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 industries other than entertainment

Checklist: before applying for a permit

Please ensure you understand the laws and requirements around child employment in industries other that entertainment before you begin your application.

It's also important for you to know that:

Did you know you may be eligible for one-on-one support and guidance? Visit our page on the Child Employment Small Business Information Service to find out more.

5 business day minimum – permit applications

Child employment permit applications and supporting documents must be lodged a minimum of 5 business days* prior to a child commencing work. Applications received outside of this time frame will be refused.

More complex applications may take up to 28 days to assess. A Child Employment Officer will be in touch within 3 business days to provide an anticipated assessment timeframe if the application is complex.  Applicants are encouraged to submit applications as early as possible.

*unless subject to prior agreement with the Wage Inspectorate.

Online application – Child Employment Portal

We encourage you to utilise the Child Employment Portal – it has many time saving features, and can be used for:

  • applying for a permit
  • applying to vary hours of work or rest breaks
  • copying an application
  • generating parental consent
  • accessing additional forms for specific and record keeping requirements.

Keep in mind there may be additional requirements or specific situations that require you to use extra forms that are not included in the online process. You'll find these provided below, or by searching 'Quick Links' within the Child Employment Portal.

Log into the Child Employment Portal

Offline application

Please contact Wage Inspectorate Victoria on 1800 287 287 if you cannot complete an application online and need further assistance.

Application to vary requirements

The Child Employment Act 2003 sets our requirements in industries other than entertainment in relation to working hours and rest breaks.

These requirements may be varied in some circumstances – and on application in writing.

Please complete this application via the Child Employment Portal if you lodged your initial permit application online. Please contact Wage Inspectorate Victoria on 1800 287 287 if you cannot do this online and need further assistance.

Get help with child employment

If you own, are looking to purchase, or start a small business with under 20 employees, you may be eligible for our Child Employment Small Business Information Service (CESBIS).

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 email childemployment@wageinspectorate.vic.gov.au.

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.