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Children's employment regulation

The Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) (Child Employment) Regulation 2015 was introduced on 17 December 2015.

How the changes affect your industry

All industries

All employers of children in the entertainment industries need to be aware of these changes:

Live performance

There are new hours of work for live performance.

Age of childMax days per weekHours during which the child may be employedMax hours per day
Under 6 months1 day6:00 am- 6:00 pm4 hours
6 months to under 3 years2 days6:00 am - 6:00 pm4 hours
Over 3 years and under 6 years4 days6:00 am - 9:00 pm4 hours
Over 6 years and under 8 years4 days6:00 am - 10:00 pm6 hours
Over 8 years and under 15 years4 days6:00 am - 11:00 pm8 hours


These changes to hours of work will:

  • remove confusion by aligning the hours of work with film and television requirements
  • reduce the amount of variations required by the live performance industry
  • provide a better balance between the needs of employers while protecting child employees

Provisions relating to children’s school attendance remain in place. Employers are still required to apply for a variation when:

  • the child works for more than four hours on a day that they attends school
  • the child works on nights immediately preceding school days.

Students (enrolled in an industry course)

Any student enrolled in an industry course and directing children to perform tasks requires an authority and needs to comply with the Regulation.

Industry courses include:

  • film, television or radio
  • live performance
  • still photography.

This is required when directing children in paid or unpaid activities.

Students are exempt from fees payable for the authority.

Performer representatives

Performer representatives, when arranging work for a child, need to make sure the work does not:

  • amount to more than one shift per day
  • exceed five consecutive days
  • commence less than 12 hours after the child will finish work from the same or another employer
  • exceed 50 hours per week when combined with the child’s schooling hours for that week.

Performer representatives, who act solely in this capacity, are not required to obtain an authority.

Performer representatives need to comply with the record-keeping requirements of the Regulation, including recording the authority number of the employer who employs the child. These records need to be retained for six years.