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Young Workers

If you are a young person thinking about starting work, or you are thinking about employing a young worker, you need to be aware of your respective rights and responsibilities.

'Young Workers: a guide to rights and responsibilities at work for young people and employers' (PDF 743kb) covers some of the important things that need to be considered, including:

  • minimum working age
  • pay and employment conditions
  • traineeships and apprenticeships
  • probationary periods, work experience and trial work
  • work health and safety
  • workplace behaviour.

Young workers can be vulnerable and at increased risk of workplace injury due to lack of experience, maturity and awareness. They may also be:

  • still developing their skills, competencies and physical capabilities
  • unaware of their rights and responsibilities
  • unaware of their responsibilities and the duties of their employer regarding work health and safety
  • unfamiliar with appropriate workplace behaviours
  • reluctant to make requests, ask questions or speak out about problems
  • overly keen to please and make a good impression
  • over-confident of their capabilities.

Free printed copies can be ordered from the SafeWork SA Library and Resource Centre.

Where to get help and advice

Government

Discrimination

Australian Human Rights Commission
www.humanrights.gov.au
1300 369 711

Fair Work Ombudsman
www.faiwork.gov.au
13 13 94

South Australian Equal Opportunity Commission
www.eoc.sa.gov.au
8207 1977

Termination of employment

Fair Work Commission
www.fwc.gov.au
1300 799 675

Traineeships and apprenticeships

Department of State Development
Traineeship and Apprenticeship Services
www.statedevelopment.sa.gov.au
1800 673 097

Office of the Training Advocate
www.trainingadvocate.sa.gov.au
1800 006 488

Wages and conditions

Fair Work Ombudsman
www.fairwork.gov.au
13 13 94

Work health and safety

SafeWork SA
www.safework.sa.gov.au
1300 365 255

Workers rehabilitation and compensation

ReturntoWorkSA
www.returntoworksa.com
13 18 15

Cyber safety

Child eSafety Commissioner - staying smart online
www.esafety.gov.au

Bullying

Guide for preventing and responding to workplace bullying (employers)
Dealing with workplace bullying - a worker's guide
www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au

Brodie's Law
www.justice.vic.gov.au/saynotobullying

Other

Australian Services Union
www.asu-sant.asn.au

SYC Ltd
www.syc.net.au

tafeSA
www.tafesa.edu.au

Youthinc
www.youthinc.org.au

Advice and advocacy for young workers regarding underpayment of wages, employment conditions, discrimination, workers compensation, traineeships and apprenticeships etc.

SA Unions
www.saunions.org.au
8279 2222

Working Women's Centre
www.wwc.org.au
1800 652 697

Young Workers Legal Service
www.ywls.org.au
8279 2233