MaintenanceIn the lead-up to the 2019 state election, the department’s website and other channels will operate in line with the caretaker conventions. This means there will be limited updates from 1 March 2019 until the election is finalised.

NSW caretaker period has commenced.

The caretaker period for the NSW Election commenced on 1 March 2019. Accordingly, no ministerial press releases or related information issued by the Government from 1 March 2019 will be available on this website.

For copies of recently issued ministerial press releases or information on the election policies of any political party, go to the website of the relevant political party.

Find out more about caretaker conventions

Information for performer representatives

While performer representatives are not required to obtain an Authority if they act solely as a performer representative, when arranging work for a child you still need to make sure the work does not:

  • amount to more than one shift per day
  • exceed five consecutive days. Authorised employers have further restrictions about hours of work for children.
  • 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.

Responsibilities under the Regulation

As a performer representative, under the Code of Practice you are required to:

  • record the employer’s Authority number when placing a child in employment. These records need to be kept for six years. Read more about record keeping.
  • make sure that the child is employed only by an authorised employer. Penalties of up to $11,000 may apply to any person who knowingly causes a child to be employed by an unauthorised employer. You can find out whether an employer is authorised to employ children by checking the register of authorised employers.
  • give a copy of the information for parents  (DOCX 167.3KB) which explains the Code of Practice to parents of child performers. This is a requirement of the Entertainment Industry Act 2013.

Find out more about what employers need to do when employing children. 


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