Do you meet Child Safe Standards?
Organisations that employ a child for whom a permit is required under the Child Employment Act 2003 are also required to comply with Child Safe Standards.
Visit the Commission for Children and Young People's website for more information.
Employing children in the entertainment industry - an overview
Hi, I'm Umi.
We all know kids are natural performers. Give us a blanket and a shampoo bottle and we'll create some magic.
# Lah! #
But if you need us for any advertising or entertainment purposes, and we're under 15 years of age, you'll need a permit.
Why? Because it tells the government that you're doing the right thing by us.
- risk management
- tutoring and
- working hours.
This all comes from the Child Employment Act and the Mandatory Code of Practice for the Employment of Children in Entertainment.
These were both designed to help kids, like me, be able to do the work we love, while still being safe and well looked after, and to ensure that our roles are appropriate and don't interrupt our education.
The good news is there are changes that make it easier and less costly for employers to comply.
We made sure to ask people like you how to improve things, and that's exactly what we did.
There's a new online system for applying for permits and once you fill it out, the permits are free.
Just make sure you have everything you need to show that I'll be safe at work, including permission from my mum and dad.
Also, if you need some help, you can always speak to my friends, the Child Employment Officers. They're really smart and will make sure you're well looked after.
Just go to business.vic.gov.au/childemployment
Or call 1800 287 287
OK, I'm ready for my close-up.
Maybe not THAT close!
Employing children in Victoria - the permit application process
Checklist: before applying for a permit
Please ensure that you understand the child employment laws and requirements prior to applying for a permit, and:
- all child supervisors have completed a Working with Children Check successfully
- all employers keep proper records of child employment during the course of employment
- parents and guardians have been provided with a copy of child employment in the entertainment industry: summary for parents.
You should also become familiar with the Mandatory Code of Practice which is included in The Guide below:
3 business day minimum permit applications
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. Application assessments may take longer than 72 hours depending on numbers of children, complexity and demand. Applicants are encouraged to submit applications as early as possible. *unless subject to prior agreement with child employment
Online application - Child Employment Portal
- applying for a normal permit and a blanket permit
- applying for a supplementary permit
- applying for variation of the code
- applying to vary hours of work or rest breaks
- copying an application
- generating parental consent
- accessing additional forms for specific and record keeping requirements.
What records am I required to keep?
- Application for Child Employment Permit - entertainment (PDF 809.53 KB)
- Application for Child Employment Permit - industries other than entertainment (PDF 870.85 KB)
- Application for Supplementary Permit - entertainment (PDF 596.55 KB)
- Child Employment Information Form (PDF 808.93 KB)
- Parental Consent for Employment of Child (PDF 677.07 KB)
- School exemption form (PDF 49.31 KB)
Situation specific requirements
Application to vary requirements of the Mandatory Code of Practice
Get help with child employment
CESBIS offers one-on-one information and advice regarding your responsibilities under the Victoria Child Employment Act.
To access this program, contact Wage Inspectorate Victoria.
Phone or email us for more information
Wage Inspectorate Victoria is responsible for monitoring compliance with the Child Employment Act 2003.
For further assistance and advice about employing children in Victoria, speak to a Wage Inspectorate officer by calling the Information Line on 1800 287 287, or send them an email.
We value your opinion
We welcome any feedback, comments and suggestions you might like to share.
You also have the option to make an anonymous report if you suspect someone is breaking the rules relating to child employment but you don’t want to provide personal information.
- Log into the Child Employment Portal
- Child Employment Act 2003
- Application for Child Employment Permit (Entertainment) (DOC 344 KB)
- Application for Child Employment Permit (All Industries except Entertainment) (DOC 277 KB)
- Child Employment Information Form (DOC 405 KB)
- Parental Consent to Employment of Child (DOC 286 KB)
- Application for Supplementary Permit (Entertainment) (DOC 522.5 KB)
- Application to employ a baby less than 12 weeks of age for more than 1 hour (DOC 82.5 KB)
- Parental advice form (DOC 89.5 KB)
- Video resources
- Child Employment Small Business Information Service