Yellow card changes – disability worker screening clearances

A new worker screening process commenced in Queensland from 1 February 2021 for workers who provide supports and services to people with disability. It replaces the existing ‘yellow card’ and ‘yellow card exemption’ screening.

People working with children with disability will require a disability worker screening clearance and a blue or exemption card.

This means people applying for both a blue and disability worker screening clearance will need to apply directly through The Department of Seniors, Disability Services and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships.

From 1 February 2021, applicants applying for or renewing their blue and yellow cards will need to apply through Disability Services for a ‘blue card and disability worker screening clearance combined application’ using the online application system or by completing a paper form. You must apply for a combined application through Disability Services.

If you already have a blue card or exemption card and require a disability worker screening clearance as well, you can apply directly through Disability Services.

If you already hold a disability worker screening clearance, and need a blue card, you will need to complete a specific form to confirm you hold a disability worker screening clearance. Paid employees and business operators will need to pay a reduced fee of $10.

Volunteer and exemption applications will continue to be free.

If you do not apply using these specific forms, the usual blue card fee of $93.95 will apply.

If you’re unsure which card you need, or require further information, you can contact Disability Services directly on 1800 183 690 or visit their website at workerscreening.communities.qld.gov.au. More information is available at this Queensland Government website.