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Does the White Card Cover all of Australia

Does the White Card Cover all of Australia?

A white card may cover all of Australia since the states may accept it if its issuer recognises it and the construction workers use it accordingly. Local work health and safety regulators generate state-wide white cards according to their own legislative requirements. But all of these white cards indicate completion of the general construction induction training. The below discussion includes information on which territories announced an acceptance of interstate white cards.

What are the White Cards in Australia?

The following states in Australia have their own white cards that indicate completion of the general construction induction training.

The following states in Australia have their own white cards that indicate completion of the general construction induction training.

New South Wales White Card

All states in Australia recognise the NSW GIT cards issued from 1 September 2009 to 31 December 2011. In contrast, Western Australia does not accept those issued between 29 March 2004 and 31 August 2009.

Australian Capital Territory White Card

New South Wales also recognises the Australian Capital Territory cards as proof that its holder meets the requirements of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011.

Northern Territory White Card

The Northern Territory Construction induction cards are recognised state-wide and indicate compliance with the National Code.

Tasmania White Card

The Tasmanian construction induction cards are valid in the area. It has a unique number and shows the Workplace Standards Tasmania logo.

Western Australia White Card

Construction workers who hold a Western Australia white card may use it for work in the state. The territory also accepts the blue cards issued until 2009. 

South Australia White Card

SafeWork SA issues White Cards upon submission of records presenting proof of completing the general construction induction training. It is valid in the state and shows details of the cardholder, issue date, and RTO identification number.

Queensland White Card

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland issues white cards to those who comply with the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011. The government acknowledges it as valid in the state along with the older blue-white card.

Victoria White Card

WorkSafe Victoria started to generate white cards in the state in July 2008, and is valid in the territory. It also had red cards, which the Victorian government still recognises today.

Are White Cards from the Other States Valid Everywhere in Australia?

The states may have their own legislation on using white cards from other states. For instance, New South Wales recognises any GIT cards under previous or current arrangements if its issuer also acknowledges it as valid. As long as it is not cancelled, suspended, or expired and its holder did not stop carrying out construction work for more than 2 years.

It is best to verify with a local work health and safety regulator if they accept your white card as valid in their territory. Safework’s website has information on the contact details of all the regulators in Australia. The government agency outlines national policies for the workers’ health, safety, and compensation, such as induction training.

How to Get a White Card in Australia?

Local governments issue white cards to those who complete the general construction induction training. Registered Training Organisations such as the Accredited Short Courses (RTO NO 21903) are approved to deliver this unit.

What is the Unit for a White Card in Australia?

Training.gov.au’s mapping for the white card course indicates that its current code is the CPCWHS1001- Prepare to work safely in the construction industry. The same website lists the RTOs who may deliver it at a fee. 

How Much is a White Card in Australia?

The local work health and safety regulators do not charge a fee for generating white cards. But the course costs up to $200+ depending on the RTO. Accredited Short Courses (RTO NO 21903) keeps its overheads low, making the training affordable and offering it at only $140.

How Long Is the Training for a White Card in Australia?

The national policy is for the general construction induction training to have at least 6 hours of training. Accredited Short Courses (RTO NO 21903) complies with this and provides additional pre-registration and lunch break time.

The national policy is for the general construction induction training to have at least 6 hours of training. Accredited Short Courses (RTO NO 21903) complies with this and provides additional pre-registration and lunch break time.

Where is the Training for a White Card in Australia?

There are many training locations for a white card in Australia. Accredited Short Courses (RTO NO 21903) delivers the white card course in the following areas:

  • Melbourne
  • Laverton
  • Sydney
  • Liverpool
  • Parramatta

The above training locations are accessible via public transport.

Conclusion

Interstate white cards may not cover all of Australia. But many local work health and safety regulators may acknowledge white cards that other jurisdictions issue. As long as it is valid in their area and the construction worker uses it accordingly. You must complete general construction induction training to get a white card. Registered Training Organisations such as the Accredited Short Courses (RTO NO 21903) deliver it at a fee. Many training locations throughout Australia hold the course of at least 6 hours.