A blue card confirms that you have passed a screening of your criminal history - the 'working with children check' - and are approved to work with children and young people under 18 years old.

Do I need a blue card?

If you are working with children or young people as part of your studies or work experience, or if you are volunteering at QUT and need a blue card for those activities, you must have a current blue card.

You should lodge your Blue Card application as soon as possible upon accepting your offer of a QUT course or volunteer activity. Under the No Card, No Start laws you must have received your blue card before starting these activities.

If you are an existing card holder, make sure you renew your card before it expires to continue working with children while your renewal is processed.

If you already hold a blue card, you'll need to link it to QUT.

  • a currently registered Queensland teacher
  • a currently serving Queensland police officer
  • a currently registered Nurse
  • a currently registered Ambulance Service Officer.

An exemption card may be required.

Further information can be found on the Blue Card Services website.

How do I get a blue card?

To apply for a blue card / exemption card, or to renew your existing blue card, you will need to apply online through Blue Card Services.

To apply for a blue card or exemption card, follow these 3 steps.

  1. Have a customer reference number (CRN) from the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR).
  2. Register for an online account.
    This is how we verify your identity and obtain the photo for your card.
  3. Apply for your blue card or exemption card using the online applicant portal.

Visit Blue Card Services for more information.

I'm an international student

When you accept your offer to study at QUT and your offer states that you must apply for the blue card before starting at QUT, you'll need to apply as soon as you arrive in Queensland from overseas or interstate.

You will require a Customer Reference Number (CRN) issued by a Transport and Motoring Service Centre before you can proceed. If you are coming from interstate or overseas, the fastest and easiest way to get a CRN is to visit a TMR service centre when you arrive in Queensland. If you have the necessary ID documentation, TMR can take your photo and issue your CRN while you wait.