Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian Act
The State Government legislation, introduced in 2000, established the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian to promote and protect the rights, interests and wellbeing of children in Queensland.
The Commission administers the blue card system to create safe and supportive environments for children and young people who participate in activities that are essential to their development and wellbeing, such as child care, education, sport, and cultural activities.
Operated by the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian, the blue card is a key prevention and monitoring system of people working with children and young people. It is founded on the principle that all children have a fundamental right to be protected from harm.
With increased public awareness in child protection and the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, members working at residential facilities, boarding facilities, and child care services are required, by law, to obtain working with children blue cards.
Members regularly working in schools and education services are also strongly recommended to obtain working with children blue cards for their staff, as many customers require trades persons to hold one before commencing work.
Working with children blue cards are required if working at child care services and alike services when children are present for at least:
- Eight consecutive days
- Once a week for each week during a period of four weeks
- Once a fortnight for each fortnight during a period of eight weeks
- Once a month for each month during a period of six months
Note: your client or the principal contractor may require all persons to have a blue card over and beyond the minimum standard above.
Whilst some changes to the system are anticipated following the current Royal Commission, members with customers in the area need to be vigilant now.
Blue card application forms and fees
All of the relevant application forms and information about fees can be found on the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian website.
If you have any questions about the forms or the blue card system, please call the Blue Card Contact Centre on 1800 113 611 or 3211 6999.