Churches, clubs and associations involving children
Who needs a blue card?
Paid employees need a blue card if their work within a church, club, association or similar entity includes, or is likely to include, providing services that are directed mainly towards children, or conducting activities that mainly involve children for at least:
- eight consecutive days, or
- once a week, each week, over four weeks, or
- once a fortnight, each fortnight, over eight weeks, or
- once a month, each month, over six months
unless an exemption applies.
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)
If you are a state government employee there are specific application forms which can be obtained from your Department's HR or Screening area.
Examples of people who need a blue card...
- Paid coaches for children at sporting or recreational clubs
- Paid employees conducting children’s activities at churches, or
- Paid employees of associations providing services for children.
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 with children and young people relates to their function as a registered health practitioner.
Examples of people who don't need a blue card...
- Paid cleaners or grounds keepers employed by a church, club, association or similar entity as this service is directed to the organisation, rather than children, or
- Administration staff employed by a church, club, association or similar entity as this service is directed to the organisation, rather than children.
If you require a blue or exemption card under this category you will need to complete and submit an application form.
Last Updated: 30 June, 2014