About criminal history screening

People with disability can be more vulnerable to abuse, neglect and exploitation than other members of the community.

In Queensland, people who work for a provider funded by the Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors, or for an NDIS registered provider including sole traders, require a Yellow Card.

To obtain a Yellow Card workers and volunteers need to undergo a criminal history check and be issued with a positive notice.

Providers are responsible for identifying which roles and jobs need screening, and for submitting applications before a person starts work. Paid employees can start work once an application has been submitted, with appropriate safeguards in place.

Eligibility to hold a Yellow Card is assessed based on a national check of criminal history. Criminal history information for card holders is monitored by Queensland Police. If the Police information changes, suitability to hold a Yellow Card may be re-assessed and/or suspended.

Yellow Card holders are responsible for renewing their card prior to expiry, and for notifying their employer/s if there are any changes to their details, including a change in criminal history.