Application time: 2-4 weeks

Cost: $0 (students as classed as volunteers)


The Working with Children Check provides an ongoing assessment of a person’s eligibility to work with children and involves a check of a person’s criminal history, and past police and disciplinary information.

If your application is approved, you will be issued with a Positive Notice and a Blue Card which allows you to work in child-related placements for 3 years.

The Blue Card system is currently undergoing some changes, which will simplify the application, linking and renewal processes. This page will be updated as soon as these changes are in place for UQ Students.

Applying for or renewing a Blue Card

If you do not have a Blue Card, or need to renew your current card, you are required to follow the process below. Please note that when renewing, you will need to apply for a new Blue Card prior to your current card expiring.

  1. Complete an application form
  2. Obtain a certified copy of your proof of identity with customer reference number (e.g. QLD Driver licence, QLD proof of age card, QLD photo identity card, QLD motorcycle licence, QLD marine licence). If you do not hold one of these documents, you must obtain one according to point B below.
    1. Certified copy. Take a photocopy of your ID, together with the original, to a Justice of the Peace, Commissioner for Declarations, Lawyer or Police Officer. They will certify that the photocopy is a true copy of the original document.
    2. Customer reference number. This is the number on your QLD driver’s licence, photo identity card or proof of age card (top right corner).
      If you don’t have a CRN, the easiest and fastest way to get one is to visit a QLD Transport and Main Roads customer service centre (there is no fee and this can be done in single visit).

  1. Take your completed form and student ID (or other photo Id) to your Student Admin team.  They will check your form and ID and fill out the organization declaration on page 1. Complete applications will then be scanned and submitted online by the student admin team. Where your application is unable to be finalized – students’ will be responsible for lodging the application forms themselves. Lodge via: https://www.qld.gov.au/law/laws-regulated-industries-and-accountability/queensland-laws-and-regulations/regulated-industries-and-licensing/blue-card/contacting/submit-scanned-form If the application is approved, you will receive Positive Notice letter and Blue Card in the mail. If you receive a Negative Notice, we will contact you. Your Blue Card is valid for 3 years and must be current for the duration of your placement.