Youth Employment in Australia

Opportunities and regulations about work for teenagers in Australia...

The minimum working age in Australia varies between states and territory. In some areas, under 15s need to have parental consent in order to work and may only work a certain number of hours a week. In other states the minimum age to work without parental consent is 16. Many employers choose not to employ children under the age of 14, but there is no legal requirement.

There are no maximum working hours in most states; however, children under the age of 17 cannot work during school hours without special permission.

  • For information on laws relating to minimum working ages: Click here

Popular jobs carried out by teenagers include newspaper delivery, babysitting, or working in a shop or restaurant.

  • For information on the type of work that can be carried out by youngsters: Click here

The government Youth website has information relevant to teenagers on employment issues, with links to useful resources.