All Pastors, active retired Pastors and Church Workers must have a valid Blue Card and its details recorded at the LCAQD Office.
Chaplains who are also registered teachers who wish to participate in a congregation’s ministry in any way must either have a valid Blue Card or an Exemption Card.
Blue Cards are now valid for three years. The current cost is $70 and this is an allowable tax claim.
When applying for the renewal of your Blue Card please enter the following in the “23 For religious representatives only” box on page 4 of the form.
This will mean that we receive official notification of the renewal of your card and can record the information from that letter.
If the form you are filling out does not have this box it means that you are not using the correct form. The correct form for Pastors is Form B - "Person carrying on a business blue card application form".
Teachers and Police OfficersRegistered teachers and Police Officers are not required to hold a blue card if they work with children in your congregation. However, since July 2010, if they do not hold a Blue Card, both teachers and police officers need to have an Exemption Card.
For details see
The details of this exemption card will need to be listed on congregation's Blue Card register. As with the Blue Cards, the web pages explain that – "Organisations must also inform the Commission if an existing exemption card holder joins their organisation. This enables the Commission to notify the organisation of any relevant changes to that person's exemption notice status, including changes in their police information."
BLUE CARD REGISTER
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Volunteers (unless exempt) need a blue card before they start volunteering in any area of employment regulated by the Act.
If people’s address or phone number change, they should complete a “change to contact details” form and forward it to the Commission within 14 days.
If someone in the congregation has obtained a blue card through another organization/employer and wants to use it for a role in the church, the congregation needs to fill out an "Authorisation to confirm a valid card/application form".