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What is a Blue White Card in Australia

What is a Blue-White Card in Australia?

Western Australia and Queensland’s local health and safety regulators issued blue cards before the white ones. It signifies the completion of the general construction induction training. But WHS regulators stopped issuing them, and white cards took over. Both states still recognise the blue card, and other territories may accept it as valid in their area if the construction worker uses it according to its terms and conditions. If you are holding a blue-white card, read further to learn how it differs from the others.

What are the Health and Safety Cards in Western Australia?

Construction workers in Western Australia have either a blue or white card.

What is a Blue Card in Western Australia?

WorkSafe Western Australia issued the blue card until September 2009. It shows a unique number, issue date, holder’s name, and signature.

WorkSafe Western Australia issued the blue card until September 2009. It shows a unique number, issue date, holder's name, and signature.

Western Australia and New South Wales governments continue to recognise the blue cards.

What is a White Card in Western Australia?

WorkSafe Western Australia replaced blue cards with white ones in 2009. It has the exact details as the previous one and proves that its holder completed the training the National Code requires.

WorkSafe Western Australia replaced blue cards with white ones in 2009. It has the exact details as the previous one and proves that its holder completed the training the National Code requires.

Western Australia and New South Wales also recognise the white card.

What are the Health and Safety Cards in Queensland Australia?

The Queensland government issued a blue card before and later replaced it with a white one.

What is a Blue Card in Queensland Australia?

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland issued blue cards until June 30, 2009. The government regards it as proof of completion in general construction induction training. Aside from the basic information, it also shows the details of the Registered Training Organisation that conducted the course.

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland issued blue cards until June 30, 2009. The government regards it as proof of completion in general construction induction training. Aside from the basic information, it also shows the details of the Registered Training Organisation that conducted the course.

Queensland recognises it, and New South Wales accepts only those the WHSQ, Department of Employment and Industrial Relations issued.

What is a White Card in Queensland Australia?

Queensland also replaced blue cards with white ones. It proves to complete general construction induction training under the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011. It shows the same information on the blue card.

Queensland also replaced blue cards with white ones. It proves to complete general construction induction training under the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011. It shows the same information on the blue card.

Queensland and New South Wales also accept the white card. 

What are the Other Health and Safety Cards in Australia?

There are other versions and colours of the white cards in other states. There is a slight difference between white cards and other health & safety certifications regarding appearance. But they all indicate that its holder completed the required training before they can carry out work.

Who Issues Blue and White Cards in Australia?

Only the local work health and safety regulators may issue blue, white, and other cards to construction workers. The government agencies enforce Safework’s national employee health, safety, and compensation policies. Further information about them is available on the website of Safework.

Who Conducts the Training for Blue and White Cards in Australia?

The above sample blue and white card shows information about Registered Training Organisations. These RTOs are approved to deliver general construction induction training as they have a scope that meets the national and jurisdictional legislation. One is Accredited Short Courses (RTO NO 21903) which has been delivering courses since 2007.

Who are Accredited Short Courses (RTO NO 21903)?

Accredited Short Courses (RTO NO 21903) was established in 2007 under The Australian Skills Quality Authority. ASQA is the national regulator of the vocational education and training (VET) sector.

What Training Does Accredited Short Courses (RTO NO 21903) Deliver for a Blue-White Card in Australia?

Accredited Short Courses (RTO NO 21903) is approved to deliver the current white card course, CPCWHS1001- Prepare to work safely in the construction industry. It has a training location in the following areas:

  • Melbourne
  • Laverton
  • Sydney
  • Liverpool
  • Parramatta

It applies to New South Wales and Victoria WHS regulators, which started to generate construction induction cards in white backgrounds.

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

The national policy is for Registered Training Organisations to deliver the white card courses for at least 6 hours. Accredited Short Courses (RTO NO 21903) allows another 15 minutes for the pre-registration and 30 minutes for the lunch break.

How Much is the Training for a White Card in Australia?

Registered training organisations set their own price for the course. Accredited Short Courses (RTO NO 21903) offers it at only $140 to make the white card training affordable to everyone. Other companies may set a price of more than $200.

Conclusion

The Western Australia and Queensland governments issued blue cards until 2009. Both states’ work health and safety regulators replaced it with a white card. Both territories and other jurisdictions may accept the blue card if used accordingly. Many other states issued another colour of cards, too, but many generate white cards now. Registered Training Organisations such as Accredited Short Courses (RTO NO 21903) are the only ones approved to deliver the unit. They are the same organisations that apply to the WHS regulators for a white card generation of those who successfully completed the training.