Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) Act 2000


Queensland Crest
Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) Act 2000

An Act to establish a scheme requiring the development and implementation of risk management strategies, and the screening of persons employed in particular employment or carrying on particular businesses, to promote and protect the rights, interests and wellbeing of children in Queensland

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Chapter 1 Preliminary

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Part 1 Introduction

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1Short title

This Act may be cited as the Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) Act 2000.

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2Commencement

This Act commences on a day to be fixed by proclamation.

4Act binds all persons

(1)This Act binds all persons including the State and, as far as the legislative power of the Parliament permits, the Commonwealth and all the other States.
(2)Subsection (1) does not make the State, the Commonwealth or another State liable for an offence.

4A[Repealed]

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5Object of Act

The object of this Act is to promote and protect the rights, interests and wellbeing of children and young people in Queensland through a scheme requiring—
(a)the development and implementation of risk management strategies; and
(b)the screening of persons employed in particular employment or carrying on particular businesses.

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6Principles for administering this Act

This Act is to be administered under the following principles—
(a)the welfare and best interests of a child are paramount;
(b)every child is entitled to be cared for in a way that protects the child from harm and promotes the child’s wellbeing.

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7Act applies despite the Criminal Law (Rehabilitation of Offenders) Act 1986

This Act applies to a person despite anything in the Criminal Law (Rehabilitation of Offenders) Act 1986.

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8Chief executive’s main functions

The chief executive’s main functions under this Act are—
(a)to administer the scheme under chapter 8 for screening—
(i)persons employed, or proposed to be employed, in certain child-related employment; and
(ii)persons carrying on, or proposing to carry on, certain child-related businesses; and
(b)to audit or monitor compliance with that chapter; and
(c)to establish a register of regulated persons who provide home-based care services to children.

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Part 2 Interpretation

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9Dictionary

The dictionary in schedule 7 defines particular words used in this Act.

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10What is employment

(1)For this Act, a person is employing another person if the first person has an agreement with the other person for the other person to carry out work.
(2)It is immaterial for this section—
(a)whether the agreement is written or unwritten; and
(b)whether the work is carried out voluntarily or for financial reward; and
(c)what a person’s motivation is for carrying out the work; and
(d)the time for which the person is engaged to carry out the work; and
(e)whether the agreement provides for the other person to carry out work on 1 occasion or on an ongoing basis, whether regularly or irregularly.
(3)Also, for this section, the nature of the work is immaterial.
(4)This section is subject to section 11.

Examples of employment—

1A person is engaged by a school as a cleaner under a written contract of employment.
2A person orally agrees with the manager of a club to coach a children’s sporting team during a season.
3The manager of a counselling organisation agrees with an adult student that the student attend the organisation’s office each day during a semester and carry out various duties.
4A tour operator arranges with the parents of a family to provide a child accommodation service in their home to an international student.

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11What is employment when education provider arranges trainee student to carry out work for someone else

(1)This section applies if—
(a)the first person mentioned in section 10 is an education provider; and
(b)the other person mentioned in section 10 is a trainee student of the education provider; and
(c)the work to be carried out is part of the course that the trainee student is undertaking with the education provider; and
(d)the work is to be carried out for someone else.
(2)For section 10, the person for whom the trainee student is to carry out work, or carries out work, is employing the trainee student.
(3)Subsection (2) applies even if there is no express agreement between the person and the trainee student for the trainee student to carry out the work.

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12Matters about particular regulated employment relating to care of children

(1)This section applies if a person is engaged, or proposes to be engaged, in regulated employment mentioned in schedule 1, section 14(1) or (2).
(2)For this Act, and for no other purpose, the State is taken to be employing, or proposing to employ, the person in the regulated employment.
(3)For this Act—
(a)the chief executive (child safety) may carry out a function of the State relating to the person; and
(b)if the person must disclose information to the person’s employer, or notify the employer about a matter—the person must disclose the information to, or notify, the chief executive (child safety).

Note—

This declaration arises out of the volunteer or non-employee status of persons engaged in regulated employment mentioned in schedule 1, section 14(1) or (2).

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13Who is a volunteer

(1)A volunteer is a person who is employed by another person and does not carry out any work for the other person for a financial reward.
(2)In this section—
financial reward does not include—
(a)a payment that is a reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses; or
(b)for a person who is an approved carer—an allowance or other amount paid to the person under the Child Protection Act 1999, section 159.

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14Executive officers of a corporation carrying on a regulated business

(1)This section applies in relation to a corporation that carries on, or proposes to carry on, a regulated business.
(2)For this Act other than section 172, a person is taken to be carrying on, or proposing to carry on, the regulated business by being, or proposing to be, an executive officer of the corporation.
(3)Subsection (2) applies only if the person’s principal place of residence is in Australia.

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15What is a serious offence

(1)A serious offence is—
(a)an offence against a provision of an Act mentioned in schedule 2 or 3, column 1, subject to any qualification relating to the provision mentioned opposite in column 3; or
(b)an offence of counselling or procuring the commission of an offence of a kind mentioned in paragraph (a); or
(c)an offence of attempting, or of conspiring, to commit an offence of a kind mentioned in paragraph (a); or
(d)an offence that has, as an element, an intention to commit an offence of a kind mentioned in paragraph (a); or
(e)an offence that, at the time it was committed, was an offence of a kind mentioned in paragraph (a); or
(f)another offence that is a reportable offence under the Offender Reporting Act that is not otherwise a serious offence under this Act; or
(g)an offence under a law of another jurisdiction that, if it had been committed in Queensland, would have constituted an offence mentioned in paragraph (a) to (f).

Note—

Column 2 in schedules 2 and 3 is included for information purposes only and states a section heading for the provision mentioned opposite in column 1.
(2)For this section, it is immaterial if a provision mentioned in schedule 2 or 3, column 1, for an Act has been amended from time to time or that the provision was previously numbered with a different number.

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16What is a disqualifying offence

(1)A disqualifying offence is—
(a)an offence against a provision of an Act mentioned in schedule 4 or 5, column 1, subject to any qualification relating to the provision mentioned opposite in column 3; or
(b)an offence of counselling or procuring the commission of an offence of a kind mentioned in paragraph (a); or
(c)an offence of attempting, or of conspiring, to commit an offence of a kind mentioned in paragraph (a); or
(d)an offence that has, as an element, intention to commit an offence of a kind mentioned in paragraph (a); or
(e)an offence that, at the time it was committed was an offence of a kind mentioned in paragraph (a); or
(f)an offence under a law of another jurisdiction that, if it had been committed in Queensland, would have constituted an offence mentioned in paragraph (a) to (e).

Note—

Column 2 in schedules 4 and 5 is included for information purposes only and states a section heading for the provision mentioned opposite in column 1.
(2)For this section, it is immaterial if a provision mentioned in schedule 4 or 5, column 1, for an Act has been amended from time to time or that the provision was previously numbered with a different number.

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17Who is a disqualified person

(1)A person is a disqualified person if the person—
(a)has been or is convicted of a disqualifying offence; or
(b)is subject to—
(i)offender reporting obligations; or
(ii)an offender prohibition order; or
(iii)a disqualification order; or
(iv)a sexual offender order; or
(c)is the respondent to an application for an offender prohibition order under the Offender Reporting Act.
(2)However, a person to whom subsection (1)(a) applies and subsection (1)(b) and (c) do not apply is not a disqualified person if an eligibility declaration is in force for the person.

Note—

See chapter 8, part 1, division 2 for provisions about obtaining an eligibility declaration, when an eligibility declaration is taken to be issued and when an eligibility declaration ends.

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18Who is a relevant disqualified person

A person is a relevant disqualified person if the person—
(a)has been or is convicted of a disqualifying offence for which an imprisonment order was or is imposed; or
(b)is subject to—
(i)offender reporting obligations; or
(ii)an offender prohibition order; or
(iii)a disqualification order; or
(iv)a sexual offender order; or
(c)is the respondent to an application for an offender prohibition order under the Offender Reporting Act.

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Chapter 2 [Repealed]

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Chapter 4 [Repealed]

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Part 1 [Repealed]

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Part 2 [Repealed]

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Part 3 [Repealed]

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Part 4 [Repealed]

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Division 1 [Repealed]

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Division 2 [Repealed]

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66[Repealed]

s 66 (prev s 44) amd 2009 No. 34s 45(1)schpt 1; 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 34

renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 28s 53

67[Repealed]

s 67 (prev s 45) renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 28s 53

68[Repealed]

s 68 (prev s 46) amd 2004 No. 13s 30sch 1; 2004 No. 36s 50; 2005 No. 48s 492sch 1

renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 28s 53

Division 3 [Repealed]

ch 4 pt 4 div 3 hdg (prev pt 3 div 3 sdiv 3 hdg) sub 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 1

om 2014 No. 28s 53

69[Repealed]

s 69 (prev s 47) amd 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdts 1, 35

renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 28s 53

70[Repealed]

s 70 (prev s 48) renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 28s 53

71[Repealed]

s 71 (prev s 49) amd 2001 No. 69s 378sch 1

renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 28s 53

72[Repealed]

s 72 (prev s 50) renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 28s 53

73[Repealed]

s 73 (prev s 51) amd 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdts 35–37

renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 28s 53

Division 4 [Repealed]

ch 4 pt 4 div 4 hdg (prev pt 3 div 3 sdiv 4 hdg) sub 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 1

om 2014 No. 28s 53

74[Repealed]

s 74 (prev s 52) renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 28s 53

75[Repealed]

s 75 (prev s 53) renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 28s 53

76[Repealed]

s 76 (prev s 54) renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 28s 53

77[Repealed]

s 77 (prev s 55) renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 28s 53

Division 5 [Repealed]

ch 4 pt 4 div 5 hdg (prev pt 3 div 3 sdiv 5 hdg) sub 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 1

om 2014 No. 28s 53

78[Repealed]

s 78 (prev s 56) amd 2004 No. 13s 56

renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 28s 53

79[Repealed]

s 79 (prev s 57) amd 2004 No. 13s 57; 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 38

renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 28s 53

80[Repealed]

s 80 (prev s 58) amd 2004 No. 13s 58; 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 38

renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 28s 53

81[Repealed]

s 81 (prev s 59) renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 28s 53

Division 6 [Repealed]

ch 4 pt 4 div 6 hdg (prev pt 3 div 3 sdiv 6 hdg) sub 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 1

om 2014 No. 28s 53

82[Repealed]

s 82 (prev s 60) amd 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdts 1, 35

renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 28s 53

83[Repealed]

s 83 (prev s 61) renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 28s 53

84[Repealed]

s 84 (prev s 62) amd 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 39

renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 28s 53

85[Repealed]

s 85 (prev s 63) amd 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 40

renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 28s 53

Chapter 5 [Repealed]

ch 5 hdg (prev pt 4 hdg) sub 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 1

om 2014 No. 26s 208

Part 1 [Repealed]

ch 5 pt 1 hdg (prev pt 4 div 1 hdg) sub 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 1

om 2014 No. 26s 208

86[Repealed]

s 86 (prev s 64) sub 2004 No. 13s 59

amd 2005 No. 40s 69sch; 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdts 1, 20

renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 26s 208

87[Repealed]

s 87 (prev s 64A) ins 2004 No. 13s 59

amd 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 41

renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 26s 208

88[Repealed]

s 88 (prev s 64B) ins 2004 No. 13s 59

amd 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 42

renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 26s 208

Part 2 [Repealed]

ch 5 pt 2 hdg (prev pt 4 div 2 hdg) amd 2004 No. 13s 60

sub 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 1

om 2014 No. 26s 208

89[Repealed]

s 89 orig s 89 om 2004 No. 13s 79

prev s 89 (prev s 65) amd 2004 No. 13s 61

renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 26s 208

90[Repealed]

s 90 (prev s 66) amd 2004 No. 13s 62

renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 26s 208

91[Repealed]

s 91 (prev s 66A) ins 2004 No. 13s 63

renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 26s 208

92[Repealed]

s 92 (prev s 67) amd 2004 No. 13s 64

renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 26s 208

Part 3 [Repealed]

ch 5 pt 3 hdg (prev pt 4 div 3 hdg) sub 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 1

om 2014 No. 26s 208

Division 1 [Repealed]

ch 5 pt 3 div 1 hdg (prev pt 4 div 3 sdiv 1 hdg) sub 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 1

om 2014 No. 26s 208

93[Repealed]

s 93 (prev s 68) amd 2004 No. 13s 65

renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 26s 208

Division 2 [Repealed]

ch 5 pt 3 div 2 hdg (prev pt 4 div 3 sdiv 2 hdg) amd 2004 No. 13s 66

sub 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 1

om 2014 No. 26s 208

94[Repealed]

s 94 (prev s 69) amd 2004 No. 13s 67

renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 26s 208

95[Repealed]

s 95 orig s 95 sub 2004 No. 49s 6

om 2010 No. 5s 58

prev s 95 (orig s 70) amd 2004 No. 13s 68; 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdts 27, 43

renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 26s 208

96[Repealed]

s 96 orig s 96 om 2010 No. 5s 58

prev s 96 (orig s 71) amd 2004 No. 13s 69

renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 26s 208

97[Repealed]

s 97 orig s 97 amd 2004 No. 49s 7; 2007 No. 40s 3

om 2010 No. 5s 58

prev s 97 (orig s 72) amd 2004 No. 13s 70; 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 27

renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 26s 208

98[Repealed]

s 98 (prev s 73) sub 2004 No. 13s 71

amd 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 35

renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 26s 208

98A[Repealed]

s 98A prev s 98A ins 2004 No. 49s 8

om 2010 No. 5s 58

98B[Repealed]

s 98B prev s 98B ins 2004 No. 49s 8

om 2010 No. 5s 58

Division 3 [Repealed]

ch 5 pt 3 div 3 hdg (prev pt 4 div 3 sdiv 3 hdg) sub 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 1

om 2014 No. 26s 208

99[Repealed]

s 99 orig s 99 amd 2004 No. 49s 9

om 2010 No. 5s 58

prev s 99 (orig s 74) amd 2004 No. 13s 72

renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 26s 208

99A[Repealed]

s 99A prev s 99A ins 2004 No. 49s 10

om 2010 No. 5s 58

99B[Repealed]

s 99B prev s 99B ins 2004 No. 49s 10

om 2010 No. 5s 58

99BA[Repealed]

s 99BA prev s 99BA ins 2006 No. 17s 30

om 2010 No. 5s 58

99C[Repealed]

s 99C prev s 99C ins 2004 No. 49s 10

amd 2008 No. 18s 4

om 2010 No. 5s 58

99D[Repealed]

s 99D prev s 99D ins 2004 No. 49s 10

om 2008 No. 18s 5

99E[Repealed]

s 99E prev s 99E ins 2004 No. 49s 10

amd 2005 No. 9s 11

om 2008 No. 18s 5

99F[Repealed]

s 99F prev s 99F ins 2004 No. 49s 10

amd 2006 No. 17s 31

om 2010 No. 5s 58

99G[Repealed]

s 99G prev s 99G ins 2004 No.49 s 11

om 2010 No. 5s 58

100[Repealed]

s 100 orig s 100 amd 2004 No. 49s 13; 2006 No. 17s 32; 2008 No. 18s 6

om 2010 No. 5s 58

prev s 100 (orig s 75) amd 2004 No. 13s 73; 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 44

renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 26s 208

101[Repealed]

s 101 orig s 101 amd 2004 No. 49s 14; 2006 No. 17s 33; 2008 No. 18s 7

om 2010 No. 5s 58

prev s 101 (orig s 76) amd 2004 No. 13s 74

renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 26s 208

101A[Repealed]

s 101A prev s 101A ins 2004 No. 49s 15

amd 2007 No. 36s 2sch

om 2010 No. 5s 58

102[Repealed]

s 102 orig s 102 amd 2003 No. 88s 4

sub 2004 No. 49s 15

amd 2008 No. 18s 8

om 2010 No. 5s 58

prev s 102 (orig s 76A) ins 2004 No. 13s 75

amd 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 45

renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 26s 208

102A[Repealed]

s 102A prev s 102A ins 2004 No. 49s 15

amd 2008 No. 18s 9

om 2010 No. 5s 58

102B[Repealed]

s 102B prev s 102B ins 2004 No. 49s 15

amd 2006 No. 17s 34; 2007 No. 36s 2sch; 2008 No. 18s 10; 2009 No. 24s 32

om 2010 No. 5s 58

Division 4 [Repealed]

ch 5 pt 3 div 4 hdg (prev pt 4 div 3 sdiv 4 hdg) sub 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 1

om 2014 No. 26s 208

103[Repealed]

s 103 orig s 103 amd 2003 No. 88s 5; 2004 No. 49s 16

om 2010 No. 5s 58

prev s 103 (orig s 77) amd 2004 No. 13s 76; 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 46

renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 26s 208

104[Repealed]

s 104 orig s 104 amd 2004 No. 49s 17; 2008 No. 18s 11

om 2010 No. 5s 58

prev s 104 (orig s 78) amd 2004 No. 13s 77

renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 26s 208

104A[Repealed]

s 104A prev s 104A ins 2004 No. 49s 18

amd 2007 No. 36s 2sch

om 2010 No. 5s 58

104B[Repealed]

s 104B prev s 104B ins 2004 No. 49s 18

sub 2006 No. 17s 35

om 2010 No. 5s 58

104BA[Repealed]

s 104BA prev s 104BA ins 2006 No. 17s 35

om 2010 No. 5s 58

104C[Repealed]

s 104C prev s 104C ins 2004 No. 49s 18

amd 2007 No. 36s 2sch

om 2010 No. 5s 58

105[Repealed]

s 105 orig s 105 amd 2004 No. 49s 19

om 2010 No. 5s 58

prev s 105 (orig s 79) renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 26s 208

106[Repealed]

s 106 orig s 106 amd 2004 No. 49s 20

om 2010 No. 5s 58

prev s 106 (orig s 80) amd 2009 No. 34s 45(1) sch pt 1

renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 26s 208

106A[Repealed]

s 106A prev s 106A ins 2004 No. 49s 21

om 2010 No. 5s 58

Part 4 [Repealed]

ch 5 pt 4 hdg (prev pt 4 div 4 hdg) sub 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 1

om 2014 No. 26s 208

107[Repealed]

s 107 orig s 107 amd 2004 No. 49s 22; 2008 No. 18s 12

om 2010 No. 5s 58

prev s 107 (orig s 81) amd 2004 No. 13s 30sch 1, s 78; 2005 No. 40s 69sch; 2006 No. 29s 518sch 3; 2009 No. 25s 83sch; 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 8

renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

amd 2010 No. 33s 97

om 2014 No. 26s 208

108[Repealed]

s 108 orig s 108 sub 2004 No. 49s 23

amd 2006 No. 17s 36; 2008 No. 18s 13

om 2010 No. 5s 58

prev s 108 (orig s 82) amd 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 47

renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 26s 208

109[Repealed]

s 109 orig s 109 amd 2004 No. 49s 24

om 2010 No. 5s 58

prev s 109 (orig s 83) renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 26s 208

109A[Repealed]

s 109A prev s 109A ins 2006 No. 17s 37

om 2010 No. 5s 58

Part 5 [Repealed]

ch 5 pt 5 hdg (prev pt 4 div 5 hdg) sub 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 1

om 2014 No. 26s 208

110[Repealed]

s 110 orig s 110 sub 2008 No. 18s 15

om 2010 No. 5s 58

prev s 110 (orig s 84) renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 26s 208

111[Repealed]

s 111 orig s 111 amd 2004 No. 49s 25; 2008 No. 18s 16

om 2010 No. 5s 58

prev s 111 (orig s 85) renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 26s 208

112[Repealed]

s 112 orig s 112 amd 2004 No. 49s 26

sub 2008 No. 18s 17

om 2010 No. 5s 58

prev s 112 (orig s 86) renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 26s 208

Part 6 [Repealed]

ch 5 pt 6 hdg (prev pt 4 div 6 hdg) sub 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 1

om 2014 No. 26s 208

113[Repealed]

s 113 orig s 113 amd 2004 No. 49s 27

sub 2008 No. 18s 18

om 2010 No. 5s 58

prev s 113 (orig s 87) renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 26s 208

114[Repealed]

s 114 orig s 114 amd 2004 No. 49s 28; 2008 No. 18s 19

om 2010 No. 5s 58

prev s 114 (orig s 88) renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 26s 208

Chapter 6 [Repealed]

ch 6 hdg (prev pt 4A hdg) ins 2004 No. 13s 80

sub 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 1

om 2014 No. 28s 54

Part 1 [Repealed]

ch 6 pt 1 hdg (prev pt 4A div 1 hdg) ins 2004 No. 13s 80

sub 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 1

om 2014 No. 28s 54

Division 1 [Repealed]

ch 6 pt 1 div 1 hdg (prev pt 4A div 1 sdiv 1 hdg) ins 2004 No. 13s 80

sub 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 1

om 2014 No. 28s 54

115[Repealed]

s 115 orig s 115 om 2010 No. 5s 58

prev s 115 (prev s 89A) ins 2004 No. 13s 80

amd 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdts 1, 27

renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 28s 54

Division 2 [Repealed]

ch 6 pt 1 div 2 hdg (prev pt 4A div 1 sdiv 2 hdg) ins 2004 No. 13s 80

sub 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 1

om 2014 No. 28s 54

116[Repealed]

s 116 orig s 116 om 2010 No. 5s 58

prev s 116 (orig s 89B) ins 2004 No. 13s 80

renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 28s 54

117[Repealed]

s 117 orig s 117 amd 2004 No. 49s 29; 2008 No. 18s 20

om 2010 No. 5s 58

prev s 117 (orig s 89C) ins 2004 No. 13s 80

amd 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 20

renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 28s 54

118[Repealed]

s 118 orig s 118 amd 2004 No. 49s 31; 2008 No. 18s 21

om 2010 No. 5s 58

prev s 118 (orig s 89D) ins 2004 No. 13s 80

amd 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 20

renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 28s 54

119[Repealed]

s 119 orig s 119 amd 2003 No. 88s 6

sub 2004 No. 49s 32

amd 2008 No. 18s 22

om 2010 No. 5s 58

prev s 119 (orig s 89E) ins 2004 No. 13s 80

renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 28s 54

119A[Repealed]

s 119A prev s 119A ins 2004 No. 49s 32

amd 2006 No. 17s 38; 2008 No. 18s 23

om 2010 No. 5s 58

119B[Repealed]

s 119B prev s 119B ins 2004 No. 49s 32

om 2008 No. 18s 24

119C[Repealed]

s 119C prev s 119C ins 2004 No. 49s 32

amd 2006 No. 17s 39; 2008 No. 18s 25

om 2010 No. 5s 58

119D[Repealed]

s 119D prev s 119D ins 2004 No. 49s 32

amd 2008 No. 18s 26

om 2010 No. 5s 58

119E[Repealed]

s 119E prev s 119E ins 2008 No. 18s 27

om 2010 No. 5s 58

Division 3 [Repealed]

ch 6 pt 1 div 3 hdg (prev pt 4A div 1 sdiv 3 hdg) ins 2004 No. 13s 80

sub 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 1

om 2014 No. 28s 54

120[Repealed]

s 120 orig s 120 sub 2004 No. 49s 32

om 2010 No. 5s 58

prev s 120 (orig s 89F) ins 2004 No. 13s 80

renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 28s 54

120A[Repealed]

s 120A prev s 120A ins 2004 No. 49s 32

amd 2008 No. 18s 28

om 2010 No. 5s 58

120B[Repealed]

s 120B prev s 120B ins 2008 No. 18s 29

amd 2008 No. 38s 252sch 3

om 2010 No. 5s 58

120C[Repealed]

s 120C prev s 120C ins 2008 No. 18s 29

om 2010 No. 5s 58

120D[Repealed]

s 120D prev s 120D ins 2008 No. 18s 29

om 2010 No. 5s 58

120E[Repealed]

s 120E prev s 120E ins 2008 No. 18s 29

om 2010 No. 5s 58

120F[Repealed]

s 120F prev s 120F ins 2008 No. 18s 29

om 2010 No. 5s 58

120G[Repealed]

s 120G prev s 120G ins 2008 No. 18s 29

om 2010 No. 5s 58

120H[Repealed]

s 120H prev s 120H ins 2008 No. 18s 29

om 2010 No. 5s 58

120I[Repealed]

s 120I prev s 120I ins 2008 No. 18s 29

om 2010 No. 5s 58

120J[Repealed]

s 120J prev s 120J ins 2008 No. 18s 29

om 2010 No. 5s 58

120K[Repealed]

s 120K prev s 120K ins 2008 No. 18s 29

om 2010 No. 5s 58

120L[Repealed]

s 120L prev s 120L ins 2008 No. 18s 29

om 2010 No. 5s 58

121[Repealed]

s 121 orig s 121 amd 2004 No. 49s 33; 2006 No. 17s 40 (retro); 2008 No. 18s 30; 2009 No. 24s 33

om 2010 No. 5s 58

prev s 121 (orig s 89G) ins 2004 No. 13s 80

amd 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdts 52–53

renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 28s 54

121AA[Repealed]

s 121AA prev s 121AA ins 2008 No. 18s 31

amd 2009 No. 24s 34

om 2010 No. 5s 58

121A[Repealed]

s 121A prev s 121A ins 2004 No. 49s 34

amd 2008 No. 18s 32

om 2010 No. 5s 58

121B[Repealed]

s 121B prev s 121B ins 2004 No. 49s 34

amd 2008 No. 18s 33

om 2010 No. 5s 58

121C[Repealed]

s 121C prev s 121C ins 2004 No. 49s 34

amd 2009 No. 24s 35

om 2010 No. 5s 58

121D[Repealed]

s 121D prev s 121D ins 2004 No. 49s 34

om 2010 No. 5s 58

121E[Repealed]

s 121E prev s 121E ins 2004 No. 49s 34

amd 2009 No. 24s 36

om 2010 No. 5s 58

122[Repealed]

s 122 orig s 122 amd 2004 No. 49s 35; 2006 No. 17s 41; 2008 No. 18s 34

om 2010 No. 5s 58

prev s 122 (orig s 89H) ins 2004 No. 13s 80

amd 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 54

renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 28s 54

122A[Repealed]

s 122A prev s 122A ins 2003 No. 55s 8

amd 2004 No. 49s 36; 2006 No. 17s 42 (retro); 2008 No. 18s 35

om 2010 No. 5s 58

122B[Repealed]

s 122B prev s 122B ins 2004 No. 49s 37

amd 2007 No. 36s 2sch

sub 2008 No. 18s 36

om 2010 No. 5s 58

123[Repealed]

s 123 orig s 123 amd 2004 No. 49s 38; 2006 No. 17s 43; 2008 No. 18s 37

om 2010 No. 5s 58

prev s 123 (orig s 89I) ins 2004 No. 13s 80

amd 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 55

renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 28s 54

123A[Repealed]

s 123A prev s 123A ins 2006 No. 17s 44

amd 2008 No. 18s 38

om 2010 No. 5s 58

124[Repealed]

s 124 orig s 124 amd 2004 No. 49s 39; 2008 No. 18s 39

om 2010 No. 5s 58

prev s 124 (orig s 89J) ins 2004 No. 13s 80

renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 28s 54

125[Repealed]

s 125 orig s 125 om 2010 No. 5s 58

prev s 125 (orig s 89K) ins 2004 No. 13s 80

amd 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 56

renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 28s 54

126[Repealed]

s 126 orig s 126 amd 2004 No. 49s 40; 2006 No. 17s 45

om 2010 No. 5s 58

prev s 126 (orig s 89L) ins 2004 No. 13s 80

renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 28s 54

126A[Repealed]

s 126A prev s 126A ins 2002 No. 55s 196sch 1

sub 2004 No. 49s 41

amd 2008 No. 18s 40

om 2010 No. 5s 58

126AA[Repealed]

s 126AA prev s 126AA ins 2008 No. 18s 41

om 2010 No. 5s 58

126B[Repealed]

s 126B prev s 126B ins 2004 No. 49s 41

amd 2006 No. 17s 46; 2008 No. 18s 42

om 2010 No. 5s 58

126C[Repealed]

s 126C prev s 126C ins 2004 No. 49s 41

sub 2008 No. 18s 43

om 2010 No. 5s 58

126D[Repealed]

s 126D prev s 126D ins 2006 No. 17s 47

om 2008 No. 18s 43

Division 4 [Repealed]

ch 6 pt 1 div 4 hdg (prev pt 4A div 1 sdiv 4 hdg) ins 2004 No. 13s 80

sub 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 1

om 2014 No. 28s 54

127[Repealed]

s 127 orig s 127 amd 2004 No. 49s 42; 2007 No. 36s 2sch

om 2010 No. 5s 58

prev s 127 (orig s 89M) ins 2004 No. 13s 80

renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 28s 54

Division 5 [Repealed]

ch 6 pt 1 div 5 hdg (prev pt 4A div 1 sdiv 5 hdg) ins 2004 No. 13s 80

sub 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 1

om 2014 No. 28s 54

128[Repealed]

s 128 orig s 128 amd 2004 No. 49s 43

om 2010 No. 5s 58

prev s 128 (orig s 89N) ins 2004 No. 13s 80

renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 28s 54

129[Repealed]

s 129 orig s 129 om 2010 No. 5s 59

prev s 129 (orig s 89O) ins 2004 No. 13s 80

renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 28s 54

130[Repealed]

s 130 orig s 130 om 2010 No. 5s 59

prev s 130 (orig s 89P) ins 2004 No. 13s 80

renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 28s 54

131[Repealed]

s 131 orig s 131 om 2010 No. 5s 59

prev s 131 (orig s 89Q) ins 2004 No. 13s 80

amd 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdts 57–58

renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 28s 54

132[Repealed]

s 132 orig s 132 om 2010 No. 5s 59

prev s 132 (orig s 89R) ins 2004 No. 13s 80

amd 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 27

renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 28s 54

Division 6 [Repealed]

ch 6 pt 1 div 6 hdg (prev pt 4A div 1 sdiv 6 hdg) ins 2004 No. 13s 80

sub 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 1

om 2014 No. 28s 54

133[Repealed]

s 133 orig s 133 om 2010 No. 5s 59

prev s 133 (orig s 89S) ins 2004 No. 13s 80

renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 28s 54

134[Repealed]

s 134 orig s 134 om 2010 No. 5s 59

prev s 134 (orig s 89T) ins 2004 No. 13s 80

amd 2010 No. 5s 56(2)–(3)sch 1 amdt 6, sch 2 amdt 59

renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 28s 54

135[Repealed]

s 135 orig s 135 om 2010 No. 5s 59

prev s 135 (orig s 89U) ins 2004 No. 13s 80

renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 28s 54

Division 7 [Repealed]

ch 6 pt 1 div 7 hdg (prev pt 4A div 1 sdiv 7 hdg) ins 2004 No. 13s 80

sub 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 1

om 2014 No. 28s 54

136[Repealed]

s 136 orig s 136 om 2010 No. 5s 59

prev s 136 (orig s 89V) ins 2004 No. 13s 80

renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 28s 54

137[Repealed]

s 137 orig s 137 om 2010 No. 5s 59

prev s 137 (orig s 89W) ins 2004 No. 13s 80

amd 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 60

renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 28s 54

Division 8 [Repealed]

ch 6 pt 1 div 8 hdg (prev pt 4A div 1 sdiv 8 hdg) ins 2004 No. 13s 80

sub 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 1

om 2014 No. 28s 54

138[Repealed]

s 138 orig s 138 om 2010 No. 5s 59

prev s 138 (orig s 89X) ins 2004 No. 13s 80

amd 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdts 61–63

renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 28s 54

139[Repealed]

s 139 orig s 139 om 2010 No. 5s 59

prev s 139 (orig s 89Y) ins 2004 No. 13s 80

amd 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 20

renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 28s 54

140[Repealed]

s 140 orig s 140 om 2010 No. 5s 59

prev s 140 (orig s 89Z) ins 2004 No. 13s 80

amd 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdts 64–65

renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 28s 54

141[Repealed]

s 141 (prev s 89ZA) ins 2004 No. 13s 80

amd 2004 No. 36s 51; 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 66

renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 28s 54

142[Repealed]

s 142 (prev s 89ZB) ins 2004 No. 13s 80

renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 28s 54

Part 2 [Repealed]

ch 6 pt 2 hdg (prev pt 4A div 2 hdg) ins 2004 No. 13s 80

sub 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 1

om 2014 No. 28s 54

143[Repealed]

s 143 (prev s 89ZC) ins 2004 No. 13s 80

renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 28s 54

144[Repealed]

s 144 (prev s 89ZD) ins 2004 No. 13s 80

amd 2005 No. 48s 492sch 1

renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

amd 2011 No. 32s 332sch 1pt 2 (amd 2012 No. 9s 47)

om 2014 No. 28s 54

145[Repealed]

s 145 (prev s 89ZE) ins 2004 No. 13s 80

amd 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 27

renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 28s 54

146[Repealed]

s 146 (prev s 89ZF) ins 2004 No. 13s 80

amd 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 67

renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 28s 54

147[Repealed]

s 147 (prev s 89ZG) ins 2004 No. 13s 80

amd 2009 No. 24s 31; 2010 No. 5s 56(2)–(3)sch 1 amdt 7, sch 2 amdt 27

renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

amd 2011 No. 32s 332sch 1pt 2 (amd 2012 No. 9s 47)

om 2014 No. 28s 54

148[Repealed]

s 148 (prev s 89ZH) ins 2004 No. 13s 80

amd 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 27

renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 28s 54

Chapter 7 Regulated employment and regulated businesses

ch 7 hdg prev ch 7 hdg (prev pt 5 hdg) sub 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 1

om 2014 No. 28s 54

pres ch 7 hdg (prev ch 8 hdg) (orig pt 6 hdg) sub 2004 No. 49s 5l; 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2019 No. 18s 9(1)

renum 2019 No. 18s 9(2)

Part 1 Preliminary

ch 7 pt 1 hdg ins 2010 No. 5s 58

149[Repealed]

s 149 (prev s 90) renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 28s 54

150[Repealed]

s 150 (prev s 91) renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 28s 54

151[Repealed]

s 151 (prev s 92) renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 28s 54

152[Repealed]

s 152 (prev s 93) renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 28s 54

153[Repealed]

s 153 (prev s 94) renum 2010 No. 5s 56(3)sch 2 amdt 68

om 2014 No. 28s 54

154[Repealed]

s 154 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

om 2014 No. 28s 57

155[Repealed]

s 155 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

om 2014 No. 28s 57

156Regulated employment

(1)Employment is regulated employment if it is employment of a type that is stated to be regulated employment in schedule 1, part 1.
(2)However, employment is not regulated employment if—
(a)it is of a type of employment that schedule 1, part 1 states is not regulated employment; or
(b)schedule 1, part 3 states that this chapter does not apply to the employment.
(3)Also, the unpaid employment of a child is not regulated employment unless the child is a trainee student of an education provider and the employment is part of the course undertaken by the trainee student with the education provider.
(4)Further, the employment of a person is not regulated employment if the person is employed to work, and works, in the employment for not more than 7 days in a calendar year.

s 156 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2010 No. 33s 98

sub 2019 No. 18s 10

157Regulated businesses

(1)A business is a regulated business if it is a type of business that is stated to be a regulated business in schedule 1, part 2.
(2)However, a business is not a regulated business if schedule 1, part 3 states that this chapter does not apply to the carrying on of the business.

s 157 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

sub 2019 No. 18s 10

158Declaration relating to exemption to category of regulated employment

(1)This section applies if, under a section of schedule 1, part 1, the employment of a person is regulated employment.
(2)The employment is regulated employment even if—
(a)another section of schedule 1, part 1 expressly provides that employment of the person is not regulated employment; or
(b)a section of schedule 1, part 2 expressly provides that a business carried on by the person is not a regulated business.

s 158 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2019 No. 18s 86(1)sch 1

159Declaration relating to exemption to category of regulated business

(1)This section applies if, under a section of schedule 1, part 2, a business carried on by a person is a regulated business.
(2)The business is a regulated business even if—
(a)another section of schedule 1, part 2 expressly provides that a business carried on by the person is not a regulated business; or
(b)a section of schedule 1, part 1 expressly provides that employment of the person is not regulated employment.

Example—

If a person carries on a business that includes private tutoring of children at a school, the person is carrying on a regulated business under schedule 1, section 17 even if employment of the person is not regulated employment under schedule 1, section 3 because the person is an approved teacher.

s 159 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

160[Repealed]

s 160 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

om 2019 No. 18s 11

Part 2 [Repealed]

ch 7 pt 2 hdg ins 2010 No. 5s 58

om 2019 No. 18s 16

163[Repealed]

s 163 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

om 2013 No. 44s 262

Part 3 Risk management strategies

ch 7 pt 3 hdg ins 2010 No. 5s 58

171Risk management strategies about persons employed in regulated employment

(1)A person who employs someone else in employment that is regulated employment must, for each year, develop and implement a written strategy about the person’s employees in regulated employment that—
(a)implements employment practices and procedures to promote the wellbeing of a child affected by the regulated employment and to protect the child from harm; and
(b)includes the matters prescribed under a regulation.

Maximum penalty—20 penalty units.

(2)In this section—
employees in regulated employment, for a person, includes each of the following whom the person employs in regulated employment—
(a)persons who made a working with children check (exemption) application;
(b)persons who hold a working with children authority;
(c)persons who are not required to hold a working with children authority;
(d)persons about whom the person is notified under section 339.

s 171 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2019 No. 18s 86(1)sch 1

172Risk management strategies about regulated businesses

A person who carries on a regulated business must, for each year, develop and implement a written strategy about the regulated business that—
(a)implements employment practices and procedures to promote the wellbeing of a child affected by the regulated business and to protect the child from harm; and
(b)includes the matters prescribed under a regulation.

Maximum penalty—20 penalty units.

s 172 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

Part 4 Screening requirements

ch 7 pt 4 hdg ins 2010 No. 5s 58

sub 2019 No. 18s 17

Division 1 Preliminary

ch 7 pt 4 div 1 hdg ins 2010 No. 5s 58

sub 2019 No. 18s 17

173Requirements for employer giving notice about employing person

(1)Before giving a notice mentioned in section 175(1)(b) or 176C(1)(b) about the employment or proposed employment of a person, an employer must take reasonable steps to verify the person’s identity.

Examples of reasonable steps—

the employer views the person’s working with children card that includes the person’s photograph
the employer views the person’s driver licence that includes the person’s photograph
(2)The employer must give the notice in the approved form and in an approved way.

s 173 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

sub 2019 No. 18s 17

Division 2 Requirement for working with children clearance

ch 7 pt 4 div 2 hdg ins 2019 No. 18s 17

174Application of division

This division does not apply in relation to the employment of a person, or the carrying on of a business by a person, who is a police officer or registered teacher.

s 174 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

sub 2019 No. 18s 17

175Clearance required to employ person in regulated employment

(1)A person (the employer) must not employ, or continue to employ, another person (the employee) in regulated employment unless—
(a)the employee holds a working with children clearance; and
(b)the employer has given the chief executive a notice, under section 173, about employing the employee in regulated employment.

Maximum penalty—

(a)if an aggravating circumstance applies to the offence—200 penalty units or 2 years imprisonment; or
(b)otherwise—100 penalty units.

(2)It is an aggravating circumstance for an offence against subsection (1) if—
(a)the employee holds a negative notice and the employer knows, or ought reasonably to know, the employee holds the negative notice; or
(b)the chief executive has given the employer a notice under chapter 8, part 5A that states the employee’s working with children authority has been cancelled; or
(c)the chief executive has given the employer a withdrawal notice for a working with children check application made by the employee because section 199 applies; or
(d)the employee holds a disability exclusion or interstate NDIS exclusion and the employer knows, or ought reasonably to know, the employee holds the disability exclusion or interstate NDIS exclusion.

s 175 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

sub 2019 No. 18s 17

amd 2020 No. 39s 31

176Employing person with suspended clearance prohibited

A person (the employer) must not employ another person (the employee) to start in regulated employment if—
(a)the employee holds a working with children clearance that is suspended; and
(b)the employer knows, or ought reasonably to know, the employee’s clearance is suspended.

Maximum penalty—200 penalty units or 2 years imprisonment.

s 176 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2010 No. 33s 99; 2014 No. 28s 55

sub 2019 No. 18s 17

176A Person prohibited from regulated employment without clearance

(1)A person must not start or continue in regulated employment unless the person holds a working with children clearance.

Maximum penalty—

(a)if an aggravating circumstance applies to the offence—500 penalty units or 5 years imprisonment; or
(b)otherwise—100 penalty units.

(2)It is an aggravating circumstance for an offence against subsection (1) if the person—
(a)holds a negative notice; or
(b)is a disqualified person; or
(c)held a working with children authority that was cancelled on the person’s request under chapter 8, part 5A, division 4; or
(d)made a working with children check application and the application was withdrawn because section 199 applies; or
(e)holds a disability exclusion or interstate NDIS exclusion.
(3)However, if the person’s working with children clearance was cancelled under chapter 8, part 5A, a court may not find the person contravened subsection (1) unless the court is satisfied the person was given written notice about the cancellation.
(4)Also, if the person was issued a disability exclusion or interstate NDIS exclusion because a disability clearance or interstate NDIS clearance issued to the person was cancelled, a court may not find that the aggravating circumstance mentioned in subsection (2)(e) applies to the person unless the court is satisfied the person was given written notice about—
(a)the issue of the disability exclusion or interstate NDIS exclusion; or
(b)the cancellation of the disability clearance or interstate NDIS clearance.

s 176A ins 2019 No. 18s 17

amd 2020 No. 39s 32

176B Clearance required to carry on regulated business

A person must not carry on a regulated business unless the person holds a working with children clearance.

Maximum penalty—500 penalty units or 5 years imprisonment.

Note—

Under section 14, particular executive officers of a corporation that carries on a regulated business are taken to carry on the regulated business.

s 176B ins 2019 No. 18s 17

Division 3 Requirement for working with children exemption for police officers and registered teachers

ch 7 pt 4 div 3 hdg ins 2019 No. 18s 17

176C Exemption required to employ police officer or registered teacher in regulated employment

(1)A person (the employer) must not employ, or continue to employ, a police officer or registered teacher (the employee) in regulated employment unless—
(a)either—
(i)the employee holds a working with children authority; or
(ii)the employee has made a working with children check (exemption) application and the application has not been decided or withdrawn; and
(b)the employer has given the chief executive a notice, under section 173, about employing the employee in regulated employment.

Maximum penalty—

(a)if an aggravating circumstance applies to the offence—200 penalty units or 2 years imprisonment; or
(b)otherwise—100 penalty units.

(2)It is an aggravating circumstance for an offence against subsection (1) if—
(a)the employee holds a negative notice and the employer knows, or ought reasonably to know, the employee holds the negative notice; or
(b)the chief executive has given the employer a notice under chapter 8, part 5A that states the employee’s working with children authority has been cancelled; or
(c)the chief executive has given the employer a withdrawal notice for a working with children check application made by the person because section 199 applies; or
(d)the employee holds a disability exclusion or interstate NDIS exclusion and the employer knows, or ought reasonably to know, the employee holds the disability exclusion or interstate NDIS exclusion.

s 176C ins 2019 No. 18s 17

amd 2020 No. 39s 33

176D Employing police officer or registered teacher with suspended authority prohibited

A person (the employer) must not employ a police officer or registered teacher (the employee) to start in regulated employment if—
(a)the employee holds a working with children authority that is suspended; and
(b)the employer knows, or ought reasonably to know, the employee’s authority is suspended.

Maximum penalty—200 penalty units or 2 years imprisonment.

s 176D ins 2019 No. 18s 17

176E Police officer or registered teacher prohibited from regulated employment without exemption

(1)A person who is a police officer or registered teacher must not start or continue in regulated employment unless—
(a)the person holds a working with children authority; or
(b)the person has made a working with children check (exemption) application and the application has not been decided or withdrawn.

Maximum penalty—

(a)if an aggravating circumstance applies to the offence—500 penalty units or 5 years imprisonment; or
(b)otherwise—100 penalty units.

(2)It is an aggravating circumstance for an offence against subsection (1) if the person—
(a)holds a negative notice; or
(b)for a person mentioned in subsection (1)(b)—is a disqualified person; or
(c)held a working with children authority that was cancelled on the person’s request under chapter 8, part 5A, division 4; or
(d)made a working with children check application that was withdrawn because section 199 applies; or
(e)holds a disability exclusion or interstate NDIS exclusion.
(3)However, if the person’s working with children authority was cancelled under chapter 8, part 5A, a court may not find the person contravened subsection (1) unless the court is satisfied the person was given written notice about the cancellation.
(4)Also, if the person was issued a disability exclusion or interstate NDIS exclusion because a disability clearance or interstate NDIS clearance issued to the person was cancelled, a court may not find that the aggravating circumstance mentioned in subsection (2)(e) applies to the person unless the court is satisfied the person was given written notice about—
(a)the issue of the disability exclusion or interstate NDIS exclusion; or
(b)the cancellation of the disability clearance or interstate NDIS clearance.

s 176E ins 2019 No. 18s 17

amd 2020 No. 39s 34

176F Exemption required for regulated employment if previous application withdrawn

(1)This section applies if a person who is a police officer or registered teacher makes a working with children check (exemption) application that is withdrawn because section 196 or 199 applies.
(2)The person must not start or continue in regulated employment unless the person holds a working with children authority.

Maximum penalty—

(a)if the withdrawal notice is given because section 199 applies—500 penalty units or 5 years imprisonment; or
(b)otherwise—100 penalty units or 1 year’s imprisonment.

(3)Despite section 176E, subsection (2) applies even if the person makes another working with children check (exemption) application.

s 176F ins 2019 No. 18s 17

176G Exemption required for police officer or registered teacher to carry on regulated business

A person who is a police officer or registered teacher must not carry on a regulated business unless—
(a)the person holds a working with children authority; or
(b)the person has made a working with children check (exemption) application and the application has not been decided or withdrawn.

Maximum penalty—500 penalty units or 5 years imprisonment.

Note—

Under section 14, particular executive officers of a corporation that carries on a regulated business are taken to carry on the regulated business.

s 176G ins 2019 No. 18s 17

Division 4 Restricted persons prohibited from restricted employment

ch 7 pt 4 div 4 hdg ins 2019 No. 18s 17

176H Definitions for division

In this division—
restricted employment means employment that is not regulated employment under—
(a)section 156(3) or (4); or
(b)schedule 1, part 1, section 3(2)(b), 4(4), 4A(2), 5(2), 6A(3)(a) or (b) or 11(2)(b).
restricted person means a person who—
(a)holds a negative notice; or
(b)holds a working with children authority that is suspended; or
(c)is a disqualified person and does not hold a working with children authority; or

Note—

See chapter 8, part 1, division 2 and sections 223 and 285 for circumstances in which a disqualified person may be issued a working with children authority.
(d)has been charged with a disqualifying offence the proceeding for which has not ended.

s 176H ins 2019 No. 18s 17

amd 2020 No. 39s 35

176I Employing restricted person in restricted employment prohibited

A person (the employer) must not employ, or continue to employ, another person (the employee) in restricted employment if—
(a)the employee is a restricted person; and
(b)the employer knows, or ought reasonably to know, the employee is a restricted person.

Maximum penalty—200 penalty units or 2 years imprisonment.

s 176I ins 2019 No. 18s 17

176J Restricted person prohibited from starting or continuing in restricted employment

(1)A restricted person must not start or continue in restricted employment.

Maximum penalty—500 penalty units or 5 years imprisonment.

(2)However—
(a)if the person is a restricted person because the person holds a negative notice that was issued under chapter 8, part 5A when the person’s working with children authority was cancelled—a court may not find the person contravened subsection (1) unless the court is satisfied the person was given written notice about the issue of the negative notice; and
(b)if the person is a restricted person because the person’s working with children authority is suspended under chapter 8, part 5A—a court may not find the person contravened subsection (1) unless the court is satisfied the person was given written notice about the suspension.

s 176J ins 2019 No. 18s 17

Chapter 8 Working with children checks and authorities

ch 8 hdg ins 2019 No. 18s 18

Part 1 Restrictions on making working with children check applications

ch 8 pt 1 hdg ins 2019 No. 18s 18

Division 1 Prohibited applications

ch 8 pt 1 div 1 hdg prev ch 8 pt 1 div 1 hdg ins 2010 No. 5s 58

om 2014 No. 28s 57

pres ch 8 pt 1 div 1 hdg ins 2019 No. 18s 19

176K Application by disqualified person prohibited

A disqualified person must not make a working with children check application.

Maximum penalty—500 penalty units or 5 years imprisonment.

s 176K ins 2019 No. 18s 19

176L Application by negative notice holder prohibited

(1)A person who holds a negative notice must not make a working with children check application.

Maximum penalty—500 penalty units or 5 years imprisonment.

(2)However, if the person’s negative notice was issued under part 5A when the person’s working with children authority was cancelled, a court may not find the person contravened subsection (1) unless the court is satisfied the person was given written notice about the issue of the negative notice.

s 176L ins 2019 No. 18s 19

Division 2 Eligibility declaration

ch 8 pt 1 div 2 hdg prev ch 8 pt 1 div 2 hdg ins 2010 No. 5s 58

om 2014 No. 28s 57A

pres ch 8 pt 1 div 2 hdg ins 2010 No. 5s 58

177Purpose of div 2

The purpose of this division is to allow a person who may be a disqualified person to apply to the chief executive for a declaration (eligibility declaration) that the person is not a disqualified person and is eligible to make a working with children check application.

s 177 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55; 2019 No. 18s 20

178Application for an eligibility declaration

(1)A person may make an application (eligibility application) to the chief executive for an eligibility declaration.
(2)The person can not make an eligibility application less than 2 years after making a previous eligibility application that has been refused, unless—
(a)the decision to refuse the previous eligibility application was based on wrong or incomplete information; or
(b)the previous eligibility application was refused because the person was a relevant disqualified person and the person is no longer a relevant disqualified person.
(3)The eligibility application must be—
(a)made in the approved form and in an approved way; and
(b)signed by the applicant; and
(c)accompanied by the prescribed fee.
(4)The approved form must provide for the application to provide proof of the applicant’s identity.

s 178 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2010 No. 33s 100; 2014 No. 28s 55; 2019 No. 18s 21

179Notice of change of name and contact details in eligibility application

(1)This section applies if, after a person makes an eligibility application, the person’s name or contact details, as stated in the application, change before the chief executive decides the application.
(2)Within 14 days after the change happens, the person must give notice of it, in the approved form, to the chief executive.

Maximum penalty—10 penalty units.

s 179 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

180Chief executive’s decision on eligibility application

(1)The chief executive may issue an eligibility declaration to a person only if the person—
(a)has been convicted of a disqualifying offence; and
(b)is not a relevant disqualified person.
(2)The chief executive must decide the eligibility application as if it were a decision about a working with children check application and, for that purpose—
(a)if the person is a police officer or registered teacher—part 5, division 8 applies; or
(b)otherwise—part 4, division 9 applies.
(3)The division mentioned in subsection (2) applies as if—
(a)a reference in the division to a working with children check application were a reference to an eligibility application; and
(b)a reference in the division to issuing a working with children authority were a reference to issuing an eligibility declaration; and
(c)a reference in the division to issuing a negative notice were a reference to refusing the eligibility application.
(4)If the eligibility application is granted, the chief executive must issue the eligibility declaration to the person.
(5)If the eligibility application is refused, the chief executive must give the person a written notice stating—
(a)the reasons for the refusal; and
(b)if the reasons include investigative information—
(i)that, within 28 days after the person is given the notice, the person may appeal to a Magistrates Court about the police commissioner’s decision that the information is investigative information; and
(ii)how the person may appeal to the Magistrates Court.
(6)If the chief executive considers the person has not been convicted of a disqualifying offence, the chief executive must give written notice to the person stating the following—
(a)the chief executive may only issue an eligibility declaration if the person has been convicted of a disqualifying offence;
(b)the chief executive does not consider the person has been convicted of a disqualifying offence and, for that reason, the chief executive can not issue an eligibility declaration to the person;
(c)that, if the person is not a disqualified person for another reason, the person may make a working with children check application;
(d)that the eligibility application will not be further dealt with by the chief executive.
(7)There is no review or appeal under this Act in relation to a decision of the chief executive under this section to refuse an eligibility application.

s 180 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2013 No. 14s 54sch; 2014 No. 28ss 55, 57B; 2019 No. 18s 22

181Eligibility declaration taken to have been issued

The chief executive is taken to have issued an eligibility declaration to a disqualified person if the chief executive—
(a)issues a working with children authority to the person; or
(b)cancels a negative notice issued to the person; or
(c)decides not to cancel the person’s working with children authority under section 300.

s 181 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55; 2019 No. 18s 23

182Chief executive may request further information

(1)On receiving an eligibility application, the chief executive may give the applicant a notice asking the applicant to give the chief executive, within a reasonable stated time—
(a)stated information that the chief executive reasonably needs to establish the applicant’s identity; or
(b)stated information, including by way of a submission, about a stated matter that the chief executive reasonably believes is relevant to the application.
(2)A request under subsection (1) must state that, if the applicant does not comply with the request within the stated time, the applicant’s application will be withdrawn.

s 182 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

sub 2019 No. 18s 24

183[Repealed]

s 183 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

om 2019 No. 18s 25

184[Repealed]

s 184 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

om 2019 No. 18s 25

185When eligibility declaration ends

(1)An eligibility declaration issued to a person remains in force until it ends under subsection (2).
(2)An eligibility declaration issued to a person ends if, after it is issued—
(a)the person—
(i)is charged with a disqualifying offence; or
(ii)is convicted of a serious offence; or
(iii)becomes a relevant disqualified person; or
(b)a negative notice is issued to the person; or
(c)a working with children authority held by the person is cancelled.

s 185 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

sub 2019 No. 18s 26

186Reversal of decision refusing an eligibility declaration

(1)The chief executive may revoke a decision to refuse an eligibility application and issue an eligibility declaration if the chief executive is satisfied—
(a)the decision on the application was based on wrong or incomplete information; and
(b)based on the correct or complete information, the chief executive decides under section 180 that the chief executive may issue the eligibility declaration.
(2)The chief executive may exercise the power under subsection (1) on the chief executive’s own initiative or on application by the person whose eligibility application was refused.

s 186 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28ss 55, 56

Part 2 Working with children check applications

ch 8 pt 2 hdg ins 2019 No. 18s 28

187Who may apply

(1)A person (an applicant) may apply to the chief executive for a working with children check.
(2)A police officer or registered teacher (also an applicant) may apply to the chief executive for a working with children check for an exemption.

s 187 prev s 187 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

om 2019 No. 18s 27

pres s 187 ins 2019 No. 18s 28

187A Application combined with disability worker screening application

(1)A person (an applicant) may combine an application mentioned in section 187(1) or (2) with a disability worker screening application.
(2)An application made under subsection (1) is a combined application.
(3)This chapter applies to a combined application to the extent it is an application mentioned in section 187(1) or (2).
(4)If a combined application is made to the chief executive, the chief executive must give the information in the combined application, to the extent the information relates to the applicant’s disability worker screening application, to the chief executive (disability services).

s 187A ins 2020 No. 39s 36

188Form of application

(1)An application under this part must be—
(a)in the approved form; and
(b)made in an approved way; and
(c)signed by the applicant.
(2)A working with children check (general) application must be accompanied by the prescribed fee for the application, unless section 189 applies to the applicant.
(3)The approved form must provide for the applicant—
(a)to provide proof of the applicant’s identity; and
(b)to consent to employment screening under this chapter; and
(c)if the application is a working with children check (exemption) application—to declare that the applicant is a police officer or a registered teacher.
(4)Also, the approved form must state—
(a)it is an offence for a disqualified person to make a working with children check application; and
(b)a disqualified person may apply for an eligibility declaration which, if issued, will allow the person to make a working with children check application.

s 188 prev s 188 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

om 2019 No. 18s 27

pres s 188 ins 2019 No. 18s 28

189No application fee for volunteers

(1)This section applies if the chief executive is satisfied the applicant—
(a)has an agreement with another person (the employer) to be employed in regulated employment as a volunteer by the employer; or
(b)proposes to carry on, or to continue carrying on, a regulated business other than for reward.
(2)The applicant is not required to pay the prescribed fee for the application.

s 189 prev s 189 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

om 2019 No. 18s 27

pres s 189 ins 2019 No. 18s 28

190Chief executive may request further information

(1)On receiving an application under this part, the chief executive may give the applicant a notice asking the applicant to give the chief executive, within a reasonable stated time—
(a)stated information that the chief executive reasonably needs to establish the applicant’s identity; or
(b)stated information, including by way of a submission, about a stated matter that the chief executive reasonably believes is relevant to the application.
(2)A request under subsection (1) must state that, if the applicant does not comply with the request within the stated time, the applicant’s application will be withdrawn.

s 190 prev s 190 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

om 2019 No. 18s 27

pres s 190 ins 2019 No. 18s 28

190A Chief executive may request further information for combined application

(1)This section applies if an applicant made a combined application and the chief executive becomes aware that, under the Disability Services Act 2006
(a)the applicant’s disability worker screening application has been withdrawn; or
(b)a disability exclusion has been issued to the applicant.
(2)The chief executive may give the applicant a notice asking the applicant to advise the chief executive, within a reasonable stated time, whether or not the applicant wishes to proceed with the working with children check application under this part.
(3)A request under subsection (2) must state that, if the applicant does not comply with the request within the stated time, the applicant’s working with children check application will be withdrawn.

s 190A ins 2020 No. 39s 37

191Working with children authority continues in force pending decision

(1)This section applies if an applicant holds a working with children authority (the current authority).
(2)Despite sections 231(1) and 289(1), the current authority remains in force from the day it would otherwise end until the earliest of the following things happens—
(a)the application is decided or withdrawn;
(b)the current authority is cancelled;
(c)if the application is a working with children check (exemption) application—the applicant stops being a police officer or registered teacher.

s 191 prev s 191 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

om 2019 No. 18s 27

pres s 191 ins 2019 No. 18s 28

192Effect of application by disqualified person

(1)This section applies if the applicant is a disqualified person.
(2)The application has no effect.
(3)The chief executive must give a notice that states the following matters to the applicant and each notifiable person for the applicant—
(a)the chief executive is satisfied the applicant is a disqualified person;
(b)the application has no effect because the applicant is a disqualified person;
(c)it is an offence for the applicant to, or to allow the applicant to, start or continue in regulated employment, or restricted employment, or for the applicant to carry on a regulated business.

s 192 prev s 192 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

om 2019 No. 18s 27

pres s 192 ins 2019 No. 18s 28

193Effect of application by negative notice holder

(1)This section applies if the applicant holds a negative notice.
(2)The application has no effect.
(3)The chief executive must give a notice that states the following matters to the applicant and each notifiable person for the applicant—
(a)the application has no effect because the applicant holds a negative notice;
(b)the day the negative notice was issued.
(4)If the negative notice was issued to the applicant because the applicant is a relevant disqualified person, a notice given to the chief executive (child safety) under subsection (3) must also state the provision of the Act under which the negative notice was issued.

s 193 prev s 193 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

om 2019 No. 18s 27

pres s 193 ins 2019 No. 18s 28

193A Effect of interim bar imposed by chief executive (disability services)

(1)This section applies if—
(a)the applicant has also made a disability worker screening application, regardless of whether the applicant made a combined application; and
(b)the chief executive is aware that the chief executive (disability services) has imposed an interim bar on the applicant under the Disability Services Act 2006, section 82.
(2)The chief executive is not required to decide the applicant’s working with children check application until the chief executive becomes aware that the interim bar is no longer in effect.
(3)If the chief executive defers deciding the working with children check application under subsection (2), the chief executive must give the applicant a written notice about the deferral.

s 193A ins 2020 No. 39s 38

Part 3 Withdrawal of application

ch 8 pt 3 hdg ins 2019 No. 18s 28

194Application of part

This part applies to—
(a)a working with children check application; and
(b)an eligibility application.

s 194 prev s 194 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

om 2019 No. 18s 27

pres s 194 ins 2019 No. 18s 28

195Notice of withdrawal

(1)The chief executive withdraws an application by giving the applicant a notice (a withdrawal notice) that states the application is withdrawn.
(2)The chief executive must give a withdrawal notice to the applicant if, before the application is decided—
(a)the applicant withdraws the application under section 196; or
(b)the chief executive is permitted or required, under this part, to withdraw the application.
(3)If the application is a working with children check application, the chief executive must also give a withdrawal notice to each notifiable person for the applicant.
(4)A withdrawal notice must state the reason for the withdrawal.

s 195 prev s 195 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

om 2019 No. 18s 27

pres s 195 ins 2019 No. 18s 28

196Withdrawal by applicant

(1)The applicant may withdraw an application at any time before it is decided.
(2)The applicant withdraws the application by giving the chief executive notice about the withdrawal.
(3)The notice may be given orally or in writing.

s 196 prev s 196 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

om 2019 No. 18s 27

pres s 196 ins 2019 No. 18s 28

196A Withdrawal of combined application

(1)This section applies if the applicant made a combined application.
(2)The applicant may combine a notice withdrawing the applicant’s working with children check application under section 196 with a request to withdraw the applicant’s disability worker screening application.

Note—

The request may be made orally or in writing. See—
(a)section 196(3); and
(b)the Disability Services Act 2006, section 75(2).
(3)A request made under subsection (2) is a combined withdrawal request.
(4)This part applies to a combined withdrawal request to the extent it is a notice under section 196.
(5)If a combined withdrawal request is made to the chief executive, the chief executive must give a notice about the combined withdrawal request to the chief executive (disability services).

s 196A ins 2020 No. 39s 39

197Deemed withdrawal—identity can not be established

The chief executive must withdraw an application if—
(a)the chief executive gives the applicant a notice under section 182(1)(a) or 190(1)(a) asking the applicant to provide information to establish the applicant’s identity within a stated time; and
(b)the notice includes the warning mentioned in section 182(2) or 190(2); and
(c)the applicant does not comply with the request; and
(d)the chief executive can not establish the applicant’s identity with certainty.

s 197 prev s 197 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

om 2019 No. 18s 27

pres s 197 ins 2019 No. 18s 28

198Deemed withdrawal—failure to comply with particular requests

The chief executive may withdraw an application if—
(a)the chief executive gives the applicant—
(i)a notice under section 182(1)(b), 190(1)(b) or 190A(2) asking the applicant to provide stated information; or
(ii)a notice under section 330, 332, 333, 337 or 338 asking the applicant to give the consent, or take the other action, stated in the notice; and
(b)the notice includes a warning that, if the applicant does not comply with the notice, the application will be withdrawn; and
(c)the person does not comply with the notice.

s 198 prev s 198 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

om 2019 No. 18s 27

pres s 198 ins 2019 No. 18s 28

amd 2020 No. 39s 40

199Deemed withdrawal—applicant charged with serious offence or disqualifying offence etc.

(1)The chief executive must withdraw a working with children check application if the applicant is charged with a serious offence or disqualifying offence.
(2)A withdrawal notice given under section 195 because this section applies must state that—
(a)for a notice given to the applicant—it is an offence for the applicant to start or continue in restricted employment; or
(b)for a notice given to a notifiable person for the applicant—it is an offence to employ, or continue to employ, the applicant in restricted employment.

s 199 prev s 199 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

om 2019 No. 18s 27

pres s 199 ins 2019 No. 18s 28

200Deemed withdrawal—applicant no longer police officer or registered teacher

(1)The chief executive must withdraw a working with children check (exemption) application made by a police officer if the applicant or the police commissioner gives the chief executive a written notice that states the applicant is no longer a police officer.
(2)The chief executive must withdraw a working with children check (exemption) application made by a registered teacher if the applicant or the college of teachers gives the chief executive a written notice that states the applicant is no longer a registered teacher.

s 200 prev s 200 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2010 No. 33s 101

om 2019 No. 18s 27

pres s 200 ins 2019 No. 18s 28

Part 4 Working with children clearances

ch 8 pt 4 hdg ins 2019 No. 18s 29

Division 3 [Repealed]

ch 8 pt 4 div 3 hdg ins 2010 No. 5s 58

om 2019 No. 18s 27

Division 4 [Repealed]

ch 8 pt 4 div 4 hdg ins 2010 No. 5s 58

om 2019 No. 18s 27

Division 5 [Repealed]

ch 8 pt 4 div 5 hdg ins 2010 No. 5s 58

om 2019 No. 18s 27

Division 6 [Repealed]

ch 8 pt 4 div 6 hdg ins 2010 No. 5s 58

om 2019 No. 18s 27

Division 7 [Repealed]

ch 8 pt 4 div 7 hdg ins 2010 No. 5s 58

om 2019 No. 18s 27

201[Repealed]

s 201 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

om 2019 No. 18s 27

202[Repealed]

s 202 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2016 No. 63s 1157sch 6

om 2019 No. 18s 27

203[Repealed]

s 203 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

om 2019 No. 18s 27

204[Repealed]

s 204 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

om 2019 No. 18s 27

205[Repealed]

s 205 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

om 2019 No. 18s 27

206[Repealed]

s 206 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

om 2019 No. 18s 27

207[Repealed]

s 207 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

om 2019 No. 18s 27

208[Repealed]

s 208 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55; 2019 No. 18s 26A

om 2019 No. 18s 27

209[Repealed]

s 209 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

om 2019 No. 18s 27

210[Repealed]

s 210 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

om 2019 No. 18s 27

Division 8 [Repealed]

ch 8 pt 4 div 8 hdg ins 2010 No. 5s 58

om 2019 No. 18s 27

211[Repealed]

s 211 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

om 2019 No. 18s 27

212[Repealed]

s 212 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2010 No. 33s 102

om 2019 No. 18s 27

213[Repealed]

s 213 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

om 2019 No. 18s 27

214[Repealed]

s 214 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

om 2019 No. 18s 27

215[Repealed]

s 215 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

om 2019 No. 18s 27

216[Repealed]

s 216 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

om 2019 No. 18s 27

217[Repealed]

s 217 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55; 2019 No. 18s 26B

om 2019 No. 18s 27

218[Repealed]

s 218 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

om 2019 No. 18s 27

Division 9 Deciding application

ch 8 pt 4 div 9 hdg ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2019 No. 18s 30

219Application of division

This division applies if a person made a working with children check (general) application and the application has not been withdrawn.

s 219 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

sub 2019 No. 18s 31

220Deciding application—generally

(1)The chief executive must decide to approve or refuse the application under this division.
(2)If the chief executive approves the application, the chief executive must issue a written notice that states the application is approved (a working with children clearance) to the person.
(3)If the chief executive refuses the application, the chief executive must issue a written notice that states the application is refused (a negative notice) to the person.

s 220 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

sub 2019 No. 18s 31

221Deciding application—no conviction or conviction etc. for non-serious offence

(1)Subject to subsection (2), the chief executive must issue a working with children clearance to the person if—
(a)the chief executive is not aware of any police information or disciplinary information about the person; or
(b)the chief executive is not aware of a conviction of the person for any offence but is aware that there is 1 or more of the following about the person—
(i)investigative information;
(ii)disciplinary information;
(iii)a charge for an offence other than a disqualifying offence;
(iv)a charge for a disqualifying offence that has been dealt with other than by a conviction; or

Note for subparagraph (iv)—

For charges for disqualifying offences that have not been dealt with, see chapter 7, part 4, division 4 and sections 199, 295(1) and 296.
(c)the chief executive is aware of a conviction of the person for an offence other than a serious offence; or
(d)the chief executive is aware of other information about the person that the chief executive reasonably believes is relevant to deciding whether it would be in the best interests of children for the chief executive to issue a working with children clearance to the person.
(2)If subsection (1)(b), (c) or (d) applies to the person and the chief executive is satisfied it is an exceptional case in which it would not be in the best interests of children for the chief executive to issue a working with children clearance, the chief executive must issue a negative notice to the person.

s 221 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55; 2019 No. 18s 86(1)sch 1; 2020 No. 39s 41

222Deciding application—previous holder of working with children exemption

(1)Subject to subsection (2), the chief executive must issue a working with children clearance to the person if—
(a)the person was the holder of a working with children exemption that was cancelled because the person resigned or retired from being a police officer, and there has not been a change in police information about the person since the resignation or retirement; or
(b)the person was the holder of a working with children exemption that was cancelled because the person surrendered the person’s registration under the Education (Queensland College of Teachers) Act 2005, and there has not been a change in police information about the person since the surrender.
(2)If subsection (1)(a) or (b) applies to the person and the chief executive is satisfied it is an exceptional case in which it would not be in the best interests of children for the chief executive to issue a working with children clearance, the chief executive must issue a negative notice to the person.

s 222 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55; 2019 No. 18s 86(1)sch 1

223Deciding application—negative notice cancelled or holder of eligibility declaration

(1)This section applies if—
(a)the chief executive has, under section 304I, cancelled a negative notice issued to the person; or
(b)an eligibility declaration is in force for the person.
(2)If the chief executive is not aware of any new assessable information about the person, the chief executive must issue a working with children clearance to the person.
(3)Subject to subsection (4), if the chief executive is aware of new assessable information about the person, the chief executive must issue a negative notice to the person.
(4)If subsection (3) applies to the person and the chief executive is satisfied it is an exceptional case in which it would not harm the best interests of children for the chief executive to issue a working with children clearance, the chief executive must issue a working with children clearance to the person.
(5)In this section—
new assessable information, about a person, means information about the person that—
(a)is, police information, disciplinary information or other information that the chief executive reasonably believes is relevant to deciding whether it would be in the best interests of children for the chief executive to issue a working with children clearance to the person; and
(b)was not known to the chief executive when the chief executive took the action mentioned in subsection (1)(a) or (b).

s 223 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55; 2019 No. 18s 86(1)sch 1; 2020 No. 39s 42

224Issuing notice to relevant disqualified person

The chief executive must issue a negative notice to the person if the chief executive is aware the person is a relevant disqualified person.

s 224 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

sub 2019 No. 18s 32

225Deciding application—person no longer relevant disqualified person or convicted of serious offence

(1)Subject to section 223 and subsection (2), the chief executive must issue a negative notice to the person if the chief executive is aware the person—
(a)has been a relevant disqualified person at any time but is no longer a relevant disqualified person (other than a person who was a relevant disqualified person by reason of a conviction, sentence or order that was set aside on appeal); or
(b)has been convicted of a serious offence.
(2)If subsection (1)(a) or (b) applies to the person and the chief executive is satisfied it is an exceptional case in which it would not harm the best interests of children for the chief executive to issue a working with children clearance, the chief executive must issue a working with children clearance to the person.

s 225 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55; 2019 No. 18s 33

226Deciding exceptional case if conviction or charge

(1)This section applies if the chief executive—
(a)is deciding whether or not there is an exceptional case for the person; and
(b)is aware that the person has been convicted of, or charged with, an offence.
(2)The chief executive must have regard to the following—
(a)in relation to the commission, or alleged commission, of an offence by the person—
(i)whether it is a conviction or a charge; and
(ii)whether the offence is a serious offence and, if it is, whether it is a disqualifying offence; and
(iii)when the offence was committed or is alleged to have been committed; and
(iv)the nature of the offence and its relevance to employment, or carrying on a business, that involves or may involve children; and
(v)in the case of a conviction—the penalty imposed by the court and, if the court decided not to impose an imprisonment order for the offence or not to make a disqualification order under section 357, the court’s reasons for its decision;
(b)any information about the person given to the chief executive under section 318 or 319;
(c)any report about the person’s mental health given to the chief executive under section 335;
(d)any information about the person given to the chief executive under section 337 or 338;
(e)information about the person given to the chief executive under the Disability Services Act 2006, section 138ZG;
(f)anything else relating to the commission, or alleged commission, of the offence that the chief executive reasonably considers to be relevant to the assessment of the person.

s 226 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55; 2020 No. 39s 43

227Deciding exceptional case if investigative information exists

(1)This section applies if the chief executive—
(a)is deciding whether or not there is an exceptional case for the person; and
(b)is aware of investigative information about the person.
(2)The chief executive must have regard to the following—
(a)when the acts or omissions constituting the alleged offence to which the investigative information relates were committed;
(b)anything else relating to the commission of the acts or omissions that the chief executive reasonably considers relevant to the assessment of the person.

s 227 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

228Deciding exceptional case if disciplinary information or other relevant information exists

(1)This section applies if the chief executive—
(a)is deciding whether or not there is an exceptional case for the person; and
(b)is aware of—
(i)disciplinary information about the person; or
(ii)other information about the person that the chief executive reasonably believes is relevant to deciding whether it would be in the best interests of children for the chief executive to issue a working with children clearance to the person.
(2)If the chief executive is aware of disciplinary information about the person, the chief executive must have regard to the following—
(a)the decision or order of the decision-maker relating to the disciplinary information and the reasons for the decision or order;
(b)any decision or order of an entity hearing and deciding a review of, or appeal against, a decision or order mentioned in paragraph (a), and the reasons for the decision or order;
(c)the relevance of the disciplinary information to employment, or carrying on a business, that involves or may involve children;
(d)anything else relating to the disciplinary information that the chief executive reasonably considers to be relevant to the assessment of the person.
(3)If the chief executive is aware of other information about the person mentioned in subsection (1)(b)(ii), the chief executive must have regard to the following—
(a)the nature of the information, including the circumstances and gravity of the behaviour or conduct the subject of the information;
(b) the relevance of the information to employment, or carrying on a business, that involves or may involve children;
(c) the length of time that has passed since the event or conduct the subject of the information occurred;
(d) anything else relating to the information that the chief executive reasonably believes is relevant to the assessment of the person.

s 228 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55; 2020 No. 39s 44

229Chief executive to invite submissions from person about particular information

(1)This section applies if the chief executive—
(a)must decide whether or not there is an exceptional case for the person; and
(b)is proposing to decide the working with children check (general) application by issuing a negative notice to the person.
(2)The chief executive must give the person a written notice—
(a)stating the following—
(i)the police information about the person that the chief executive is aware of;
(ii)any disciplinary information about the person that the chief executive is aware of;
(iii)any other information about the person that the chief executive is aware of that the chief executive reasonably believes is relevant to whether it would be in the best interests of children for the chief executive to issue a working with children clearance to the person; and
(b)inviting the person to give the chief executive, within a stated time, a submission about—
(i)whether or not there is an exceptional case for the person; or
(ii)why the chief executive should issue a working with children clearance, or should not issue a negative notice, because of an exceptional case for the person.
(3)The stated time must be reasonable and, in any case, at least 7 days after the chief executive gives the notice to the person.
(4)Before deciding the application, the chief executive must consider any submission received from the person within the stated time.
(5)A submission mentioned in subsection (2)(b) may be made orally or in a language other than English if the chief executive considers a submission in that form is reasonable in the circumstances.

s 229 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55; 2019 No. 18s 86(1)sch 1; 2020 No. 39s 45

230Chief executive to be notified of change in particular information

(1)This section applies if, before the chief executive decides the person’s application, any of the following things happen (each a relevant change)—
(a)the person’s name or contact details as stated in the application change;
(b)the person’s employment, or proposed employment, as stated in the application changes;
(c)the person stops carrying on a business stated in the application;
(d)the person no longer intends to carry on a proposed business stated in the application.
(2)The person must give a notice, in the approved form and in an approved way, about the relevant change to the chief executive within 7 days after the change happens.

Maximum penalty—10 penalty units.

s 230 prev s 230 ins 2008 No. 18s 45

exp 2 June 2009 (see prev s 230(4))

pres s 230 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

sub 2019 No. 18s 34

231Term of clearance

(1)Unless cancelled earlier under part 5A, the term of a working with children clearance issued to a person is—
(a)if the chief executive decides the term of the clearance under subsection (2)—the term decided by the chief executive; or
(b)otherwise—3 years.
(2)The chief executive may decide that the term of a person’s working with children clearance is the same as the term of—
(a)if the person made a combined application—a disability clearance issued to the person by the chief executive (disability services) after deciding the application; or
(b)a disability clearance otherwise held by the person.
(3)The term decided by the chief executive under subsection (2) may be less than 3 years or more than 3 years.

Note—

Under the Disability Services Act 2006, section 101, the term of an NDIS clearance is 5 years and the term of a State clearance is 3 years.

s 231 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

sub 2019 No. 18s 34; 2020 No. 39s 46

231A Term of negative notice

A negative notice remains in force until it is cancelled under part 5A.

s 231A ins 2020 No. 39s 46

Division 10 Steps after application decided

ch 8 pt 4 div 10 hdg ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2019 No. 18s 35

232Application of division

This division applies if the chief executive decides a person’s working with children check (general) application.

s 232 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

sub 2019 No. 18s 36

232A Issuing working with children card

If the chief executive issues the person a working with children clearance, the chief executive must issue a working with children card for the clearance to the person.

s 232A ins 2019 No. 18s 36

233Additional information to be given if negative notice issued

If the chief executive issues a negative notice to the person, the negative notice must be accompanied by a written notice stating the following—
(a)the reasons for the chief executive’s decision to issue a negative notice to the person;
(b)the relevant review and appeal information;
(c)that it is an offence for a person who holds a negative notice to—
(i)make a working with children check application; or
(ii)start or continue in regulated employment or restricted employment; or
(iii)carry on a regulated business.

s 233 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28ss 55, 56; 2019 No. 18s 86(1)sch 1

234Persons to be notified of decision

(1)The chief executive must give each notifiable person for the person a written notice stating whether the person was issued a working with children clearance or a negative notice.
(2)If the person is issued with a negative notice on the basis the person is or was a relevant disqualified person and a notice about the person is given to the chief executive (child safety) under subsection (1), the notice must also state the provision of this part under which the negative notice was issued.

Note—

See sections 224 and 225 for circumstances in which a negative notice is issued to a person on the basis the person is or was a relevant disqualified person.
(3)The chief executive may also give a potential employer for the person a notice mentioned in subsection (1).

s 234 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55; 2019 No. 18s 37

235Department to be given particular advice

(1)This section applies if—
(a)the chief executive issues a working with children clearance to a person; and
(b)the chief executive of another department (the other executive) proposes to start employing, or continue employing, the person in regulated employment; and
(c)the other executive asks the chief executive for advice under this section.
(2)The chief executive may advise the other executive that the other executive may need to undertake a further assessment of the person under the Public Service Act 2008, chapter 5, part 6, division 3A to decide whether or not the other department should engage the person.

Note—

The Public Service Act 2008, chapter 5, part 6, division 3A does not apply in relation to the engagement of particular persons by a department. See section 164 of that Act.
(3)However, the chief executive may give the advice mentioned in subsection (2) only if the chief executive is aware that the person has a criminal history.
(4)If the chief executive gives advice under subsection (2), the advice must be accompanied by a written notice stating that no adverse inference about the person’s criminal history or suitability for engagement, or continued engagement, by the other department may be drawn by the fact the advice was given.

s 235 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28ss 55, 58; 2019 No. 18s 86(1)sch 1

Division 11 [Repealed]

ch 8 pt 4 div 11 hdg ins 2010 No. 5s 58

om 2019 No. 18s 38

236[Repealed]

s 236 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28ss 55, 56

om 2019 No. 18s 38

237[Repealed]

s 237 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28ss 55, 56

om 2019 No. 18s 38

238[Repealed]

s 238 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28ss 55, 56

om 2019 No. 18s 38

239[Repealed]

s 239 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

om 2019 No. 18s 38

240[Repealed]

s 240 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55; 2019 No. 18s 37A

om 2019 No. 18s 38

241[Repealed]

s 241 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28ss 55, 56; 2019 No. 18s 37B

om 2019 No. 18s 38

242[Repealed]

s 242 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

om 2019 No. 18s 38

243[Repealed]

s 243 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28ss 55, 56

om 2019 No. 18s 38

244[Repealed]

s 244 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

om 2019 No. 18s 38

Division 12 [Repealed]

ch 8 pt 4 div 12 hdg ins 2010 No. 5s 58

om 2019 No. 18s 38

245[Repealed]

s 245 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

om 2019 No. 18s 38

246[Repealed]

s 246 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

om 2019 No. 18s 38

Division 13 Persons who are police officers or registered teachers

ch 8 pt 4 div 13 hdg ins 2010 No. 5s 58

247Clearances held by police officers and registered teachers

(1)This section applies if—
(a)a person holds a working with children clearance; and
(b)the person is or becomes a police officer or registered teacher.
(2)The person’s working with children clearance continues in effect subject to section 231.
(3)This chapter continues to apply in relation to the person’s working with children clearance while it is in force.
(4)If the chief executive is aware the person is a police officer or registered teacher and, under part 5A or part 7, division 1, the chief executive is required or permitted to issue a working with children clearance to the person, the chief executive must instead issue a working with children exemption to the person.

s 247 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55; 2019 No. 18s 86(1)sch 1

Part 5 Working with children exemptions

ch 8 pt 5 hdg ins 2010 No. 5s 58

sub 2019 No. 18s 39

Division 1 [Repealed]

ch 8 pt 5 div 1 hdg ins 2010 No. 5s 58

om 2019 No. 18s 40

248[Repealed]

s 248 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

om 2019 No. 18s 40

249[Repealed]

s 249 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2010 No. 33s 103; 2014 No. 28s 55

om 2019 No. 18s 40

Division 2 [Repealed]

ch 8 pt 5 div 2 hdg ins 2010 No. 5s 58

om 2019 No. 18s 40

250[Repealed]

s 250 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

om 2019 No. 18s 40

251[Repealed]

s 251 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

om 2019 No. 18s 40

Division 3 [Repealed]

ch 8 pt 5 div 3 hdg ins 2010 No. 5s 58

om 2019 No. 18s 40

252[Repealed]

s 252 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

om 2019 No. 18s 40

253[Repealed]

s 253 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

om 2019 No. 18s 40

254[Repealed]

s 254 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

om 2019 No. 18s 40

255[Repealed]

s 255 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

om 2019 No. 18s 40

256[Repealed]

s 256 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

om 2019 No. 18s 40

Division 4 [Repealed]

ch 8 pt 5 div 4 hdg ins 2010 No. 5s 58

om 2019 No. 18s 40

257[Repealed]

s 257 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

om 2019 No. 18s 40

258[Repealed]

s 258 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

om 2019 No. 18s 40

Division 5 [Repealed]

ch 8 pt 5 div 5 hdg ins 2010 No. 5s 58

om 2019 No. 18s 40

259[Repealed]

s 259 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

om 2019 No. 18s 40

Division 6 [Repealed]

ch 8 pt 5 div 6 hdg ins 2010 No. 5s 58

om 2019 No. 18s 40

260[Repealed]

s 260 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

om 2019 No. 18s 40

261[Repealed]

s 261 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2010 No. 33s 104

om 2019 No. 18s 40

262[Repealed]

s 262 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

om 2019 No. 18s 40

263[Repealed]

s 263 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

om 2019 No. 18s 40

264[Repealed]

s 264 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

om 2019 No. 18s 40

265[Repealed]

s 265 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

om 2019 No. 18s 40

266[Repealed]

s 266 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

om 2019 No. 18s 40

267[Repealed]

s 267 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

om 2019 No. 18s 40

268[Repealed]

s 268 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

om 2019 No. 18s 40

269[Repealed]

s 269 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55; 2019 No. 18s 39A

om 2019 No. 18s 40

270[Repealed]

s 270 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

om 2019 No. 18s 40

271[Repealed]

s 271 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

om 2019 No. 18s 40

Division 7 [Repealed]

ch 8 pt 5 div 7 hdg ins 2010 No. 5s 58

om 2019 No. 18s 40

272[Repealed]

s 272 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

om 2019 No. 18s 40

273[Repealed]

s 273 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2010 No. 33s 105

om 2019 No. 18s 40

274[Repealed]

s 274 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

om 2019 No. 18s 40

275[Repealed]

s 275 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

om 2019 No. 18s 40

276[Repealed]

s 276 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

om 2019 No. 18s 40

277[Repealed]

s 277 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

om 2019 No. 18s 40

278[Repealed]

s 278 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

om 2019 No. 18s 40

279[Repealed]

s 279 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55; 2019 No. 18s 39B

om 2019 No. 18s 40

280[Repealed]

s 280 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

om 2019 No. 18s 40

Division 8 Deciding application

ch 8 pt 5 div 8 hdg ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2019 No. 18s 41

281Application of division

This division applies if a person made a working with children check (exemption) application and the application has not been withdrawn.

s 281 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

sub 2019 No. 18s 42

282Deciding application—generally

(1)The chief executive must decide to approve or refuse the application under this division.
(2)If the chief executive approves the application, the chief executive must issue a written notice that states the application is approved (a working with children exemption) to the person.
(3)If the chief executive refuses the application, the chief executive must issue a written notice that states the application is refused (a negative notice) to the person.

s 282 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

sub 2019 No. 18s 42

283Deciding application—police officer if further screening not required

If the person is a police officer, the chief executive must issue a working with children exemption to the person if—
(a)the chief executive is not aware of—
(i)any police information about the person; or
(ii)any other information about the person that would be relevant to deciding whether it would be in the best interests of children for the chief executive to issue the exemption to the person; and
(b)the chief executive—
(i)has, under section 286, been advised that the person is a police officer; and
(ii)has not, under section 286, been advised that the chief executive may need to undertake further employment screening of the person under this chapter.

s 283 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55; 2019 No. 18s 86(1)sch 1; 2020 No. 39s 47

284Deciding application—registered teacher if further screening not required

If the person is a registered teacher, the chief executive must issue a working with children exemption to the person if—
(a)the chief executive is not aware of—
(i)any police information or disciplinary information about the person; or
(ii)any other information about the person that would be relevant to deciding whether it would be in the best interests of children for the chief executive to issue the exemption to the person; and
(b)the chief executive—
(i)has, under section 287, been advised that the person is a registered teacher; and
(ii)has not, under section 287, been advised that the chief executive may need to undertake further employment screening of the person under this chapter.

s 284 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55; 2019 No. 18s 86(1)sch 1; 2020 No. 39s 48

285Deciding application if ss 283 and 284 do not apply

(1)This section applies if neither section 283 nor 284 applies to the person.
(2)The chief executive must decide the application as if the chief executive were deciding a working with children check (general) application under part 4, division 9.
(3)For subsection (2), sections 221 to 229 apply for making the decision as if—
(a)a reference to issuing a working with children clearance were a reference to issuing a working with children exemption; and
(b)a reference to a working with children check (general) application were a reference to a working with children check (exemption) application.

s 285 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

sub 2019 No. 18s 43

286Obtaining advice from police commissioner

(1)This section applies if the working with children check (exemption) application is about a person who claims to be a police officer.
(2)For deciding the application, the chief executive may ask the police commissioner to advise the chief executive—
(a)whether or not the person is a police officer; and
(b)if the person is a police officer—whether the chief executive may need to undertake further employment screening of the person under this chapter.
(3)For subsection (2), the chief executive’s request may include the following information—
(a)the person’s name and any other name that the chief executive believes the person may use or may have used;
(b)the person’s gender and date and place of birth;
(c)the person’s address;
(d)any number, date or other information given by the person about the person’s status as a police officer.

Example for paragraph (d)—

a number identifying the person as a police officer
(4)The police commissioner must comply with the request.
(5)However—
(a)the police commissioner may give advice under subsection (2)(b) only if the police commissioner is aware—
(i)the person has been charged with an offence; and
(ii)the charge has not been finally dealt with; and
(b)if paragraph (a) applies, the advice must be that the chief executive may need to undertake further employment screening of the person under this chapter.

s 286 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28ss 55, 56; 2019 No. 18s 86(1)sch 1

287Obtaining advice from college of teachers

(1)This section applies if the working with children check (exemption) application is about a person who claims to be a registered teacher.
(2)For deciding the application, the chief executive may ask the college of teachers to advise the chief executive—
(a)whether or not the person is a registered teacher; and
(b)if the person is a registered teacher—whether the chief executive may need to undertake further employment screening of the person under this chapter.
(3)For subsection (2), the chief executive’s request may include the following information—
(a)the person’s name and any other name that the chief executive believes the person may use or may have used;
(b)the person’s gender and date and place of birth;
(c)the person’s address;
(d)any number, date or other information given by the person about the person’s status as a registered teacher.

Example for paragraph (d)—

the person’s identification number for the person’s registration under the Education (Queensland College of Teachers) Act 2005
(4)The college of teachers must comply with the request.
(5)However—
(a)the college may give advice under subsection (2)(b) only if the college is aware of any police information about the person; and
(b)if paragraph (a) applies, the advice must be that the chief executive may need to undertake further employment screening of the person under this chapter.
(6)If the college of teachers gives advice under subsection (2)(b), the advice must be accompanied by a written notice stating that—
(a)no adverse inference about the person’s police information may be drawn by the fact the advice was given; and
(b)no inference that a negative notice may be issued to the person under this chapter may be drawn by the fact the advice was given.
(7)In this section—
police information means police information as defined under the Education (Queensland College of Teachers) Act 2005.

s 287 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28ss 55, 56; 2019 No. 18s 86(1)sch 1

288Chief executive to be notified of change in particular information

(1)This section applies if, before the chief executive decides the person’s application, any of the following things happen (each a relevant change)—
(a)the person’s name or contact details as stated in the application change;
(b)the person’s employment, or proposed employment, as stated in the application changes;
(c)the person stops carrying on a business stated in the application;
(d)the person no longer intends to carry on a proposed business stated in the application.
(2)The person must give a notice, in the approved form and in an approved way, about the relevant change to the chief executive within 7 days after the change happens.

Maximum penalty—10 penalty units.

s 288 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

sub 2019 No. 18s 44

289Term of exemption

(1)Unless a relevant event happens earlier, the term of a working with children exemption issued to a person is—
(a)if the chief executive decides the term of the exemption under subsection (2)—the term decided by the chief executive; or
(b)otherwise—3 years.
(2)The chief executive may decide that the term of a person’s working with children exemption is the same as the term of—
(a)if the person made a combined application—a disability clearance issued to the person by the chief executive (disability services) after deciding the application; or
(b)a disability clearance otherwise held by the person.
(3)The term decided by the chief executive under subsection (2) may be less than 3 years or more than 3 years.

Note—

Under the Disability Services Act 2006, section 101, the term of an NDIS clearance is 5 years and the term of a State clearance is 3 years.
(4)Each of the following is a relevant event for a working with children exemption—
(a)if the holder of the exemption is a police officer—the holder stops being a police officer;
(b)if the holder of the exemption is a registered teacher—the holder stops being a registered teacher;
(c)the exemption is cancelled under part 5A.

s 289 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

sub 2019 No. 18s 44; 2020 No. 39s 49

289A Term of negative notice

A negative notice remains in force until it is cancelled under part 5A.

s 289A ins 2020 No. 39s 49

Division 9 Steps after application decided

ch 8 pt 5 div 9 hdg ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2019 No. 18s 45

290Application of division

This division applies if the chief executive decides a person’s working with children check (exemption) application.

s 290 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

sub 2019 No. 18s 46

290A Issuing working with children card for exemption

If the chief executive issues a working with children exemption to the person, the chief executive must issue a working with children card for the exemption to the person.

s 290A ins 2019 No. 18s 46

amd 2020 No. 39s 70sch 1

291Additional information to be given if negative notice issued

If the chief executive issues a negative notice to the person, the negative notice must be accompanied by a written notice stating the following—
(a)the reasons for the chief executive’s decision to issue a negative notice to the person;
(b)the relevant review and appeal information;
(c)that it is an offence for a person who holds a negative notice to—
(i)make a working with children check application; or
(ii)start or continue in regulated employment or restricted employment; or
(iii)carry on a regulated business.

s 291 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28ss 55, 56; 2019 No. 18s 86(1)sch 1

292Notifiable person to be notified of decision

(1)The chief executive must give each notifiable person for the person a written notice that states whether the person was issued a working with children exemption or a negative notice.
(2)If the person is issued with a negative notice on the basis the person is or was a relevant disqualified person and a notice about the person is given to the chief executive (child safety) under subsection (1), the notice must also state the provision of this chapter under which the negative notice was issued.

Note—

See sections 224 and 225 (as applied to working with children check (exemption) applications under section 285) for circumstances in which a negative notice may be issued to a person on the basis the person is or was a relevant disqualified person.

s 292 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55; 2019 No. 18s 86(1)sch 1

293Department to be given particular advice

(1)This section applies if—
(a)the chief executive issues a working with children exemption to a person; and
(b)the chief executive of another department (the other executive) proposes to start employing, or continue employing, the person in regulated employment; and
(c)the other executive asks the chief executive for advice under this section.
(2)The chief executive may advise the other executive that the other executive may need to undertake a further assessment of the person under the Public Service Act 2008, chapter 5, part 6, division 3A to decide whether or not the other department should engage the person.

Note—

The Public Service Act 2008, chapter 5, part 6, division 3A does not apply in relation to the engagement of particular persons by a department. See section 164 of that Act.
(3)However, the chief executive may give the advice mentioned in subsection (2) only if the chief executive is aware that the person has a criminal history.
(4)If the chief executive gives advice under subsection (2), the advice must be accompanied by a written notice stating that no adverse inference about the person’s criminal history or suitability for engagement, or continued engagement, by the other department may be drawn by the fact the advice was given.

s 293 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28ss 55, 59; 2019 No. 18s 86(1)sch 1

Division 10 [Repealed]

ch 8 pt 5 div 10 hdg ins 2010 No. 5s 58

om 2019 No. 18s 47

Division 11 [Repealed]

ch 8 pt 5 div 11 hdg ins 2010 No. 5s 58

om 2019 No. 18s 47

Part 5A Suspension or cancellation of working with children authority

ch 8 pt 5A hdg ins 2019 No. 18s 48

Division 1 Preliminary

ch 8 pt 5A div 1 hdg ins 2019 No. 18s 48

294 Chief executive’s decisions under this part

(1)This section applies if a provision of this part requires the chief executive to decide—
(a)whether to cancel a person’s working with children authority or negative notice; or
(b)whether it is appropriate to issue a working with children authority or negative notice to a person.
(2)The chief executive must decide the matter as if it were a decision about a working with children check application and, for that purpose—
(a)if the person is a police officer or registered teacher—part 5, division 8 applies; or
(b)otherwise—part 4, division 9 applies.
(3)The division mentioned in subsection (2) applies to the matter as if—
(a)a reference in the division to issuing a working with children clearance or working with children exemption were a reference to deciding—
(i)it is appropriate to issue a working with children authority to a person; or
(ii)it is not appropriate to issue a negative notice to a person; or
(iii)not to cancel a person’s working with children authority; or
(iv)to cancel a person’s negative notice; and
(b)a reference in the division to issuing a negative notice were a reference to deciding—
(i)it is appropriate to issue a negative notice to a person; or
(ii)it is not appropriate to issue a working with children authority to a person; or
(iii)not to cancel a person’s negative notice; or
(iv)to cancel a person’s working with children authority.

s 294 prev s 294 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28ss 55, 56

om 2019 No. 18s 47

pres s 294 ins 2019 No. 18s 48

Division 2 Suspension of working with children authority

ch 8 pt 5A div 2 hdg ins 2019 No. 18s 48

295Application of division

(1)This division applies if a person who holds a working with children authority is charged with a serious offence or disqualifying offence.
(2)Also, this division applies if a registered teacher holds a working with children authority and the teacher’s teacher registration is suspended under the Education (Queensland College of Teachers) Act 2005, section 49.

s 295 prev s 295 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28ss 55, 56

om 2019 No. 18s 47

pres s 295 ins 2019 No. 18s 48

amd 2020 No. 39s 70sch 1

296Chief executive must suspend authority

(1)The chief executive must suspend the person’s working with children authority by giving the person a written notice (a suspension notice) about the suspension.
(2)The suspension notice must state—
(a)the person’s working with children authority is suspended; and
(b)the reason for the suspension; and
(c)how long the suspension will continue; and
(d)the effect of the suspension; and
(e)the person must return the person’s working with children card to the chief executive immediately after the notice is given, unless the person has a reasonable excuse; and

Note—

See section 304O for the requirement for a person whose working with children authority is suspended to return the person’s working with children card to the chief executive.
(f)the relevant review and appeal information.

s 296 prev s 296 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28ss 55, 56

om 2019 No. 18s 47

pres s 296 ins 2019 No. 18s 48

297Notifiable persons and potential employers notified about suspension

(1)The chief executive must give each notifiable person for the person a written notice that states—
(a)the person’s working with children authority is suspended; and
(b)how long the suspension will continue; and
(c)the effect of the suspension; and
(d)it is an offence to allow the person to perform work that is regulated employment or restricted employment while the authority is suspended; and
(e)the person’s employer must not terminate the person’s employment solely or mainly because the authority is suspended.

Note—

See also sections 342 and 343 for the chief executive’s obligation to notify other persons about the suspension of a person’s working with children authority.
(2)Also, the chief executive may give a notice mentioned in subsection (1) to a potential employer of the person.

s 297 prev s 297 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

om 2019 No. 18s 47

pres s 297 ins 2019 No. 18s 48

amd 2020 No. 39s 70sch 1

298Effect of suspension of working with children authority

(1)This section applies while the person’s working with children authority is suspended.

Note—

See also chapter 7, part 4, division 4 for the effect of the suspension of a person’s working with children authority in relation to restricted employment.
(2)The person must not—
(a)start employment in regulated employment; or
(b)if the person is employed in regulated employment—perform work that is regulated employment; or
(c)start or continue to carry on a regulated business.

Maximum penalty—500 penalty units or 5 years imprisonment.

(3)A person given a notice about the suspension under section 297 or 342 must not allow the person to perform work that is regulated employment.

Maximum penalty—200 penalty units or 2 years imprisonment.

(4)A person’s employer who is given a notice about the suspension under section 297 must not terminate the person’s employment solely or mainly because the person’s working with children authority is suspended.

Note—

See also section 356(4).
(5)The working with children authority remains in force even if it would otherwise expire under section 231(1) or 289(1).

s 298 prev s 298 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55; 2019 No. 18s 46A

om 2019 No. 18s 47

pres s 298 ins 2019 No. 18s 48

amd 2020 No. 39s 70sch 1

299When suspension of authority ends

The suspension of the person’s working with children authority ends if—
(a)the chief executive decides to cancel the authority under section 300; or
(b)the suspension ends under section 302; or
(c)the authority is otherwise cancelled under this part.

s 299 prev s 299 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28ss 55, 56; 2019 No. 18s 46B

om 2019 No. 18s 47

pres s 299 ins 2019 No. 18s 48

300Chief executive’s decision about suspended authority

(1)The chief executive may decide whether to cancel the person’s working with children authority—
(a)on the chief executive’s own initiative; or
(b)on the person’s application.

Note—

See section 294 for how the chief executive is required to decide whether to cancel a person’s working with children authority.
(2)However, the chief executive is not required to decide a person’s application mentioned in subsection (1)(b)—
(a)while a charge for a serious offence or disqualifying offence is pending against the person; or
(b)if the person has been convicted of a serious offence or disqualifying offence and either—
(i)the period allowed for an appeal relating to the person’s conviction or sentence has not ended; or
(ii)an appeal relating to the conviction or sentence has started but has not been decided; or
(c)if the person is a registered teacher—while the person’s teacher registration is suspended under the Education (Queensland College of Teachers) Act 2005, section 49.

s 300 prev s 300 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

om 2019 No. 18s 47

pres s 300 ins 2019 No. 18s 48

amd 2020 No. 39s 70sch 1

301Chief executive decides to cancel suspended authority

(1)If the chief executive decides to cancel the person’s working with children authority under section 300, the chief executive must—
(a)cancel the authority; and
(b)issue a negative notice to the person; and
(c)give the person a written notice that states—
(i)the decision and reasons for the decision; and
(ii)if the person has not returned the person’s working with children card to the chief executive—the person must return the person’s card to the chief executive immediately, unless the person has a reasonable excuse; and

Note—

See section 304P for the requirement for a person whose working with children authority is cancelled to return the person’s working with children card to the chief executive.
(iii)the relevant review and appeal information; and
(iv)unless the person is a relevant disqualified person, the circumstances in which the person may apply under section 304G for the negative notice to be cancelled; and
(d)give each notifiable person for the person a written notice that states—
(i)the person’s authority has been cancelled; and
(ii)the person has been issued a negative notice; and
(iii)it is an offence to employ or continue to employ the person in regulated employment or restricted employment.

Note—

See sections 342 and 343 for the chief executive’s obligation to notify other persons about the cancellation of a person’s working with children authority.
(2)Also, the chief executive may give a notice mentioned in subsection (1)(d) to a potential employer of the person.

s 301 prev s 301 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

om 2019 No. 18s 47

pres s 301 ins 2019 No. 18s 48

amd 2020 No. 39s 70sch 1

302Chief executive decides not to cancel suspended authority

(1)This section applies if the chief executive decides not to cancel the person’s working with children authority under section 300.
(2)The suspension of the person’s working with children authority ends.
(3)The chief executive must—
(a)give a written notice that states the suspension of the person’s authority has ended to—
(i)the person; and
(ii)each notifiable person for the person; and
(iii)each potential employer for the person who was given a notice about the suspension under section 297; and
(b)if the chief executive has the person’s working with children card and the person’s authority did not expire while the authority was suspended—return the person’s working with children card to the person; and
(c)if section 235 applied in relation to the person’s working with children application—give the advice mentioned in that section to the other executive.

Note—

See also sections 342 and 343 for the chief executive’s obligation to notify other persons when the suspension of a person’s working with children authority ends.

s 302 prev s 302 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

om 2019 No. 18s 47

pres s 302 ins 2019 No. 18s 48

amd 2020 No. 39s 70sch 1

Division 3 Cancelling working with children authority without suspension

ch 8 pt 5A div 3 hdg ins 2019 No. 18s 48

303 Cancelling authority if relevant disqualified person

(1)This section applies—
(a)if a person who holds a working with children authority becomes a relevant disqualified person; and
(b)whether or not the person’s authority is suspended under section 296.
(2)The chief executive must cancel the working with children authority.

s 303 prev s 303 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

om 2019 No. 18s 47

pres s 303 ins 2019 No. 18s 48

304 Cancelling authority issued because of wrong or incomplete information

The chief executive may cancel a person’s working with children authority if the chief executive is satisfied—
(a)the decision to issue the authority was based on wrong or incomplete information; and
(b)having considered the correct or complete information, it is appropriate to issue a negative notice to the person.

Note—

See section 294 for how the chief executive is required to decide whether it is appropriate to issue a negative notice to the person.

s 304 prev s 304 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

om 2019 No. 18s 47

pres s 304 ins 2019 No. 18s 48

304A Cancelling authority because of subsequent information

(1)This section applies if, after the chief executive decides to issue a working with children authority to a person, the chief executive becomes aware of information (further information) that is—
(a)disciplinary information, or information received under part 6, division 2, 3 or 4, about the person that was not known to the chief executive when the decision was made; or
(b)other information about the person that the chief executive reasonably believes is relevant to deciding whether it would be in the best interests of children for the person to continue to hold the authority that was not known to the chief executive when the decision was made; or
(c)a decision about the person made by a court or tribunal after the authority was issued, including the reasons for the decision.
(2)However, this section does not apply if the chief executive is required to suspend the person’s working with children authority under section 296 because of the further information.
(3)The chief executive may cancel the person’s working with children authority if, after considering the further information, the chief executive is satisfied it is appropriate to issue a negative notice to the person.

Note—

See section 294 for how the chief executive is required to decide whether it is appropriate to issue a negative notice to the person.

s 304A ins 2019 No. 18s 48

amd 2020 No. 39s 50

304B Action after decision

(1)If the chief executive is required, or decides, to cancel a person’s working with children authority under this division, the chief executive must—
(a)cancel the person’s authority; and
(b)issue a negative notice to the person; and
(c)give the person a written notice that states—
(i)the decision to cancel the authority and issue the negative notice and the reasons for the decision; and
(ii)the person must return the person’s working with children card to the chief executive immediately, unless the person has a reasonable excuse; and

Note—

See section 304P for the requirement for a person whose working with children authority is cancelled to return the person’s working with children card to the chief executive.
(iii)the relevant review and appeal information; and
(iv)unless the person is a relevant disqualified person, the circumstances in which the person may apply under section 304G for the negative notice to be cancelled.
(2)If the chief executive’s decision under section 304 or 304A is not to cancel the person’s authority, the person’s authority continues in force, subject to section 231(1) or 289(1).

s 304B ins 2019 No. 18s 48

304C Notifiable persons and potential employers notified about cancellation

(1)If the chief executive cancels a person’s working with children authority under this division, the chief executive must give each notifiable person for the person a written notice that states—
(a)the person’s authority has been cancelled; and
(b)the person has been issued a negative notice; and
(c)it is an offence to employ or continue to employ the person in regulated employment or restricted employment.

Note—

See sections 342 and 343 for the chief executive’s obligation to notify other persons about the cancellation of a person’s working with children authority.
(2)If the person’s working with children authority was cancelled under section 303, a notice given to the chief executive (child safety) under subsection (1) must state that the person’s authority was cancelled, and a negative notice was issued to the person, under that section.
(3)Also, the chief executive may give a notice mentioned in subsection (1) to a potential employer of the person.

s 304C ins 2019 No. 18s 48

amd 2020 No. 39s 70sch 1

Division 4 Cancelling working with children authority on holder’s request

ch 8 pt 5A div 4 hdg ins 2019 No. 18s 48

304D Request to cancel working with children authority

(1)A person may ask the chief executive to cancel the person’s working with children authority.
(2)The person may make the request even if the person’s working with children authority is suspended under section 296.
(3)The request must be written.

s 304D ins 2019 No. 18s 48

304E Cancellation of working with children authority

After receiving the request, the chief executive must—
(a)cancel the person’s working with children authority; and
(b)give the person a written notice that states—
(i)the authority has been cancelled; and
(ii)the person must return the person’s working with children card to the chief executive immediately, unless the person has a reasonable excuse; and

Note—

See section 304P for the requirement for a person whose working with children authority is cancelled to return the person’s working with children card to the chief executive.
(iii)it is an offence for the person to perform work that is regulated employment, other than as allowed under section 176A or 176E; and
(iv)it is an offence for the person to carry on a regulated business, other than as allowed under section 176B or 176G.

s 304E ins 2019 No. 18s 48

304F Notifiable persons and potential employers notified about cancellation

(1)The chief executive must give a written notice to each notifiable person for the person that states—
(a)the person’s working with children authority has been cancelled on the person’s request; and
(b)it is an offence to employ, or continue to employ, the person in regulated employment other than as allowed under section 175 or 176C.

Note—

See sections 342 and 343 for the chief executive’s obligation to notify other persons about the cancellation of a person’s working with children authority.
(2)Also, the chief executive may give a potential employer for the person a notice mentioned in subsection (1).

s 304F ins 2019 No. 18s 48

amd 2020 No. 39s 70sch 1

Division 5 Cancelling negative notice on holder’s request

ch 8 pt 5A div 5 hdg ins 2019 No. 18s 48

304G Application to cancel negative notice

(1)This section applies to a person who—
(a)holds a negative notice; and
(b)is not a relevant disqualified person.
(2)The person may apply to the chief executive to cancel the negative notice if—
(a)the application is made more than 2 years after—
(i)the notice was issued; and
(ii)if the person previously applied to cancel the notice under this section—the previous application was made; or
(b)the decision to issue the notice was based on wrong or incomplete information; or
(c)the negative notice was issued because the person was a relevant disqualified person and the person is no longer a relevant disqualified person.

s 304G ins 2019 No. 18s 48

304H Form of application

(1)The application must be—
(a)in the approved form; and
(b)made in an approved way; and
(c)signed by the person; and
(d)if the person is not a police officer or registered teacher—accompanied by the prescribed fee for the application.
(2)The person may state anything in the application that the person considers is relevant to the chief executive’s decision, including, for example, a change in the person’s circumstances since the negative notice was issued.

s 304H ins 2019 No. 18s 48

304I Deciding application

(1)If the chief executive decides to cancel the person’s negative notice, the chief executive must—
(a)cancel the negative notice; and
(b)give the person a notice about the cancellation.

Note—

See section 294 for how the chief executive is required to decide an application to cancel a person’s negative notice.
(2)If the chief executive decides not to cancel the person’s negative notice, the chief executive must give the person a written notice that states—
(a)the application has been refused and the person’s negative notice continues in effect subject to—
(i)if the person is a police officer or a registered teacher—section 289A; or
(ii)otherwise—section 231A; and
(b)the reasons for the chief executive’s decision to refuse the application; and
(c)the relevant review and appeal information.

s 304I ins 2019 No. 18s 48

amd 2020 No. 39s 70sch 1

Division 6 Other cancellation of negative notice

ch 8 pt 5A div 6 hdg ins 2019 No. 18s 48

304J Chief executive may act on own initiative or application

The chief executive may decide to—
(a)act under this division on the chief executive’s own initiative; or
(b)if a person applies to cancel the person’s negative notice under section 304G—act under section 304K or 304L instead of cancelling the person’s negative notice under section 304G.

s 304J ins 2019 No. 18s 48

304K No longer relevant disqualified person

(1)The chief executive may cancel a person’s negative notice if the chief executive is satisfied—
(a)the negative notice was issued because the person was a relevant disqualified person; and
(b)the person is no longer a relevant disqualified person.
(2)If the chief executive decides to cancel the person’s negative notice, the chief executive may decide to substitute a working with children authority if the chief executive is satisfied it is appropriate to issue the authority to the person.

Note—

See section 294 for how the chief executive is required to decide whether it is appropriate to issue a working with children authority to a person.

s 304K ins 2019 No. 18s 48

304L Negative notice issued because of wrong or incomplete information

The chief executive may cancel a person’s negative notice and substitute a working with children authority if the chief executive is satisfied—
(a)the decision to issue the negative notice was based on wrong or incomplete information; and
(b)having considered the correct or complete information, it is appropriate to issue a working with children authority to the person.

Note—

See section 294 for how the chief executive is required to decide whether it is appropriate to issue a working with children authority to a person.

s 304L ins 2019 No. 18s 48

304M Subsequent information

The chief executive may cancel a person’s negative notice and substitute a working with children authority if—
(a)the chief executive becomes aware of information that was not known to the chief executive when the decision to issue the notice was made; and
(b)after considering the further information, the chief executive is satisfied it is appropriate to issue a working with children authority to the person.

Note—

See section 294 for how the chief executive is required to decide whether it is appropriate to issue a working with children authority to a person.

s 304M ins 2019 No. 18s 48

304N Action after making decision

(1)If the chief executive decides to cancel a person’s negative notice under this division, the chief executive must cancel the notice.
(2)If the chief executive decides under this division to substitute a working with children authority for a person’s cancelled negative notice, the chief executive must issue to the person—
(a)if the person is a police officer or registered teacher—a working with children exemption; or
(b)otherwise—a working with children clearance.
(3)If the chief executive decides to refuse an application mentioned in section 304J(b), the chief executive must give the person a written notice that states—
(a)the application has been refused and the person’s negative notice continues in effect subject to—
(i)if the person is a police officer or registered teacher—section 289A; or
(ii)otherwise—section 231A; and
(b)the reasons for the chief executive’s decision to refuse the application; and
(c)the relevant review and appeal information.

s 304N ins 2019 No. 18s 48

amd 2020 No. 39s 70sch 1

Division 7 Return of working with children card

ch 8 pt 5A div 7 hdg ins 2019 No. 18s 48

304O Requirement to return suspended card

(1)This section applies to a person if the chief executive gives the person a written notice that states the person’s working with children authority is suspended.
(2)The person must return the person’s working with children card for the authority to the chief executive immediately after the notice is given to the person, unless the person has a reasonable excuse.

Maximum penalty—100 penalty units.

s 304O ins 2019 No. 18s 48

304P Requirement to return cancelled card

(1)This section applies to a person if the chief executive gives the person a written notice that states the person’s working with children authority is cancelled.
(2)The person must give the person’s working with children card for the authority to the chief executive immediately after the chief executive gives the notice, unless the person has a reasonable excuse.

Maximum penalty—100 penalty units.

s 304P ins 2019 No. 18s 48

Part 6 Provisions about obtaining or dealing with information

ch 8 pt 6 hdg ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2019 No. 18s 86(1)sch 1

Division 1 Investigative information

ch 8 pt 6 div 1 hdg ins 2010 No. 5s 58

305Police commissioner may decide that information about a person is investigative information

(1)The police commissioner may decide under this section that information about a person (the investigated person) is investigative information if—
(a)there is or was evidence of acts or omissions that, at the time of the acts or omissions, constituted a schedule 6 or 6A offence (the alleged offence) by the investigated person against a person (the complainant); and
(b)the police investigated the alleged offence and the investigated person was formally notified about the investigation, including—
(i)by participating in an interview, or by being asked to participate in an interview, about the alleged offence; or
(ii)by otherwise being given an opportunity to answer allegations about the alleged offence; and
(c)there was sufficient evidence available that was capable of establishing each element of the alleged offence but a decision was made not to charge the investigated person because—
(i)the complainant died before the charge was brought; or
(ii)either or both of the following applied—
(A)the complainant was unwilling to proceed;
(B)an adult who, at the relevant time, was the complainant’s parent or guardian decided that, in the interests of the complainant, the matter should not proceed.
(2)Evidence of acts or omissions includes information from a third party if the complainant did not make a formal complaint at or about the time of the investigation.
(3)For this section, a schedule 6 or 6A offence is—
(a)an offence against a provision of an Act mentioned in schedule 6 or 6A, column 1, subject to any qualification relating to the provision mentioned opposite in column 3; or
(b)an offence of counselling or procuring the commission of an offence of a kind mentioned in paragraph (a); or
(c)an offence of attempting, or of conspiring, to commit an offence of a kind mentioned in paragraph (a); or
(d)an offence that has, as an element, intention to commit an offence of a kind mentioned in paragraph (a); or
(e)an offence that, at the time it was committed was an offence of a kind mentioned in paragraph (a); or
(f)an offence under a law of another jurisdiction that, if it had been committed in Queensland, would have constituted an offence mentioned in paragraph (a), (b), (c), (d) or (e).

Note—

Column 2 in schedules 6 and 6A is included for information purposes only and states a section heading for the provision mentioned opposite in column 1.
(4)For subsection (3), it is immaterial if a provision mentioned in schedule 6 or 6A, column 1, for an Act has been amended from time to time or that the provision was previously numbered with a different number.

s 305 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2013 No. 14s 3

306Police commissioner not to delegate power under s 305

Despite the Police Service Administration Act 1990, section 4.10, the police commissioner may not delegate the police commissioner’s powers under section 305 other than to a police officer of at least the rank of superintendent.

s 306 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

307Appeal against police commissioner’s decision that information is investigative information

(1)This section applies if—
(a)the police commissioner decides that information about a person is investigative information; and
(b)the investigative information is given, under division 2, to the chief executive; and
(c)after the investigative information is given to the chief executive—
(i)the person is issued a negative notice, whether or not the negative notice was issued because a working with children authority held by the person was cancelled; or
(ii)an eligibility application made by the person is refused.
(2)The person may appeal to a Magistrates Court about the police commissioner’s decision mentioned in subsection (1).
(3)However, an appeal under subsection (2) may only be made within 28 days after the person is given written notice about the issue of the negative notice or refusal of the eligibility application.
(4)The chief executive and police commissioner must be given a copy of the notice of appeal.
(5)QCAT does not have jurisdiction to review a decision of the police commissioner that information about a person is investigative information or that information that is investigative information may be given to the chief executive.

s 307 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55; 2019 No. 18s 86(1)sch 1

308Court to decide matters afresh

(1)A Magistrates Court hearing an appeal under section 307 is to decide afresh whether information given to the chief executive as investigative information about a person is investigative information.
(2)A person who is the relevant complainant under section 305 must not be asked or called on by the investigated person under that section to give evidence in person before the court.
(3)Subsection (2) does not prevent documentary evidence being tendered and received in evidence by the court.
(4)After hearing an appeal under section 307, the court may confirm or set aside the decision and the court must give the appellant notice of the decision.
(5)For subsection (4), the court must have regard to the matters the police commissioner was required to have regard to under this Act when the police commissioner made the decision.

s 308 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

309Consequence of decision on appeal

(1)This section applies if a Magistrates Court hears and decides an appeal against the police commissioner’s decision under section 305 that information given to the chief executive about a person is investigative information.
(2)If the court sets aside the decision appealed against, the person may—
(a)if the person was issued a negative notice because of the information—apply under section 304G for the negative notice to be cancelled on the grounds the decision to issue the notice was based on wrong information; or
(b)if an eligibility application made by the person was refused because of the information—apply under section 186 for revocation of the refusal on the grounds it was based on wrong information.
(3)If the court confirms the decision appealed against—
(a)the person who appealed the decision may apply, within 28 days after receiving the notice under section 308(4) and as otherwise provided under the QCAT Act, to QCAT for a review of a decision of the chief executive if—
(i)the person is not a disqualified person; and
(ii)the decision is a chapter 8 reviewable decision; and
(b)the notice under section 308(4) must state how, and the period within which, the person may apply for the review.
(4)If a person applies under subsection (3)(a) to have a decision reviewed, QCAT may not—
(a)stay the operation of the decision; or
(b)grant an injunction in the proceeding for the review.

s 309 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55; 2019 No. 18s 86(1)sch 1

Division 2 Obtaining information from police commissioner

ch 8 pt 6 div 2 hdg ins 2010 No. 5s 58

310Application of division

This division applies to a person if—
(a)the person holds a working with children authority; or
(b)the person has made a working with children check application that has not been decided or withdrawn; or
(c)all of the following apply—
(i)the person has purported to make a working with children check application;
(ii)the application has not been properly made, including, for example, because the application was not accompanied by the prescribed fee for the application;
(iii)the application, as made, contains sufficient information for the chief executive to establish the person’s identity with certainty; or
(d)the person has applied, under section 300, to the chief executive to decide whether or not to cancel the person’s working with children authority that is suspended and the application has not been decided; or
(e)the person has applied, under section 304G, to the chief executive to cancel the person’s negative notice; or
(f)the person has made an eligibility application that has not been decided or withdrawn; or
(g)an eligibility declaration for the person is in force; or
(h)for a person who holds a negative notice—
(i)the person has made an application under section 309(3) or 354 that has not been decided; or
(ii)an appeal to an entity has been made in relation to an application under section 309(3) or 354 and the appeal has not been decided.

s 310 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

sub 2019 No. 18s 49

311Chief executive may ask police commissioner for information

(1)The chief executive may ask the police commissioner for information, or for access to the police commissioner’s records, to enable the chief executive to learn what, if any, police information exists in relation to the person.
(2)For subsection (1), the chief executive’s request may include the following information—
(a)the person’s name and any other name that the chief executive believes the person may use or may have used;
(b)the person’s gender and date and place of birth;
(c)the person’s address;
(d)if the person holds a working with children clearance—any number or date related to the person’s clearance or working with children card;
(e)if the person holds a working with children exemption—any number or date related to the person’s exemption or working with children card;
(f)if the request relates to a person employed in regulated employment—whether or not the person carries out the work as a volunteer;
(g)the basis on which the chief executive may request information about the person, including, for example, by referencing the relevant provision of section 310.
(3)If there is police information about the person, the chief executive may ask the police commissioner for—
(a)a brief description of the circumstances of a conviction, charge or investigative information mentioned in the police information; or
(b)a section 93A transcript relating to an offence mentioned in the police information.
(4)If the chief executive decides that information requested under subsection (1) or (3) about the person is no longer required, the chief executive must tell the police commissioner not to provide the information.

s 311 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28ss 55, 56; 2019 No. 18s 86(1)sch 1

312Police commissioner to comply with request

(1)The police commissioner must comply with a request under section 311(1) or (3) unless the police commissioner is, under section 311(4), told not to provide the information.
(2)However, the duty imposed on the police commissioner to comply with the request applies only to information in the police commissioner’s possession or to which the police commissioner has access.
(3)The police commissioner need not disclose investigative information about a person to the chief executive under this division if the police commissioner is reasonably satisfied that giving the information may do any of the following—
(a)prejudice the investigation of a contravention or possible contravention of the law in a particular case;
(b)enable the existence or identity of a confidential source of information, in relation to the enforcement or administration of the law, to be ascertained;
(c)prejudice the effectiveness of a lawful method or procedure for preventing, detecting, investigating or dealing with a contravention or possible contravention of the law;
(d)endanger a person’s life or physical safety.
(4)To remove any doubt, it is declared that, despite the Youth Justice Act 1992, part 9, the police commissioner may disclose information to which that part applies to the chief executive for complying with a request under section 311(1) or (3).

s 312 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

313Information to be given about relevant disqualified person

If the police commissioner gives the chief executive information under section 312 about a person who is or has been a relevant disqualified person, the information must include the following information about the person—
(a)that the person is or has been a relevant disqualified person;
(b)if the person is or has been subject to a disqualification order—the duration and details of the disqualification order;
(c)if the person is or has been subject to an offender prohibition order—
(i)a brief description of the conduct that gave rise to the order; and
(ii)the duration and details of the order, including whether it is or was a temporary offender prohibition order or a final offender prohibition order.

s 313 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

314Information to be given about person subject of application for disqualification order or offender prohibition order

If the police commissioner gives the chief executive information under section 312 about a person who is or has been the subject of an application for a disqualification order, or named as the respondent for an application for an offender prohibition order, and the order was not made, the information must include the following information about the person—
(a)that the person is or has been the subject of an application for a disqualification order or named as the respondent for an application for an offender prohibition order and the order was not made;
(b)the reasons why the application was made;
(c)the reasons why the order was not made;
(d)if the application was for an offender prohibition order and the magistrate or court hearing the application decided not to make an offender prohibition disqualification order for the person—the reasons why the offender prohibition disqualification order was not made.

s 314 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55; 2017 No. 14s 50sch 1

315Police commissioner to notify person about investigative information given about the person

If the police commissioner gives investigative information about a person to the chief executive under this division, the police commissioner must give notice, in the approved form, to the person that—
(a)the police commissioner has decided that information about the person is investigative information; and
(b)investigative information has been given to the chief executive.

s 315 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

316Use of information given to police commissioner

(1)Information given to the police commissioner under this division must not be accessed or disclosed for any purpose except for a purpose under this chapter or any other purpose relevant to law enforcement.
(2)Information given to the police commissioner under this division must not be used for any purpose except if—
(a)for information other than information about a withdrawal—the use is for a purpose under this chapter or for any other purpose relating to child protection; or
(b)for information about a withdrawal—the use is for a purpose under this chapter.
(3)However, subsections (1) and (2) do not apply to information the police commissioner obtained before the chief executive gave the information to the police commissioner under this section.
(4)In this section—
withdrawal means withdrawal of any of the following—
(a)a working with children check application;
(b)an eligibility application.

s 316 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55; 2019 No. 18s 86(1)sch 1

317Notice of change in police information about a person

(1)This section applies if, for a person in relation to whom any of the following happens (the relevant event), the police commissioner reasonably suspects the person is a person mentioned in section 310
(a)the person’s criminal history changes;
(b)the police commissioner decides, under section 305, that information about the person is investigative information (regardless of when the act or omission relevant to the investigative information happened or is alleged to have happened);
(c)the person becomes, or is no longer, a relevant disqualified person;
(d)the person is named as the respondent for an application for an offender prohibition order.
(2)For a relevant event mentioned in subsection (1)(a) or (b), the police commissioner may notify the chief executive of the following—
(a)that the relevant event has happened;
(b)if subsection (1)(a) applies because the person has been charged with or convicted of an offence—
(i)the offence the person has been charged with or convicted of; and
(ii)the particulars of the offence; and
(iii)the date of the charge or conviction.
(3)For a relevant event mentioned in subsection (1)(c) or (d), the police commissioner must notify the chief executive of the following—
(a)that the relevant event has happened;
(b)if subsection (1)(c) applies because the person has become a relevant disqualified person—the information mentioned in section 313;
(c)if subsection (1)(d) applies—the information mentioned in section 314 in relation to the offender prohibition order.
(4)A notice given under subsection (2) or (3) must state the following—
(a)the person’s name and any other name that the police commissioner believes the person may use or may have used;
(b)the person’s gender and date and place of birth.
(5)The chief executive may confirm the police commissioner’s suspicions under subsection (1).
(6)However, the duty imposed on the police commissioner to provide information to the chief executive under this section applies only to information in the police commissioner’s possession or to which the police commissioner has access.
(7)If the person is a person mentioned in section 323(1), the chief executive, on receiving notice under subsection (2) or (3), may write to the person to inform the person about the person’s obligations under section 323(2).

Note—

Section 323 imposes obligations on particular persons to notify particular entities of changes in police information.
(8)For a person who does not have a criminal history, there is taken to be a change in the person’s criminal history if the person acquires a criminal history.
(9)To remove any doubt, it is declared that, despite the Youth Justice Act 1992, part 9, the police commissioner may disclose information to which that part applies to the chief executive under this section.

s 317 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55; 2019 No. 18s 86(1)sch 1

Division 3 Obtaining police information from other State entities

ch 8 pt 6 div 3 hdg ins 2010 No. 5s 58

318Obtaining information from director of public prosecutions

(1)This section applies to a person mentioned in section 310.
(2)If the chief executive becomes aware that the person has been charged with or convicted of an offence, the chief executive may, by written notice, ask the director of public prosecutions for the following—
(a)a written statement briefly describing the circumstances of a charge or conviction for the offence;
(b)a copy or written summary of evidentiary material about the offence;
(c)if a charge for the offence was not proceeded with—a written summary of the reasons why the charge was not proceeded with.
(3)The chief executive’s request may include the following information—
(a)the person’s name and any other name the chief executive believes the person may use or have used;
(b)the person’s gender and date and place of birth.
(4)The director of public prosecutions may comply with a request under subsection (2) if the director reasonably believes the statement, copy or summary may help the chief executive in making an employment-screening decision about the person.
(5)However, the director of public prosecutions must not give the chief executive a copy or written summary of evidentiary material about the offence that relates only to a person other than the person about whom the request is made.

Example of evidentiary material for subsection (5)—

a report by an expert about a person other than the person about whom the request is made.
(6)The director of public prosecutions must not give information, or a document containing information, to the chief executive under this section if the director is reasonably satisfied that giving the information may do any of the following—
(a)prejudice the investigation of a contravention or possible contravention of the law in a particular case;
(b)enable the existence or identity of a confidential source of information, in relation to the enforcement or administration of the law, to be ascertained;
(c)prejudice the effectiveness of a lawful method or procedure for preventing, detecting, investigating or dealing with a contravention or possible contravention of the law;
(d)prejudice a prosecution or another matter before a court;
(e)endanger a person’s life or physical safety.
(7)The giving of information, or a document containing information, under this section by the director of public prosecutions is authorised despite any other Act or law, including a law imposing an obligation to maintain confidentiality about the information.

Note—

See sections 384 and 385 for restrictions on disclosing or giving access to information or documents obtained under this Act.
(8)Without limiting subsection (7), this section applies despite the Director of Public Prosecutions Act 1984, section 24A.
(9)In this section—
evidentiary material, about an offence, means material compiled in the course of the investigation or prosecution of the offence, including, for example, the following—
(a)a summary of the circumstances of the alleged offence prepared by a police officer;

Examples—

bench charge sheet, QP9
(b)a witness statement;
(c)an indictment;
(d)a record of an interview or a transcript of a record of an interview, including a section 93A transcript;
(e)a report by an expert about the person alleged to have committed the offence.

s 318 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28ss 55, 56

319Obtaining information from chief executive (corrective services)

(1)The chief executive (corrective services) must give the chief executive written notice of each person who is or becomes subject to a sexual offender order.
(2)The written notice must state the following—
(a)the person’s name;
(b)that the person is subject to a sexual offender order;
(c)any other information the chief executive (corrective services) reasonably considers is necessary for the chief executive to perform a function or exercise a power under this chapter.
(3)The chief executive (corrective services) and the chief executive may enter into a written arrangement by which written notices are given under subsection (1).
(4)Without limiting subsection (3), the arrangement may provide for the written notices to be given electronically.
(5)However, if written notices under subsection (1) are to be given electronically and, under an Act, there is a limitation on who may access the information mentioned in the notices or the purposes for which that information may be used, the arrangement must provide for the limitation.
(6)The disclosure of information by the chief executive (corrective services) under this section is authorised despite any other Act or law, including a law imposing an obligation to maintain confidentiality about the information.

Note—

See sections 384 and 385 for restrictions on disclosing or giving access to information or documents obtained under this Act.
(7)In this section—
chief executive (corrective services) means the chief executive of the department in which the Corrective Services Act 2006 is administered.

s 319 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

Division 4 Obtaining information from interstate police commissioner

ch 8 pt 6 div 4 hdg ins 2010 No. 5s 58

320Requesting further information about interstate convictions and charges

(1)This section applies if police information about a person obtained under division 2 includes—
(a)a conviction of the person for an offence in another State, including an interstate spent conviction of the person; or
(b)an interstate charge against the person.
(2)The chief executive may ask an interstate police commissioner for a brief description of the circumstances of the conviction or charge.
(3)The chief executive’s request may include the following information—
(a)the person’s name and any other name the chief executive believes the person may use or have used;
(b)the person’s gender and date and place of birth.
(4)To remove any doubt, it is declared that this section applies in relation to—
(a)a conviction of a person whether the conviction happened before or after the commencement of this section; and
(b)an interstate charge against a person whether the offence to which the charge relates was committed or alleged to have been committed before or after the commencement of this section.
(5)In this section—
interstate charge, made against a person, means a charge against the person for an offence alleged to have been committed by the person against a law of another State or the Commonwealth.
interstate police commissioner means the commissioner of a police force or service of another State or the Commonwealth.
interstate rehabilitation law means a law applying, or that applied, in another State or the Commonwealth, that provides, or provided, for the same matter as the Criminal Law (Rehabilitation of Offenders) Act 1986.
interstate spent conviction, of a person, means a conviction for an offence committed by the person against a law of another State or the Commonwealth that the person is not required to disclose under an interstate rehabilitation law because—
(a)a rehabilitation period prescribed under that law for the conviction has expired; and
(b)the conviction has not been revived under that law.

s 320 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28ss 55, 56

Division 5 Changes in information or status

ch 8 pt 6 div 5 hdg ins 2010 No. 5s 58

321Acquiring police information

For a person in relation to whom police information does not exist, there is taken to be a change in the person’s police information if the person acquires police information.

s 321 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

322Effect of conviction for serious offence

(1)This section applies to a person who holds a working with children authority if the person is convicted of a serious offence.

Note—

See sections 303 and 304A for the chief executive’s power to cancel a working with children authority if the holder of the authority is convicted of an offence.
(2)The person must immediately return the person’s working with children card to the chief executive, unless the person has a reasonable excuse.

Maximum penalty—100 penalty units.

(3)Until and unless a prescribed event happens for the person, the following applies—
(a)if the person is employed in regulated employment, the person must not perform work that is regulated employment;
(b)if the person is not employed in regulated employment, the person must not start regulated employment;
(c)the person must not start or continue carrying out a regulated business.

Maximum penalty—500 penalty units or 5 years imprisonment.

(4)For subsection (3), a prescribed event happens for a person if—
(a)the person gives the person’s working with children card to the chief executive under subsection (2) and the chief executive returns the card to the person; or
(b)the person is issued a new working with children authority.

s 322 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28ss 55, 56; 2019 No. 18s 86(1)sch 1

323Notice of change in police information

(1)This section applies—
(a)to a person who—
(i)holds a working with children authority; or
(ii)has made a working with children check application; and
(b)if the person becomes aware that the police information about the person has changed.
(2)The person must immediately give a notice that complies with subsection (3) about the change to the chief executive.

Maximum penalty—100 penalty units.

(3)The notice given to the chief executive under subsection (2) must—
(a)be given in the approved form and in an approved way; and
(b)if the person is employed in regulated employment—include information about the employment.

s 323 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

sub 2019 No. 18s 50

324[Repealed]

s 324 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

om 2019 No. 18s 51

325[Repealed]

s 325 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

om 2019 No. 18s 51

326Police commissioner to advise chief executive if person ceases to be police officer

(1)This section applies if—
(a)the police commissioner is aware that—
(i)the person has made a working with children check (exemption) application; or
(ii)the person holds a working with children exemption; and
(b)the person has ceased to be a police officer.
(2)The police commissioner must notify the chief executive that the person is no longer a police officer.

s 326 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55; 2019 No. 18s 86(1)sch 1

327Effect of person ceasing to be police officer

(1)This section applies to a person who is a police officer employed in regulated employment if the person ceases to be a police officer.
(2)The person must immediately notify the person’s employer in relation to the regulated employment of the person ceasing to be a police officer.

Maximum penalty—10 penalty units.

Note—

See chapter 7, part 4, division 2 for offences about the employment of a person who is not a police officer or registered teacher in regulated employment.
(3)To remove any doubt, it is declared that—
(a)it is not a requirement of subsection (2) that the person give the person’s employer any information about the circumstances of the person ceasing to be a police officer other than that it has happened; and
(b)unless otherwise required under this chapter, it is not a requirement that the employer stop employing the person on receiving the notification.

s 327 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2019 No. 18s 86(1)sch 1

328Effect of person ceasing to be registered teacher

(1)This section applies to a person who is a registered teacher employed in regulated employment if the person surrenders the person’s registration under the Education (Queensland College of Teachers) Act 2005, section 59.
(2)The person must immediately notify the person’s employer in relation to the regulated employment of the surrender.

Maximum penalty—10 penalty units.

Note—

See chapter 7, part 4, division 2 for offences about the employment of a person who is not a police officer or registered teacher in regulated employment.
(3)To remove any doubt, it is declared that—
(a)it is not a requirement of subsection (2) that the person give the person’s employer any information about the surrender other than that it has happened; and
(b)unless otherwise required under this chapter, it is not a requirement that the employer stop employing the person on receiving the notification.

s 328 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2019 No. 18s 86(1)sch 1

Division 6 Obtaining report about person’s mental health

ch 8 pt 6 div 6 hdg ins 2010 No. 5s 58

329Application of div 6

(1)This division applies if—
(a)the chief executive is deciding whether or not there is an exceptional case for a person who has been—
(i)charged with or convicted of a serious offence; or
(ii)charged with or convicted of an offence, other than a serious offence, relating to or involving a child; and
(b)the chief executive reasonably believes it is necessary to consider a report about the person’s mental health prepared under this division for deciding whether or not there is an exceptional case for the person.
(2)For subsection (1)(b), the chief executive may form the reasonable belief only if—
(a)in relation to the charge or conviction mentioned in subsection (1)(a)—
(i)the matter of the person’s mental state relating to the offence has been or was referred to the Mental Health Court or an entity of another State with similar functions to that court; or
(ii)a court has ordered the person to undertake treatment of a psychiatric nature; or
(iii)a court has been given a report about the person’s mental health prepared by a registered health practitioner; or
(b)the chief executive has, under this chapter, been given a report about the person’s mental health prepared by a registered health practitioner.

s 329 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55; 2016 No. 5s 923sch 4

330Chief executive may request person to undergo examination by registered health practitioner etc.

(1)The chief executive may, by written notice, ask the person—
(a)to undergo an examination by a registered health practitioner nominated by the chief executive, and any further examination required by the health practitioner, so that a report about the person’s mental health can be given to the chief executive under this division; and
(b)to give the chief executive consent to obtain a report about the person’s mental health from the registered health practitioner who conducts the examination.
(2)The notice given under subsection (1) must state the following—
(a)the reasons for the chief executive’s request;
(b)the name and qualifications of the registered health practitioner nominated by the chief executive to conduct the examination;
(c)when and where the examination is to be conducted;
(d)that the health practitioner may require the person to undergo further examinations so that a report about the person’s mental health can be prepared;
(e)that, under section 226, the chief executive must have regard to the report about the person’s mental health prepared under this division in deciding whether or not there is an exceptional case for the person;
(f)that the person may withdraw the person’s working with children check application or eligibility application;
(g)that, if the person fails to undergo the examination, and any further examination required by the registered health practitioner, or to give the consent mentioned in subsection (1)(b), either—
(i)the chief executive may withdraw the person’s working with children check application or eligibility application; or
(ii)the chief executive may decide whether or not there is an exceptional case for the person in the absence of a report about the person’s mental health.
(3)If the person does not comply with the chief executive’s request under subsection (1), the chief executive may decide whether or not there is an exceptional case for the person in the absence of a report about the person’s mental health.

Note—

See also part 3 about the withdrawal of working with children check applications and eligibility applications.

s 330 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28ss 55, 56; 2019 No. 18s 86(1)sch 1

331Nominating registered health practitioner to conduct examination

The chief executive may nominate a registered health practitioner to conduct an examination under this division only if the chief executive is reasonably satisfied the health practitioner has the necessary qualifications, expertise or experience to conduct the examination.

s 331 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

332Registered health practitioner obtaining information from Mental Health Court

(1)This section applies if—
(a)the person (charged person) has been charged with, but not convicted of—
(i)a serious offence; or
(ii)an offence, other than a serious offence, relating to or involving a child; and
(b)the matter of the charged person’s mental state relating to the offence has been referred to the Mental Health Court; and
(c)the chief executive is reasonably satisfied that it may be necessary or desirable for a registered health practitioner conducting an examination of the charged person under this division to have regard to information mentioned in subsection (2) for preparing a report about the person’s mental health.
(2)The chief executive may, by written notice, ask the charged person to give the Mental Health Court consent to give the registered health practitioner the following information—
(a)the court’s decision in relation to the reference;
(b)the court’s reasons for its decision;
(c)a copy or written summary of any expert’s report about the person received in evidence by the court, including, for example, a medical report, psychiatrist’s report or expert report that accompanied the reference;
(d)transcripts of a hearing conducted for the reference that the court has directed may be given to a party to the hearing or another person.
(3)The written notice must state the following—
(a)the reasons for the chief executive’s request;
(b)that, if the person fails to give the consent, the chief executive may withdraw the person’s working with children check application or eligibility application.
(4)If the charged person gives the consent, the Mental Health Court may give the information mentioned in subsection (2) to the chief executive for giving it to the registered health practitioner.
(5)However, information or documents given under this section must not include—
(a)any record of material given to the court under the Mental Health Act 2016, section 163, or of how the material was taken into account; or
(b)the Mental Health Court’s reasons for taking material mentioned in paragraph (a) into account or not taking the material into account; or
(c)the content of an expert report about a person other than the charged person; or
(d)information about a person other than the charged person the Mental Health Court reasonably considers is not relevant to the registered health practitioner preparing a report about the charged person’s mental health.
(6)Also, the Mental Health Court must not give information, or a document containing information, under this section if the court is reasonably satisfied that giving the information may do any of the following—
(a)prejudice an investigation or a matter before the court;
(b)prejudice the investigation of a contravention or possible contravention of the law in a particular case;
(c)enable the existence or identity of a confidential source of information, in relation to the enforcement or administration of the law, to be ascertained;
(d)prejudice the effectiveness of a lawful method or procedure for preventing, detecting, investigating or dealing with a contravention or possible contravention of the law;
(e)prejudice a prosecution or another matter before another court;
(f)endanger a person’s life or physical safety;
(g)adversely affect a person’s mental health.
(7)If the chief executive is given information under this section to give to the registered health practitioner, the chief executive—
(a)must give the information to the registered health practitioner as soon as possible; and
(b)must not use the information for any purpose other than giving it to the registered health practitioner.
(8)The giving of information under this section by the Mental Health Court is authorised despite any other Act or law, including a law imposing an obligation to maintain confidentiality about the information.

Note—

See sections 334, 384 and 385 for restrictions on disclosing or giving access to information or documents obtained under this section.
(9)Without limiting subsection (8)—
(a)information may be given under this section even if the information can not be disclosed to the charged person under a confidentiality order under the Mental Health Act 2016, section 696; and
(b)this section applies in relation to an expert’s report despite the Mental Health Act 2016, section 160.
(10)A decision of the Mental Health Court not to give an expert report about the charged person under this section does not prevent the chief executive applying under the Mental Health Act 2016, section 160(2) for leave of the court to give the report to the registered health practitioner.

s 332 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28ss 55, 56; 2016 No. 5s 923sch 4; 2019 No. 18s 86(1)sch 1

333Registered health practitioner obtaining information from Mental Health Review Tribunal

(1)This section applies if—
(a)the person (charged person) has been charged with, but not convicted of—
(i)a serious offence; or
(ii)an offence, other than a serious offence, relating to or involving a child; and
(b)the Mental Health Review Tribunal has reviewed a forensic order to which the person is subject, or the person’s fitness for trial, under the Mental Health Act 2016, chapter 12, part 3, 4 or 6; and
(c)the chief executive is reasonably satisfied that it may be necessary or desirable for the registered health practitioner conducting an examination of the charged person under this division to have regard to information mentioned in subsection (2) for preparing a report about the person’s mental health.
(2)The chief executive may, by written notice, ask the charged person to give the Mental Health Review Tribunal consent to give the registered health practitioner the following information—
(a)the tribunal’s decision on the review;
(b)the tribunal’s reasons for the decision;
(c)a copy or written summary of any expert’s report about the charged person received by the tribunal in the proceeding for the review, including, for example, a report about an examination of the person by a psychiatrist or other person mentioned in the Mental Health Act 2016, section 454;
(d)transcripts of a hearing conducted for the review that the tribunal has directed may be given to a party to the hearing or another person.
(3)The written notice must state the following—
(a)the reasons for the chief executive’s request;
(b)that, if the person fails to give the consent, the chief executive may withdraw the person’s working with children check application or eligibility application.
(4)If the person gives the consent, the Mental Health Review Tribunal may give the information mentioned in subsection (2) to the chief executive for giving it to the registered health practitioner.
(5)However, information or documents given under this section must not include—
(a)any record of material given to the tribunal under the Mental Health Act 2016, section 155 or 742, or of how the material was taken into account; or
(b)the Mental Health Review Tribunal’s reasons for taking material mentioned in paragraph (a) into account or not taking the material into account; or
(c)the content of an expert report about a person other than the charged person; or
(d)information about a person other than the charged person the Mental Health Review Tribunal reasonably considers is not relevant to the registered health practitioner preparing a report about the charged person’s mental health.
(6)Also, the Mental Health Review Tribunal must not give information, or a document containing information, under this section if the tribunal is reasonably satisfied that giving the information may do any of the following—
(a)prejudice a matter before the tribunal;
(b)prejudice the investigation of a contravention or possible contravention of the law in a particular case;
(c)enable the existence or identity of a confidential source of information, in relation to the enforcement or administration of the law, to be ascertained;
(d)prejudice the effectiveness of a lawful method or procedure for preventing, detecting, investigating or dealing with a contravention or possible contravention of the law;
(e)prejudice a prosecution or another matter before a court;
(f)endanger a person’s life or physical safety;
(g)adversely affect a person’s mental health.
(7)If the chief executive is given information under this section to give to a registered health practitioner, the chief executive—
(a)must give the information to the registered health practitioner as soon as possible; and
(b)must not use the information for any purpose other than giving it to the registered health practitioner.
(8)The giving of information under this section by the Mental Health Review Tribunal is authorised despite any other Act or law, including a law imposing an obligation to maintain confidentiality about the information.

Note—

See sections 334, 384 and 385 for restrictions on disclosing or giving access to information or documents obtained under this section.
(9)Without limiting subsection (8), information may be given under this section even if the information can not be disclosed to the charged person under a confidentiality order under the Mental Health Act 2016, section 722.

s 333 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28ss 55, 56; 2016 No. 5s 923sch 4; 2019 No. 18s 86(1)sch 1

334Use of information obtained from Mental Health Court or Mental Health Review Tribunal

(1)This section applies if the chief executive gives a registered health practitioner information or a document about a person given to the chief executive—
(a)by the Mental Health Court under section 332; or
(b)by the Mental Health Review Tribunal under section 333.
(2)The registered health practitioner must not—
(a)make a record of the information or information in the document; or
(b)disclose the information or information in the document to anyone; or
(c)give anyone access to the document; or
(d)include any details of the information, or information in the document, in the report about the person’s mental health prepared under this division.

Maximum penalty—100 penalty units.

s 334 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

335Chief executive may obtain report about person’s mental health from registered health practitioner

(1)This section applies if a person gives the chief executive consent as mentioned in section 330(1)(b) in relation to an examination of the person conducted under this division.
(2)The chief executive may ask the registered health practitioner who conducts the examination to give a report about the person’s mental health to the chief executive, and the registered health practitioner may give the report to the chief executive.
(3)The giving of a report under this section by a registered health practitioner is authorised despite any other Act or law, including a law imposing an obligation to maintain confidentiality about the examination.

Note—

See sections 384 and 385 for restrictions on disclosing or giving access to information or documents obtained under this Act.

s 335 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

336Chief executive to bear medical costs

(1)The chief executive must bear the medical costs for obtaining a report from a registered health practitioner under this division.
(2)In this section—
medical costs, for obtaining a report from a registered health practitioner under this division, means amounts charged by the health practitioner to—
(a)conduct an examination for preparing the report; or
(b)prepare the report.

s 336 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

Division 7 Obtaining other information about person’s mental health

ch 8 pt 6 div 7 hdg ins 2010 No. 5s 58

337Chief executive may obtain particular information from Mental Health Court

(1)This section applies if—
(a)the chief executive is deciding whether or not there is an exceptional case for a person (charged person) who has been charged with, but not convicted of—
(i)a serious offence; or
(ii)an offence, other than a serious offence, relating to or involving a child; and
(b)the matter of the charged person’s mental state relating to the offence has been referred to the Mental Health Court; and
(c)the chief executive has the charged person’s consent to obtain information about the person from the Mental Health Court under this section.
(2)The chief executive may ask the Mental Health Court for the following (requested information)—
(a)the court’s decision in relation to the reference;
(b)the court’s reasons for its decision;
(c)a copy or written summary of any expert’s report about the charged person received in evidence by the court, including, for example, a medical report, psychiatrist’s report or expert report that accompanied the reference;
(d)transcripts of a hearing conducted for the reference that the court has directed may be given to a party to the hearing or another person.
(3)The Mental Health Court may comply with the request if the court reasonably considers the requested information may help the chief executive in deciding whether or not there is an exceptional case for the charged person.
(4)However, the information or documents given to the chief executive for complying with the request must not include—
(a)any record of material given to the court under the Mental Health Act 2016, section 163, or of how the material was taken into account; or
(b)the Mental Health Court’s reasons for taking material mentioned in paragraph (a) into account or not taking the material into account; or
(c)information that can not be disclosed to the charged person under a confidentiality order under the Mental Health Act 2016, section 696; or
(d)the content of an expert report about a person other than the charged person; or
(e)information about a person other than the charged person that the Mental Health Court reasonably considers is not relevant to the chief executive deciding whether or not there is an exceptional case for the charged person.
(5)Also, the Mental Health Court must not give information, or a document containing information, to the chief executive under this section if the court is reasonably satisfied that giving the information may do any of the following—
(a)prejudice an investigation or a matter before the court;
(b)prejudice the investigation of a contravention or possible contravention of the law in a particular case;
(c)enable the existence or identity of a confidential source of information, in relation to the enforcement or administration of the law, to be ascertained;
(d)prejudice the effectiveness of a lawful method or procedure for preventing, detecting, investigating or dealing with a contravention or possible contravention of the law;
(e)prejudice a prosecution or another matter before another court;
(f)endanger a person’s life or physical safety;
(g)adversely affect a person’s mental health.
(6)The giving of information under this section by the Mental Health Court is authorised despite any other Act or law, including a law imposing an obligation to maintain confidentiality about the information.

Note—

See sections 384 and 385 for restrictions on disclosing or giving access to information or documents obtained under this chapter.
(7)Without limiting subsection (6), this section applies in relation to an expert’s report despite the Mental Health Act 2016, section 160.
(8)A decision of the Mental Health Court not to give the chief executive an expert report about the charged person under this section does not prevent the chief executive applying under the Mental Health Act 2016, section 160(2) for leave of the court to give the report to the chief executive.

s 337 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55; 2016 No. 5s 923sch 4

338Chief executive may obtain particular information from Mental Health Review Tribunal

(1)This section applies if—
(a)the chief executive is deciding whether or not there is an exceptional case for a person (charged person) who has been charged with, but not convicted of—
(i)a serious offence; or
(ii)an offence, other than a serious offence, relating to or involving a child; and
(b)the Mental Health Review Tribunal has reviewed a forensic order to which the person is subject, or the person’s fitness for trial, under the Mental Health Act 2016, chapter 12, part 3, 4 or 6; and
(c)the chief executive has the charged person’s consent to obtain information about the person from the Mental Health Review Tribunal under this section.
(2)The chief executive may ask the Mental Health Review Tribunal for the following (the requested information)—
(a)the tribunal’s decision on the review;
(b)the tribunal’s reasons for the decision;
(c)a copy or written summary of any expert’s report about the charged person received by the tribunal in the proceeding for the review, including, for example, a report about an examination of the person by a psychiatrist or other person mentioned in the Mental Health Act 2016, section 454;
(d)transcripts of a hearing conducted for the review that the tribunal has directed may be given to a party to the hearing or another person.
(3)The Mental Health Review Tribunal may comply with the request if the tribunal reasonably considers the requested information may help the chief executive in deciding whether or not there is an exceptional case for the charged person.
(4)However, the information or documents given to the chief executive for complying with the request must not include—
(a)any record of material given to the tribunal under the Mental Health Act 2016, section 155 or 742, or of how the material was taken into account; or
(b)the tribunal’s reasons for taking material mentioned in paragraph (a) into account or not taking the material into account; or
(c)information that can not be disclosed to the charged person under a confidentiality order under the Mental Health Act 2016, section 722; or
(d)the content of an expert report about a person other than the charged person; or
(e)information about a person other than the charged person that the Mental Health Review Tribunal reasonably considers is not relevant to the chief executive deciding whether or not there is an exceptional case for the charged person.
(5)Also, the Mental Health Review Tribunal must not give information, or a document containing information, to the chief executive under this section if the tribunal is reasonably satisfied that giving the information may do any of the following—
(a)prejudice a matter before the tribunal;
(b)prejudice the investigation of a contravention or possible contravention of the law in a particular case;
(c)enable the existence or identity of a confidential source of information, in relation to the enforcement or administration of the law, to be ascertained;
(d)prejudice the effectiveness of a lawful method or procedure for preventing, detecting, investigating or dealing with a contravention or possible contravention of the law;
(e)prejudice a prosecution or another matter before a court;
(f)endanger a person’s life or physical safety;
(g)adversely affect a person’s mental health.
(6)The giving of information under this section by the Mental Health Review Tribunal is authorised despite any other Act or law, including a law imposing an obligation to maintain confidentiality about the information.

Note—

See sections 384 and 385 for restrictions on disclosing or giving access to information or documents obtained under this chapter.

s 338 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55; 2016 No. 5s 923sch 4

Division 8 Dealing with information

ch 8 pt 6 div 8 hdg ins 2010 No. 5s 58

339Chief executive to give notice to particular entities about a change in police information

(1)This section applies if the chief executive becomes aware that police information about a relevant person has changed.
(2)However, this section does not apply if—
(a)the change is that the relevant person has been charged with or convicted of a disqualifying offence; or
(b)the change is that the relevant person has become a relevant disqualified person.
(3)If the chief executive considers the change in police information may be relevant to child-related employment, the chief executive must give each notifiable person for the person a written notice stating the following—
(a)the relevant person’s name and identifying details;
(b)that the chief executive has received police information about the relevant person that the chief executive considers relevant to child-related employment;
(c)that the chief executive is making a decision under part 4, division 9 or part 5, division 8 about the relevant person;
(d)a reminder of the risk management requirements under sections 171 and 172;
(e)an employer may not dismiss the relevant person solely or mainly because the employer is given a notice under this section;
(f)if the change in police information is a change in criminal history, whether it is a charge or conviction and whether or not the charge or conviction is for a serious offence;
(g)if the change in police information is a conviction for a serious offence, it is an offence for an employer to allow the relevant person to perform work that is regulated employment unless and until a prescribed event under section 322 happens for the person.
(4)If the relevant person is the director of a school’s governing body, the chief executive must give written notice as mentioned in subsection (3) to the accreditation board.
(5)An employer to whom a notice is given under subsection (3) or (4) that states that the change in police information is a conviction for a serious offence must not allow the relevant person to perform work that is regulated employment unless and until a prescribed event under section 322 happens for the person.

Maximum penalty—200 penalty units or 2 years imprisonment.

(6)An employer may not dismiss the relevant person solely or mainly because the employer is given a notice under subsection (3) or (4).
(7)In this section—
employer means a person who employs a relevant person.
relevant person means—
(a)a person who holds a working with children authority, other than an authority that is suspended under section 296; or
(b)a person who has made a working with children check application that has not been decided or withdrawn.

s 339 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55; 2019 No. 18s 52

340Chief executive must give police commissioner a person’s current address

(1)The chief executive must, on written application of the police commissioner, give the police commissioner information about an address for a person if—
(a)the chief executive has an address for the person that is different to the address stated by the police commissioner in the application; and
(b)either of the following applies—
(i)the police commissioner is, under this chapter, required to give a notice to the person;
(ii)the chief executive reasonably believes the giving of the information will help the police commissioner to verify the person’s identity for giving police information to the chief executive under this chapter.
(2)Despite section 316, information given to the police commissioner under this section must not be used, disclosed or accessed for any purpose other than a purpose mentioned in subsection (1)(b).

s 340 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

341Giving other information to police commissioner

(1)The chief executive may give the police commissioner confidential information about a person if the chief executive reasonably believes the giving of the information is necessary for the effective administration of any of the following—
(a)this chapter;
(c)the Offender Reporting Act;
(d)the Police Powers and Responsibilities Act 2000, section 789A.
(2)Section 316 applies to information given under this section.
(3)This section does not limit section 340 or 385.

s 341 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55; 2017 No. 14s 50sch 1

342Chief executive must give information about particular persons to accreditation board

(1)The chief executive must, if asked in writing by the chairperson of the accreditation board, give the accreditation board the following information about a prescribed person—
(a)whether the person holds a working with children authority or a negative notice;
(b)whether the person has made a working with children check application.
(2)For subsection (1), the chairperson’s request must include the following information—
(a)the prescribed person’s name and any other name that the college believes the person may use or may have used;
(b)the prescribed person’s gender and date and place of birth;
(c)the prescribed person’s address;
(d)any number or date given by the prescribed person about a working with children authority the person holds or claims to hold;
(e)if the prescribed person is a director of a school’s governing body—the name of the school’s governing body of which the person is a director.
(3)The chief executive must give the accreditation board a notice about each of the following events that happen—
(a)a prescribed person is issued a negative notice;
(b)a prescribed person’s working with children authority—
(i)is suspended under section 296; or
(ii)is cancelled under section 301 or 304E;
(c)the suspension of a prescribed person’s working with children authority ends under section 302;
(d)the term of a prescribed person’s working with children authority ends;
(e)a prescribed person’s working with children check application is withdrawn.
(4)Also, if a prescribed person who holds a negative notice makes a working with children check application, the chief executive must give the accreditation board a notice that states that the application has no effect.

Note—

See section 193.
(5)In this section—
chairperson see the Education (Accreditation of Non-State Schools) Act 2017, schedule 1.
prescribed person means—
(a)a director of a school’s governing body; or
(b)an authorised person under the Education (Accreditation of Non-State Schools) Act 2017.

s 342 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28ss 55, 56

sub 2017 No. 24s 268

amd 2019 No. 18s 86(1)sch 1

343Chief executive must give information about particular persons to college of teachers

(1)This section applies if the chief executive—
(a)has, under the Education (Queensland College of Teachers) Act 2005, section 15D, advised the college of teachers that an applicant for registration or permission to teach under that Act holds a working with children authority; and
(b)the chief executive reasonably believes the person is still an applicant for registration or permission to teach under that Act.
(2)The chief executive must give the college a notice about each of the following events that happen—
(a)the person’s working with children authority—
(i)is suspended under section 296; or
(ii)is cancelled under section 301 or 304E;
(b)the suspension of the person’s working with children authority ends under section 302;
(c)the term of the person’s working with children authority ends;
(d)the person is issued a negative notice.
(3)If the chief executive becomes aware that police information about the person has changed, other than in a way mentioned in section 339(2), the chief executive must give the college a written notice stating the college may need to have regard to the matters mentioned in the Education (Queensland College of Teachers) Act 2005, section 11(1) for deciding whether the applicant is suitable to teach.

s 343 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2010 No. 33s 106; 2014 No. 28s 55; 2019 No. 18s 86(1)sch 1

344Giving information to chief executive (disability services)

(1)This section applies to information about a person—
(a)the chief executive was given, or given access to, under chapter 7 or this chapter; or
(b)in the chief executive’s possession in relation to an employment-screening decision about the person.
(2)The chief executive may give information about a person to the chief executive (disability services) if the chief executive reasonably believes the information is relevant to the functions of the chief executive (disability services) under the Disability Services Act 2006, part 5.
(3)Without limiting subsection (2), the information that may be given includes—
(a)information about a working with children check application made by a person; and
(b)information about a working with children authority or negative notice held by a person; and
(c)police information about a person; and
(d)disciplinary information about a person; and
(e)information about a person’s mental health.

s 344 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55; 2006 No. 12s 333sch 2 (amd 2014 No. 12s 74); 2019 No. 18s 86(1)sch 1

sub 2020 No. 39s 51

344A Chief executive may give authorised entities particular information

(1)Each of the following is an authorised entity for a person—
(a)another person (the person’s employer) if—
(i)the employer has notified the chief executive under this Act that the employer employs, or proposes to employ, the person; and
(ii)neither the employer nor the person has notified the chief executive otherwise;
(b)another person the chief executive accepts as an authorised representative of the person’s employer;
(c)another person who is a notifiable person for the person;
(d)an entity to whom the chief executive is required to, or may, give a working with children notice about the person under this Act.
(2)The chief executive may give the authorised entity information about—
(a)a working with children check application made by the person; or
(b)a working with children authority or negative notice held by the person; or
(c)a working with children notice about the person given, or required to be given, to the authorised entity under this Act.
(3)The chief executive may give the information under subsection (2) by allowing the authorised entity to access the information electronically.
(4)In this section—
working with children notice, about a person, means a notice that relates to—
(a)a working with children check application made by the person; or
(b)a working with children authority or negative notice held by the person.

s 344A ins 2019 No. 18s 53

344B Use of information obtained under s 344A about a person

(1)This section applies to a person who is given, or accesses, information about a person under section 344A.
(2)The person must not use the information, or disclose or give access to the information to anyone else, unless the use, disclosure or giving of access is allowed under subsection (3).

Maximum penalty—100 penalty units.

(3)The person may use the information, or disclose or give access to the information to another person, if the use, disclosure or giving of access—
(a)is to identify, assess or monitor a risk, or potential risk, to the safety or welfare of a child in relation to the regulated employment of the person to whom the information relates; or
(b)is to establish whether or not the person to whom the information relates—
(i)has made a working with children check application; or
(ii)holds a working with children authority or a negative notice; or
(c)is to comply with an obligation under this Act; or
(d)happens with the consent of the person to whom the information relates; or
(e)is required to lessen or prevent a serious threat to the life, health, safety or welfare of an individual, or the health, safety or welfare of the public; or
(f)is required by a law enforcement agency to prevent, detect, investigate, prosecute or punish an offence; or
(g)is required for a proceeding in a court or a tribunal; or
(h)is authorised under a regulation or another law.
(4)In this section—
law enforcement agency means—
(a)an entity mentioned in the Information Privacy Act 2009, schedule 5, definition law enforcement agency, paragraph (b); or
(b)an enforcement body within the meaning of the Privacy Act 1988 (Cwlth).

s 344B ins 2019 No. 18s 53

344C Notifying self-managed NDIS participant about particular matters

(1)This section applies if—
(a)a child is an NDIS participant; and
(b)a relevant person for the child gives the chief executive written notice that a stated person carrying on an NDIS regulated business is delivering NDIS supports or services to the child.
(2)The chief executive may give the child, a person with parental responsibility for the child or the child’s plan manager a written notice about any of the following matters—
(a)if a working with children check application made by the person is decided—that fact and whether the person was issued a working with children authority or negative notice;
(b)if a working with children authority held by the person expires or is suspended or cancelled—the expiry, suspension or cancellation;
(c)if, under section 339(3), the chief executive is required to give a notifiable person for the person a notice about a change in police information about the person—the change in the police information.
(3)A notice about a matter mentioned in subsection (2)(c) must include only the information about the change in the police information that the chief executive is required to give a notifiable person for the person under section 339(3).
(4)In this section—
NDIS participant means a participant in the national disability insurance scheme under the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 (Cwlth).
NDIS regulated business means a regulated business mentioned in schedule 1, section 16A.
parental responsibility see the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 (Cwlth), section 75.
plan manager, for a child who is an NDIS participant, means a person other than the child who is managing the funding for supports under the child’s plan within the meaning of the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 (Cwlth), section 42.
relevant person, for a child who is an NDIS participant, means—
(a)the child; or
(b)a person with parental responsibility for the child; or
(c)the child’s plan manager; or
(d)a person who carries on an NDIS regulated business that includes delivering NDIS supports or services to the child.

s 344C ins 2020 No. 39s 52

345[Repealed]

s 345 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2010 No. 33s 107; 2014 No. 28ss 55, 60

om 2020 No. 39s 53

346Guidelines for dealing with information

(1)The chief executive must make guidelines, consistent with this Act, for dealing with information obtained by the chief executive under this chapter.
(2)The purpose of the guidelines is to ensure—
(a)natural justice is afforded to the persons about whom the information is obtained; and
(b)only relevant information is used in making employment-screening decisions; and
(c)employment-screening decisions, based on the information, are made consistently.
(3)The chief executive must give a copy of the guidelines to a person on request.

s 346 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

Part 7 Miscellaneous provisions

ch 8 pt 7 hdg ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2019 No. 18s 54

Division 1 Replacement card

ch 8 pt 7 div 1 hdg ins 2010 No. 5s 58

sub 2019 No. 18s 55

347Replacement of lost or stolen card

(1)If a person’s working with children card is lost or stolen (the lost or stolen card), the person must, within 14 days after the loss or theft—
(a)give the chief executive a notice about the loss or theft in the approved form and in an approved way; and
(b)either—
(i)apply for a replacement card; or
(ii)ask the chief executive under section 304D to cancel the person’s working with children authority.

Maximum penalty—10 penalty units.

(2)An application under subsection (1)(b)(i) must be—
(a)made in the approved form and in an approved way; and
(b)accompanied by the prescribed fee for the application.
(3)The chief executive must—
(a)cancel the lost or stolen card; and
(b)if the person applied for a replacement card under subsection (1)(b)(i)—issue a replacement working with children card to the person.
(4)The chief executive must give written notice about the loss or theft of the lost or stolen card to the police commissioner.

s 347 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

sub 2019 No. 18s 55

amd 2020 No. 39s 70sch 1

348Replacement card for change of name or contact details

(1)This section applies to—
(a)a person who holds a working with children authority; or
(b)a person who holds a negative notice if the person has applied for the notice to be cancelled and the application has not been decided or withdrawn.
(2)If the person does any of the following (each a relevant change), the person must give the chief executive a notice, in the approved form and in an approved way, about the relevant change within 14 days after it happens—
(a)changes a name the person has previously given to the chief executive;
(b)starts to use a different name to the name or names the person has given to the chief executive;
(c)changes contact details previously given to the chief executive.

Maximum penalty—10 penalty units.

(3)If the chief executive considers it is appropriate to do so, the chief executive may issue a replacement working with children card to the person.
(4)If the chief executive issues a replacement working with children card to the person, the chief executive must cancel the person’s previously held card.

s 348 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

sub 2019 No. 18s 55

348A Requirement to return replaced card

(1)This section applies to a person who holds a working with children card (the replaced card) if the chief executive issues the person a further working with children card.
(2)The person must give the replaced card to the chief executive within 7 days after the further working with children card is issued, unless the person has a reasonable excuse.

Maximum penalty—10 penalty units.

s 348A ins 2019 No. 18s 55

Division 1A Change in regulated employment or regulated business

ch 8 pt 7 div 1A hdg ins 2019 No. 18s 55

349Holder must notify change of regulated employment or regulated business

(1)This section applies if a person who holds a working with children authority that is not suspended makes any of the following changes—
(a)the person ends regulated employment or changes the person’s employment and the new employment is regulated employment;
(b)the person stops carrying on a regulated business;
(c)the person starts carrying on another regulated business other than the regulated business the person was carrying on, or proposing to carry on, when the authority was issued.
(2)The person must give the chief executive a notice about the change, in the approved form and in an approved way, within 14 days after the change happens.

Maximum penalty—10 penalty units.

s 349 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2010 No. 33s 108; 2014 No. 28s 55

sub 2019 No. 18s 55

350Holder must notify change and pay prescribed application fee—volunteer or business carried on other than for financial reward

(1)This section applies if—
(a)a person holds a working with children clearance that is not suspended; and
(b)during the term of the clearance, the person is or was—
(i)employed in regulated employment only as a volunteer; or
(ii)carrying on a regulated business on a not-for-profit basis and not otherwise carrying on a regulated business; and
(c)either of the following changes happens—
(i)the person becomes employed in regulated employment other than as a volunteer;
(ii)the person starts carrying on a regulated business for financial reward.
(2)The person must, within 14 days after the change happens—
(a)give the chief executive a notice, in the approved form and in an approved way, about the change; and
(b)if the person is required to pay the prescribed application fee under subsection (3)—pay the prescribed application fee to the chief executive.

Maximum penalty—10 penalty units.

(3)The person must pay the prescribed application fee if the working with children check (general) application in relation to which the working with children clearance was issued was made on the basis that the person was—
(a)employed, or to be employed, in regulated employment as a volunteer; or
(b)carrying on, or proposing to carry on, a regulated business on a not-for-profit basis.
(4)If the chief executive considers it is appropriate to do so, the chief executive may issue the person—
(a)a new working with children clearance with a new term under section 231; or
(b)a replacement working with children card for the person’s clearance.
(5)If the chief executive issues a replacement working with children card, the chief executive must cancel the previously held card.

Note—

See section 348A for the person’s obligation to return the replaced card to the chief executive.
(6)In this section—
not-for-profit basis, for carrying on a regulated business, means the business is carried on other than for financial reward.
prescribed application fee means the prescribed fee for a working with children check (general) application made by a person for—
(a)for a person who gives a notice under subsection (2) for a change mentioned in subsection (1)(c)(i)—employment in regulated employment other than as a volunteer; or
(b)for a person who gives a notice under subsection (2) for a change mentioned in subsection (1)(c)(ii)—carrying on a regulated business for financial reward.

s 350 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

sub 2010 No. 33s 109

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

sub 2019 No. 18s 55

amd 2020 No. 39s 54

Division 1B Holder of working with children exemption stops being police officer or registered teacher

ch 8 pt 7 div 1B hdg ins 2019 No. 18s 55

350A Holder and notifiable persons notified about expiry of working with children exemption

(1)This section applies if a person who holds a working with children exemption—
(a)if the person was a police officer when the exemption was issued—stops being a police officer; or
(b)if the person was a registered teacher when the exemption was issued—stops being a registered teacher, including because the person’s registration is suspended under the Education (Queensland College of Teachers) Act 2005, section 48 or 49.
(2)The chief executive must give the person a written notice that states—
(a)the term of the person’s working with children exemption has ended under section 289(1); and
(b)the person must immediately return the person’s working with children card to the chief executive; and
(c)the person may make a working with children check (general) application, unless the person is a disqualified person.
(3)The person must give the person’s working with children card to the chief executive immediately after the chief executive gives the notice, unless the person has a reasonable excuse.

Maximum penalty—10 penalty units.

(4)The chief executive must give each notifiable person for the person a written notice that states the term of the person’s working with children exemption has ended because the person is no longer a police officer or registered teacher.

s 350A ins 2019 No. 18s 55

350B Effect of negative notice if holder no longer police officer or registered teacher

(1)This section applies if a person who holds a negative notice—
(a)if the person was a police officer when the negative notice was issued—stops being a police officer; or
(b)if the person was a registered teacher when the negative notice was issued—stops being a registered teacher, including because the person’s registration is suspended under the Education (Queensland College of Teachers) Act 2005, section 48 or 49.
(2)The person’s negative notice continues in effect as if it were a notice issued under section 220(3).

s 350B ins 2019 No. 18s 55

Division 2 Offences relating to false or misleading information

ch 8 pt 7 div 2 hdg ins 2010 No. 5s 58

351False or misleading disclosure

A person must not state anything to the chief executive for chapter 7 or this chapter that the person knows is false or misleading in a material particular.

Maximum penalty—100 penalty units or 2 years imprisonment.

s 351 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55

sub 2019 No. 18s 56

352False or misleading documents

(1)A person must not give the chief executive a document for chapter 7 or this chapter containing information the person knows is false or misleading in a material particular.

Maximum penalty—100 penalty units or 2 years imprisonment.

(2)Subsection (1) does not apply to a person if the person, when giving the document—
(a)tells the chief executive, to the best of the person’s ability, how it is false or misleading; and
(b)if the person has, or can reasonably obtain, the correct information—gives the correct information.

s 352 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55; 2019 No. 18s 57

Division 3 Review and appeal

ch 8 pt 7 div 3 hdg ins 2010 No. 5s 58

353Definitions for div 3

In this division—
chapter 8 reviewable decision, about a person, means—
(a)a decision of the chief executive as to whether or not there is an exceptional case for the person if, because of the decision, the chief executive—
(i)issued the person a negative notice; or
(ii)refused to cancel a negative notice issued to the person; or
(b)a decision of the chief executive that the person has been charged with a disqualifying offence if—
(i)because of the decision, the person’s working with children authority was suspended under section 296; and
(ii)the person claims he or she has not been charged with the disqualifying offence; and
(iii)the person has applied under section 300(1)(b) for the chief executive to decide whether to cancel the person’s suspended working with children authority and that application has been refused; or
(c)a decision of the chief executive that the person’s registration under the Education (Queensland College of Teachers) Act 2005 has been suspended under section 49 of that Act if—
(i)because of the decision, the person’s working with children authority was suspended under section 296; and
(ii)the person claims he or she is not the person whose registration under the Education (Queensland College of Teachers) Act 2005 has been suspended under section 49 of that Act; and
(iii)the person has applied under section 300(1)(b) for the chief executive to decide whether to cancel the person’s suspended working with children authority and that application has been refused; or
(d)a relevant disqualified person decision about the person if—
(i)because of the decision, the chief executive issued a negative notice to the person; and
(ii)the person claims he or she is not the person the subject of the conviction, reporting obligations or order in relation to which the decision was made; and
(iii)the person has applied under section 304G for the chief executive to cancel the negative notice and that application has been refused.

s 353 def chapter 8 reviewable decision amd 2014 No. 28s 55; 2019 No. 18s 86(1)sch 1

issue ...

s 353 def issue om 2019 No. 18s 86(1)sch 1

prescribed period, for a review of a chapter 8 reviewable decision about a person, means 28 days after the person is given notice of the following—
(a)
for a chapter 8 reviewable decision mentioned in definition chapter 8 reviewable decision, paragraph (a)—the decision;
(b)
for a chapter 8 reviewable decision mentioned in definition chapter 8 reviewable decision, paragraph (b) or (c)—the decision on the application mentioned in section 300(1)(b) about the suspension;
(c)
for a chapter 8 reviewable decision mentioned in definition chapter 8 reviewable decision, paragraph (d)—the decision on the application under section 304G about the negative notice.

s 353 def prescribed period amd 2019 No. 18s 86(1)sch 1

relevant disqualified person decision, for a person, means—
(a)a decision of the chief executive that the person has been or is convicted of a disqualifying offence for which an imprisonment order was or is imposed; or
(b)a decision of the chief executive that the person is subject to—
(i)offender reporting obligations; or
(ii)a final offender prohibition order; or
(iii)a disqualification order; or
(iv)a final sexual offender order; or
(c)a decision of the chief executive that the person is the respondent to an application for an offender prohibition order under the Offender Reporting Act.

s 353 def relevant disqualified person decision amd 2014 No. 28s 55; 2019 No. 18s 86(1)sch 1

s 353 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

354Person may apply for review of chapter 8 reviewable decision

(1)A person who is not a disqualified person may apply, within the prescribed period and as otherwise provided under the QCAT Act, to QCAT for a review of a chapter 8 reviewable decision.
(2)If a person applies under subsection (1) to have a chapter 8 reviewable decision reviewed, QCAT may not—
(a)stay the operation of the decision; or
(b)grant an injunction in the proceeding for the review.
(3)To remove any doubt, it is declared that there is no review or appeal under this Act in relation to a decision of the chief executive to issue a negative notice to a person, or refuse to cancel a person’s negative notice, other than because of a chapter 8 reviewable decision.

Note—

There is also no review or appeal in relation to a decision of the chief executive to refuse an eligibility application (see section 180(7)).
(4)This section does not limit section 307.

s 354 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55; 2019 No. 18s 86(1)sch 1

354A Stay of operation of particular decisions on application for review

(1)This section applies to a decision of QCAT, on an application for a review of a chapter 8 reviewable decision under section 354, to set aside an exceptional case decision.
(2)QCAT’s decision does not take effect until—
(a)the end of the period within which an appeal against QCAT’s decision may be started; or
(b)if an appeal against QCAT’s decision is started—the appeal is decided or withdrawn.
(3)This section applies despite the QCAT Act, sections 145 and 152.
(4)In this section—
exceptional case decision means a decision of the chief executive as to whether or not there is an exceptional case for a person if, because of the decision, the chief executive—
(a)issued a negative notice to the person; or
(b)refused to cancel the person’s negative notice.

s 354A ins 2019 No. 18s 58

355Effect of applicant for a review becoming a disqualified person

(1)This section applies if a disqualified person made an application under section 354 before the person became a disqualified person.
(2)The application and any proceeding in relation to the application must be dismissed—
(a)if a proceeding in relation to the application is before a court—by the court; or
(b)otherwise—by QCAT, even if the dismissal would be contrary to a direction of the Court of Appeal.
(3)Any appeal by the person from a decision of QCAT on the application must be dismissed.

s 355 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2013 No. 14s 54sch

Division 4 Other miscellaneous provisions

ch 8 pt 7 div 4 hdg ins 2010 No. 5s 58

356Compliance with requirement to end, or not start, a person’s regulated employment

(1)This section applies if it would be a contravention of a provision of chapter 7 or this chapter for a person (the employer) to employ, or continue to employ, another person (the employee) in regulated employment.
(2)The employer must comply with the provision despite another Act or law or any industrial award or agreement.
(3)The employer does not incur any liability because, in compliance with the provision, the employer does not employ, or continue to employ, the employee in regulated employment.
(4)A person whose working with children authority is suspended under section 296 may be employed in employment that is not regulated employment.

s 356 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2019 No. 18s 86(1)sch 1

357Disqualification order

(1)This section applies if a person is convicted of—
(a)a disqualifying offence and the court that convicts the person does not impose an imprisonment order for the offence; or
(b)another serious offence committed in relation to, or otherwise involving, a child.
(2)The court may, on application by the prosecutor or on its own initiative, make an order (a disqualification order) in relation to the person stating that—
(a)the person may not hold a working with children authority, or make a working with children check application, for a stated period; or
(b)the person may never hold a working with children authority or make a working with children check application.
(3)However, the court may make a disqualification order under subsection (2)(a) or (b) only if the court considers it would not be in the interests of children for the chief executive to issue a working with children authority to the person.
(4)The person against whom the disqualification order is made may appeal against the court’s decision under subsection (2) in the same way the person may appeal against the conviction.
(5)In this section—
Crown prosecutor includes—
(a)the Attorney-General; and
(b)the director of public prosecutions; and
(c)another person, other than a police officer, appearing for the State.
prosecutor means—
(a)in the context of a proceeding before, or an application to, a Magistrates Court or a Childrens Court—
(i)a police officer; or
(ii)a service legal officer within the meaning of the Police Service Administration Act 1990, section 10.24; or
(iii)a Crown prosecutor; or
(b)otherwise—a Crown prosecutor.

s 357 ins 2010 No. 5s 58

amd 2014 No. 28s 55; 2019 No. 18s 59

Chapter 8A Register of regulated persons who provide home-based care services

ch 8A hdg ins 2010 No. 33s 110

amd 2014 No. 28s 62

sub 2019 No. 18s 60

ch 8A pt 3 hdg ins 2010 No. 33s 110

om 2019 No. 18s 60

Part 1 Preliminary

ch 8A pt 1 hdg ins 2010 No. 33s 110

sub 2019 No. 18s 60

357A Definitions for chapter

In this chapter—

associated adult, of a regulated person for a home-based care service, see section 357D.
authorised user see section 357E.
foster or kinship care see section 357B(a).
home-based care service see section 357B.
home-based family day care service see section 357B(b).
home-based stand-alone care service see section 357B(c).
register means the register kept under section 357F.
regulated person see section 357C.

s 357A ins 2010 No. 33s 110

amd 2014 No. 28ss 61, 62, 63

sub 2019 No. 18s 60

357B Meaning of home-based care service

Each of the following services is a home-based care service
(a)care provided to a child by an approved foster carer, or approved kinship carer, under the Child Protection Act 1999 (foster or kinship care);
(b)care provided to a child as part of a family day care service provided in a family day care residence (home-based family day care service);
(c)a stand-alone service provided to a child in the home of a carer in relation to the service (home-based stand-alone care service).

s 357B ins 2010 No. 33s 110

sub 2019 No. 18s 60

357C Meaning of regulated person

A person is a regulated person for a home-based care service if the person is—
(a)for foster or kinship care—the approved foster carer, or approved kinship carer, under the Child Protection Act 1999 who provides the care; or
(b)for a home-based family day care service—a family day care educator, or family day care educator assistant, under the Education and Care Services National Law (Queensland) who provides the service; or
(c)for a home-based stand-alone care service—the carer, or a staff member, in relation to the service.

s 357C ins 2010 No. 33s 110

amd 2014 No. 28ss 61, 62

sub 2019 No. 18s 60

357D Meaning of associated adult of a regulated person

A person is an associated adult of a regulated person for a home-based care service if the person is—
(a)for a regulated person who is an approved foster carer or approved kinship carer under the Child Protection Act 1999—an adult member of the carer’s household under that Act; or
(b)for a regulated person who is a family day care educator or family day care educator assistant under the Education and Care Services National Law (Queensland) for a home-based family day care service—an adult occupant of the family day care residence from which the service is provided; or
(c)for a regulated person who is a carer or staff member for a home-based stand-alone care service—an adult occupant of the home from which the service is provided.

s 357D ins 2010 No. 33s 110

amd 2014 No. 28ss 61, 62, 64

sub 2019 No. 18s 60

357E Who is an authorised user

Each of the following is an authorised user
(a)the chief executive (child safety);
(b)the chief executive (education and care);
(c)the police commissioner;
(d)a police officer;
(e)the public guardian under the Public Guardian Act 2014;
(f)a person appointed under the Public Guardian Act 2014, section 109 as—
(i)a community visitor (child); or
(ii)both a community visitor (adult) and a community visitor (child); or
(iii)a child advocacy officer;
(g)an appropriately qualified public service employee authorised to access the register by the chief executive or a person mentioned in paragraph (a), (b) or (e);
(h)an appropriately qualified staff member under the Police Service Administration Act 1990 authorised to access the register by the police commissioner.

s 357E ins 2010 No. 33s 110

amd 2014 No. 28ss 61, 62, 65

sub 2019 No. 18s 60

Part 2 Register

ch 8A pt 2 hdg prev pt 2 hdg ins 2010 No. 33s 110

om 2019 No. 18s 60

pres pt 2 hdg ins 2019 No. 18s 60

357FRegister of regulated persons who provide home-based care service to children

(1)The chief executive must keep an up-to-date register of regulated persons who provide a home-based care service.
(2)The purpose of the register is to promote the safety of children by enabling authorised users to access up-to-date information about—
(a)a regulated person who provides a home-based care service; and
(b)each person who is an associated adult of the regulated person for the home-based care service.
(3)The chief executive may keep the register in the form the chief executive considers appropriate.

s 357F prev s 357F ins 2010 No. 33s 110

amd 2014 No. 28s 61

om 2019 No. 18s 60

pres s 357F ins 2019 No. 18s 60

357GContents of the register

(1)The register must contain the following information, to the extent the information is known by the chief executive, about each regulated person for a home-based care service—
(a)the information that is reasonably necessary to identify and contact the person, including, for example—
(i)full name and any former names or aliases; and
(ii)contact details; and
(iii)date and place of birth;
(b)the type of each home-based care service for which the person is, or has been, a regulated person;
(c)information about a working with children check application made by the person;
(d)information about a working with children authority the person holds or previously held;
(e)information about an associated adult of the person, including the information mentioned in paragraphs (a), (c) and (d) about the adult;
(f)other information prescribed by regulation about—
(i)the person; or
(ii)a home-based care service for which the person is, or has been, a regulated person; or
(iii)an associated adult of the person for a home-based care service mentioned in subparagraph (ii).
(2)The register may also contain—
(a)information mentioned in subsection (1) about a person who was, but is no longer—
(i)a regulated person for a home-based care service; or
(ii)an associated adult of a regulated person for a home-based care