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The definition of a child and when they can be employed is governed by various federal, state and territory laws along with industrial instruments such as a modern award. Legislation may also dictate conditions of employment for children, where they can work as well as the number of hours they can perform.
Most of the Australian states and territories have child labour laws with legislation currently existing in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia and Australian Capital Territory.
South Australia has recently considered introducing legislation governing the emplyoment of children though this is yet to be formalised. However, obligations employers with regard to child employment in South Australia exist and are discussed in the following article.
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