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.