Pay for your application
Applying for most blue card and exemption card types requires you to pay a fee when you submit it.
This page explains when you will need to pay, and how much that fee currently is.
Applications for blue cards or exemption cards
You will usually need to pay the standard application fee when you apply for or renew a blue card. The following exceptions apply.
You do not have to pay if you are:
- a volunteer (who does not also do paid work with children)
- a trainee student.
The standard application fee is $92.30.
Changing to paid work
If you are a volunteer or student with a free card and you start getting paid for your child-related work, you need to pay the application fee.
You will need to pay for a replacement card or positive notice if you lose your card/notice or if it is stolen. Volunteers and students are not excluded from this fee.
If your card is lost because you change your contact details after applying and don’t notify us, you will need to pay this fee. A replacement fee will not be required if it is caused by a mistake by Blue Card Services or Australia Post.
A replacement card costs $13.95.
If you submit the form for disqualified people to check if you are eligible to apply for a blue card, you need to pay the standard blue card application fee of $92.30.
Negative notice cancellation
If you have been given a negative notice, after 2 years you can apply to cancel the notice. In this case, you need to pay the standard application fee of $92.30.
Table of fees
Type of application
Blue card or exemption card application (excluding volunteers or students)
Volunteer or student blue card
Transfer from volunteer or student to paid employment or business operation
Cancel a negative notice
Replacement card (all applicants)
Blue card application fees from 1 July 2019.
Renewals are charged at the same rate as new applications.