Frequently Asked Questions

What would you like to know?

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.

Before you progress to interview, we require consent from either a parent or a guardian in order for you to continue in the application process. Upon receiving this we will invite you to interview and hopefully offer you further employment with McDonald’s.

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

New South Wales Western Australia South Australia Victoria Northern Territory Tasmania Queensland Australian Capital Territory
What type of shifts are available?

McDonald’s restaurants operate with a range of shifts throughout the day and night for participating restaurants. 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:

  • Complete the online application
  • If you have the right to work, you may be invited to an interview
  • 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 and sensible clothing.

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.

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