The Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian requires people who work with children (under 18 years of age) in particular categories of paid and voluntary employment or carrying on particular businesses to undergo screening through the 'Working with Children Check'. If a person is eligible to work with children then they will receive a positive notice and a Working with Children Blue Card.
Before you can attend your first professional experience placement, you must hold a valid Blue Card.
It is essential that you don’t delay in lodging your application. The screening process can take up to 12 weeks or more and we recommend that this be the first activity you undertake at the commencement of your studies.
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Certain people are disqualified up front from applying for a Blue Card. It is an offence for a 'disqualified person' to apply for a Blue Card. Penalties of up to five years imprisonment or a fine of up to $37,500 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 the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian website.