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Children in the entertainment industry

The mandatory code of practice contains provisions regulating the

employment of children in entertainment. A child is defined in the Child
Employment Act as a person under 15 years of age.Under the Act,
entertainment means any form of entertainment and includes:

• singing, dancing or acting

• playing a musical instrument
• appearing in a radio, television, film or internet program or production,
or any similar program or production
• modelling
• appearing in promotional events or advertising
• working as a photographic subject, whether still or moving
• working in or in relation to a circus
• taking part in a performance that is recorded for use in a subsequent
entertainment or exhibition
• working in musical theatre, plays, operas or other live entertainment
• performing in a shopping centre
◦ preparatory activities to the entertainment except –
◦ screen tests before the child is booked for the entertainment;
◦ casting walk ons.(Examples – examples of preparatory activities
include wardrobe fittings, rehearsals, shoots, promotional activities, sound
recordings and reshoots).
Find the Child Employment Permit form and application information you need
to hire a child in your entertainment business.
Guide to Completing Application for Child Employment Permit - Entertainment
Industry (PDF 55.27 KB)

Mandatory Code of Practice for the employment of children in entertainment -

November 2011 (PDF 720.64 KB)

Information on application processes for child employment processes, hours,

education, workplace, supervisors, and Child Employment officers.

School exemptions for children in the entertainment

A child's school does not need to approve employment if it occurs exclusively
outside school hours (i.e. before or after school, on weekends, or during
school holidays).

However, it is an offence to employ a child during school hours if a school

exemption is not in place. School exemptions are only granted for children to
work in the entertainment industry.

The Minister for Education through the Department of Education and Early
Childhood Development (DEECD), has delegated the authority to exempt
children from school to the child’s school principal.
Child Employment Officers will request to see the school exemption when
they visit the workplace.