Licence applications and supporting documents should be submitted at least 5 business days before any children are scheduled to start work. You cannot employ a child until you have a licence.
When applying for your licence, make sure you have provided us with all the information we need or assessment of your licence application may take longer.
When assessing an application, we consider whether the applicant:
- will act with integrity and honesty
- understands child employment regulations and restrictions
- can comply with the relevant laws, including the Child Safe Standards.
How to complete an application
1. Log in to our online portal
We will send notifications to the email address you use when you set up your account.
When you create your account, we recommend that you use an email address that is
- unlikely to change
- linked to the business, rather than an individual.
2. Enter information about the employer
You need to provide information about the employer, including trading name, industry and contact details.
3. Nominated officers and representatives
If you are a body corporate, such as a company, statutory corporation, incorporated association or non-profit entity, you must include details of a nominated officer.
A nominated officer is a delegate of the employer who:
- is responsible for ensuring that the licence holder complies with the child employment laws and conditions of the licence.
- participates in or makes decisions about a child’s employment and has a knowledge of the work that the child or children will do.
- has responsibilities under the Child Employment Act 2003.
Entertainment industry licence
If you are applying for an entertainment industry licence, you must nominate an employer representative who can make day‐to‐day decisions about the child’s work and ensure any licence conditions are met. They have responsibilities under the Child Employment Act 2003 and usually require a Working with Children Clearance.
The employer representative may also be the supervisor of the child or children.
4. Upload a completed Fit and Proper Person Declaration
You must complete a Fit and Proper Person Declaration and submit it along with the licence application.
This document helps us ensure applicants are fit and proper to employ children by seeking information on their compliance history with workplace and other relevant laws. It also helps us to consider matters like integrity and whether a person has had criminal convictions in relation to offending against children.
The declaration must be signed by a person who owns, manages or administers the business seeking a licence.
5. Enter the employment details
You will be asked where the children will work and what tasks they will perform at work.
6. List any risks and your plan to manage them
All workplaces have risks. In your application, you must identify potential hazards in your workplace. Please consider the child's age and attributes when identifying hazards.
The application allows you to attach any mitigation or job safety plans that demonstrate how you minimise the risk of harm arising from the work or activity that children are undertaking.
Attaching your risk mitigations or job safety plans is not mandatory. By providing this information as part of your application, you an centralise details of the hazards in your workplace and any mitigations you have in place, and demonstrate that the children you are employing are doing light work only.
You can provide this information within the online application or by attaching a document to your application.
You can find information on identifying and managing potential risks on the Business Victoria website.
7. Enter information about the child or children
If you already know the child or children you intend to employ under the licence, provide:
- their name, date of birth and home address
- the name and contact details of the parent or guardian
- information about when they will start work and what hours they will work.
You will need to notify us each time you employ a child, through the online portal.
Complete the declaration acknowledging that the information you have provided is true.
If you are applying for an entertainment industry licence, you must also agree to the supervision requirements.
9. Parental consent
You must have the written consent of a parent or guardian before a child can start employment.
You don’t need to attach the consent as part of the application process, but you must provide it to the Wage Inspectorate on request. We have a template available that you can use.