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Changing or finishing child-related work

As a blue or exemption card holder, you need to let us know about any changes to your child-related work.

Starting with a new employer

If you already have a blue/exemption card and start work with a new employer, you need to let us know by submitting a link an applicant/cardholder to this organisation form to us.

Organisations using the Organisation Portal can link you in real time. Talk with your employer about this.

Transferring from volunteer to a paid card holder

If you are an existing volunteer (V) card holder and intend to start in paid child-related work or business, you need to transfer your existing volunteer card to a paid card.

You can start in paid work or commence your child-related business once the application to transfer to a paid card has been completed, paid for and submitted to us.

If you are employed, your employer should also notify us of your new child-related work by linking you to their organisation. This can be done online through the Organisation Portal, or by submitting a paper link an applicant/cardholder to this organisation form to us.

As long as there has not been a change to your eligibility, we will issue you a paid (P) blue card.

Learn more about how to transfer from a volunteer card to a paid card.

Applying online

You can complete your application to transfer to a paid card using the online applicant portal and paying the prescribed fee.

If you have not yet registered for an online account, you will need to do this first before submitting your application. This is the fastest way to apply.

Applying on paper

If you can’t access the online applicant portal you need to complete a paper volunteer to paid employment transfer or volunteer to business transfer form.

If your volunteer card does not have your photo on it and you are applying using the paper form, we recommend you register for an online account, so you don’t have to provide certified copies of your identity.

This will simplify the process for you and your application will be processed more quickly. Processing and approval times are longer for paper applications.

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If you are working in disability services

If you hold a disability worker screening clearance and you are an existing volunteer (V) blue card holder who intends to start paid child-related employment, you must transfer your existing volunteer blue card to a paid card by completing the blue card application or renewal for disability service workers (DWS) form and pay the reduced fee.

If your volunteer card does not have your photo on it, we recommend you register for an online account and then complete the DWS form. This will simplify the process for you and be processed more quickly.

Finishing work with an employer

If you stop working with your employer, you need to let us know by using the online applicant portal or by completing a no longer with organisation (for applicants/cardholders) form.

No longer need a blue card

If you are no longer working in child-related regulated employment, you don’t need to cancel your card. If you want to cancel your card, you need to fill in a request to cancel card form.

If you cancel your card and need a card again in the future, you will need to re-apply and pay the prescribed fee.

Starting a business

If you hold or have applied for a Queensland disability worker screening clearance and you need to transfer from a volunteer to a paid blue card (business operator), you should complete the DWS form instead.

As long as there has not been a change to your eligibility, we will issue you a paid (P) blue card to use as a business operator.

If you already hold a paid (P) blue card or (E) exemption card, you need to complete a notification of change for self-employed persons form. See our business operators and linking requirements fact sheet for linking information.

You will also need to develop and implement a child and youth risk management strategy. Find out more about your risk management requirements.

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