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Serious offences

To help ensure the safety of children and young people in Queensland, the blue card system stops certain people from holding or applying for a blue card such as people convicted of disqualifying offences or current negative notice holders.

This page provides information about serious offences, including what happens if you are charged or convicted of one.

What is a serious offence

An offence is a ‘serious offence’ if:

  • it is against a provision of an Act in the list of serious offences
  • it is committed under a law of another jurisdiction, but if it had been committed in Queensland would be considered a serious offence in the list of serious offences
  • it is a class 1 offence or a class 2 offence under the Child Protection (Offender Reporting and Offender Prohibition Order) Act that is not otherwise a serious offence under this Act
  • it is the counselling or procurement of the commission of an offence of a kind mentioned in the list of serious offences
  • it is an attempt, or plan to commit an offence of a kind detailed in the list of serious offences
  • there is an intention to commit an offence of a kind mentioned in the list of serious offences

or

  • at the time it was committed, an offence of a kind mentioned in the list of serious offences.

All serious offences are listed in the Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) Act 2000.

View the list of serious offences below.

What happens when you are charged with a serious offence

If your application is being processed and you are charged with a serious offence, we will immediately withdraw your application.

You cannot apply again until the charge has been finalised in court. When the charge has been finalised, you will need to submit a new application.

If you already have a blue or exemption card and are charged with a serious offence, we will immediately suspend your card and you cannot continue to work or volunteer with children. We will not reassess your eligibility to hold a blue card until the charge has been finalised in court.

While your card is suspended you are considered a restricted person.

Once the charge has been finalised, we will conduct another blue card check and reassess the information to check whether you are eligible to work or volunteer with children.

To support your application, we will ask you to make a submission. If your application is approved we will give you a blue or exemption card. If your application is refused, we will not give you a blue or exemption card and you will not be able to work or volunteer with children.

What happens when you are convicted of a serious offence

If you have been convicted of a serious offence, you can still apply for a blue card.

When we receive your application, we will conduct the blue card check and assess any information to decide whether you are eligible to work or volunteer with children.

To support your application, we will ask you to make a submission. If your application is approved, we will give you a blue card. If your application is refused, we will not give you a blue card and you will not be able to work or volunteer with children.

If you are convicted of a serious offence, you must stop regulated work until a further working with children clearance is issued. This means that in the meantime you must not:

  • apply for, start, or continue in child-related work (paid or voluntary)
  • carry on a child-related business regulated by the blue card system.

If you do either of these things, you will be committing an offence and may receive a penalty.

How to make a submission

If we receive information from your blue card check that suggests we should not issue a blue or exemption card, we will ask you to make a submission. The submission gives you a chance to tell us about your police or disciplinary information and tell your side of the story.

Your submission should show us how your behaviour has changed since the offending happened. You can include written references from employers, colleagues or health professionals who know about your past, or other relevant material. Read the How to make a submission fact sheet.

If you need help with your submission, you can contact us for more information. You can also ask to speak with someone from your mob—our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community engagement officers are here to help you.

If you need independent legal advice, you may choose to contact organisations such as:

If you do not provide a submission, we will either withdraw your application or refuse to issue you a blue or exemption card. If this happens, you will not be able to work with children.

We will assess all the information we have before making a final decision.

How to appeal a decision we have made

If your application is refused, you can appeal our decision through the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT). Learn more about the QCAT appeal process.

List of serious offences

This list of serious offences is sorted by the Act they fall under:

  • Classification of Computer Games and Images Act 1995
  • Classification of Films Act 1991
  • Classification of Publications Act 1991
  • Criminal Code Act 1899
  • Drugs Misuse Act 1986
  • Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cwlth)
  • Customs Act 1991 (Cwlth).

There is also a list of disqualifying offences.

Click on the Acts below to show more details about the relevant sections that apply, or choose 'expand all' to show all details.

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  • Section 12 Sale etc of prohibited publication—Only if an offender was or could have been liable as mentioned in s12, penalty, paragraph (c)
  • Section 13 Possession of prohibited publication—Only if an offender was or could have been liable as mentioned in s13, penalty, paragraph (c)
  • Section 14 Possession of child abuse publication
  • Section 15 Exhibition or display of prohibited publication—Only if an offender was or could have been liable as mentioned in s15, penalty, paragraph (c)
  • Section 16 Leaving prohibited publication in or on public place—Only if an offender was or could have been liable as mentioned in s16, penalty, paragraph (c)
  • Section 17(1) Producing prohibited publication—Only if an offender was or could have been liable as mentioned in s17(1), penalty, paragraph (c)
  • Section 17(2) Producing prohibited publication—Only if an offender was or could have been liable as mentioned in s17(2), penalty, paragraph (c)
  • Sections 17(3) and (4) Producing prohibited publication
  • Section 18 Procurement of minor for RC publication
  • Section 20 Leaving prohibited publication in or on private premises

Access the Classification of Publications Act 1991.

  • Section 210 Indecent treatment of children under 16
  • Section 211 Bestiality
  • Section 213 Owner etc permitting abuse of children on premises
  • Section 215 Carnal knowledge with or of children under 16
  • Section 216 Abuse of persons with an impairment of the mind
  • Section 217 Procuring young person etc for carnal knowledge
  • Section 218 Procuring sexual acts by coercion etc—If the offence was committed against a child
  • Section 218A Using internet etc to procure children under 16
  • Section 218B Grooming children under 16
  • Section 219 Taking child for immoral purposes
  • Section 221 Conspiracy to defile—If the offence was committed against a child
  • Section 222 Incest—If the offence was committed against a child
  • Section 228 Obscene publications and exhibitions—Only if an offender was or could have been liable as mentioned in s228(2) or (3)
  • Section 228A Involving child in making child exploitation material
  • Section 228B Making child exploitation material
  • Section 228C Distributing child exploitation material
  • Section 228D Possessing child exploitation material
  • Section 228DA Administering child exploitation material website
  • Section 228DB Encouraging use of child exploitation material website
  • Section 228DC Distributing information about avoiding detection
  • Section 229B Maintaining a sexual relationship with a child
  • Section 229G Procuring engagement in prostitution—Only if an offender was or could have been liable as mentioned in s229G(2)
  • Section 229H Knowingly participating in provision of prostitution—Only if an offender was or could have been liable as mentioned in section 229H(2)
  • Section 229I Persons found in places reasonably suspected of being used for prostitution etc—Only if an offender was or could have been liable as mentioned in s229I(2)
  • Section 229L Permitting young person etc. to be at place used for prostitution
  • Section 300 Unlawful homicide—Only if the unlawful killing is murder under section 302
  • Section 306 Attempt to murder
  • Section 309 Conspiring to murder
  • Section 315A Choking, suffocation or strangulation in a domestic setting
  • Section 320A Torture—If the offence was committed against a child
  • Section 349 Rape
  • Section 350 Attempt to commit rape
  • Section 351 Assault with intent to commit rape
  • Section 352 Sexual assaults—If the offence was committed against a child
  • Section 354 Kidnapping—If the offence was committed against a child and the context in which the offence was committed was not familial
  • Section 354A Kidnapping for ransom—If the offence was committed against a child
  • Section 363 Child stealing—If the context in which the offence was committed was not familial
  • Section 363A Abduction of a child under 16—If the context in which the offence was committed was not familial
  • Section 364 Cruelty to children under 16

Access the Criminal Code Act 1899.

  • Section 5 Trafficking in dangerous drugs
  • Section 6 Supplying dangerous drugs—Only if the offence is one of aggravated supply as mentioned in section 6 (2)
  • Section 8 Producing dangerous drugs—Only if an offender was or could have been liable for a penalty as mentioned in s8, penalty, paragraph (a) or (b)
  • Section 9D Trafficking in relevant substances or things

Access the Drugs Misuse Act 1986.

  • Section 270.5 Servitude offences—If the offence was committed against a child
  • Section 270.7 Deceptive recruiting for sexual services—Only if an offender was or could have been liable as mentioned in s270.8
  • Section 271.4 Offence of trafficking in children
  • Section 271.7 Offence of domestic trafficking in children
  • Section 272.8 Sexual intercourse with child outside Australia
  • Section 272.9 Sexual activity (other than sexual intercourse) with child outside Australia
  • Section 272.10 Aggravated offence—Child with mental impairment or under care, supervision or authority of defendant
  • Section 272.11 Persistent sexual abuse of child outside Australia
  • Section 272.12 Sexual intercourse with young person outside Australia—Defendant in position of trust or authority
  • Section 272.13 Sexual activity (other than sexual intercourse) with young person outside Australia—Defendant in position of trust or authority
  • Section 272.14 Procuring child to engage in sexual activity outside Australia
  • Section 272.15 "Grooming" child to engage in sexual activity outside Australia
  • Section 272.18 Benefiting from offence against this Division
  • Section 272.19 Encouraging offence against this Division
  • Section 272.20 Preparing for or planning offence against this Division
  • Section 273.5 Possessing, controlling, producing, distributing or obtaining child pornography material outside Australia
  • Section 273.6 Possessing, controlling, producing, distributing or obtaining child abuse material outside Australia
  • Section 273.7 Aggravated offence—Offence involving conduct on 3 or more occasions and 2 or more people
  • Section 471.16 Using a postal or similar service for child pornography material
  • Section 471.17 Possessing, controlling, producing, supplying or obtaining child pornography material for use through a postal or similar service
  • Section 471.19 Using a postal or similar service for child abuse material
  • Section 471.20 Possessing, controlling, producing, supplying or obtaining child abuse material for use through postal or similar service
  • Section 471.22 Aggravated offence—Offence involving conduct on 3 or more occasions and 2 or more people
  • Section 471.24 Using a postal or similar service to procure persons under 16
  • Section 471.25 Using a postal or similar service to "groom" persons under 16
  • Section 471.26 Using a postal or similar service to send indecent material to person under 16
  • Section 474.19 Using a carriage service for child pornography material
  • Section 474.20 Possessing, controlling, producing, supplying or obtaining child pornography material for use through a carriage service
  • Section 474.22 Using a carriage service for child abuse material
  • Section 474.23 Possessing, controlling, producing, supplying or obtaining child abuse material for use through a carriage service
  • Section 474.23 Aggravated offence—Offence involving conduct on 3 or more occasions and 2 or more people
  • Section 474.25A Using a carriage service for sexual activity with person under 16 years of age
  • Section 474.25B Aggravated offence—Child with mental impairment or under care, supervision or authority of defendant
  • Section 474.26 Using a carriage service to procure persons under 16 years of age
  • Section 474.27 Using a carriage service to “groom” persons under 16 years of age
  • Section 474.27A Using a carriage service to transmit indecent communication to person under 16 years of age

Access the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cwlth).