Positive exemption notices

Under the Disability Services Act 2006, a current blue card holder who has an agreement (written or unwritten) with a Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services funded non-government service provider or an NDIS non-government service provider to work at a place where disability services are provided to adults must apply for a positive exemption notice (a yellow card exemption).

Under the yellow card exemption process, information regarding your blue card screening is shard with the department by Blue Card Services. The department will then rely on the information provided to process the yellow card exemption application in the same manner it would process a standard yellow card application.

The following blue card holders are required to undergo criminal history screening under the yellow card (exemption) system:

  • employees
  • volunteers
  • people who have a contract with the non-government service provider
  • members of a board, management committee or other governing body
  • executive officers
  • students

The following blue card holders are not required to undergo criminal history screening under the yellow card (exemption) system:

  • a consumer of services
  • a tradesperson who is not an employee
  • a relative of a consumer only providing care for their relative
  • a person who is only providing disability services to children (i.e. not also to adults)
  • a registered health practitioner.

How do I apply for a positive exemption notice?

It is the service provider's responsibility to submit an application for an exemption notice and obtain the person's consent for criminal history screening.

The application must be submitted on the approved form. Application forms are also available on request by emailing criminalhistoryscreening@disability.qld.gov.au or phoning the Criminal History Screening Hotline on 1800 183 690.

When can I start working for a service provider?

Paid employees may start employment at a service outlet (a place where specialist disability services are provided) once their application for an exemption has been made.

Volunteers who hold a current blue card may also start employment at a service outlet once their application for an exemption has been made.

A service provider cannot engage a person who holds a current negative notice or negative exemption notice.

How do I apply for a blue card and positive exemption notice at the same time?

Persons seeking to be engaged by a department funded non-government service provider or an NDIS non-government service provider to provide services to both adults and children with a disability can apply for a blue card and a yellow card exemption at the same time.

Applicants can apply for a blue card and yellow card exemption by completing a Blue card application and request for yellow card exemption (Y) form, found under the Disability services application forms section of the Blue Card Services website.

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