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Posted by Equestrian Queensland on 04/02/2014.

Blue Cards a Requirement for all Officials and Coaches in QLD

Blue Card ImageIt is a EQ requirement that all Officials and Coaches in Queensland hold a current Blue Card.

The purpose of the blue card system is to contribute to the creation of safe and supportive environments for children and young people when receiving services and participating in activities which are essential to their development and wellbeing, such as child care, education, sport, and cultural activities.

Blue card screening.

This assesses a person’s eligibility to hold a blue card or exemption card based on their known past police and disciplinary information. This process also disqualifies certain people upfront and prevents people from working with children whose past behaviour indicates they are not eligible to enter regulated child-related employment.

What is the blue card check?

The blue card check is a check that assesses:

  • any national charge or conviction for an offence (even if no conviction was recorded)
  • child protection prohibition orders (whether a person is a respondent or subject to an application)
  • disqualification orders
  • if a person is subject to reporting obligations under the Child Protection (Offender Reporting) Act 2004 or Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act 2003
  • disciplinary information held by certain professional organisations including teachers, child care licensees, foster carers and certain health practitioners, and
  • information that the Police Commissioner may provide in relation to police investigations into allegations of serious child-related sexual offences, even if no charges were laid.

A person whose application is approved is issued with a positive notice letter and a blue card.

If a person’s application is refused, they are issued with a negative notice which prohibits them from carrying on a business or providing child-related activities in the categories regulated by the Commission’s Act.

All Blue Card forms and documents can be found on the Blue Card website:

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