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, work health and safety (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.
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.