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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.

Where to get help and advice



Australian Human Rights Commission
1300 369 711

Fair Work Ombudsman
13 13 94

South Australian Equal Opportunity Commission
8207 1977

Termination of employment

Fair Work Commission
1300 799 675

Traineeships and apprenticeships

Department of State Development
Traineeship and Apprenticeship Services
1800 673 097

Office of the Training Advocate
1800 006 488

Wages and conditions

Fair Work Ombudsman
13 13 94

Work health and safety

SafeWork SA
1300 365 255

Workers rehabilitation and compensation

13 18 15

Cyber safety

Child eSafety Commissioner - staying smart online


Guide for preventing and responding to workplace bullying (employers)
Dealing with workplace bullying - a worker's guide

Brodie's Law


Australian Services Union




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

SA Unions
8279 2222

Working Women's Centre
1800 652 697

Young Workers Legal Service
8279 2233