The following table is a general pay rate guide only:
Children (under 16)
Leads/Bit Part/ Featured guest roles
Negotiated fee, MEAA rate
$85-$95 per hour
Negotiated- depending on usage
No less than 50% of adult rate $18.61 per hour
$18-$28 per hour
Stills to air
25 KM from the GPO
15% - television, drama, stage, films and musical theatre
20% - commercials, voiceovers, photographic, catalogues
G.S.T. is payable on the Bubblegum commission.
Job payments are made via eftpos deposit in the talent’s name by Bubblegum a remittance slip including full job and payment de- tails will be attached to the cheque for your records.
A $5.00 administration fee is charged for account processing.
Bubblegum is very happy to assist with any account inquiries. We understand the payment process can be confusing at times and appreciate your patience while we help you resolve any issues.
All payments from the Client are received by Bubblegum on the behalf of the Talent. When monies are owed to Bubblegum for services provided to Talent, all payments received on the Talent’s behalf will be held until the owed amount is repaid in full.
When monies are owed to Talent for work completed for our Clients, Bubblegum will ensure that invoices are processed and paid as promptly as possible.
Once all monies owed are provided, Bubblegum will deduct commission and deposit payment into your child’s bank account
Client payments can take up to 90 days from the date of invoice. If the work has been completed and payment has not been received within 60 days please contact our Accounts Department.
Sometimes the duration of the job can change on the day, please remember to contact Bubblegum with the times your child works so that we can correctly invoice our Clients.
Our Accounts Department is available every Tuesday from 10.30 a.m. – 3.30 p.m. if you need assistance you can email email@example.com
Acting and modelling is a job, so you need to make yourself familiar with any obligations relating to earned income. This will vary depending on your location so it’s best to contact your local tax office for advice on rates applicable to your child’s earnings. Generally speaking, the rate in Australia is 20% and many clients will deduct this P.A.Y.G. tax from your child’s payment. If they do not, it is your responsibility to ensure that any due tax is paid in full.
All children need to have a tax file number before they get paid for their first job. There is no minimum age to apply for this. Please see the following information taken directly from the government website:
If your child is:
Any age and they earn less than $120 per year from savings accounts per year, their financial institution will not withhold Tax
Less than 16 years old and earns between $120 and $420 from savings accounts per year and provides their date of birth and tax file number (TFN), the financial institution will not withhold tax and they don't need to lodge a tax return
Doesn't provide either their date of birth or TFN, the financial institution will withhold pay as you go (PAYG) tax at 47% and they need to lodge a tax return if they want a refund
Less than 16 years old and earns $420 or more from savings accounts per year and provides their TFN, the financial institution will not withhold tax doesn't provide their TFN, the financial institution will withhold PAYG tax at 47% and they need to lodge a tax return if they want a refund
16 or 17 years old, earns $120 or more from their savings account per year and provides their TFN, the financial institution will not withhold tax
Doesn't provide their TFN, the financial institution will withhold PAYG tax at 47% and they need to lodge a tax return if they want a refund.
Fill in the application form at www.ato.gov.au. Print off the form and take it to a participating Post Office or newsagency with all of the relevant ID. Please note that if you are a parent or guardi- an signing on behalf of a TFN recipient that is under 16 years old, you will need to provide:
Two proof of identity documents for the TFN Recipient
Three proof of identity documents for yourself OR your own TFN
A proof of eligibility document
If you are having any difficulty, please use the official government website as your first port of call. The Bubblegum team are not tax experts, and often you can google your queries before ringing up the office.
Bubblegum requires a completed Tax File Number Declaration Form after a job is completed for invoicing purposes (please complete this form in black pen). Bubblegum cannot complete these forms on your child’s behalf. The invoicing process is more streamlined and speedy if we have several completed forms on file.
P.A.Y.G. Tax will generally be deducted by the Client. At the end of each financial year most companies will send Bubblegum their Talents’ Payment Summaries. Bubblegum will promptly forward these to you for taxation purposes.
If a job’s location is more than approximately 25 kilometres from Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane C.B.D. (depending on which branch represents your child), travel time and petrol can be claimed (please keep a record).
If your child does not have a bank account, then it’s time to get one for them. It’s highly unlikely that you will ever be paid in cash, and your child’s payment must go to an account in their name.
It’s always encouraged to start saving from an early age, but at the same time, you want your child to understand the value of the work they are doing.
With this in mind, it might be a good idea to allow your child a small percentage of their pay to spend as pocket money. Rather than rewarding them with a toy or gift each time they finish a job, allow them to manage their own pocket money and choose how they spend it.
Of course, this is just a suggestion. As a parent, it’s up to you to make a decision on pocket money and savings that best suits your child.