Workers must have a construction induction card (White Card) before starting any work on a construction site. Workers must show their white card to the PCBU on the site and to any inspectors who ask to see it.
White cards are recognised Australia-wide.
Editors note: you can only complete White Card training and get your USI if you are physically in Australia!
First step is to create a USI number (Unique Student Identifier), which is free and required to complete all white card training courses (all states). To get your number, visit https://www.usi.gov.au/students/create-your-usi. The USI is linked to your passport number and visa.
I spoke to Blue Dog Training and there is no way to get a White Card from NZ. However, once you have your USI, you can complete the training in one day either in person or online. Access to the online test is restricted to Australia (you will not be able to access from anywhere outside OZ).
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A white card in Australia is a certification that is required for anyone who wants to work in the construction industry. It is also known as a Construction Induction Card or a General Construction Induction Card.
The white card is issued after completing a training course that covers topics such as workplace health and safety, hazard identification, and risk management.
It is mandatory for anyone who wants to work on a construction site in Australia, including workers, supervisors, and managers.
The White Card training is aimed at all workers who will be working in the construction industry:
During the course, you will be trained to:
To get a white card in Australia, you must complete a construction induction training course. This course is also known as the White Card course. You can complete this course online or in person through a registered training organization (RTO).
The course covers workplace health and safety, hazard identification, and risk management. Once you have completed the course, you will receive a White Card, a nationally recognized certification allowing you to work on construction sites in Australia.
Please note you can only take the White Card training online from certain states.
To complete your White Card you must:
Depending on the state, each state has a different course. Below is an information guide on each state/territory:
White Card training costs between $35-$220. Prices vary depending on where and with whom you are completing the course. Whether it is face-to-face, online or virtual classroom (Zoom) delivery.
Many websites and companies offer this training online. One of the main providers are Express Online Training (RTO 40592), which offers the White Card online course for $44 (valid for WA, TAS). Also available for QLD, NSW at higher costs.
To obtain a white card in Australia, you will be tested on your knowledge of workplace health and safety, including identifying and reporting hazards, understanding safety signs and symbols, and following safe work practices. You will also need to demonstrate an understanding of the responsibilities of employers and employees in maintaining a safe work environment.
You must be able to:
And demonstrate correct fitting to themselves the PPE listed below:
It is important to choose a reputable provider that is accredited by the relevant state or territory authority. Make sure you search online for reviews and ratings of different providers to help you make an informed decision. There are some online scan providers.
You have to create a USI number (Unique Student Identifier), which is free and required for the completion of the course. To get your number, visit https://www.usi.gov.au/students/create-your-usi. The USI is linked to your passport number and visa. You can only get your USI if you are in Australia.
You must create a USI account online and provide the necessary identification documents. You can contact the USI support team for assistance if you have any issues or questions.
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