Children working at the 2023 Perth Royal Show

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The 2023 Perth Royal Show is being held in late September. There are laws which set restrictions on what ages children can work in Western Australia which apply to all workplaces including retail outlets, mobile food vans, and amusement rides at the Royal Show. Written parental permission is required for some young workers.

Business owners and parents need to know:

  • 15 years old is the youngest a child can work on an amusement ride, including selling or collecting tickets;
  • 13 years old is the youngest a child can work in a retail stall, fast food outlet or café and children who are 13 or 14 must not work before 6am or after 10pm and must have written permission from a parent or guardian;
  • a child is considered to be working whether they are paid or not paid for the work they do; and
  • business owners can face substantial fines for employing children in breach of these laws – up to $24,000 or up to $120,000 for an incorporated employer.

There are exclusions if the child is working in a family business owned by a relative such as a parent, aunt, uncle or grandparent, or the organisation is a charity or not-for-profit organisation. Children of any age can perform as an actor, musician, or entertainer.

The When children can work in Western Australia page of the Wageline website has more information on child employment laws including a parental permission template.

Labour Relations
Department News
11 Sep 2023

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