To work or volunteer in regulated child-related employment or operate a regulated child-related business in Queensland, you may need a blue card or exemption card.
What is a blue card?
A blue card is a process that is undertaken for anyone who wishes to work with children. It is similar to a police check but has additional screening standards to ensure child safety.
Thus, blue card is required for our students who enrol in Early Childhood Education and Care as vocational placement is included as a component of the qualification. International students will need to go the childcare centre to complete their vocational placement.
You can apply for the blue card before or after you arrive in Australia.
Check your eligibility
To help ensure the safety of children and young people in Queensland, the blue card system stops certain people from holding or applying for a blue card.
Who cannot apply for or hold a blue card:
- Disqualifying offences – To help keep Queensland children safe, some people are disqualified from applying for or holding a blue card.
- Serious offences – If you are charged with a serious offence, your blue card application will immediately be withdrawn.
Prove your identity
You will need a Customer Reference Number (CRN) from the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) before you apply for your blue or exemption card to prove your identity. You can find your CRN on any TMR product.
The photo from your TMR product will be for your blue card. If your photo with TMR was taken more than 6 years and 9 months ago, you will need to have a new photo taken at a TMR customer service centre.
If you don’t have a CRN, or your photo has expired, you will need to visit a TMR customer service centre to get one. If you are unable to visit TMR or live interstate you can still apply for a CRN from them.
There is no fee to get a CRN or have your photo updated.
Getting a CRN
Take your acceptable identity documents to a TMR customer service centre to prove your identity
ask the TMR staff to take your photo.
When you have done this, you will need to wait for the CRN confirmation letter/email. When the confirmation arrives, keep it in a safe place as you will need the CRN to register for an online account to apply for your blue card.
More details about acceptable identity documents: https://www.qld.gov.au/transport/licensing/driver-licensing/identity
To apply for a blue or exemption card, follow these 3 steps.
- Have your CRN nearby to reference.
- Register for an online account. This is how we verify your identity and get the photo for your card.
- Apply for your blue or exemption card using the online applicant portal or download the paper form.
Click here: https://my.bluecard.qld.gov.au/