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. Employing a child without a permit is a criminal offence.

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
  • 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

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.

Other resources

Act(s) name

Child Employment Act 2003 Victoria

Regulation(s) name

Child Employment Regulations 2014 Victoria

Lodgement process


Please lodge all applications through the online Child Employment Portal.

Approval time

Child employment permit applications and support documents must be lodged a minimum of 72 hours (3 business days) prior to a child commencing work. Applications received outside of this time frame will be refused.

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. Different areas of industry require abiding by specific industry codes of practices in relation to working with children.

A child must be supervised by someone who holds a current and valid Working with Children Check.

Administering agency

Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

Child Employment

Contact details

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

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Child Employment Officer

Child Employment

Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

Operating address: Level 16
1 Spring Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Mailing address: GPO BOX 2392
Melbourne, Victoria 3001
Toll Free: 1800 287 287
Fax: 03 9651 9703
Website: Child Employment (Opens in new window)