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Apply for a child employment permit: Entertainment industry

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  • Complete Child employment permit application form
  • Understand additional requirements
  • Find additional forms for specific situations
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.
If you are employing children in the entertainment industry there are improvements to the Code of Practice that you need to know about.  Keep up to date with the changes.

Employing children in the entertainment industry - an overview

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Employing children in Victoria - the permit application process

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

You should also become familiar with the mandatory code of practice by clicking the button below.

Mandatory Code of Practice (PDF 184.04 KB)PDF icon

Mandatory Code of Practice (DOCX 90.74 KB)DOCX icon 

Online application

The online form can be used for:

  • application for a blanket permit and a normal (or non-blanket) permit
  • application for a supplementary permit
  • application for variation of the code.

The parental consent form and school exemption form can also be accessed following the completion of the online form or they can be completed separately using the offline option below. 

The online forms have many time-saving features and all applicants are encouraged to use them.  Please, however, note that there may be additional requirements or specific situations that require you to use extra forms that are not included in the online process.  These can be found below.

Online application for child employment permits, supplementary permit & variations - entertainment

Offline application

If you do not have access to or are not able to complete the application online, you can download the offline application forms.

Application for Child Employment Permit (Entertainment) (PDF 601.81 KB)PDF icon

Application for Supplementary Permit (Entertainment) (PDF 368.53 KB)PDF icon

Child Employment Information Form (PDF 491.19 KB)PDF icon

Parental Consent for Employment of Child (PDF 480.71 KB)PDF icon

School exemption form (PDF 49.31 KB)PDF icon

Situation specific requirements

Statement by nurse to employer

This form is to be used if you are looking to employ a baby less than 12 weeks of age for more than one hour.

Statement by nurse to employer form (PDF 376.19 KB)PDF icon 

Parental advice to employer

This form is to be used if you intend to employ a baby less than 12 weeks of age for one hour or less.

Parental advice form (PDF 378.98 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 exceptional circumstances and on application in writing.

Application to vary requirements of the Code (PDF 211.01 KB)PDF icon

Contact a child employment officer 


Ph: 1800 287 287