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Running a child-related business

To run a business regulated by the blue card system in Queensland, you need to have a blue card or exemption card.

Not everybody who runs a business needs a blue card. However, if your work—or the work your business does—falls within a category of regulated business in the Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) Act 2000, you must hold a blue card or exemption card.

You will need a blue card if you are an executive officer of a corporation that operates a business regulated by one of the categories on this page.

This includes an executive officer who lives outside Queensland, but does not include an executive officer who lives outside Australia.

These categories are explained on this page:

This list does not include all situations where you may need a blue card. If your business does not fit one category, it may fit another.

If you are unsure, you can contact us about whether you need a blue card.

Health, counselling and support services

You will need a blue card if the usual activities of your business include providing any of the following services to children:

  • a health service that requires physical contact with a child, or that is provided while no-one else is physically present
  • a counselling service or support service if you are physically present with a child while no-one else is physically present, or if you are not physically present with a child.

You will also need a blue card if your business is a child-related service outlet of a funded non-government service provider or a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) non-government service provider.

Exemptions

You do not need a blue card if the business you operate is a licensed care service. A licensed care service provides care for children who are under the care of the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women.

Private teaching, coaching and tutoring

You will need a blue card if the usual activities of your business include teaching, coaching or tutoring children on a commercial basis.

This means a blue card is needed for:

  • a self-employed driving instructor who offers lessons to children
  • a self-employed personal trainer who coaches children
  • a person who runs their own business privately tutoring children.

Exemptions

You do not need a blue card if you are conducting private teaching, coaching or tutoring through an education provider (including a registered training organisation).

Education and care services (or similar businesses)

You will need a blue card if the usual activities of your business include:

  • operating an education and care service or another service that provides education and care to children (e.g. operating a family day care scheme, operating a childcare centre or an outside school hours care service )
  • carrying out activities in a place where children are being educated and cared for (e.g. driving a bus operated by a child care centre or a tradesperson doing work in an outside hours school care service).

Note : You will not need a blue card if the activities of your business are conducted when education and care services are not being provided to children (e.g. a tradesperson providing a gardening service outside the operational hours when children are not present).

Child care services (or similar businesses)

You will need a blue card if the usual activities of your business include:

  • providing child care on a commercial basis (e.g. babysitters, au pairs or nannies, a gym that operates a child-minding service or hotel kid’s club)

carrying out activities in a place, or vehicle, where child care is being provided (e.g. a cleaner contracted to clean the hotel kid’s club facilities).

Educational programs conducted outside of school

Limited people need a blue card under this category. If you are unsure whether this applies to you, check with your employer or contact us.

You will need a blue card if the usual activities of your business include or are likely to include providing services or activities under sections 182, 183, 286(2), 291 or 304 of the Education (General Provisions) Act 2006.

This means you will need a blue card if you run a business that provides educational programs for students who can’t attend regular school (e.g. suspended or excluded students, or students who have special schooling arrangements).

Exemptions

You do not need a blue card under this category if the business you operate is a:

  • state school
  • non-state school
  • registered higher education provider
  • registered training organisation.

Religious representatives

You will need a blue card if you are a religious representative and the usual activities of your business include providing services to or conducting activities with children.

This means you will need a blue card if you are:

  • a religious leader such as a priest, chaplain, minister or rabbi whose role includes (or may include) providing religious instruction to children or conducting activities as a religious representative
  • in charge of your religious organisation and the organisation runs children’s activities (e.g. if you are a youth leader who runs children’s worship groups and Sunday school activities)
  • an operator of a business promoting spiritual beliefs and guidance to children, even if you don’t consider yourself to be part of an organised religion.

Child accommodation services, including homestays

You will need a blue card if the usual activities of your business include providing a child accommodation service in your home (including a homestay service).

This means you will need a blue card if you run either:

  • a business that employs volunteers to provide child accommodation
  • a homestay service for students.

Exemptions

You do not need a blue card if the activities happen at a boarding school or residential facility, or another place where a child accommodation service is provided under funding by the Australian Government or the Queensland Department of Education.

Sport and active recreation

You will need a blue card if the usual activities of your business include running sport or active recreation activities for children.

Example activities include:

  • themed birthday parties (e.g. hosts or operators of paintball, rock climbing, soccer or skating)
  • jumping castles or other rides (e.g. supervisors or attendants who assist children)
  • casual indoor netball, squash or cricket centres
  • children’s discos
  • indoor play centres (e.g. trampoline or laser tag)
  • young children motor skills groups
  • re-enactment groups (e.g. medieval sword fighting practice)
  • children’s fitness programs
  • independent industry providers (e.g. karate, horse riding)

Exemptions

You do not need a blue card if the activities are conducted by a church, club or association, or if the business is an amusement park.

Hostel for children (other than a residential facility)

You will need a blue card if the usual activities of your business include operating a service where a child accommodation service is provided under funding by the Australian Government or the Queensland Department of Education.

This means you will need a blue card if you operate a business that provides accommodation for school-age students while they attend school and these services are not boarding schools or residential facilities.

Limited people need a blue card under this category. If you are unsure whether this applies to you, contact us.

Licensed care services under the Child Protection Act 1999

You will need a blue card if the usual activities of your business include:

  • operating a licensed care service (i.e. a service or business that provides care for children under the care of the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women
  • carrying out activities or providing services inside a licensed residential facility (i.e. a place where the children reside).

Non-state schools–directors of governing bodies and authorised persons

You will need a blue card if you are:

  • a director of a non-state school or part of the governing body of an accredited non-state school
  • an authorised person under the Education (Accreditation of Non-State Schools) Act 2017.