Obtaining a Blue Card
All Pharmacy students are required by the Queensland Government to hold a current Blue Card.
What is a Blue Card?
Blue Cards are issued by the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian once it has carried out the Working with Children Check to see if a person is eligible to work in the areas of child-related work covered by the Commission’s Act. If a person is eligible, they are issued a positive notice letter and a Blue Card.
What is the Working with Children Check?
The Working with Children Check, also known as the Blue Card, is a detailed national criminal history check including:
- any charge or conviction for an offence, whether or not a conviction is recorded
- whether a person is a respondent to or subject to an application for a child protection prohibition order or disqualification order, or
- whether a person is subject to reporting obligations under the Child Protection (Offender Reporting) Act 2004.
The Commission also considers disciplinary information held by certain professional organisations for:
- child care service providers
- foster carers
- midwives, and
- certain health practitioners
In addition, information from police investigations into allegations of serious child-related sexual offences will be taken into account, even if no charges were laid because the child was unwilling or unable to proceed. 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.
What is the procedure for Pharmacy students?
- Application/renewal forms can be downloaded here: Blue Card Application Form
- All applications MUST be returned to PACE Reception with your relevant forms of ID.
- If you hold a Blue Card sponsored by another organisation, please complete the Authorisation to Confirm Card form.
For more information on Blue Cards, visit The Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian website