Is a White Card recognised in
any State in Australia?
There appears to be a lot of confusion for those who have to complete their white card, whether or not the white card is truly recognised in any state in Australia. This is of particular importance for those who want to complete the white card online.
So is it recognised nationally, whether completed online or not? Technically yes it is. In every state in Australia Safework Inspectors will accept any white card as long as it is valid – no matter how they completed their training. However, the issues arise in some states when site managers do not accept online training, and this mainly happens in South Australia.
Technically Safework SA is bound by the ‘Mutual Recognition Principles’ to accept all cards issued by any state in Australia, so from my understanding you will never be fined or deemed to have an invalid white card just because you completed it in another state or online (from the inspectors perspective). Checkout exactly what the worksafe SA site states
“It is up to the Construction Site Manager to decide whether or not to accept a card issued by any jurisdiction.
“Construction site managers in South Australia may choose to refuse entry to a person, or require a person to undertake further training if the person has not undertaken face-to-face training.”
SafeWork SA is bound by ‘Mutual Recognition Principles’ to accept all cards issued by any jurisdiction, therefore a SafeWork SA Inspector will accept any card onsite”
For more information about the rules in South Australia click here.
So let’s break it down by state.
Is a White Card Nationally Recognised?
South Australia: Yes. Online White Cards or White Card completed in other states are accepted by SA Worksafe inspectors. However they can potentially be rejected by site managers (see above). More Information on their site.
Queensland: Yes. Online White Cards or White Cards completed in other states are accepted. More Information
The Workplace Health and Safety Queensland Website states:
A person holding a current general construction induction card from another jurisdiction will not need to undertake general induction training for construction work in Queensland and will not need to obtain a Queensland construction induction card.
Western Australia: Yes. Online White Cards or White Cards completed in another state are recognised. Find Out More
WA Worksafe Website States:
“Across all States and Territories, including here in WA, both types of cards [ie old Blue Cards, and new White Cards] are accepted by the regulatory authority as evidence that induction training has been completed.”
Victoria: Yes. Online White Cards or White Cards completed in another state are accepted. Find Out More
Victorian Worksafe Website States:
“An employer must accept any of the following things as evidence that the worker has done construction induction training:
- a construction induction card issued by WorkSafe following successful completion of induction training by an RTO
- a ‘red card’, which shows that the person completed the previous Victorian Construction Industry Basic Induction Course, which existed before 1 July 2008. Red cards remain valid after 1 July 2008, and do not need to be transferred to construction induction cards
- a construction statement of attainment issued by an RTO, pending processing of a construction induction card, or
- recognised evidence of construction induction training (e.g a statement or card issued under similar requirements in another Australian state or territory).”
New South Wales: Yes. White Cards issued under any state or territory or online is accepted in NSW. More Information on their site.
NSW Worksafe Website States:
“construction workers can work in NSW using valid construction induction cards issued by all states and territories under the National Code of Practice for Induction for Construction Work”
Northern Territory: Yes. White Cards completed in another state or online white cards are accepted in NT.
NT Worksafe Website states:
“A person holding a current and valid general construction induction card from another jurisdiction will not need to undertake general induction training for construction work in the NT and will not need to obtain a NT white card. NT WorkSafe will deem these cards as equivalent to the NT construction induction scheme and accept them as proof of general induction in NT as per the NT Code.”
Australian Capital Territory: Yes. Interstate white cards are accepted as well as those completed online as long as the RTO has the competency unit “Work Safely in the construction industry” added to their scope of registration. Find Out More
The WorkSafe ACT/WorkCover
“Construction Induction Training is a nationally accredited competency unit known as “Work safely in the construction industry”.
The competency unit is approximately six hours in duration, and can only be delivered by Registered Training Organisations (RTO) that have the competency unit “Work safely in the construction industry” added to their scope of registration.”
Tasmania. Yes Interstate and Online White Cards will be accepted in Tasmania.
Workplace Standards Tasmania Website States:
“In order to be recognised in Tasmania you will
- need to have successfully completed the national training unit CPCCOHS1001A
- hold a current and valid general construction induction card from another jurisdiction”
When it comes to training which is required by law it is really important to make sure you get it right. Not only to ensure you are compliant with work safe but to ensure that you stay safe on a construction site. The information provided for you above is purely a guide and has been gathered from numerous websites to provide you with as much information as possible. We fully recommend that you checkout the websites which we have linked to above to find out the rules for your particular state or territory in which you want to work. And make sure you choose a training provider who is recognised in the state you want to work in. Your white card will be accepted by the authorities if you choose to work in another state however it is always recommended that you get your white card from a training provider who is recognised in your state.
Hope this helps and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to send them through.