It is alleged the operators of Terry White Chemmart Yarrawonga contravened section 9(1) of the Child Employment Act 2003 by failing to obtain a child employment permit before employing a child under 15 years of age.
The charges relate to the alleged employment of a child from December 2021 to January 2022.
The maximum penalty for each offence is $18,174 (100 penalty units) for body corporates and $10,904 per offence (60 penalty units) for individuals involved.
The matter has been listed for mention in the Magistrates’ Court at Melbourne on 13 October 2022.
Victoria’s child employment laws require employers of children under 15 to obtain a permit from the Wage Inspectorate before any work takes place. The law also allows child employment officers to impose special conditions on the employment to protect a child’s safety.
The permit system protects children from work that could harm their health, safety or wellbeing. It enables the Wage Inspectorate to check that matters like safety, hours of work, rest breaks and supervision are properly considered before employment starts.
This latest court proceeding comes on top of other recent action by the Wage Inspectorate:
- In August 2022, a .
- In June 2022, a .
- In March 2022, the Wage Inspectorate launched a.
- In October 2021, a .
Last financial year, the Wage Inspectorate issued more than 7,700 child employment permits to help businesses safely employ children under 15 years.
Reviewed 06 September 2022