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Apply for a child employment permit: entertainment (including advertising)

Get your application right to make sure it's successful

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  • Watch our videos to help you understand the rules
  • Use our checklist before applying for a permit 
  • Download the Mandatory Code of Practice 
  • Find out about the Child Employment Portal
  • Find out how to apply for a permit online or offline 
  • Access additional forms for specific situations and record keeping requirements

Organisations that employ a child for whom a permit is required under the Child Employment Act 2003 are also required to comply with Child Safe Standards. 

Visit the Commission for Children and Young People's website for more information.

Employing children in the entertainment industry – an overview

Employing children in the entertainment industry - an overview: read the full transcript.

Checklist: before applying for a permit

Please ensure that you understand the child employment laws and requirements prior to applying for a permit, and:

You should also become familiar with the Mandatory Code of Practice which is included in The Guide below:  

The Guide to the Employment of Children in the Victorian Entertainment Industry (PDF 545.23 KB)PDF icon

Did you know you may be eligible for one-on-one support and guidance? Visit our page on the Child Employment Small Business Information Service to find out more. 

3 business day minimum permit applications

Child employment permit applications and support documents must be lodged a minimum of 72 hours (3 business days)* prior to a child commencing work. Applications received outside of this time frame will be refused.

Application assessments may take longer than 72 hours depending on numbers of children, complexity and demand.  Applicants are encouraged to submit applications as early as possible.

*unless subject to prior agreement with child employment

Online application - Child Employment Portal

We encourage you to utilise the Child Employment Portal – it has many time saving features, and can be used for:

  • applying for a normal permit and a blanket permit
  • applying for a supplementary permit
  • applying for variation of the code
  • applying to vary hours of work or rest breaks
  • copying an application
  • generating parental consent
  • accessing additional forms for specific and record keeping requirements.

Keep in mind that there may be additional requirements or specific situations that require you to use extra forms that are not included in the online process. You'll find these provided below, or by searching 'Quick Links' within the Child Employment Portal.

The Child Employment Portal is fast and easy to use – simply create an account using your email address, and choose a password. 

Log into the Child Employment Portal

What records am I required to keep?

Visit our page on how to keep proper records of employment for further information.

Offline application 

If you don't have access to a computer, or are unable to complete the application online, download the offline application forms here:

Application for Child Employment Permit - entertainment (PDF 809.53 KB)PDF icon

Application for Child Employment Permit - industries other than entertainment (PDF 870.85 KB)PDF icon

Application for Supplementary Permit - entertainment (PDF 596.55 KB)PDF icon

Child Employment Information Form (PDF 808.93 KB)PDF icon

Parental Consent for Employment of Child (PDF 677.07 KB)PDF icon

School exemption form (PDF 49.31 KB)PDF icon

Keep in mind that you'll need to allow more time for your application to be processed if you choose to use the offline form

Accessible documents

We've provided screen reader friendly word documents for all offline forms – you'll find them listed in the 'Handy tools' section at the bottom of the page.

Situation specific requirements

Employing a baby less than 12 weeks of age for more than an hour 

Application to employ a baby less than 12 weeks for more than an hour (PDF 567.73 KB)PDF icon

Employing a baby less than 12 weeks of age for less than an hour 

Application to employ a baby less than 12 weeks for 1 hour or less (PDF 560.82 KB)PDF icon

Application to vary requirements of the Mandatory Code of Practice

The Mandatory Code of Practice for the Employment of Children in Entertainment mandates requirements for the employment of children in entertainment. 

These requirements may be varied in some circumstances –  and on application in writing.

Application to vary requirements of the Code (PDF 362.94 KB)PDF icon

Please complete this application using the Child Employment Portal if your initial application was lodged online.

Contact a child employment officer 

For further assistance and advice about employing children in Victoria, get in contact with a child employment officer by calling them on 1800 287 287, or send them an email.

We value your opinion

We welcome any feedback, comments and suggestions you might like to share.

If you own, are looking to purchase, or start a small business with under 20 employees, you may be eligible for our Child Employment Small Business Information Service (CESBIS).

CESBIS offers one-on-one information and advice regarding your responsibilities under the Victoria Child Employment Act.

To access this program, contact the Employment Information and Compliance Unit by giving them a call on 1800 287 287 or sending them an email.