The Children and Community Services Act 2004 (CCS Act) prohibits children under 15 working in horse riding schools and equestrian centres. These child employment laws apply to all Western Australian employers.
In September 2018, the Private Sector Labour Relations Division of the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety commenced a campaign to promote compliance by horse riding schools and equestrian centre businesses with the child employment laws. Private Sector Labour Relations is responsible for ensuring all businesses in Western Australia comply with the legal requirements regarding when children can work.
Following the education component of the campaign in September 2018, selected businesses are now being audited by industrial inspectors from Private Sector Labour Relations to ensure that children are not being employed or otherwise engaged in breach of the CCS Act. For the audit, records will need to be provided, that will then be examined by industrial inspectors.
If any breaches of the CCS Act are identified, business owners will be requested to immediately revise their employment practices to ensure compliance and, depending on the nature of any breaches, Private Sector Labour Relations may conduct an investigation with a view to initiating prosecution action in the Industrial Magistrates Court.
More information on the CCS Act and the campaign is on the Employment of children laws in WA - horse riding schools and equestrian centres page.
Private Sector Labour Relations Division industrial inspectors have recently conducted a proactive compliance campaign focused on small businesses in the nail and beauty industry. Private Sector Labour Relations Division will be extending the proactive compliance campaign in coming months, with a focus on nail salon businesses. All state system nail salon businesses will receive a letter and information brochure as part of the education component of the campaign, and selected businesses will be audited by industrial inspectors from Private Sector Labour Relations to ensure that employees are receiving their correct pay rates entitlements, and business owners are maintaining correct employment records.
More information on the nail salons campaign on the Employment obligations in nail salons page.