Child care services and similar businesses
Who needs a blue card?
A person seeking to operate a business needs a blue card if the usual activities of the business include, or are likely to include:
- conducting a child care service or another commercial service that includes providing child care, or
- carrying out activities in premises or a vehicle in which there are children to whom child care is being provided.
For more information about child care services please contact your employer or the Department of Education, Training and Employment on 1800 637 711.
Police officers and registered teachers do not apply for a blue card and should instead apply for an exemption card under this category if they are providing child-related services which are outside of their professional duties. Read more about applying for an exemption card (PDF, 231KB).
Find out more about the application process for disability service providers (PDF, 287KB)
Examples of people who need a blue card...
- the licensee/nominee of a child care service
- a stand alone carer
- a nanny or babysitter
- the Company Director and Company Secretary of corporation that owns and runs a child care service, or
- a person running a plumbing business that regularly provides plumbing services in a child care service while child care is being provided.
Who doesn't need a blue card?
There are certain people who do not require a blue card under this category, including:
- Registered health practitioners if the work they are doing relates to their function as a registered health practitioner.
If you require a blue or exemption card under this category you will need to complete and submit an application form.
Last Updated: 7 March, 2018