Child Employment - Employer's Authority - New South Wales

Service summary

You will require this authority if you intend to employ children in the entertainment, exhibition, still photography, modelling or door-to-door sales industries. Specifically, you will need approval to employ a child who is either:

  • under 15 years in the entertainment and exhibition industries
  • under 15 years in the photography and film industries
  • under 16 years in the modelling industry
  • between 14 years 9 months and 18 years in the door-to-door sales industry
  • an infant in any industry.

Employment is defined as providing payment or giving benefit (coupon, voucher, royalty, etc.) to a child or another person in return for services provided by the child. You are required to notify each time a child will be employed prior to the commencement of their employment. This includes pre-employment activities such as rehearsals.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type

Licence

A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Exemptions

You may not need this authority if you are planning to employ:

  • a child for a fundraising appeal
  • a child for an entertainment event where all the proceeds are for charity
  • a child who is a national of a foreign country for a performance that is authorised by that country?s government.

You will need to apply for an exemption.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this authority, you must:

  • be an organisation or individual who directs a child to perform tasks for payment or material benefit, or an industry student who directs a child to perform a task with or without payment or benefit.
  • have a child safe code of conduct specific to your organisation or business
  • have a personal injury policy for any children that are to be employed
  • be able to comply with all requirements set out in the code of practice.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Prerequisites

Ongoing requirements

As an employer with the authority to employ children in New South Wales, you must:

  • keep a detailed record of all the work that a child conducts
  • keep an incident register in an approved manner
  • notify the office 7 days in advance of any work to be done by a child
  • have in place a risk management strategy
  • comply with all workplace standards set out in the code of practice.

Duration

Authority will be granted for the length of time specified in the application up to a maximum of 12 months.

Fees

 TypeAmountDescription
ApplyApplication$2,400.00

Employer's authority in force for up to 12 months for any regulated activity.

Application$1,075.00

Employer's authority in force for up to 12 months only for still photographic sessions or door-to-door sales.

Application$2,040.00

Employer's authority in force for up to 6 months for any regulated activity.

Application$914.00

Employer's authority in force for up to 6 months only for still photographic sessions or door-to-door sales.

Application$1,830.00

Employer's authority in force for up to 3 months for any regulated activity.

Application$806.00

Employer's authority in force for up to 3 months only for still photographic sessions or door-to-door sales.

Application$200.00

Employer's authority in force for up to 1 week for any regulated activity.

Application$100.00

Employer's authority in force for up to 1 week only for still photographic sessions or door-to-door sales.

Other resources

Approval time

Allow at least 3 business days for the Office to process your application.

Additional information

As an employer, you must provide the parents of employed children with the office's code of practice and your own organisation's code of conduct.

Administering agency

Office of the Children's Guardian

Act(s) name

Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 (New South Wales)

Regulation(s) name

Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) (Child Employment) Regulation 2015 (New South Wales)

Contact details

Enquiries
Office of the Children's Guardian


Operating address:
Level 13
418A Elizabeth Street
Surry Hills
New South Wales 2010

Phone:

02 8219 3600

Fax:

02 8219 3699
kids@kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au

Supporting information

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