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Child employment laws (Victoria) - changing for the better

What's new?

From 1 July 2023 every Victorian business will need to have a licence to employ children under 15 years old.

The new system replaces the permit system that was put into place on 1 July last year.

What is the benefit?

The permit system works on a permit per employee basis, meaning the business needed a permit for each child under 15.

The licence system is a one off licence for the business which covers the employment of any child under the age of 15.

Do you need a licence if you already have a permit?

You do not need a licence for employee's under 15 who you already have a permit for, these will continue to be valid post 1 July 2023. But, you will need a licence to cover any new employees under 15 from 1 July 2023.


Parents or guardians do not need to have a licence to employ their child/ren in their family business.

Find out more

To find out more about the licensing process click here or contact our office to speak to one of our team. Contact us

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