Child Employment Act 2006 - Queensland


Object or Purpose of this legislative Instrument:

The purpose of the Child Employment Act 2006 and the Child Employment Regulation 2006 is to protect all children working in Queensland.

The laws:

  • restrict children from performing work that may be harmful to their health or safety, or physical, mental, moral or social development; and
  • limit the hours of work for school aged children to ensure that their schooling is not adversely affected by employment.

Scope of this legislative Instrument:

Under the laws it is illegal for an employer to employ a school aged child unless they have a completed and signed Parent's Consent Form.

A school aged child means a child under 16 and who is required to be enrolled at a school. A child below the age 16 is not a school aged child if they have completed compulsory schooling, (ie year 10).

The new laws set the age at which children can work at 13, although those between 11 and 13 can perform supervised delivery work for items such as newspapers and advertising leaflets.

School aged children are not allowed to work between 10pm and 6am. Children between 11 and 13 years of age who are performing supervised delivery work are not allowed to work between 6pm and 6am.

The restrictions relating to age and hours of work do not apply where the child is employed in their family's business or in the entertainment industry.

A separate mandatory Code of Conduct will applies to the employment of children working in the entertainment industry.

Service type

Regulatory Obligation

An obligation defined in law. A business must comply with relevant services.

Other resources

Additional information

Further information and the following forms can be downloaded from the Business Queensland website.

  • Application for Special Circumstances Certificate
  • Parents Consent Form

Children and Young Workers Code of Practice 2006 is covered by the Work Health and Safety Act 2011.

Enquiries should be directed to Workplace Health & Safety Queensland.

Administering agency

Office of Industrial Relations

Contact details

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Customer Service Centre

Office of Industrial Relations

Mailing address: GPO Box 69
Brisbane QLD 4001
Phone: 07 3406 9999
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