I am a massage therapist working for an organisation. Do I need a blue card?
Massage therapists will require a blue card when providing a health service to a child which requires physical contact or where the service is provided while no-one else is present, if they work, or are likely to work, 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.
You can apply for a blue card by submitting a Blue card application (BC) form (PDF, 251KB) and selecting the 'Health, counselling and support services' category of regulated employment.
Please note, paid employees who require a blue card or exemption card can commence regulated child-related work once they have lodged an application with Blue Card Services and while their application is being processed.
I am a massage therapist running my own business. Do I need a blue card?
Under the 'Health, counselling and support services' category of regulated employment, you will need a blue card if the usual activities of your business includes or is likely to include a person other than a registered health practitioner providing massage services for therapeutic or relaxation purposes to children.
You can apply for a blue card by submitting a Blue card business (BCB) application form (PDF, 245KB) and selecting the 'Health, counselling and support services' category of regulated employment.Please note as a business operator, you must not commence work until after you have obtained a valid blue card.
Last Updated: 30 June, 2015