Changes to the blue card system will start with the commencement of the remaining provisions of the Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2019 on 31 August 2020.
These changes affect applicants, card holders and organisations, and include:
- the No Card, No Start law – a person cannot work or volunteer in a position requiring a blue card until her or his application is approved
- a new rule for expiring cards – if a person doesn’t renew by the expiry date, he or she will be subject to the No Card, No Start law and cannot work
- a requirement to notify the department about changes in police information as a card holder or applicant
- stricter requirements for people who rely on an exemption to work or volunteer with children – through the introduction of the terms restricted person and restricted employment, and associated offences
- a new frequency test – if a person only works seven or fewer days in a calendar year, a blue card may not be required. This does not apply if a person operates a business.
- an expiry date for exemption cards for Queensland police and teachers, so they will need to be renewed if still required.
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