The minimum age of employment can vary across Australia because it is governed by different State based legislative requirements.
At McDonald’s, we apply a Company minimum age policy of 14 years. As at July 2009, the following legislative restrictions apply in each State:
NSW, NT, SA, TAS
The minimum age of employment outside school hours is 14 years of age for casual and part time employees. It is our policy that if you are 14 years of age, but not yet 14 years and 9 months that:
- Your parent or guardian provides written consent for you to start work
- You must be able to demonstrate during the interview that you have the ability to handle difficult situations and the skill to fulfil the required positions.
In Victoria, the employment of children is governed by the Child Employment Act 2003 which states that the minimum age of employment is 15 years of age.
In Queensland, the employment of children is governed by the Child Employment Act 2006. The Act requires employees who are under 16 years of age and have not yet finished Year 10, to provide parental consent to commence work.
Employees under 16 may only work 12 hours during a school week (38 hours a week during school holidays), with each shift being a maximum of 4 hours Monday to Friday and 8 hours Saturday and Sunday.
All hours of work must be between 6am and 10pm.
In Western Australia, the employment of children is governed by the Children and Community Services Act 2004 and the School Education Act 1999, which state that the minimum age of employment is 15 years of age.
Employees who are under 15 years of age need to provide parental consent to commence work and may only work between 6am and 10pm if the work is outside of school hours.
Legislation also requires compulsory attendance at school for children up to the year they turn 17.
Employees under 17 years of age may not work during school.
In the Australian Capital Territory, the employment of children is governed by The Children and Young People Act 2008.
The recommended minimum age for full time employment in ACT is school leaving age (ie. 15 years of age). It is possible to be employed below this age for a maximum of 10 hours per week. However, if you wish to be employed for more than 10 hours per week, prior approval must be obtained from the Chief Executive of the Department of Housing, Disability and Community Services.
your right to work in Australia
It is a legal requirement that all employees have the right to work in Australia. If you are selected for an interview, you will need to demonstrate your right to work in Australia by providing an original of one of the following documents:
- Australia Passport
- Australia Citizenship Certificate and photo ID
- Certificate of Evidence of Australian Citizenship and photo ID
- Australian Birth Certificate (for people born after 20th August 1986, the birth certificate must show that at least one parent was born in Australia. If it does not, you will also be required to provide evidence that at least one parent was a current Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident at the time of your birth) and photo ID
- New Zealand Passport with Australian Immigration Entry Stamp
- Foreign Passport with Permanent Residency Visa and photo ID
- Foreign Passport with Visa work conditions (e.g. Student Visa, Working Holiday Maker Visa, etc) and photo ID
A copy of this document will be retained for your file if you are successful.