Palaszczuk Government strengthens blue card system

Published: Comments:
Children Community Familes Law & Safety Political Queensland Government

Social:   

The Palaszczuk Government is further strengthening Queensland’s blue card system with eight more disqualifying offences and the introduction of a new Bill legislating the ‘No Card, No Start’ scheme.

Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath said the Palaszczuk Government takes the safety of Queensland’s children extremely seriously, illustrated by these tougher measures.

“Blue Cards are one of a range of measures in place across government to protect children,” she said.

“The Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) found our State’s blue card system is one of the strongest working with children check systems in Australia.

“The Palaszczuk Government is committed to strengthening this system even further, which is why we have set aside $17 million in the 2018-19 State Budget to delivering on our election commitment to the ‘No Card, No Start’ scheme.

“The ‘No Card, No Start’ approach – recommended by the QFCC – will require people working in paid employment to be issued with a Blue Card before they can start work with children, providing a stronger safeguard and building on the blue card system’s long history of mitigating risks to children.”

The Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 introduced to Parliament today includes a number of QFCC recommendations, such as:

  • a centralised register for recording and reporting on the blue card status of foster and kinship carers, family day educators, stand-alone care providers and adults who reside in these residences;
  • require all adult household members of stand-alone care services to hold a blue card; and
  • include the Department of Education within the definition of ‘notifiable person’ so that it receives notifications about changes to the blue card status of individual family day care educators and adult household members.

The Palaszczuk Government will also implement the recommendations of the Royal Commission and QFCC to include bestiality, kidnapping of a child, kidnapping for ransom of a child, child stealing and abduction of a child under 16 as disqualifying offences under the Working with Children Act.

Mrs D’Ath said the Palaszczuk Government had chosen to include murder of an adult and rape of an adult as disqualifying offences as well. Murder of a child and sexual offences against children are already on the list of disqualifying offences.

The blue card system mitigates past, present and future risks to children by:

  • screening people working with children and deeming people ineligible to work with children based on their known police or disciplinary information;
  • monitoring all Blue Card holders and applicants on a daily basis through an electronic interface with the Queensland Police Service (QPS) for changes in their Queensland police information; and
  • legislatively requiring child-related organisations to implement policies and procedures to manage risks to children.

FAST FACTS:

  • eight more offences will be added to the disqualifying offences list
  • more than 2900 cases in 2017-18 were identified by Blue Card Services where individuals who represented a high risk were prevented from working with children
  • 32,000 organisations are part of the blue card system
  • close to one in six Queensland adults are part of the blue card system

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice
The Honourable Yvette D'Ath

 
Yvette D'Ath : Attorney-General and Minister for Justice :
GPO Box 149, Brisbane Qld 4001, Queensland Wide
07 3719 7400
Yvette D'Ath  :  Attorney-General and Minister for Justice
Showing 10+ recent articles for this business
Courts' SMS trial expanded statewide 07 December 2018 | Adult defendants on bail around Queensland will now receive an SMS reminder 24 hours before their next court appearance as part of a regional pilot project that has been expanded statewide. More information...
Attorney-General says ‘ho, ho, NO’ to unsafe Christmas toys 30 November 2018 | The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has revealed the results of its proactive Christmas toy safety campaign Operation Safe Christmas 2018. More information...
Two new judges appointed to the Supreme Court 30 November 2018 | Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath today announced the appointment of two new judges to the Supreme Court in Brisbane. More information...
Palaszczuk Government toughens punishment for child killers 21 November 2018 | Child killers who show callous disregard for children causing their death will, if convicted, face life in jail. More information...
Queensland’s next generation of leaders optimistic about the future 20 November 2018 | The Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) has released the findings of a recent study, This Place I Call Home: the views of children and young people on Growing up in Queensland, into the views of more... More information...
When life gives you lemons, make lemon laws 15 November 2018 | The Palaszczuk Government today delivered on its election commitment to provide greater rights for Queenslanders who have been sold ‘lemon’ vehicles, including cars, motorhomes and caravans. More information...
Better access to justice for child sexual abuse survivors 15 November 2018 | Survivors of child sexual abuse will have better access to justice under legislation introduced to Queensland Parliament by the Palaszczuk Government today. More information...
Terrorism legislation introduced to Queensland Parliament 13 November 2018 | The Palaszczuk Government has delivered on its COAG commitment to introduce stricter legislation against convicted terrorists and people with links to terrorist activity. More information...
Palaszczuk Government strengthens blue card system 13 November 2018 | The Palaszczuk Government is further strengthening Queensland’s blue card system with eight more disqualifying offences and the introduction of a new Bill legislating the ‘No Card, No Start’ scheme. More information...
Statement from Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath ~ inquest into the death of Jeffrey Lawrence Brooks 03 November 2018 | After receiving a briefing from my Department, I have decided to direct the State Coroner to reopen the inquest into the death of Jeffrey Lawrence Brooks on 13 March 1996, under the Coroners Act 1958. More information...



Social:   
comments powered by Disqus

All articles submitted by third parties or written by My Sunshine Coast come under our Disclaimer / Terms of Service