If you work or volunteer with kids in Queensland, there is important information you need to know.
On 31 August 2020, the Queensland Government made changes to the blue card system. To make it better. Better for you, better for our kids.
A frequency test checks whether a person needs a blue card based on how much work they do with kids each year.
On 31 August 2020, a simplified frequency test was introduced. People working with kids for not more than 7 days in a calendar year, do not need a blue card. The 7 day frequency test applies to volunteers, students and paid employees.
Business operators require a blue card regardless of how often they work with kids. For example, a person providing home stay services for 10 days in a calendar year will need a blue card.
The new laws introduced a new renewal process. You are able to continue in paid employment, volunteering, student placement or running your business as long as you submit your renewal application before your current card expires.
A reminder text message is sent 10 weeks before your blue card expires and we accept renewal applications up to 16 weeks before the expiry date.
If you do not renew your blue card before it expires, you are subject to the No Card, No Start laws and must not continue in paid employment, volunteering, student placement or run your business until a new blue card has been issued.
By working together and knowing how these changes affect you we can build a stronger blue card system and keep Queensland kids safe.
For more information about these changes, visit our website, phone our call centre, send us an email or watch our other videos available on our website.