Blue card resources
We have resources available for individuals and organisations to help you understand how the blue card system works.
Resources available on this page:
- General information about the blue card system
- When a card is required and how to apply
- Other information for individuals
- Other information for organisations
- Compliance information and resources
- Restricted persons and restricted employment
- Laws targeting sexual offences against children
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community resources
- Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities
- Services audited by Human Services Quality Framework (HSQF)
- Disability work
You can download and print these resources as required.
We also have a suite of videos to help you understand the blue card system.
General information about the blue card system
When a card is required and how to apply
Application process outline for:
Learn whether you need a blue card and how to apply for your industry:
- Students aged 18 attending school
- Volunteer to paid transfers
- Au pairs, nannies and babysitters
- Contractors and tradespeople
- Fitness industry
- Home stay providers
- Mayors and councillors
- Registered health practitioners
- Security providers
- Speech pathologists
- Sporting industry
- Trainee students
- Directors of a non-state school governing body
- Governing bodies of non-state schools in Queensland
- Parents and citizens associations
This flow chart outlines when an exemption card may be needed by a police officer or teacher.
Learn more about getting an exemption card for work outside your professional duties as a:
Parents and carers
Information for parents and carers to assist with their choice of organisations who deliver services to children, see our parents and carers fact sheet.
More resources and information coming soon.
Learn when a blue card is needed for:
- business operators and linking
- local councils
- school attendance supervisors and officers
- the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.
These flow charts outline if a blue card is required and how to apply for:
This flow chart explains to employers how to authorise the card of new employees, students and volunteers requiring a blue card.
Other information for individuals
The fact sheet about the rights and obligations of blue card holders explains:
- using a blue card in different roles
- what to do if your
- card is lost or stolen
- police information changes
- card is suspended or cancelled
- when to renew
- updating us about changes.
You can also learn:
- what happens if you are disqualified from applying or holding a blue card
- how to make a submission to support your application if we find information raising concerns about your background (e.g. criminal history)
- how to appeal our decision with Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
Other information for organisations
Learn more about:
- obligations for regulated organisations
- identifying and managing online risks
- how to link a blue/exemption card holder to your organisation.
Compliance information and resources
If your organisation or business is regulated by the blue card system, you must have a child and youth risk management strategy. It has 8 mandatory requirements to help create a safe and supportive environment for children.
- Child and youth risk management strategy toolkit
- Sole operator supplement elaborating on the requirements for business owners who do not engage other workers
- Blue Card Services’ compliance enforcement strategy 2020–2021
- Updating your child and youth risk management strategy for restricted persons and restricted employment laws
- Useful references to assist with your child and youth risk management strategy.
Templates to help manage your compliance activities:
- Self-assessment checklist
- Employee register template
- Incident report form template
- Risk management plan for high risk activities and special events template
Restricted persons and restricted employment
- Restricted person and restricted employment for individuals
- Restricted person and restricted employment for organisations
- Checklist—Preparing your organisation for changes to the blue card system
- Checklist—Implementing restricted person and restricted employment laws in your organisation
- Social media templates for organisations to promote awareness of restricted person/restricted employment laws
- Poster—Restricted person/restricted employment laws
- Poster—No Card, No Start, new laws are here
Laws targeting sexual offences against children
- Failure to report or protect children from sexual crimes fact sheet
- Checklist—Updating your risk management strategy for failure to report and failure to protect laws
- Poster—Fail to protect, fail to report laws
- Suggested social media posts about these laws
- Sample induction acknowledgment
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community resources
Put these posters up around your organisation to help your community understand the blue card system:
- Need a blue card but have no ID?
- Blue cards are for working with children
- If you have been in trouble with the police, it doesn’t always mean you can’t get a blue card
- There are people in your community who can help you apply for a blue card
- Blue Card Services are here to help you
- Need a blue card—remote community
- How to get a customer reference number (CRN) in a remote community
Culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) community resources
- Poster—Translation services
- Poster—Need help with a blue card?
- Video—Need help? We speak your language
- How to get a CRN in Brisbane city—various languages
Services in-scope of the HSQF
These resources are for services in-scope of the Human Services Quality Framework (HSQF).
- Neighbourhood community centres
- Executive committee and board members
- Shelters for adult women and men
You can no longer apply for disability worker screening through Blue Card Services.
These resources are available for people working with children with disability:
- Disability worker screening and working with children check application (combined application)
- Disability worker screening information fact sheet
- Blue card application/renewal for disability service workers (DWS form)
- Exemption card application/renewal for disability service workers (DWS/E form)
- Link an NDIS self-employed/business operator
- Queensland Worker Screening Unit contact information