Jobs for 13-year-olds

Jobs for teenagersIt can be tough to find suitable jobs for 13-year-olds, when many employers won’t hire teenagers until they are 14, or even 14 and 9 months.

In most states of Australia, however, it is perfectly legal to start working at 13, and some states have no restriction on starting age, depending on certain conditions.

Check the table below for the minimum legal working age in your state, and click the link for further information on laws and restrictions regarding age and hours worked in your state.

State Minimum age for starting part-time work
ACT None.

Exception:

  • Minimum age 14 and 9 months to do door-to-door sales work.
  • Written permission required by the employer for children under 15.
NSW 13 years.

Exceptions:

  • Children can deliver newspapers and advertising leaflets from the age of 11, but they can’t do delivery work between 6.00pm and 6.00am until they are 13.
  • There is no minimum age for working in a family business or in the entertainment industry.

Further information on laws and restrictions regarding age and hours worked

NT None.

Further information on laws and restrictions regarding age and hours worked

QLD 13 years.

Exceptions:

  • Children can deliver newspapers and advertising leaflets from the age of 11, but they can’t do delivery work between 6.00pm and 6.00am until they are 13.
  • There is no minimum age for working in a family business or in the entertainment industry.

Further information on laws and restrictions regarding age and hours worked

SA None.

Further information on laws and restrictions regarding age and hours worked

TAS None.

Exception:

  • You are not permitted to sell things in a public place if you are under 11.

Further information on laws and restrictions regarding age and hours worked

VIC 13 years.

Exception:

  • There is no minimum age for working in a family business or in the entertainment industry.
  • Children can deliver newspapers and advertising leaflets from the age of 11.
  • There are further restrictions if you are under 15.

Further information on laws and restrictions regarding age and hours worked

WA Parental/adult supervision required at 10, 11 and 12; written permission required at 13 and 14.

Exception:

  • There is no minimum age for working in a family business or in the entertainment industry.

Further information on laws and restrictions regarding age and hours worked

 

Types of jobs for a 13-year-old

Regardless of the laws in your state, many employers will have their own rules about employment age. For example, McDonalds won’t employ anyone under the age of 14 in NSW, NT, SA and Tasmania, or 15 in Victoria. KFC will only employ teenagers who are at least 14, or 15 years old in Victoria.

But there are lots of other jobs that younger teens and tweens can do. Not everyone has a family business they can start working in while young, so we have put together some ideas on where a 13-year-old (or tween) can find some part-time work.

  • Doing errands
  • Casual work in and around a private home
  • Work related to sporting activities such as being an umpire, referee or tennis court attendant
  • Clerical work – such as filing and photocopying
  • Helping out at extra-curricular activities such as music or drama schools and sporting clubs
  • Work as a cashier
  • Gardening
  • Babysitting
  • Modelling
  • Performing arts (including film, television, theatre)
  • Golf-caddying
  • Delivering newspapers and pamphlets
  • Assist at Out of School Hours (OOSH) care centres for primary schools
  • Making deliveries for a registered pharmacist
  • Working as a shop assistant
  • Dog walking
  • Car washing
  • Collecting aluminium cans for recycling and cash (do an online search for scrap metal dealers in your area; SA and NT both have a container deposit schemes)
  • Pet sitter
  • Computer and/or website maintenance (for the technically minded)

How to find jobs for a 13-year-old

Most of the larger employers with websites have a section for job-searchers. But if your child is under the minimum age for those employers, they might need to work a little harder to find a job. Here are some suggestions.

  • Put the call out to family friends
  • Advertise your services on the noticeboard at your local supermarket*
  • Visit local stores
  • Advertise on Gumtree*
  • Ask teachers at school for work such as babysitting, gardening, lawn mowing, car washing etc
  • Ask the teachers/leaders of after-school activity groups and OOSH care centres

* Parents: make sure you approve the ad and attend any meeting with your child.

 

This article was researched by intern Brenda Fry.

Some of the above information has been drawn from the following websites:

Lawstuff – information about the legal age for beginning work.

Legal Aid Victoria – suggested light work for young people.

Other articles in our job series for teenagers

Resume for teenagers

Christmas jobs for teenagers

 

 

 

Comments

  1. i think that kids my age (12) should be able to baby sit and walk dogs and earn money

  2. I’m very glad that i found this website, because everyone kept on telling me lots of different ages you have to be to have a job and i didn’t know who was right.

  3. I didn’t know kids my age (14) could work. Looks like I get to start working.

  4. its hard to find a job at being my age (14) as no one will hire us. How do they expect us to get experiance!.

  5. I am nearly 13 and want a job, but seriously i dont think people would trust tweens even young teenagers babysitting or dog walking…

  6. I didn’t know kids my age could work (13) and I really want a job so I can start saving up money to help my parents. I really want a casual job at a bookstore. Any ideas?

  7. Good article! Summer jobs are awesome for kids who want to make their own way while learning some responsibility at the same time. I hope you don’t mind, I linked another article for those looking for a job online instead of “real life” – Haha
    Jacob

  8. Im 12 and i really want a job but i don’t know anyone with little kids so i can’t babysit and my parents won’t let me house sit or pet sit please help!!!

  9. I’m 14 years of age and I’m trying to look for a job because I need money for lots of things but it’s really hard when I’m only young so most people won’t want me because they wouldn’t trust kids our age so I really need help!!

  10. TryxterEvolved says:

    In townsville qld can i get a newspaper job at 11?

  11. I am 14 years old and I want a job at KFC in Treendale because I have to help mum and dad out because we are nearly broke

  12. I would like to find a job I just turned 13 so I think I’m capable enough of getting one.I know it’s difficult but I would do anything for my future.

  13. im 13 and am looking for a job in Sydney but no one will hire a thirteen year old? Does anyone have any suggestions?

    • Yes I have a reply. You can start your job at care.com because that is where im starting mines since you are searching for a job you can be a baby sitter but the age limit is 14 you’ll have to wait some months but you are gonna have to be presentable taking it from me I know im 13 and I read the age limited and the terms and agreements hope I helped 😉
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  14. Man I am so looking for a job as well Im 13 and I wanted to work a Hungry jacks or KFC or Mcdonalds but
    nope. They just wont let me in because Im not 14 or 9 years there. Well I just can’t wait. I will just be waiting and Good luck to everyone else on here finding a job 🙂
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  15. I am 14 and I might put my name down for KFC

  16. hi i am 12 but i am turning 13 next year and i was wondering if anyone is up to hiring me for babysitting i am really good at looking after babies or young kids i have got a lot of experience with my nieces and nephews and brothers and family and friends.
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  17. I’m 13 and my mum has asked around for babysitting jobs but no one trusts me, they have said wait until I’m 15. Any advise?

  18. Poonam Sharma says:

    i really need a job and i am only 12 years old i really need a job i would perfer to do car washing

  19. I am also 13yrs and im trying to find a job as a babysitter. I already looked up the age limit. My mother might not let me be a baby sitter until im 14 because that is the limited age 14-15 and up. I can’t wait to become a babysitter because I love kids and we could really have fun. Im mature enough and im respectful and I could give them some advice to make money. Then I can still be a babysitter by the time I get 14yrs and already have another job a summer job then I could start my career as I get older. Thank you for this wonderful cite I already knew about the care.com find nannies babysitters pet sitters every thing thank you
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  20. There is no restriction to working hours in NSW

  21. Im 12 and 13 in 45 days and i deliver leaflets but honestly hate it. Anyone know any jobs that would be good for me. Im a female living in Perth, WA.

  22. I am 13 and I am looking for a job in babysitting or really anything that I can do after school in Melbourne. It’s really hard though because no one trusts 13 year olds. If anyone knows where I would be able to get some experience ir someone that would hire me, I’d love to know 🙂

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