Before anyone can work on an Australian construction site, they must have attained White Card accreditation.
Issued by Registered Training Organisations (RTOs), White Card holders have successfully completed a general induction training course that provides basic knowledge of construction work (3.18), work health and safety (2.0) (WHS) laws, common site hazards and how to control the associated risks.
WHS Inspectors from SafeWork SA may ask construction workers to provide their White Card for inspection, and ask the PCBU to show their induction training or other worker competency records.
A Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBUs) in control of construction sites in South Australia are obliged to accept interstate White Cards under WHS Regulation 318 - Recognition of general construction induction training cards issued in other jurisdictions.
All cards issued after 1 July 2011 have photographic ID. Cards issued before that date (without photo ID) remain acceptable. A person in control of a construction site may ask a worker to undertake refresher training if they consider it necessary, in which case a new card and photo ID will be issued by the RTO.
Although White Cards carry SafeWork SA's name, trainee records are kept by individual RTOs. If you lose your card you can seek a replacement from the RTO where you completed your original training. This may incur a fee.
The National Register of Vocational Education and Training provides a list of RTOs approved to deliver White Card training. The course reference is CPCCWHS1001 - Prepare to work safely in the construction industry.
To conduct White Card training in South Australia RTOs must apply for the specified training unit from the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), the national authority that oversees and regulates RTO operations.
When the course details are listed on the ASQA website and the RTO demonstrates that they meet the necessary conditions and criteria, they may enter into an agreement with SafeWork SA to issue White Cards.
SafeWork SA does not manage a database of people who hold White Cards in SA - individual RTOs keep their own trainee records.
To supplement the White Card other induction training can be provided:
- to give workers knowledge of health and safety issues and safe work practices specific to a particular workplace or work site.
- to help workers understand how to safely undertake a specific task.
The Construction Industry Training Board provides specialised training and skills development relevant to construction work and partially funds activities associated with training people to work in the building and construction industry.