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When can I start work?

You can start part-time or casual work at any age in the Northern Territory. However, it is against the law for an employer or your parent to allow you to work at times or in a type of job that will make it harder for you learn at school, such as working late nights.

What hours can I work?

It is against the law for an employer to employ you or for your parents to let you work during hours that you are required to be at school.

If you are under 15, it is against the law for your parents or an employer to let you work after 10pm or before 6am or to do dangerous or damaging work.

If you want some specific advice on your situation, you can contact us here.

When can I work full-time?

You can work full-time if you have completed year 10 and are 15 years old.

Where can I get further help?

Employees can test their knowledge about pay in the FWO’s Workplace Basics Quiz, available here.

For information and advice about the Fair Work System including your rights, entitlements and obligations, visit the Fair Work Ombudsman website or call the Fair Work Info line on 13 13 94.

If you’re under 25 and have a question about work that we haven’t answered here, please contact us here and we can give you free information and advice. You can also contact us on 1800 953 673 (8:30am – 4:30pm, Monday to Friday).


Youth Law Australia would like to express thanks to Hall & Wilcox and the Fair Work Ombudsman for assisting us with the preparation of this material.

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