|IMPORTANT OVERVIEW AND CONTEXT:|
Commonwealth, State and Territory governments have been working on national standards and training for many years. This work has resulted in a number of agreements and arrangements that have led to the current white card initiative. The Commonwealth, States and Territories are working on further common Occupational Health and Safety arrangements for laws, regulations and Codes of Practice, to be consistent across all States and Territories.
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The national approach to construction and building industry safety induction is an early piece of work that will fit within the umbrella of this national approach.
The national approach for construction and building industry consists of a number of elements, including:
The benefit of the national approach for employees is that once the qualifications have been obtained, people can work in any State or Territory in Australia. There is no need for re-qualification or paying additional fees or charges to work in another State or Territory.
Employers also benefit by being confident in new and current employees having attained a satisfactory understanding of risk issues in the industry and that the understanding is shared across the whole workplace. This is even more important where an employer works across sites in more than one State or Territory.
DELIVERY ON THE NATIONAL APPROACH
WHITECARD AUSTRALIA, by being available nationally with a consistent approach, delivers on the national approach and offers the greatest potential for common knowledge and industry standards.
As we take a national approach, the knowledge, skills and competencies are of national standard, and capable of being used locally or in any State and Territory. The whitecard is evidence of having undertaken the necessary training and achieved the necessary competency to be of the whitecard standard.
Below we provide more detailed information relating to each of the individual States: