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Blue Card information

by Lynde Davy -
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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

or

  • 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.

 

Guest speakers

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).