Schools – employees other than teachers and parents
Who needs a blue card?
Paid employees need a blue card if their work at a school includes, or is likely to include, providing services directed mainly towards children, or conducting activities that mainly involve children, for at least:
- eight consecutive days, or
- once a week, each week, over four weeks, or
- once a fortnight, each fortnight, over eight weeks, or
- once a month, each month, over six months
unless an exemption applies.
Police officers do not apply for a blue card and should instead apply for an exemption card under this category if they are providing child-related services which are outside of their professional duties. Read more about applying for an exemption card (PDF, 231KB).
Find out more about the application process for disability service providers (PDF, 287KB)
If you are a state government employee there are specific application forms which can be obtained from your Department's HR or Screening area.
Examples of people who need a blue card...
- Teacher aides providing assistance to children in classrooms
- People paid by the school to deliver extra-curricular activities to students at the school, or
- Cleaners or grounds keepers working at a school.
Who doesn't need a blue card?
There are certain people who do not require a blue card under this category, including:
- Approved or registered teachers (even if they are working outside their professional capacity at the school), and
- Registered health practitioners, if the work they are doing with children and young people relates to their function as a registered health practitioner.
Examples of people who don't need a blue card...
- Builders, electricians, plumbers or construction workers and other employees providing services directed toward the school building and facilities rather than the students, or
- Administrative staff who provide services directed towards the operation of the school.
If you require a blue or exemption card under this category you will need to complete and submit an application form.
Last Updated: 30 June, 2014