Children's modelling and acting

Last update: 04 February 2022

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.

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    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.


    What can I expect from my child's employer?

    The employer of your child needs 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 employment occurs
    • have a child safe code of conduct in place
    • follow the Code of Practice.


    The Code of practice includes rules about:

    • the maximum number of hours a child can be employed. More about hours of work.
    • what type of appropriate supervision must be provided. More about supervision.
    • the employer’s responsibility to provide appropriate working conditions.


    Information you should expect to get from the authorised employer:

    • information for parents pamphlet that explains the employer’s responsibilities toward your child, and the rules and requirements of the Code of Practice.
    • the organisation's child safe code of conduct.


    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.

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