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Hi, I'm Umi.

We all know kids are natural performers. Give us a blanket and a shampoo bottle and we'll create some magic.

# Lah! #

But if you need us for any advertising or entertainment purposes, and we're under 15 years of age, you'll need a permit.

Why? Because it tells the government that you're doing the right thing by us.

There are a number of things you need to make sure you're on top of. Like:

  • safety
  • supervision
  • risk management
  • tutoring and
  • working hours.

This includes both paid and unpaid work.

This all comes from the Child Employment Act and the Mandatory Code of Practice for the Employment of Children in Entertainment.

These were both designed to help kids, like me, be able to do the work we love, while still being safe and well looked after, and to ensure that our roles are appropriate and don't interrupt our education.

The good news is there are changes that make it easier and less costly for employers to comply.

We made sure to ask people like you how to improve things, and that's exactly what we did.

There's a new online system for applying for permits and once you fill it out, the permits are free.

Just make sure you have everything you need to show that I'll be safe at work, including permission from my mum and dad.

Also, if you need some help, you can always speak to my friends, the Child Employment Officers. They're really smart and will make sure you're well looked after.

Just go to business.vic.gov.au/childemployment

Or call 1800 287 287

OK, I'm ready for my close-up.

Maybe not THAT close!