What is the blue card check?
To ensure the safety of children and young people in Queensland, the blue card system determines who is eligible to work in child-related employment or carry on a child-related business.
This is determined through the blue card check conducted by the Commission. The blue card check, also known as the ‘Working with Children Check', assesses:
Deciding who is eligible to work with children
When making a decision about an application, the Commission’s key priority is maintaining the safety and wellbeing of children and young people in Queensland. The Commission’s Act outlines strict guidelines that must be followed before issuing a blue card or a positive exemption notice.
If an applicant has no known police or disciplinary information, a positive notice and card will be issued.
If there is police or disciplinary information that does not automatically disqualify someone from working in regulated employment, the Commission will consider:
If a person’s police information suggests that they are unable to protect a child from harm and promote the child's wellbeing, the Commissioner will ask them to provide a submission on any police or disciplinary information held about them, explaining why they should not be refused a blue card.
Click here (PDF, 160KB) for further information about making a submission to the Commission.
The Commissioner assesses the submission, any references or other relevant material provided, the nature of the offence/s and the circumstances surrounding the case before making a final decision.
Last updated: 22 June, 2012
If there is police or disciplinary information about a card holder or applicant that must be taken into consideration when deciding if someone is eligible to work with children, the Commission will invite you to make a submission, allowing you to provide any additional information, character references and anything else that is relevant.
Please click here (PDF, 160KB) for more information.