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Child employment

State legislation in regard to child employment, trading hours, public holidays, private employment agents and long service leave continues to apply to all businesses and employees in Queensland.

In Queensland, the employment of children is governed by the Child Employment Act 2006 and the Child Employment Regulation 2006 both of which are effective as of 1 July 2006.

An amendment covering the entertainment industry is effective from 1 January 2007.

The laws:

  • protect school-aged children from performing work that may be harmful to their health and safety, or that compromises their mental, moral or social welfare
  • limit the hours of work for school-aged children to ensure that their studies aren't adversely affected by employment.

The laws are complemented by the Children and Young Workers Code of Practice 2006 with practical advice for employers of young workers. The code is the result of an extensive review of child labour in Queensland undertaken by the Commission for Children and Young People.

The laws provide separate rights and obligations for employment within:

  • the entertainment industry
  • industries other than the entertainment industry.

Child employment in the entertainment industry

The legislation protects children from being required to perform work that may be harmful to their health or safety, or their physical, mental, moral or social development. These laws also ensure that work does not interfere with children’s schooling. To achieve these objectives the Act and Regulation set minimum ages for work, limit the hours of work of school-aged and young children and place obligations on employers who employ children.

Child employment other than in the entertainment industry

The legislation protects children from being required to perform work that may be harmful to their health and safety, or that compromises their mental, moral or social welfare. The Act and Regulation also limits the hours of work of school-aged children to ensure that their studies aren't adversely affected.

Last reviewed
17 November 2010
Last updated
9 March 2012

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