Who needs a blue card?
Paid employees need a blue card if their work is carried out or likely to be carried out inside a residential facility or another place providing a child accommodation service under funding by the Commonwealth Government or by the Department of Education, Training and Employment (DETE) 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.
Who doesn't need a blue card?
There are certain people who do not require a blue card under this category, including:
- People who are employed by a licensed care service (note - paid employees working with a licensed care service are screened under the Care of children under the Child Protection Act 1999 category), and
- Registered health practitioners, if the work they are doing with children and young people 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: 30 June, 2014