The Child Protection Act 1999 sets out rules as to when foster or kinship care can be provided:
You can apply for a blue card or exemption card when you have an agreement to work in a child related environment that is regulated by the Commission's Act.
Foster and kinship carers can commence providing regulated child-related services to children and young people once they have submitted their application and received provisional approval from the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services - Child Safety Services, Central Screening Unit.
Adult members of a household where foster or kinship care is provided must hold a valid blue card before the care can commence in a home where they are residing.
This means that foster or kinship care can only be provided if:
How long will it take?
All foster and kinship care blue card applications must first be submitted to the Central Screening Unit who will undertake their own assessment process to determine if a person is provisionally approved.
Please contact the Central Screening Unit to discuss time frames for this process.
If provisional approval is granted, the Central Screening Unit will forward your application to the Commission and from this date you should allow at least 28 business days for your blue card application to be processed by the Commission.
Applications will take longer to process if:
When should I renew my blue card?
Foster carers and kinship carers may continue in regulated child-related work as long as they submit a renewal form before their blue card expires as long as all adult members of a household have a valid blue card or exemption card.
Adult members of a household where foster or kinship care is provided must submit their renewal form at least 30 days before their blue card expires. If they do not do this, and their blue card expires, they cannot reside in the home where foster or kinship care is provided until they receive a new blue card.
The Commission will send a renewal application to all 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.
To access the appropriate forms, please select the relevant form below:
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: 21 June, 2012
Paid employees can commence regulated child-related work once their blue card application is lodged with the Commission.
Volunteers and trainee students must not commence regulated child-related work until they hold a valid blue card.
Police officers and registered teachers can commence regulated child-related work once their exemption card application is lodged with the Commission.
Certain people are prohibited from applying for a blue card. Please click here for more information about disqualified persons.