Blue Card news
Working with a colleague who is under 18
You don’t need a blue card if you are:
- working alongside a person who is under 18 (e.g. if you work alongside a 17-year-old colleague)
- involved in a team, club or group activity that also has members under 18 (e.g. if you participate in an under-20s sports group with a member who is 17)
- supervising a student while they do work experience (including school students).
Volunteers under the age of 18
You don't need a blue card if you are a volunteer under the age of 18.
If you will continue your volunteer work after you turn 18, you will need to apply for a blue card. Blue card services can accept your application 6 months before you turn 18. If your application is approved, your card will be issued on your 18th birthday.
You will need a blue card if you are paid for your work or are a student enrolled in a tertiary course (including certificate, TAFE and university courses) and need to do a practical placement.
One-off or infrequent work
You don’t need a blue card if you are a paid employee and your work is less than:
- 8 consecutive days
- once a week, each week, over 4 weeks
- once a fortnight, each fortnight, over 8 weeks
- once a month, each month, over 6 months.
This does not apply if you are a volunteer, student or running your own business—you may need a blue card.
You don’t need a blue card if you are a volunteer and are unlikely to be alone with a child at either:
- a state or national event organised by a school or recognised body that occurs no more than twice a year and is attended by 100 people or more (and is for a period or periods that are each 10 days or less)
- a school or recognised body and are only observing or supplying information to 10 people or more no more than twice a year (and is for a period or periods that are each 10 days or less).