High Risk Employment Permit - Australian Capital Territory


You will require this permit if you intend to employ a person who is under the age of 15 in high risk employment. Employment is declared as high risk employment if it has been determined that it is likely to harm a child or young person's health, safety and personal or social development. The following activities are considered high risk and require this permit:

  • Use of dangerous machinery;
  • Use of dangerous substances;
  • Handling harsh or toxic chemicals;
  • High elevation work;
  • Service of alcohol;
  • Gaming or gambling service;
  • Nudity and display of genitals;
  • Working with extreme temperatures; and
  • Heavy construction and excavation work.

Please be aware that your permit may be subject to conditions (for instance, about adequate direct supervision of young people or about the appropriate induction and training. Please use the contact details below to find out more information.

Service type


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

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to receive this permit you must:

  • Submit an application in writing;
  • Outline the activities that the child or young person will be expected to perform;
  • Outline the intended term of employment;
  • Outline a management plan for how you intend to protect the child or young person's health, safety and personal or social development; and
  • Provide written permission from a legal guardian of the child or young person.

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


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Description
Apply Application

Please consult the Contact Officer for information on fees to be submitted.

Administering agency

Community Services Directorate

Office for Children, Youth and Family Support

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Enquiries, Young Workers

Mailing address: GPO BOX 158
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Phone: 132281
Fax: 02 62050480
Email: youngworkers@act.gov.au