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. 

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 ndustry 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:

STATE ACCEPTS ONLINE WHITE CARDS?* OFFICIAL SITE LINK WE ISSUE
NSW

YES. NSW Worksafe Website states:

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Construction workers can work in NSW using construction induction cards issued by other states and territories. See this fact sheet for more information.”

Source:  NSW Worksafe webpage.

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WA

YES. WA Worksafe Website states:“Across all States and Territories, including here in WA, both types of cards [ie old Blue Cards, and new White Cards] are accepted by the regulatory authority as evidence that induction training has been completed.”

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VIC

YES. Victoria Worksafe Website states:“An employer must accept any of the following things as evidence that the worker has done construction induction training:

  • a construction induction card issued by WorkSafe following successful completion of induction training by an RTO
  • a ‘red card’, which shows that the person completed the previous Victorian Construction Industry Basic Induction Course, which existed before 1 July 2008. Red cards remain valid after 1 July 2008, and do not need to be transferred to construction induction cards
  • a construction statement of attainment issued by an RTO, pending processing of a construction induction card, or
  • recognised evidence of construction induction training (e.g. a statement or card issued under similar requirements in another Australian state or territory).”

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TAS

YES. Workplace Standards Tasmania Website States:“In order to be recognised in Tasmania you will:

  • need to have successfully completed the national training unit CPCCOHS1001A
  • hold a current and valid general construction induction card from another jurisdiction

You will not need

  • to undertake general induction training for construction work in Tasmania
  • to obtain a Tasmanian white card”

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ACT

YES. The WorkCover / WorkSafe ACT Website states:“If a person already holds a construction induction card issued in another State or Territory, there is no need to undergo further training, nor is there a need to transfer the card to an ACT card.The below table shows the induction cards across Australia that are accepted as current in the ACT. If you have any of the cards that are marked with a tick, then you do not need to obtain an ACT Construction Induction Card.

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QLD

YES. The Workplace Health and Safety Queensland Website states:“Queensland recognises construction induction cards from all states and territories (excluding NT who do not currently have a regulatory requirement for construction induction training).This means that interstate construction induction cards are recognised as evidence of meeting requirements for general health and safety induction training for construction work under the Workplace Health and Safety Regulation 2008.A person holding a current general construction induction card from another jurisdiction will not need to undertake general induction training for construction work in Queensland and will not need to obtain a Queensland construction induction card.Queensland construction induction cards (including the former ‘blue’ cards) are also accepted throughout Australia.”

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NT

YES NT Worksafe Website states:

“A person holding a current and valid general construction induction card from another jurisdiction will not need to undertake general induction training for construction work in the NT and will not need to obtain a NT white card. NT WorkSafe will deem these cards as equivalent to the NT construction induction scheme and accept them as proof of general induction in NT as per the NT Code.

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SA

YES: Safework SA Website states in their Frequently Asked Question and Answer section:

“Q:  There are ‘White Cards’ issued in all Australian States being presented on South Australian worksites. Are interstate cards accepted in South Australia?

A:  Yes. WHS Regulation 318-Recognition of general construction induction training cards issued in other jurisdictions clearly states that all construction induction training cards issued in other jurisdictions are valid.

SafeWork SA Inspectors accept all cards presented to them on construction sites irrespective of where the card had been issued. PCBUs in control of construction work are obliged to accept all white cards.

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*All information is drawn from official websites, however as these websites are subject to change without notice, WhiteCardOnline does not take responsibility for information which may be changed from a day to day basis.