What age can I start work?

Find out when you can start working.

Minimum starting age

The age you can start work depends on the state or territory that you work in.

The minimum age you can start work applies to all workers, including those starting an apprenticeship or traineeship.

Check what age you can start work with the relevant state or territory authority:

Working during school times

If you wish to work during school times, generally you must be of the minimum school leaving age or have completed the minimum year of schooling.

Each state and territory has their own rules about when you can leave school.

Check with the relevant state or territory education authority for more information:

Tools and resources

Related information

Have a workplace problem?

Problems can happen in any workplace. If you have a workplace problem, we have tools and information to help you resolve it.

Check out our Fixing a workplace problem section for practical information about:

  • working out if there is a problem
  • speaking with your employer or employee about fixing the problem
  • getting help from us if you can't fix the problem.

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