Please click here to view the Commission's current full schedule of fees for blue cards.
As a guide, you should allow at least 28 business days for your application to be processed as the check includes a national criminal history check and a comprehensive assessment of a person's eligibility to work with children.
Applications will take longer to process if:
Blue cards are valid for three years.
No. You may only submit an application for a blue card in circumstances where:
The Commission can only screen for activities that are regulated by the Commission's Act. If the work is not covered by the blue card system, you may not require a blue card / exemption card and the Commission may not be able to screen you.
For further information please contact the Blue Card Contact Centre on 1800 113 611 (freecall within QLD - calls from mobile phones may attract charges) or 3211 6999.
The Commission accepts the following forms of payment:
Business operators, volunteers and trainee students must ensure their renewal application is received by the Commission at least 30 days before their blue card expires in order to continue in regulated work after their blue card expires unless their blue card has been suspended or cancelled.
Paid employees must submit their renewal application before their blue card expires.
Exemption cards have no expiry date and remain valid as long as the person is a registered teacher or police officer in Queensland, unless suspended or cancelled earlier.
You can use your blue card or exemption card for other roles, however you must notify the Commission by submitting an 'Authorisation to confirm a valid card' form (PDF, 131KB). By submitting this form employers, volunteer coordinators or education providers will receive any important updates about an applicant or card holder's status.
Please note, if you have a volunteer or student card and have not previously paid for your blue card and are proposing to enter into paid work (either with another organisation or through operating your own business) you must submit the Volunteer to paid employment transfer form and pay the prescribed fee. You will receive a new card with an additional three years of validity from the date of issue.
A person with a criminal history will not necessarily be refused a blue card.
If a person's criminal history suggests that a blue card should not be issued, the Commissioner will ask the applicant to provide a submission, explaining why the application for a blue card should not be refused.
The Commissioner assesses the information provided in the submission before making a final decision. For more information about how the Commission decides who is eligible to work with children, please click here.
Please note there are certain people who are disqualified from applying for a blue card. For more information on disqualified persons please click here.
The Commission monitors the police and disciplinary information of all blue card or exemption card holders and once made aware of a change in a person's police or disciplinary information they will take steps to protect the safety and wellbeing of children and young people, which might include:
If there is a change in a person's police or disciplinary information, the card holder must notify their employer that a change has occurred. However, the card holder does not need to provide specific details of the change.
The person's employer, volunteer organisation or education provider should provide notice to the Commission that they are aware of a change in the person's police information by submitting a 'Change in police information' form (PDF, 127KB).
If an application for a blue card or exemption card is not approved, a person is issued with a negative notice letter which prohibits that person from working in employment or carrying on a business regulated by the Commission's Act.
Last updated: 27 July, 2012
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