What is the minimum age policy at McDonald's?

To ensure McDonald's restaurants provide a work environment that supports the academic commitments of young people, and to ensure the safety of our employees, we apply a minimum age policy of 14 years except where more stringent legislative restrictions apply.

If you are invited to an interview and are less than 16 years old, you will need a parent or guardian’s consent. Consent can be given either electronically or via a signed paper form. Parental consent must be provided before or during your interview. Information about how your parent or guardian provides their consent will be sent to you when you are invited to attend an interview.

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)

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. In addition, McDonald's recommends that school students are not expected to work beyond 11pm on a school night.

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 if I don't have my own email address?

If you do not have your own personal email address you will need to source this prior to proceeding with your application.

If a family member also works at Macca's can I use their email address?

No, every applicant requires their own personal email address.

How will I be notified about my progress throughout the recruitment stages?

When you register, you will receive a metime id # and password. You will be able to view the progress of your application(s) by logging into the Careers Portal with this metime id # and password and viewing My Applications. You will also receive email notifications to your personal email address.

Can I save my application form half way through and complete at a later time.

Yes you are able to save and return at a later date if you wish. Applications that have not been submitted will be deleted seven days after they were created.

How do I return to my application once I have exited?

You will need to return to apply.mcdonalds.com.au and login using your metime id # and password. Keep these handy so you can go in at any stage to review the progress of your application.

What information do I need when completing my application form?

Make sure you have the following information at your fingertips: your contact details including your personal email address, right to work in Australia information if applicable, dates and details of any work history and contact details for at least 2 referees (1 personal and 1 business or academic).

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.

Can I print off my application form?


What do I need to bring to my interview?

Print off your application form and bring any supporting documentation that will be required eg. Birth Certificate, Passport, Visa, right to work permit, photo ID and if applicable, signed Parent Consent Form.

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 will 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.

What is a crew audition?

There are two parts to our interview process - the first part consists of a 15 minute face-to-face interview and the second part consists of a 15 minute activity in a customer facing area of the restaurant. These activities may vary from restaurant to restaurant. An example would be; handing out orders to customers or meeting and greeting customers. You will have an experienced crew person with you at all times.

Will I be paid to participate in the crew audition?

No, this activity is part of the interview process and gives both the applicant and the restaurant management team the opportunity to find out if you are the right fit for each other.

Can I apply to more than one restaurant?

Yes you can apply to up to 10 restaurants per application. However, we do recommend that you think carefully where you wish to work before applying.

How long will it take for someone to contact me?

We aim to contact you as quickly as possible, which is usually within seven days of submitting your application. You will be contacted via your personal email.

How long does the recruitment process take?

It will differ from restaurant to restaurant however, it should not take longer than two weeks.

If I'm not successful at the restaurant I applied to can I re-apply?

Yes, you can.

Does McDonald's promote from within?

Yes, there are no limits to how far or fast you can progress.

How old do I have to be to work in McDonald's?

14 years old

Why can't I log in?

Check that you have entered your metime id # and password correctly. If you've forgotten your metime id # or password, please go to the log in page of the Careers Portal and click on the forgotten metime id # or password link.

Why do applicants over the ages of 18 have to complete a police background check?

At McDonald'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.

I've been invited to attend an interview at the restaurant however, I am unable to book an interview slot. Why?

Please contact the restaurant you have been invited to attend the interview at. https://mcdonalds.com.au/find-us/restaurants