Other Relevant Information
More information about children’s employment
The following government agencies have websites which provide useful information about children’s employment, including other forms of work performed by children but not covered by the OCCG.
Office for Children – Commission for Children and Young People – Working with Children Check
The Working with Children Check is about looking at a person’s suitability to work with children and creating a workplace where children are safe and protected. Checks are conducted by the Office for Children – Commission for Children and Young People.
WorkCover New South Wales
Young workers can access the WorkCover NSW site to learn their legal rights and how to protect themselves from workplace hazards.
Legislation to protect young workers in NSW
The NSW Government has introduced a new law which means all workers under the age of 18 in NSW must be provided with fair conditions of work and employment protections. From 22 May 2007 employers that operate under the federal Work Choices industrial realtions system must comply with the No Net Detriment Principles made under the new law. The principles protect the pay and entitlements of workers under the age of 18 in NSW. The law is called the Industrial Relations (Child Employment) Act 2006.
Information for employers on this new law is available on the OIR website at the following address:
Young workers website
In February 2007 a new website called 'Young People at Work' was launched by the Office of Industrial Relations to provide young workers in NSW with information about their rights and responsibilities at work.
The website is pided into 3 topic area; 'Looking for work', 'Got the job' and 'Leaving the job', and provides practical information for young people who are entering the workforce. It includes information on the minimum age for starting work.
The website also explains the industrial relations systems operating in NSW and offers information about the protections available to workers under 18 years of age under the NSW child employment laws.
'Young People at Work' also features resources for teachers and career advisors, practical tips and links to many other useful sites.
The address for Young People at work is:
A resource for children and parents on legal issues with links to information on employment related matters such as workers’ compensation and awards.
Arts Law Centre
The Arts Law Centre of Australia (Arts Law) is the national community legal centre for the arts. Arts Law is a not-for-profit company that provides creators with specialised free or low cost legal advice, referral services, professional development resources that include publications and training. Clients of Arts Law practise across the spectrum of art forms including literature, visual arts, craft, photography, film, music, multimedia, broadcasting and performing arts.