McDonald's Australia Restaurant Careers

Frequently
Asked
Questions

What is the minimum age policy at McDonald's?

We apply a minimum age policy of 14 years, except where State specific legislation applies (refer below). This ensures McDonald’s restaurants provide a safe work environment, whilst supporting the academic commitments of young people.

If you are invited to an interview and are less than 16 years old, you will need a parent or guardian’s consent during the application process. At this time, your parent or guardian will also provide consent for you to start work at McDonald’s in the event that you are offered employment.

For specific State based age restrictions please select an option below:

What type of shifts are available?

McDonald’s restaurants operate in a range of day-parts. These include:

  • Morning shifts (which can commence as early as 4am)
  • Daytime shifts (which cover our mid-morning, lunch and afternoon periods)
  • Evening shifts (which cover dinner and late evening times)
  • Overnight shifts (which help us serve our customers after 11pm through to mid-morning)

The minimum length of a shift is 3 hours.

Our most experienced crew may assist with working evening and overnight shifts. However, at all times, McDonald's will comply with all Child Employment legislation.

While the majority of McDonald's restaurants in Australia operate 24 hours, 7 days a week, there are some restaurants whose hours may be restricted (eg. Food Court restaurants).

What do we mean by hours of availability?

Think about the hours and days that you are able to work, taking into consideration school, sports and outside commitments. Please note that these shifts refer only to the times and days you would be free to work. This allows for greater flexibility when scheduling shifts. You may not be rostered for all hours you're available.

If you attend an interview these availabilities would likely be discussed with you.

What does the recruitment process involve?

Applying for a job at McDonald’s is easy:

  1. Complete the online application
  2. If you have the right to work, you will be invited to an interview
  3. Nailed the interview, you’re hired!

At Macca’s®, the safety and wellbeing of all our employees is paramount, therefore offers of employment for applicants over the age of 18 will be conditional upon the completion and satisfactory outcome of a criminal background check.

What do I need to bring to my interview?

If you are selected for an interview, you will need to demonstrate your right to work in Australia by providing an original of one of the following documents.

  • Australian or New Zealand Passport
  • Australian or New Zealand Citizenship Certificate and photo ID
  • Certificate of Evidence of Australian Citizenship and photo ID
  • Australian Birth Certificate (for people born after 20th August 1986, the birth certificate must show that at least one parent was born in Australia. If it does not, you will also be required to provide evidence that at least one parent was a current Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident at the time of your birth) and photo ID
  • Foreign Passport with Permanent Residency Visa and photo ID
  • Foreign Passport with Visa work conditions (e.g. Student Visa, Working Holiday Maker Visa, etc) and photo ID

What do I wear to my interview?

Wear something clean and smart that you feel comfortable in. If applicable, it is okay to come in your school uniform. Ensure that you wear closed low-heeled, non-skid shoes as you may be asked to participate in a short (15 min) crew audition in either our dining room / front counter or presenter booth area.

How long is the interview?

Some interviews are individual interviews, whilst others are conducted with a number of applicants in a group interview setting. Individual interviews typically last for up to 15 minutes, whilst group interviews may last up to one hour. Interviews may be held over the phone, virtually or face to face, so you can showcase the real you.

New South Wales

In New South Wales, the employment of children is governed by the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998. The Act requires that children under the age of 15 years must not be employed for more than 1 shift per day, for more than 5 consecutive days, for more than 4 hours per school day or within 12 hours of finishing the last shift. The Act also specifies that, for children under 15, the combination of work and time at school must not exceed 50 hours/week.

Hours of work must be before 9pm on a night before a school day.

No work is permitted during school hours.

Victoria

In Victoria, the employment of children is governed by the Child Employment Act 2003. The Act requires parental/guardian consent and an approved work permit issued by the Department of Justice for all employees who are under the age of 15 years of age.

Employees under the age of 15 years of age may work a maximum of 12 hours per week during the school term (30 hours per week during school holidays), with each shift being a maximum of 3 hours (6 hours during school holidays).

All hours of work must be between 6am and 9pm.

No work is permitted during school hours.

Queensland

In Queensland, the employment of children is governed by the Child Employment Act 2006. The Act requires employees who are under 16 years of age and have not yet finished Year 10, referred to as “school-aged”, to provide parental consent to commence work.

School-aged employees may work a maximum of 12 hours during a school week (38 hours during school holidays), with each shift being a maximum of 4 hours on a school day and 8 hours on a non-school day. School-aged employees are required to have a 12 hour break between shifts.

All hours of work must be between 6am and 10pm.

No work is permitted during school hours.

Western Australia

In Western Australia, the employment of children is governed by the Children and Community Services Act 2004 and the School Education Act 1999.

Employees under 15 years of age require parental consent to commence work and may only work between 6am and 10pm. No work is permitted during school hours.

Employees under 17 years of age may not work during school hours.

Nothern Territory

In the Northern Territory, the employment of children is governed by the Protection of Children Act 2007 and the Education Act 2015.

Employees under the age of 15 years may only work between 6am and 10pm.

No work is permitted during school hours.

Australian Capital Territory

In the Australian Capital Territory, the employment of children is governed by the Children and Young People Act 2008.

Children under the age of 15 years may be employed in light work for a maximum of 10 hours per week.

Approval must be granted by the Chief Executive of the Department of Housing, Disability and Community Services for employees under 15 to work more than 10 hours per week.

South Australia

In South Australia, the Education Act 1972 requires that, for employees of compulsory school age, no work is permitted during school hours.

Tasmania

In Tasmania, the Education Act 2016 requires that, for school-aged children, no work is permitted during school hours.