to the world, but I’ll let the school make their own decisions,” he said.

“I’m pro mullet, I’m not so pro-rat’s tails — rat’s tails are a bit beyond the pale.”