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Are you eligible for a blue card

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.

People convicted of disqualifying offences cannot apply for a blue card.

People convicted of serious offences can only hold a blue card in exceptional circumstances.

This page explains these different offences and what happens if you are charged or convicted of one, as well as what to do if you have a change in your police information, and how you can make a submission to us or appeal a decision.

Serious offences

An offence is a ‘serious offence’ if:

  • it is against a provision of an Act in the list of serious offences
  • it is under a law of another jurisdiction that, 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
  • of counselling or procuring the commission of an offence of a kind mentioned in the list of serious offences
  • it is to attempt, or conspire 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.

Being 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 and you cannot continue to work or volunteer with children.

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/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.

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 for a submission.

We will then consider all the information we have before making a decision.

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.

Being convicted of a serious offence

If you have been convicted of a serious offence, you are able to apply for a blue card. However, you cannot start or continue to work or volunteer with children while we assess your application.

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 for a submission.

We will then consider all the information we have before making a decision.

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.

Disqualifying offences

To help to keep children in Queensland safe, there are certain people who are disqualified from applying for or holding a blue card.

If you are a disqualified person and you sign a blue card application, you may receive a penalty.

Who is a disqualified person

You are a disqualified person if you are:

or

What is a disqualifying offence

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

An offence is categorised as a disqualifying offence under the Act if it is an offence:

  • against a provision of an Act detailed in the list of disqualifying offences
  • under a law of another jurisdiction that, if it had been committed in Queensland, would have constituted an offence of a kind detailed in the list of disqualifying offences
  • of counselling or procuring the commission of an offence of a kind mentioned in the list of disqualifying offences
  • of attempting, or of conspiring, to commit an offence of a kind detailed in the list of disqualifying offences
  • that has, as an element, an intention to commit an offence of a kind mentioned in the list of disqualifying offences

or

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

View the list of disqualifying offences.

Being charged with a disqualifying offence

If your application is being processed and you are charged with a disqualifying offence, we will immediately withdraw your application. If the charge is finalised and you are not convicted of the offence, you are able to submit a new application and we will assess your eligibility to hold a blue card.

If you already have a blue/exemption card and are charged with a disqualifying offence, we will immediately suspend your card and you cannot continue to work or volunteer with children. If the charge is finalised and you are not convicted of the offence, we will reassess your eligibility to hold a blue card.

Being convicted of a disqualifying offence

If you have been convicted of a disqualifying offence and you received an order of imprisonment, you are a relevant disqualified person and you are never allowed to apply for or hold a blue card.

Eligibility declaration process

If you have been convicted of a disqualifying offence, however, you did not receive an order of imprisonment, you can apply for an eligibility declaration. Until you are declared eligible to apply, it is an offence to sign a blue card application form.

You can start the eligibility declaration process before you have an organisation to support your application. Through this process, we will conduct the blue card check and assess your police information.

To support your application, we will ask you for a submission.

If your application for an eligibility declaration is refused, you cannot apply for a blue card and you cannot appeal this decision.

If your application is approved, you can then apply for a blue card.

Find out if you need a blue card before you apply.

Change in police information

The police information of applicants and card holders is monitored daily. Your police information changes if you:

Let your organisation know of any changes

If your police information changes, you need to fill in a change in police information notification form with your employer, volunteer organisation or education provider immediately. You don’t need to tell them what the change is, only that your police information has changed.

You cannot continue to work or volunteer with children until you have submitted this form. If you do not lodge this form, you may receive a penalty.

Find out more about offences and penalties.

Making a submission

If we receive information from your blue card check  that suggests we should not issue a blue/exemption card, we will ask you for 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 might want to include written references from employers, colleagues or health professionals who know about your past, or other relevant material.

If you need help with your submission, you can read about how to make a submission or contact us for more information.

If you need independent legal advice, you may choose to contact one of the following agencies:

If you do not provide a submission, we will either withdraw your application or refuse to issue you a blue 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.

Appealing a decision we have made

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