Charge of an offence means a charge in any form, including:
- a charge on arrest
- a notice to appear served under the Police Powers and Responsibilities Act 2000, section 382
- a complaint under the Justices Act 1886
- a charge by a court under the Justices Act 1886, section 42(1A) or another provision of an Act
- an indictment.
Charge for an offence, in relation to a charge made outside Queensland, means any allegation of an offence made in a way that is the same, or substantially the same, as a charge under the law of Queensland.
Convicted of an offence means being found guilty of the offence, on a plea of guilty or otherwise, whether or not a conviction is recorded.
Criminal history of a mature age applicant means:
- every conviction of the person for an offence, in Queensland or elsewhere, at any time
- every charge for an offence made against the person, in Queensland or elsewhere, at any time.
For a mature age applicant or a mature age student 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.
Mature age applicant
A mature age person who is not yet actively enrolled in a mature age state school.
Mature age student
A mature age student is a person who is 18 years or older and enrolled in a mature age state school.
Note: A person is not required to apply as a mature age student where the person:
- turns 18 years of age whilst they are still at school
- was previously enrolled in a state school or non-state school (and on the day of enrolment was under 18 years of age), and the period between their last day of attendance at their previous school and the proposed first day of attendance at the mature age state school is not more than 12 months (which may need to be verified with previous school)
- holds a student visa (certified copy of visa is required)
- wishes to enrol at a school of distance education or a special school.
Mature age applicant criminal history check
A mature age state school Principal must, before deciding on an application for enrolment from a mature age applicant, ask the police commissioner for a written report about the mature age applicant’s criminal history.
Mature age state school
Mature age state schools are state schools as prescribed in the Education (General Provisions) Regulation 2006 as a mature age state school.
Prior to 27 January 2015, a Positive Notice was a notice issued to mature age applicants when they were declared to be a suitable person to enrol as a mature age student of a state school.
A Positive Notice remains current for a period of six months after it is issued.
Proof of identity
Mature age applicants must provide documentation, which proves their true identity. One of the following forms of identification must be supplied to the mature age state school (copies will be made at the school or certified copies will be accepted):
- current Driver’s Licence
- current Proof of Age Card (18+ card)
- current passport including photograph and signature.
Serious offences are defined in Section 167 and Schedule 2 or 3, column 1 (subject to any qualification described in column 3) of the Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) Act 2000. It may include offences of violence, sex offences or offences involving drugs.
A summary of current serious offences can also be found on the Blue Card Services website.
The Principal of a mature age state school must consider whether the mature age applicant would, if enrolled at the school, pose an unacceptable risk to the safety or wellbeing of members of the school community.