The purpose of the blue card system is to promote safety for children and young people in environments where they are required to be (such as schools and child care centres) and those that promote their physical, social and cultural development (such as sporting or community groups). In these environments, parents and carers are often required to entrust the care of their children to other adults and it is therefore vital that these environments are appropriately regulated so that any risks of harm to children and young people are minimised.
Volunteers, trainee students, paid employees and people operating a business may need a blue card to work with children in certain environments. If you are a registered teacher or police officer in Queensland, you will no longer apply for a blue card and should instead apply for an exemption card when providing regulated services which are outside of your professional duties.
What is a blue card?
Blue cards are issued by the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian once it has carried out the blue card check to see if a person is eligible to work in the areas of child-related work covered by the Commission’s Act. If a person is eligible, they are issued a positive notice letter and a blue card.
What is the blue card check?
The blue card check, also known as the ‘Working with Children Check, is a national check that assesses:
- any charge or conviction for an offence (even if no conviction was recorded)
- child protection prohibition orders (whether a person is a respondent or subject to an application)
- disqualification orders
- if a person is subject to reporting obligations under the Child Protection (Offender Reporting) Act 2004 or Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act 2003
- disciplinary information held by certain professional organisations including teachers, child care licensees, foster carers, nurses, midwives and certain health practitioners); and
- information that the Police Commissioner provides in relation to police investigations into allegations of serious child-related sexual offences, even if no charges were laid.
A person whose application is approved is issued with a positive notice letter and a blue card.
If a person’s application is refused, they are issued with a negative notice which prohibits them from carrying on a business or providing child-related activities in the categories regulated by the Commission’s Act.
What is an exemption card?
If you are a registered teacher or police officer in Queensland, you will no longer apply for a blue card and should instead apply for an exemption card when providing regulated services to children which are outside of your professional duties.
Please click below for forms:
Blue Card – Volunteer Form to begin or renew your blue card.