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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. If you do not need a blue card to run your business, you can’t apply for one.

Your work—or the work your business does—needs to fall within a category of business in the Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) Act 2000 . These categories are explained below.

This page briefly explains who doesn’t need a blue card, and then explains when you will need a blue card and identifies if there are any exemptions.

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.

Executive officers of a corporation

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.

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 don’t 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 Child Safety Services.

Private teaching, coaching or 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 person who runs their own business privately tutoring children
  • a self-employed personal trainer who offers training to children
  • a self-employed driving instructor who offers lessons to children.

Exemptions

A person whose business involves operating an education provider (including a registered training organisation) does not need a blue card.

Education and care services (or similar)

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 or operating a child care centre)
  • 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 a child care centre).

Child care services (or similar)

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, working in a gym child-minding service or hotel kid’s club)
  • carrying out activities in a place where child care is being provided.

Educational programs conducted outside of school

Only very limited people need a blue card under this category. If you are unsure whether this applies to you, you should check with your employer contact us.

You will need a blue card if the usual activities of your business include or you will be doing work for a program 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 cannot attend regular school (e.g. suspended or excluded students, or students who have special schooling arrangements).

Exemptions

You don’t 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 or conducting activities with children.

This means you will need a blue card if you are in charge of your religious organisation and the organisation runs children’s activities (e.g. if you are the pastor in charge of your church and the church runs children’s worship groups and Sunday school activities).

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 don’t 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.

This means you will need a blue card if you or your business runs this type of activities.

Exemptions

You don’t 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 from by the Australian Government or by 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. These services are not boarding schools or residential facilities.

There are limited people who 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. A licensed care service is the service or business which provides care for children under the care of the Child Safety Services
  • carrying out activities or providing services inside licensed residential facility. A licensed residential facility is the 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.