Foster & kinship carers and licensed care service providers
Who needs a blue card?
This section applies to people who are providing approved foster or kinship care (other than provisionally approved carers), or who are an ‘adult member’ of a house in which foster or kinship care is being provided.
Under the Child Protection Act 1999 an ‘adult member’ is defined as:
- an adult who lives in the carer's or applicant's home; and
- an adult who, because of the nature of their contact with the child in need of protection and the context in which that contact happens, may create an unacceptable level of risk to the child; but
- does not include a parent of the child living in the carer’s home if the child was placed in the care of the carer under the Child Protection Act 1999 section 82(1).
For more information about adult members of a house in which foster or kinship care is being provided, please contact the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women, Central Screening Unit on 3239 3521.
Volunteers and trainee students also need a blue card if their work:
- is carried out, or is likely to be carried out, inside a licensed residential facility, or
- includes, or is likely to include, providing support for an approved carer in their capacity as an employee of a licensed care service, or
- involves directly managing a licensed care service, or
- involves providing care to a child as part of a licensed care service.
Police officers and registered teachers do not apply for blue cards and in certain circumstances may need to apply for an exemption card. More information about exemption cards can be found on the Police Officers Information Sheet (PDF, 310KB) and Registered Teachers Information Sheet (PDF, 399KB).
Who doesn't need a blue card?
Certain people are exempt and do not require a blue card, including:
- Registered health practitioners, if the work they are doing relates to their function as a registered health practitioner.
If you require a blue card you will need to obtain the relevant application form from the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women.
Last Updated: 14 August, 2018