The minimum age of employment is governed by various State based legislative requirements or Company recommendations. As at 1 January 2009, the following minimum ages apply in each state:
NSW, NT, SA, TAS
The minimum age of employment outside school hours is 14 years of age for casual and part time employees. It is our policy that if you are 14 years of age, but not yet 14 years and 9 months that:
- Your parent or guardian provides written consent for you to start work
- You must be able to demonstrate during the interview that you have the ability to handle difficult situations and the skill to fulfil the required positions.
In Victoria, the employment of children is governed by the Child Employment Act 2003 which states that the minimum age of employment is 15 years of age.
With effect from 1 July 2006, employment in Queensland is governed by the Child Employment Act which requires employees who are under 16 years of age and have not yet finished Year 10, to provide parental consent to commence work. In addition, we apply our Company minimum age policy of 14 years.
Employees under 16 may only work 12 hours during a school week (38 hours a week during school holidays), with each shift being a maximum of 4 hours Monday to Friday and 8 hours Saturday and Sunday.
All hours of work must be between 6am and 10pm.
With effect from 1 July 2006, employees who are under 15 years of age need to provide parental consent to commence work. In addition, we apply our Company minimum age policy of 14 years.
For legislative reasons, employees under 16 years of age may not work during school hours and those under 15 years of age may only work between the hours of 6am and 10pm.
The recommended minimum age for full time employment in ACT is school leaving age (ie. 15 years of age). It is possible to be employed below this age for a maximum of 10 hours per week. However, if you wish to be employed for more than 10 hours per week, prior approval must be obtained from the Chief Executive of the Department of Housing, Disability and Community Services.
right to work in Australia
It is a legal requirement that all employees have the right to work in Australia, If you are invited to an interview, you will need to demonstrate your right to work in Australia by providing an original of one of the following documents:
- Australia Passport
- Australia Citizenship Certificate and photo ID
- • Australian Birth Certificate (the birth certificate must show that at least one parent was born in Australia. If it does not, you will also be required to provide one parent’s current Australia Citizenship Certificate or Permanent Residence Visa)
- New Zealand Passport with Australian Immigration Entry Stamp
- Foreign Passport with Permanent Residency Visa
- Foreign Passport with Visa work conditions 8104, 8105, 8108
A copy of this document will be retained for your file if you are successful.