Applicants and card holders in the blue card system, including exemption card holders, have certain rights afforded to them under the Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) Act 2000. These include:
A fair and just process
There is a commitment to ensuring the fairness of the blue card application process and to ensuring that ‘natural justice’ is followed. This means if the information which is received raises concern about an applicant's background or criminal history it will:
- provide the applicant with all information that is being considered
- allow the applicant to have their say
- consider all information provided by the applicant to support their blue card application
- make sure the applicant understands the process and how the information will be assessed, and in most cases, give the applicant an opportunity to have the decision reviewed if they disagree with the decision.
Having your say
If there is police or disciplinary information about an applicant or card holder that is considered relevant to the individual's eligibility to work with children, the applicant or card holder will be invited to make a submission (PDF, 397KB) in support of their application.
Withdrawing your application
Applicants may request that their application be withdrawn during the processing stage.
This can be done by contacting Blue Card Services.
Requesting the cancellation of your blue card or exemption card
You have the right to request the cancellation of your blue card or exemption card by completing the appropriate form (PDF, 126KB). In cancelling your card you must:
- return your positive notice or card immediately, and
- cease working in regulated child-related employment.
Using your blue card for more than one organisation or role
Paid employees are able to use their blue cards for other child-related work that they may also carry out, such as volunteer work, and do not have to pay the prescribed blue card fee twice.
You must advise of any additional regulated child-related employment that you undertake by submitting the appropriate form (PDF, 187KB).
Volunteers and trainee students...
Volunteers are able to use their volunteer (V) blue card for any additional unpaid regulated child-related activities, such as volunteering at another organisation.
You must advise Blue Card Services of any additional regulated child-related employment that you undertake by lodging a Link an applicant/cardholder to this organisation form (PDF, 178KB).
If you hold a volunteer blue card and propose to enter into paid employment, you must transfer your blue card by submitting the appropriate form (PDF, 186KB) and paying the prescribed fee.
Last Updated: 4 October, 2016