What is the Working with Children Check?
The Working with Children Check (also known as the blue card check) is a check that assesses:
- any national charge or conviction (including spent convictions and pending and non-conviction charges) for an offence (even if no conviction was recorded)
- child protection prohibition orders (whether a person is a respondent or subject to an application)
- disqualification orders
- if a person is subject to reporting obligations under the Child Protection (Offender Reporting) Act 2004 or Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act 2003
- disciplinary information held by certain professional organisations including teachers, child care licensees, foster carers and certain health practitioners, and
- information that the Police Commissioner may provide in relation to police investigations into allegations of serious child-related sexual offences, even if no charges were laid.
If a person’s application is refused, they are issued with a negative notice which prohibits them from carrying on a business or providing regulated child-related activities.
Students must hold a Blue Card before starting their placement. Students who do not make an application, or who do apply but are ineligible to hold a Blue Card, will not be able to undertake the professional experience components of the program. All up-to-date application forms are on Learning@Griffith under the Professional Experience Office organisation.
If you have lodged an application form or already have a Blue Card obtained through another organisation, you must have lodged an application form or complete a 'Link an applicant - card holder to this organisation' and return to the university contact person. All up-to-date application forms are on Learning@Griffith under the Professional Experience Office organisation.
This will ensure your university is advised of the current status of your Blue Card, the validity of your Blue Card and any changes to the status of your Blue Card application. This form may be downloaded directly from Learning@Griffith under the Professional Experience Office organisation.
Certain people are disqualified upfront from applying for a blue card. It is an offence for a 'disqualified person' to apply for a blue card. Penalties of up to 5 years imprisonment or a fine of up to $55.000 may apply if a 'disqualified person' signs a blue card application form.
For information regarding disqualifying offences, please telephone the Blue Card Contact Centre on 1800 113 611 or go to this site.
Renewal of your Blue CardVolunteers and trainee students must submit their renewal form at least 30 days before their blue card expires in order to continue in regulated work after the expiry of their blue card.
If your blue card expires and you have not submitted your renewal application at least 30 days before the expiry date, you cannot continue in regulated employment until after you have received a new blue card.
Blue Card Services will send a reminder to renew your card 10 weeks prior to the expiry of their current card. You must advise Blue Card Services of any change to your postal address.
After you receive this notification, follow the directions about Blue Card renewal from the Professional Experience Offices. After the renewal application form has been signed by all parties, upload the application to Blue Card services. This is a new procedure as of 1 July 2018.
It is important to note that a student holding a valid Blue Card can continue to carry on a regulated activity after the expiry of their Blue Card, provided their card was not suspended or cancelled and they lodge a renewal application at least 30 days prior to the expiry of their card.
To ensure that you receive your invitation to renew your blue card, don't forget to notify Blue Card Services of any change in your postal address.