Business owners who are planning to employ children at the Perth Royal Show must comply by the employment of children provisions of the Children and Community Services Act 2004.
These laws apply to children in all workplaces in Western Australia, including temporary workplaces such as pop up retail outlets, mobile food vans, and amusement rides.
It is prohibited to employ children under 15 years of age to staff an amusement ride, including selling or collecting tickets, unless the business is a family business owned by a relative such as a parent, aunt, uncle or grandparent.
Children aged 13 and 14 can be employed in a shop, fast food outlet, cafe, or restaurant, as long as they do not work before 6am or after 10pm or during school hours. The employer must have written permission from a parent to employ a child of this age.
Children of any age can perform professionally as an actor, musician, entertainer, or work for charities and other not-for-profit organisations.
Visit the When children can work in Western Australia page of the Wageline website for details.
Business owners must also ensure that they meet all employment obligations for employees working at the Royal Show, including pay rates and working hours set by any applicable award. If the business is operated as a sole trader, unincorporated partnership or unincorporated trust, employers should visit the Wageline website or contact Wageline for information.
State system employers are also required to keep time and wage records for all employees including short term temporary employees. If employers fail to keep records or keep inadequate or fraudulent records they can be penalised up to $5,000 by the Industrial Magistrates Court. Visit the Record keeping requirements page for further information.
If the business is a Pty Ltd, incorporated partnership or incorporated trust employers should visit the Fair Work Ombudsman website for information on pay rates and employment obligations.