What age can I start work?

In NSW, when can I start work?

There is no minimum age to start casual or part-time work in NSW. However, you have to be 14 and 9 months to do door-to-door sales work.


What hours can I work?

If you are under 15 (or under 16 in the case of modelling work), it is against the law for an employer to require you to work:

  • During school hours
  • More than one shift per day
  • More than four hours on a day you have to go to school
  • After 9pm if you have to go to school the next day
  • If it is less than 12 hours since your last shift
  • For any hours that make the combination of your school hours and work hours in a 7 day week more than 50 hours
  • If your employer has an exemption from obtaining an authority to employ people under 15, they cannot require you to work for more than 10 hours per week.

There are additional rules about working hours if you are doing door-to-door sales, modelling, theatrical performances or entertainment work.


When can I work full-time?

You can work full-time after you have completed year 10.

If you are under the age of 15, seeking full time work with the intention of leaving school, you need to seek permission from the Department of Education and Training on 9561 8000.


Last reviewed June 2010.

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