Indigenous people with a criminal history denied the right to work with children in Queensland would have their cases reconsidered by their peers, under a bill before state parliament.
The Blue Card system allows Queenslanders to work with young people in child care, education, sport, cultural activities and foster care.
The bill aims to amend working-with-children laws to delegate decision-making powers to Indigenous community leaders in cases of community members with records.
Proponent Rob Katter from Katter's Australian Party said in many instances explicit barriers to securing employment were created in cases where individuals posed no threat to children.
State government data shows people who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander accounted for five per cent of all Blue Card applicants between 2017 and 2020.
But they made up 22 per cent of rejected applicants.
Mr Katter said while some Indigenous people will still be restricted from getting Blue Cards, the bill could change outcomes for others with minor misdemeanours.
"The Blue Card (restrictions) imposed by the government has created a situation where many of those people trying to turn their life around ... they either can't get the blue card or it takes them 12 months," he said.
"Overwhelmingly, this overreach has a detrimental impact on Indigenous communities where work opportunities are scarce, and more often than not are government roles which demand Blue Cards."
The state government recognises Indigenous people can face barriers when applying for the cards.
But Attorney-General Shannon Fentiman said a strategy is already in place to support applicants under the Safe Children Strong Communities plan launched in June.
"Our aim is to improve employment opportunities and make kinship care more accessible while continuing to have strong checks in place for the safety of children," Ms Fentiman said in a statement.
Blue Card's team includes Indigenous liaison officers to help with assessments and provided remote communities with one-on-one support, including for applications.
This is the third time the Katter party has tabled the bill in parliament.
"It's about delivering autonomy back to those communities and helping them mature and empowering them to govern as they should be," Mr Katter said.