About the blue card system
The blue card system is a key prevention and monitoring system of people working with children and young people in Queensland... read more
Important information regarding babysitters, nannies and Au pairs
Blue Card Services has become aware that families/individuals are using online platforms to engage potential babysitters and child minders. It is important to note that an individual providing child care services to children must hold a valid blue card. Providing child care to children is regulated under the Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) Act 2000 and penalties apply to those who do not adhere to blue card requirements. For more information regarding blue card requirements for individuals providing nanny, babysitting, Au pair or child-minding services, please see the Information for Au pairs, nannies and babysitters information sheet, or call Blue Card Services on 1800 113 611 or 07 3211 6999.
New forms are now available which are valid for lodgement until 30 June 2018. A short grace period will apply during which the previous version of the form (marked valid for lodgement until 30 June 2017) will be accepted. Any earlier version of the form prior to this date will not be accepted.
Please ensure that you access the most current version of forms to avoid processing delays.
Risk Management - Changes to mandatory reporting
From 1 July 2017, early childhood education and care (ECEC) professionals are mandated by law to report child safety concerns to the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, where there is a reasonable suspicion that the child has suffered, is suffering, or is at unacceptable risk of suffering, significant harm caused by physical or sexual abuse, and there is not a parent willing and able to protect the child from harm. For more information, please visit the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services website.
It is a requirement that an organisation reviews its child and youth risk management strategy annually. If the above changes are relevant to your service environment, we recommend that you review and update your policies and procedures accordingly.
Last Updated: 18 August, 2017