Private teaching, coaching or tutoring
Who needs a blue card?
Paid employees need a blue card if their work includes, or is likely to include, teaching, coaching or tutoring one child, or more than one child at the same time, on a commercial basis, 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...
- Tutors providing learning assistance to one or more students under the age of 18
- Instructors employed to provide lessons or tuition for children, or
- Coaches employed to teach or tutor children.
Who doesn't need a blue card?
There are certain people who do not require a blue card under this category, including:
- Employees of an education provider, such as a university, TAFE or registered training organisation, and
- 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...
- Lecturers at universities, TAFEs or other higher education providers providing lectures at classes which may include students under the age of 18, or
- People providing classes directed towards the general public 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