Earlier this year the Department conducted a proactive compliance campaign about the employment of children in the fast food industry.
Almost 1000 fast food employers across the Perth metropolitan area were provided with an information pack about the employment of children under the Children and Community Services Act 2004. Information was also sent to the offices of relevant franchise groups.
In August and September, the Department will be extending the proactive compliance campaign and providing information on employment of children laws to many more employers in the fast food industry.
Employers will be provided with the Employer Information Pack Employment of children laws in WA - shop, restaurant, fast food or takeaway food business. This is also available on the Wageline website and contains:
- A fact sheet for employers on employment of children laws.
- A self-audit checklist to help employers operating a shop or restaurant, (including a fast food or takeaway food business) to conduct a self-audit of compliance with the child employment laws.
- A template form for gaining written parental permission for employing children who are 13 or 14 years of age. The template form is provided in both Word and editable PDF format.
The minimum age for the employment of children in a shop, restaurant, fast food or takeaway food business is 13 years. Children aged 13 or 14 must have written permission from a parent and must not work during school hours, start work before 6.00am or finish after 10.00pm.