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No Card No Start rules for new Blue Card Applicants

The Queensland Government has introduced new laws to implement ‘No Card, No Start’ requirements to the Blue Card system. The new arrangements commence on 31 August 2020.

This means all persons working with children will need a Blue Card before they can start child-related work.

Yellow Card arrangements for working with adults with disability have not changed. People who need a Yellow Card can still start paid work with adults with disability once they have applied for a Yellow Card.

For further information please see Fact sheet (PDF, 171 KB) Fact sheet (DOCX, 87 KB)

Commencement of NDIS Worker Screening

The Commonwealth has amended the National Disability Insurance Scheme (Practice Standards—Worker Screening) Rules 2018 to commence NDIS worker screening from 1 February 2021.

Current screening arrangements will remain in place until commencement of NDIS worker screening.

Visit the new Worker Screening website to find out the latest news about commencement.

NDIS Worker Screening Legislation Introduced in Queensland

On 18 June 2020, new legislation was introduced into the Queensland Parliament to establish a nationally-consistent worker screening system for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to improve safeguards for people with disability.

Visit our new website to keep up-to-date with the latest news including transition to NDIS Worker Screening updates, COVID-19 news, frequently asked questions and more.

  • About criminal history screening

    Worker screening requirements in Queensland for funded providers and NDIS registered providers, including sole traders.

  • Forms

    Employers and sole traders can now register for the Yellow Card Online portal. The portal is an easy and efficient way to lodge applications online - no paper forms required (although they are still available).

Expansion of disqualifying and serious offences

The range of disqualifying and serious offences has been expanded and there is a new framework for dealing with charges and convictions for a serious offence. More information on the new framework is available in the Disability Services Act 2006.

NDIS worker screening requirements 

Under NDIS quality and safeguards, NDIS registered providers and sole traders need to consider a wider range of roles and jobs that may require worker screening. It's important that NDIS providers understand how to assess which roles and jobs require screening. More information is available on the NDIS Commission website.

Anyone already working in a role or job that now requires worker screening, can continue but must lodge an application for a Yellow Card by the end of October 2019.