Child Employment Permit - Victoria

Service summary

You will require this permit if you intend to employ a child under the age of fifteen. The application must be made by the employer, with the consent of the child's parent or guardian.

A child employment permit will set out conditions to address risks associated with employment, and to ensure that the work does not adversely affect a child's education and that the health, safety and moral welfare of children at work is protected. These conditions include providing suitable facilities and special health and safety measures.

Work undertaken by a child is considered to be employment when a child takes part or assists in any business, trade or occupation carried on for profit. It includes both paid and unpaid work, and applies to a child who is engaged as an employee or independent contractor.

The following activities are not considered to be employment:

  • Participation in a project or entertainment for the benefit of a church, religious body or institution, or the child's school
  • Participation in a church or religious service or program is also not considered to be employment
  • Undertaking domestic or tutoring activities on a casual basis at residential premises
  • Participation in an apprenticeship, traineeship or practical training
  • Door-to-door fundraising for a non-profit organisation
  • Work relating to sporting activities, including coaching refereeing or umpiring.

A child may also be employed in a family business without a permit, provided the child is directly supervised by a parent or guardian.

Under a permit, a child may only be employed to undertake light work for limited hours of work. Certain kinds of work are prohibited, including door-to-door selling.

The minimum age of employment of a child is thirteen years, however a minimum age of eleven years applies to the delivering newspapers or other pamphlets and advertising material and making deliveries for a registered pharmacist. There is no minimum age for the employment of a child in a family business or entertainment. The conditions of work in the entertainment industry are set down by a Mandatory Code of Practice.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

The application must be made by the potential employer. Please submit your completed application on the approved form, and attach all associated documentation, including:

  • Potential employer's details;
  • Relevant police check permission forms;
  • Child's personal and school details;
  • The informed consent of the child's parent or guardian;
  • Details of the proposed work activities and intended hours and dates of employment; and
  • Any other information required by the Agency.

The prospective employer is required to provide details about the job, including the position, duties, location, supervision arrangements, and permission for staffing police checks.


Ongoing requirements

Considerable ongoing expectations are attached to the approval of this permit, including the obligation on the potential employer to ensure that all legislative requirements are met.

There may be permit conditions that place ongoing operating limitations on the childs employment relating to a particular locality, time limits, activity or event, or prohibiting the use of particular equipment so that the child does not face hazards in the workplace..

You will be required to keep records detailing the dates, times, and hours worked by the child.


Up to 12 months.



There is no application fee for this permit, however there is a fee for a national police name check. Please contact the Agency for more details.



Please lodge your application and all associated documentation directly with the Agency.

Approval time

The permit must be approved before employment commences. Please allow sufficient time for the application to be processed.

Administering agency

Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
Child Employment

Act(s) name

Child Employment Act 2003 (Victoria)

Regulation(s) name

Child Employment Regulations 2014 (Victoria)

Contact details

Child Employment Officer
Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
Child Employment

Operating address:
Level 35,
121 Exhibition Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Mailing address:
GPO BOX 4509
Melbourne, Victoria 3001


1800 287 287


03 9651 9703

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