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Information for parents

In NSW there are specific laws to protect the safety and wellbeing of children under the age of 15 years who are employed as actors, performers, and in door-to-door sales, and children under the age of 16 who are employed as models.

The Office of the Children’s Guardian is responsible for authorising employers of children in these industries and for monitoring their compliance with the Code of Practice and legislation.

The employer of your child is required to:

  • hold a valid Authority to employ children in NSW covering the dates of your child’s employment
  • notify the Office of the Children’s Guardian of their intention to employ your child before the employ occurs
  • have a Child Safe Code of Conduct in place
  • follow the Code of Practice.

The Code of practice includes rules about:

Information you should expect to received from the authorised employer:

It is also important for you to make sure that before your child is cast in a role or situation the employer fully informs you of the nature of the role or situation, and take into account any comments you or your child may have.

If you have any questions about the employment of a child you can contact us.