As volunteers eventually return to school everyone must be aware of new responsibilities.
Preventing certain people from relying on exemptions
Currently there are some exemptions that allow certain people to work or volunteer with children without a blue card in specific circumstances. For example, a parent who volunteers as a coach at their child’s sporting club.
To further strengthen the Blue Card system, the government has introduced 2 new terms—‘restricted person’ and ‘restricted employment’—as well as new offences, which mean certain people are no longer able to rely on the current exemptions to work or volunteer with children.
These new laws are building a stronger Blue Card system and keeping Queensland kids safe.
A restricted person is a person who either:
Restricted employment refers to the situations or exemptions that allow a person to work with children without a Blue Card, such as if they are:
a volunteer parent
a volunteer who is under 18
paid or unpaid staff who work in regulated child-related employment for not more than 7 days in a calendar year
a consumer at a child-related service outlet where they also carry out work at the outlet.
A child-related service outlet is a place where disability services are provided to children.
It is an offence for a restricted person to start or continue working or volunteering in restricted employment. The maximum penalty will be $66,725 (500 penalty units) or 5 years in prison.
It is also an offence for an employer to employ or continue to employ a restricted person in restricted employment if they know (or should reasonably know) that they are a restricted person. The maximum penalty will be $26,690 (200 penalty units) or 2 years in prison. For more information, please click on the link below.