Blue cards for volunteers and trainee students are valid for three years and there is no application fee, unless the trainee student is a paid employee.
A volunteer or unpaid trainee student must not commence regulated child-related work until they hold a valid blue card.
Certain people are prohibited from applying for or renewing a blue card. Find out more information about disqualified persons (PDF, 428KB).
Volunteer parents are exempt under certain categories when providing services or conducting activities that relate to their own children.
Volunteers under 18 are exempt from requiring a blue card unless they are a trainee student doing a practical placement as part of their studies with an education provider.
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).
If you don't require screening under one category, you might still need screening under another. Please check all categories.