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Improvements to the Mandatory Code of Practice for the Employment of Children in Entertainment - full transcript

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

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.

Even if you're familiar with the system, there have been recent improvements to the Code that you need to know to remain compliant.

The good news is that the changes 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.

Here is a quick overview of what's changed.

It's now easy to calculate and track working hours.

It has clear instructions for keeping parents informed.

It's more flexible, it's clearer, it's more consistent with the Child Employment Act, including updated definitions of 'entertainment' and 'employment'.

Also, there's a new streamlined online system for applying for permits.

And 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

Or call 1800 278 278

OK, I'm ready for my close-up. Maybe not THAT close!