Processing times for blue card applications
Most blue card applications with no criminal history or other concerning information are processed within 28 business days and will usually arrive by post 2 weeks after the application has been approved.
Applications submitted online are usually processed more quickly than paper applications.
If your application is approved, we will notify you by email. If you did not provide an email address, we will notify you by post.
You can start working once you have received notification that your card has been approved, while you wait for your card to arrive.
Watch the following video to find out more about blue card application processing times.
Processing times for blue card applications video
Blue card check
An application may take longer than 28 days to process if information is returned as part of the blue card check. The blue card check includes a national criminal history check, which means we get information from all over Australia.
If your name matches someone else’s details, the agency conducting the check needs to clarify this information before returning it to us. This process can take additional time, even if the applicant has no criminal history.
If criminal history or other concerning information is returned to us, the application time frame may be extended. We will need to assess the information to determine whether you can hold a blue card and may contact you for more information to continue the assessment.
Watch the following video to find out more about the blue card check.
The blue card check video
If you make a combined application, Disability Services will process your disability worker screening application and advise you of the outcome. If approved, we will then process your blue or exemption card application.
If you have not received an outcome from Disability Services, you will need to contact them for an update.
You can contact us to follow up on your application.