Strengthening the blue card system
On 13 November 2018, the Honourable Yvette D'Ath, Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Leader of the House, introduced the Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 to Parliament.
The Bill provides for a number of key safeguards including:
- introducing a No Card, No Start policy
- expanding the range of criminal offences that disqualify a person from obtaining a blue card, and
- enabling a centralised register for recording and reporting on the blue card status of foster and kinship carers, family day educators, stand-alone care providers and adults who reside in these residences.
What does No Card, No Start mean?
‘No Card, No Start’ means that all people, including paid employees, must hold a blue card before they can start working with children.
Currently, paid employees can start working with children once their blue card application has been lodged.
This will have no impact on volunteers, trainee students and people operating a business as they must already have a card before commencing work with children.
Transitioning to a stronger system
Blue Card Services is also working to develop:
- an efficient online application process, and
- a portal which will allow organisations to manage their blue card administration online.
We will be implementing these changes in consultation with key stakeholders.
We are excited to progress this work and will keep you updated along the way through the Blue Card News and via our website. We appreciate your continued support, if you have any questions please contact us.
Last Updated: 11 January, 2019