Introduction of the 'No Card, No Start' and 'Expired Card, No Continue' law
About the upcoming changes
The changes to the blue card system will start on 31 August 2020. These change will affect applications, card holder and organisations.
Important: If you have a paid blue card application in progress when the new laws start, you can continue working while you applications is assessed.
The changes include:
the No Card, No Start law - You cannot work or volunteer in a position requiring a blue card
a new rule for expiring cards - If you don't renew by the expiry date, you will be subject to the No Card, No Start law and cannot work.
a requirement to notify us about changes in your police information as a card holder of applicant
stricter requirements for people who rely on an exception to work or volunteer with children - through the introduction of the terms restricted person and restricted employment, and associated offences.
a new frequency test - if you only work 7 or fewer days in a calendar year, a blue card may not required. This does not apply if you operated a business.
An expiry date for exemption cards for Queensland police and teachers, so they will need to be renewed is still required.