If you are a person seeking to or operating a business, you will require a blue card before you can commence providing regulated child-related services.
If you are a registered teacher or police officer who is proposing to operate a regulated business, you can commence the business operations once you have lodged a completed exemption card application with the Commission.
Please note, if you are a director of non-state school's governing body, or an authorised person, you are required to hold a blue card or an exemption card before you can commence work as a director or authorised person.
If you employ other people in your business to provide regulated child-related services, the following rules apply to your staff (including volunteers and trainee students):
Please click here for more information about your obligations if you engage employees, volunteers or trainee students to work for your business in regulated employment.
How long will it take?
As a guide, you should allow at least 28 business days for your application to be processed.
Applications will take longer to process if:
Please click here if you need to apply.
When should I renew my blue card?
Business operators may continue their regulated child-related business while their renewal application is being processed as long as they submit a renewal form at least 30 days before their current blue card expires.
The Commission will send a renewal application to blue card holders 16 weeks prior to the expiry of their current card. You must advise the Commission of any change to your postal address.
For more information about the renewal process and to access the appropriate form, please click here.
Please note - exemption cards have no expiry date and remain valid as long as the person is a registered teacher or police officer.
Last updated: 13 April, 2011
A person proposing to carry on a regulated business must not commence providing child-related activities until they hold a valid blue card and positive notice.
Certain people are prohibited from applying for or renewing a blue card. Please click here for more information about disqualified persons.
Police officers and registered teachers no longer apply for blue cards and in certain circumstances may need to apply for an exemption card. Please click here for more information.