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Blue card, Yellow card, White card, High Risk Work (HRW)

Regulatory actions that may impact RTO delivery

The state government has regulations in place that affect students’ and teachers’ participation in VET activities. The Blue card, Yellow card and other HRW systems help create safe and supportive environments for children and young people. RTOs should regularly conduct reviews and monitor training products offered to students for compliance with state safety regulations.

The Standards for Registered Training Organisations (2015) clause 8.5 requires RTOs to comply with Commonwealth, state and territory legislation and regulatory requirements relevant to their operations. At the time of renewing RTO registration or during a compliance audit, the QCAA may check your records for evidence of compliance with government regulations, especially those that impact the safety of children.

State regulations do not affect every training and assessment situation. The table below contains links in the left-hand column to state government websites with advice that may affect the delivery of VET services your RTO offers.

State government websitesDescription

White card

working in the construction industry

Blue card

work or volunteering activities with children in Queensland

Yellow card

work or volunteer with adults or children with disabilities in Queensland

High Risk Work

different classes of high risk work require licences

Regulated industries linked to blue cards

businesses and industries licensed or regulated by the Office of Fair Trading in Queensland


responsible service of alcohol (RSA) certificate


duty of care to that animal — no matter why you are in charge of it

What your RTO should do

When enrolling in a training product on your scope of registration, RTO Managers should:

  1. determine if that training product involves a regulated activity, e.g. working with children, people with disability, or undertaking HRW
  2. review the requirements of the above state regulations
  3. record your decision in Section 1.3 of the TAS.

Please note:

  • Keep simple, verifiable records in the TAS . There is sample text in the TAS to guide you to complete the record. Use the links in the above table to assist with your determination.
  • Please do not contact the QCAA as the QCAA is unable to make determinations or give advice on the application of government regulations.
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