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Announcement - Industrial Relations (Child Employment) Act 2006

11 December 2006

As previously advised the above Act commenced on 1 December 2006.

In brief this Act provides young workers under 18 years of age with fair conditions of work and employment protections.

The laws require employers operating under the federal Work Choices industrial relations system to provide pay and conditions at least equal to the NSW award which would have applied to the work (plus any applicable NSW industrial legislation such as the Annual Holidays Act).

Children employed by these employers also have remedies for unfair dismissal.

The New South Wales Office of Industrial Relations (OIR) has prepared a number of Facts Sheets to assist employers and employees.

These Fact Sheets can be accessed at: