What age can I get a job?
Full time job
You can get a full time job:
- At the end of the year in which you reach the age of 17 and 6 months.
- When you reach the age of 18.
- At any age if you have completed the minimum requirements for graduation from secondary school.
- At age 16 to 18 if you have been given approval by the CEO of the Department of Education. For more information, see our fact sheet ‘What age can I leave school?’.
Part time job
At any age, you can be employed in a family business or in a dramatic or musical performance or other form of entertainment or in the making of an advertisement.
From the age of 10, you can be employed to carry out delivery work between 6am and 7pm so long as you are accompanied by a parent or responsible adult and the work does not take place during school hours.
From the age of 13, you can work part-time in a restaurant, shop, delivering newspapers and advertising material and trolley collection. You can only work between the hours of 6am and 10pm but the work must not take place during the hours you are required to attend school. Before you can obtain part-time employment, the employer must have written consent from your parents.
From the age of 15, there is no restriction of the type of part-time work that you are allowed to do, as long as it does not involve performing in an indecent manner and is subject to occupational health and safety and the work does not take place during school hours.