As an employer, understand your key employment obligations with this free fact sheet from LegalVision. Do you have a question about work? For free and confidential legal advice, you can ask us a question here or contact us on 1800 953 673 (9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday). Most young people want a little more pocket money to buy concert tickets, clothes or the new iPhone 13. But how old does a child have to be to work legally? The answer depends on the state or territory in which the young person lives. This article sets the minimum age of employment in each state or territory, so you can rest assured that you are hiring legally. 11 years is the minimum age for delivery of newspapers and brochures in Victoria. 13 is the minimum age for most other forms of employment (excluding employment in the entertainment sector). There are restrictions on working hours and days until the age of 15. There is no minimum age to work in family businesses.
To learn more, click here. There is no minimum age to work in South Australia as long as the job does not interfere with school attendance and take place at inappropriate times (such as late at night or early in the morning). Visit this website for more details. McDonald`s is at least 14 years old, with written permission from the teen`s legal guardian. McDonald`s has implemented this measure to create a work environment that can support academic commitments and youth safety requirements. It`s a good idea to take this into account when considering hiring a youth, as children may be more vulnerable to exploitation through employment. Young people may also find it more difficult to balance their work with their other commitments. As you can see, children as young as 15 can get their first job in all states, and in most states they can get paid employment earlier — although there are usually restrictions on how many hours can be worked and when those hours are worked. It is important for each family to weigh the costs and benefits when their teen gets their first job and make a decision that ultimately has the best interests of the child and the family unit at heart. If the person you want to hire is under 15 but over 13, they can work with their parents` permission.
In this scenario, you need a child work permit. The Fair Work Ombudsman regulates employment issues. The Ombudsman`s office can be contacted directly on 13 13 94 or visit its website. When your teen is ready for a job (or perhaps when you`re ready for a job), there are a few factors to consider. The first, of course, is whether your child is legally allowed to work in Australia, the minimum working age in Australia varies from state to state, so we`ll focus on that here. There is no minimum age in New South Wales, but employment must not interfere with a student`s education, and employers must be reasonable with regard to listing, planning and safety. More information is available here. As an employer, it is crucial that you do not employ people who are too young to work legally. However, minimum working age requirements vary from state to state. You should also consider how a person`s young age may affect their work. If you have any questions to ensure you are hiring workers legally, contact LegalVision`s employment lawyers on 1300-544-755 or fill out the form on this page.
• Children under the age of 15 must have the written permission of their legal guardian. The minimum age for admission to employment in the Sunshine State is 13. This number will be reduced to 11 if the child undergoes supervised deliveries in which newspapers, advertising material or similar items are delivered between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Young people between the ages of 11 and 13 can only participate in delivery jobs (e.g. delivery of leaflets/newspapers). There are rules on how many hours school-age children are allowed to work on certain days, during school weeks and during school holidays. School-age children are prohibited from working between 10pm and 6am – see the government`s QLD website for more information. Although there is no minimum age for admission to employment for casual and part-time employment in the Northern Territory, there are restrictions on working in licensed premises and on safe working hours. See here. There are no minimum age restrictions in New South Wales, but you can contact the following organisations for other age restrictions.
Kmart and Coles generally follow the government`s plan for the recommended age, though this varies from store to store. • Start time no earlier than 6 a.m., end no later than 9 a.m. So, is the minimum age 14 years and 9 months? Well, no. This widespread belief dates back to a time in the past when this was the age for parts of Australia, but the 14 years and 9 months rule is no more. When can young people start working? The answer is that it depends. It depends on where you live and work, the type of work they do, and how often they will work. • Children can deliver newspapers and advertising brochures from the age of 11. Age restrictions vary by state and territory in Australia, so you should check the laws in your area. A person must be at least 15 years old to work in Western Australia, unless they are working. There is no minimum age for employees to work in the Northern Territory. However, there are additional conditions that depend on the age of the employee.
For example, an employer may not require the employee to perform work that: In the CAW and the Northwest Territory, there is no minimum age, although employees under the age of 15 are limited in the type of work they can do. However, if you have completed Grade 10 and want to work full-time rather than continue your studies, you can apply for an exemption to leave school and work full-time instead. For more information, please visit our Leaving School page. • Minimum age 14 years and 9 months for home sales work. • Children between the ages of 13 and 14 may drop off newspapers, brochures or promotional materials, work in a store, fast food restaurant, café, restaurant or pick up shopping carts at a retail store or adjacent area, provided they have written permission from a parent. • There is no minimum age to work in a family business or in the entertainment industry. Maybe you`re looking for a junior to join your company, or maybe it`s your child or grandchild who wants to take their first steps in the job market and the long-awaited independence that your first paycheck can bring. In all cases, it is important to know the rules and regulations that govern the employment of children in Australia. In Qld and Victoria, you can work for more than 15 years, less than 15 years, you can work in certain situations. Just because a teenager reaches the «right age» for a job doesn`t mean they`re ready.
Starting work too early, when it is not necessary to earn money to motivate a child, can be a disaster. Here we discuss the advantages and disadvantages of employment for young people. • Children can work a maximum of 4 hours per school day and 12 hours per school week when school is in session. There is no minimum age to work in Tasmania. However, there are limits to the type of work young people can do when performing or selling in public places. This includes requiring children under the age of Rebel (and other Super Retail Group stores such as BCF and SuperCheap Auto) to comply with state government age requirements. In Australia, there is no minimum age to work in all states and territories. The minimum age for admission to employment depends on the country or territory where the employee works.
There is no minimum age for casual or part-time employment in Tasmania as long as it does not interfere with school attendance. To learn more, click here. Do you think the minimum age in your state is fair? The subway varies from store to store, but generally follows the age requirements of the state government. You can start working at any age, but your employer must follow certain rules depending on your age. You can only work full-time if you have completed Grade 10, have reached the age of 17, or have permission from the Ministry of Education. • Children between the ages of 10 and 12 may deliver newspapers, brochures or promotional materials if they are fully supervised by a parent or other adult who has a written power of attorney from the parent. Other important factors include whether your teen is emotionally ready to take on a job; whether they have time to engage with an employer; and whether they have the maturity to make the most of the opportunity.