KEEPING YOUR CHILD SAFE
Are you considering popping your child into the hands of an industry where there is a product to sell or a story to tell ?
If so please read on:
Imagine going to work today and having a child with you who was going to be expected to follow the rules of the other workers - not just visiting for the day with mum or dad? This is the role of the child actor - they are not going to school in fact they have had to get a legal permit, signed by their parent and school principal to allow them to change the law for that day for the purposes of 'working' - because we have laws that protect children from being expected to 'work'.
Film, commercial, television and live theatre are very Professionally and extremely dangerous work environments.
A certain understanding will be expected of these children.
That said many young people are born as performers. the majority of the children I have worked with have mums who look at me and say - "I don't know - he/she just came home at aged 9 and said mum I got myself an Agent today". They have researched, sourced and 'interviewed' these Agents themselves and I can say of the two young people I am thinking of as I write this - (I was their Chaperone on Neighbours), they are now both successful young adults behind and in front of the camera - it was happening to them anyway and their parents were wide eyed, and extremely supportive, their agents knew that what they had was the 'real deal' and they have driven successful careers.
Children under the age of 14 require legal Permits (each state differs - usual payment is 80% of adult rate (50% is law). Restrictions on Hours
Children aged 15-18 - could require school exemptions - however,
they are in most instances able to work a full 10.45 hr day at the child rate
Producers have a duty of care to support children 15+ years however, NO legal obligation to supply chaperones or support.
VICTORIA (ALSO USED IN TAS)
NEW SOUTH WALES
QUEENSLAND (ALSO NT)
ARTS LAW - CHILDREN IN THE CREATIVE PROCESS