What age can I start work?

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When can I start work?

Generally, there is no minimum age to start casual or part-time work in Tasmania.

However there are exceptions:

  • If you are under 11, it is against the law for someone to allow or require you to sell things in a public place (such as street markets).
  • If you are under 14, it is against the law for someone to allow or require you to sell things in a public place (such as street markets) after 9pm and before 5am the next day.

What hours can I work?

It is against the law for an employer to employ you during hours you are required to be at school, except with permission of the Secretary of the Department of Education.

When can I work full-time?

You can leave school and work full-time at the end of the school year in which you turn 16.

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 are under 25 and you are unsure about your rights or responsibilities or what to do next, you can get free, confidential legal advice here.


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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