The blue card system explained

Blue Card Services administers the blue card system—Queensland’s Working with Children Check.

All children in Queensland have a right to be safe and protected from harm. The blue card system regulates activities which are essential to children’s lives. These include child care, education, sport, cultural activities and foster care. We check and monitor people who work in these industries and help organisations to create safe environments for children.

The blue card system is made up of 3 parts: screening, ongoing monitoring and risk management strategies.

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Blue card screening

The first part of the blue card system is the screening which is also known as the blue card check. This is to check if you are eligible to work with children.

Find out if you need a blue card before you apply.

The blue card check is more than a police check, it looks at:

  • a charge or conviction for any offence in Australia, even if no conviction was recorded (this includes spent convictions, pending and non-conviction charges)
  • child protection prohibition orders (both respondents and subjects to the application)
  • disqualification orders
  • reporting obligations under the Child Protection (Offender Reporting and Offender Prohibition Order) Act 2004 or Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act 2003
  • disciplinary information from certain organisations (this includes information about teachers, child care licensees and foster carers)
  • police investigative information relating to allegations of serious child-related sexual offences, even if no charges were laid.

If your application is approved we will give you a blue card.

If your application is refused, we will not give you a blue card and you will not be able to work or volunteer with children. Before we make this decision, we may ask you for your side of the story through a submission. Find out more about the submissions process.

Ongoing monitoring

We get updates from the Queensland Police Service each day. These updates let us know if there has been a change to an applicant or card holder’s police information. This means we can take immediate steps to protect children from harm.

We also monitor organisations and business operators to make sure they are complying with their obligations under the blue card system.

Find out what happens if there is a change to your police information.

Child and youth risk management strategies

Child-related organisations and people who run a child-related business need to have a child and youth risk management strategy. This strategy is to make sure your organisation is a safe place for children.

We have resources available to help you to create a child and youth risk management strategy.

Find out more about risk management.