Information for parents and carers

Part-time and casual jobs at Coles Group

Your child's first job is an exciting time in their lives and yours. And, we also know it can be a nerve-racking adventure! From writing their first application to completing their first interview, it’s a daunting task but one that can also be rewarding and achievable. We’re here to make applying for that first job a great experience that boosts confidence and sets your child up for a positive transition into the world of paid work.     

We care about the wellbeing of our young team members and will strive to provide a rewarding, safe and nurturing work environment.

What age can my child start working?

Each state/territory in Australia has its own requirements in respect of minimum age.

Click here to learn about minimum age requirements by state and territory.

In some cases we’ll need your written permission to allow your child to start with us or other documentation in support. In some states we may require a child employment permit to be obtained prior to work commencing. If so, the store you’ve applied with will make it easy and guide you through the steps.

Our recruitment process

Stage 1: Application

The first step to becoming a Coles Group team member is completing an Expression of Interest here

The Expression of Interest includes details about your child’s preferences, including:

Which stores they’d like to work at

You may like to help your child choose suitable store locations, especially if they’ll need to use public transport to get to work.

Availability for shifts

To help stores plan rosters and choose departments that will be a good match, it would be great if your child can indicate days and times that are suitable on an ongoing basis. It’s no problem if this needs to change down the track.

We’ll send back an email outlining positions available and the closing dates for applications. At this stage we recommend applying for any suitable positions so we can assess your child’s application.  Our Coles recruitment team will get in touch and confirm whether they’re advancing to the next stage. Fingers crossed!

Our processes can be pretty competitive, so if your child isn’t successful on the first go, they should definitely re-apply in the future. We wish you both the best of luck.

Stage 2: Interview

If your child is successful, they’ll receive an email about the next steps, an interview. This may be a video interview or in person, for tips on completing interviews see Interview and Resume Tips for more information.

After the interview, your child will hear from the store to let them know if they got the job and share induction details

Stage 3: Online offer

After receiving a verbal offer from the store, your child will receive an email from our Coles recruitment team with their formal offer of employment and a request for banking, tax and emergency contact details to be submitted online.

It’d be great if you could help your child complete this information. They’re also welcome to contact the store for any assistance they might need.

Unsuccessful applicants

If your child’s application is unsuccessful we will let you know by email. This doesn't mean they can’t be considered for other positions with us, so we encourage your child to check back regularly on our Coles Careers website and ensure their Expression of Interest is up to date.

What to expect when your child is working with us

Coles Group is a great place for a first job. We offer flexible working arrangements with no late shifts. Working with us won’t interfere with school hours and we’ll do our best to accommodate any afterschool activities your child may have. 

School students are rostered for shifts in the afternoons, evenings, weekends and school holidays. They’ll receive their roster in advance, which makes it easier to plan for other commitments.

We’ll provide your child with extensive training, support and on-going guidance to make sure they fully understand their job responsibilities, including safety requirements and processes. Your child should feel safe and comfortable whenever they come into work with us.

Good things start here. Is your child ready to join Coles Group?