Child Employment Permit - Victoria


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.

Work includes both paid and unpaid work, and applies to a child who is engaged as an employee or independent contractor. You must apply for this permit before employing any children.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

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
  • any other information required by the Agency.

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

Ongoing eligibility 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 child's 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, and this record must be kept for at least 12 months.


Up to 12 months.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

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.

Act(s) name

Child Employment Act 2003 VIC

Regulation(s) name

Child Employment Regulations 2014 VIC

Lodgement process


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.

Additional information

The minimum age of employment of a child is thirteen years, however a minimum age of eleven years applies to certain delivery work. There is no minimum age for the employment of a child in entertainment. The conditions of work in the entertainment industry are set down by a Mandatory Code of Practice.

Administering agency

Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources

Child Employment

Contact details

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

Child Employment Officer

Child Employment

Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources

Operating address: Level 35,
121 Exhibition Street
Melbourne, Victoria, 3000
Mailing address: General Post Office Box 4509
Melbourne, Victoria
Toll Free: 1800 287 287
Fax: 03 9651 9703
Website: Child Employment (Opens in new window)