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AUSSIE PHOTOGRAPHES - do you need to get a blue card to take photos for kindy kids?

 
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Aug 03, 2010 07:09 |  #1

G'day,

I was asked to get a blue card so I can take graduation photos for Kindy (pay job). I went on Commission for Children website (external link) and there isn't any application for photographers. All they have only for teachers, childcare business owners, employees, volunteers... so I get confuse, do I need to have one? If I do, which category it falls to?

Any idea? Thanks guys!

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Aug 03, 2010 07:47 |  #2

Its funny I have never been asked for one and have shot (video) of sport games for the last 10 years from ages 4 - adult

I have signed a working with children form with one of the junior leagues because I coach a side in
there district ... but never a blue card form ...

When or If you find out id be keen to know ... just to have one incase ...... I was told it was a green card not a blue one though

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Aug 03, 2010 08:01 |  #3

It's called a Working with Children Card. Basically they run a police check against you to see if you have any criminal history that would prevent you from working with children. It can be requested of anyone who is expected to work with children, paid or unpaid.

You apply under the criteria of either a paid employee, a volunteer or a carrying on a business. Just pick which applies to you. I have one as a volunteer because of my community work, but I can't use it if I am doing paid work, I would have to get a seperate employment based one for that.


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Aug 03, 2010 14:15 |  #4

wear do you get it from paparazzo?


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Aug 03, 2010 22:36 |  #5

application forms at the post office. Im trying to recall, but im sure when I looked at the application form some months ago, the photographic industry was some time from being included.

It also mentioned that its more for unsupervised interaction with kids. ie if you are photographing whilst parents/minders are around they are not required.

Read the application form for the proper details I guess. My brain isnt working the best atm it seems

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Aug 04, 2010 22:12 |  #6

Just went to the post office ... no joy :(
spoke to a police friend of mine and he pointed me to this site
http://kids.nsw.gov.au​/ (external link)

Im looking through the site now :)


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Aug 05, 2010 01:21 |  #7

how did you go?

vic site is here: http://www.justice.vic​.gov.au/workingwithchi​ldren (external link)

and here (external link) it mentions australia post.. unless its just a victorian thing..

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Aug 05, 2010 04:06 |  #8

maybe it is you know what those mexicans are like :)

it looks like i have to fill in a form make an appointment at the police station
and pay $80


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Aug 06, 2010 17:57 |  #9

Thanks guys! I'm located in Queensland, probably I can't use NSW or VIC ones. I have spoken to the Director of kindy, she said the computer company used to fix their computers, they said they need someone with blue card for kindy's job. So she's persume I need one too. She's going to find out for me.

Ash mentioned: "It also mentioned that its more for unsupervised interaction with kids. ie if you are photographing whilst parents/minders are around they are not required." that makes lot of sense. I probably don't need one at all at the end.

Once I find out, will let you guys know. Cheers!


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Aug 06, 2010 20:08 |  #10

Blue card only exists in QLD


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Aug 06, 2010 22:10 as a reply to  @ DeanAU's post |  #11

It is best to have one to cover your own butt and the company's.

Firms that deal with children cannot hire anyone without a bluecard.




  
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Dec 08, 2011 22:46 |  #12

DeanAU wrote in post #10675558 (external link)
Blue card only exists in QLD

It's called a Blue Card in Qld, but there is an equivalent "working with children" check/licence/card in every Australian state or territory.




  
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Dec 09, 2011 07:00 |  #13

We have a similar scheme here in Northern Ireland and to be honest it's a total joke - not the idea behind it but how it's managed. I work in a school and have been checked, on another school's board of governors, checked again. Now if I was to move to another school I have to be checked again, another £35. Total waste of money when I'm sure it's just a matter of checking my National Insurance Number and making sure there's nothing bad against it.


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Dec 09, 2011 14:27 as a reply to  @ casp3r's post |  #14

First time I have ever heard of something like that. I think it is a great idea, anything to protect the children. I would like to see them institute something like that here.


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Dec 12, 2011 18:03 |  #15

casp3r wrote in post #13517650 (external link)
We have a similar scheme here in Northern Ireland and to be honest it's a total joke - not the idea behind it but how it's managed. I work in a school and have been checked, on another school's board of governors, checked again. Now if I was to move to another school I have to be checked again, another £35. Total waste of money when I'm sure it's just a matter of checking my National Insurance Number and making sure there's nothing bad against it.

In Australia it's done state-by-state, so if I was to work once in Queensland and once in New South Wales, I would need new checks done. But if I work a hundred different jobs within the one state, I just flash the one card. It's a bother that it costs me $100 out of my own pocket, but has been said better that than allowing dangerous people to be left in charge of our kids.




  
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