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What is the legal age to Work in Australia ?

By on March 16, 2020 in Employment with 0 Comments

When you are already in the workforce, there are plenty of career opportunities out there when  you start looking.  But what about when you are younger, and are wanting to have a little bit of independence from your parents.  If you ask the obvious question what is the legal age to work in Australia. Then some of the follow up questions you might ask yourself are :

  • Is it OK to start work ?
  • What about the legal age to work in Australia ?
  • What type of jobs can I do ?

What is the legal age to work in Australia

These are all questions that matter, and of course are things that you need to consider, if you are wanting to start working on your career when you are young.

Each state and territory have their own laws, when it comes to the legal age to work in Australia.

The minimum age you can start work applies to all workers, including anyone wanting to start and apprenticeship or traineeships.

legal age to work in Australia

Australian Capital Territory

Currently there is no set age for starting work.  Although if your under 15 there are time limits to the type of work you can do and how many hours you can work in the day or week.

New South Wales

Currently New South Wales have no age limit for when you can start work.

Northern Territory

Again, there is no set age limit for when you can start work, but there is time restrictions if you are under 15.  For example you cannot work between 10 pm and 6 am.

Queensland

You need to be 15 or older to work in Queensland.

There are limitation if you are under 15 and are wanting to work.

  • Working in a family business
  • Work in the entertainment industry

Some supervised employment such as deliveries and charitable collections.

If you aged between 13 and 15 you may also work with your parents permission, but they will need to sign a parents consent form

South Australia

Although South Australia has no set age limit for starting work, there are limits to the type of work you can do , when performing in public or selling things in public paces.

Victoria

15 years of age and older you can start work

Between 13 and 15 you can work with your parents permission, but you must have a child employment permits.

If you’re under 15 year of age you may work in limited circumstances.

  • Being employed in a family business
  • Working in the entertainment industry

Western Australia

Being 15 years or older, you can start work,  Under 15 you can only work some jobs with restricted hours.

You must be the minimum school leaving age if you wish to work during school times.

So there you go.    The legal age to work in Australia still gives you plenty of opportunities to get a jump start on your career.

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About the Author

About the Author: Penny Smith, has along career working in employment services in Australia. Penny is a regular contributor to Industry Work Australia. .

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