Completing Your White Card in South Australia

Need to Complete Your White Card?

All South Australia green cards, at present, will be recognised in South Australia, but as each green card expires, holders must undergo additional training as required by the Code of Practice for Induction for Construction Work and get a new white card in South Australia.

What is a white card?

A White Card in South Australia is the term used to describe the card issued by a Registered Training Organization showing that the card holder has undergone basic construction induction training, the course “CPCCPHS1001AWork safely in the construction industry”.  People who enter construction sites in South Australia must have undertaken a white card course which is often called “White Card Training” and must show proof of such training.  The White Card is the new national standard card required for all construction workers replacing all old construction induction cards.

White Card South in Australia

Topics discussed in the white card training in South Australia include being able to identify and explain the role of OHS personnel, safety signs and symbols and procedures for reporting hazards, injuries and incidents as well as measures to be undertaken in case of emergency.   At the end of the training, the enrolee must be able to enumerate OHS legislative requirements, identify construction hazards and control measures, name communication and reporting processes and determine incident response procedures.

Who has to complete a white card?

As per the South Australian Code of Practice for Induction for Construction Work, the white card in South Australia is important for anyone in the construction industry, such as those who have control of construction projects like project supervisors, managers, engineers, principal contractors, builders; control of construction work like employers, self-employed persons, main contractors, sub-contractors; carry out construction work like employees, labour-hire workers, contractors.

Where can you complete a white card in South Australia?

Registered Training Organisations approved to deliver “White CardSouth Australian Training are listed in the Vocational Education and Training Sector website.   The course is called “CPCCPHS1001AWork safely in the construction industry”.

When it comes to online training, the construction industry in South Australia, through the SA Construction Industry Occupational Health and Safety Committee, is of the strong view that this type of training is susceptible to fraud and is therefore not always accepted in South Australia.  This view is supported by SafeWork SA and the Minister for Industrial Relations’ Advisory Committee which consider online training as inconsistent with the provision of the National Code of Practice for Induction for Construction Work, which states that the course “has a nominal duration of 6 hours face-to-face delivery”.

Can you complete a South Australian White Card Online?

There is a bit of inconstancy with the rules in South Australia, technically Safework SA is bound by the ‘Mutual Recognition Principles’ to accept all cards issued by any state in Australia – therefore a Safework SA Inspector will accept any card on site. However site managers have the ability to decide whether or not they will accept a white card issued by any other state (and potentially online).

This means that construction site managers may refuse entry to a person who finished the course online or require further training in a face-to-face setting.

How long does it take to complete the white card course in South Australia?

If the White Card course is to be undertaken face-to-face, it takes about 6 hours to complete, including registration time and break time.  If taken online, it takes about 2-4 hours in one sitting, but you can have breaks and resume where you left off.

How much does it cost to complete the course?

A White Card in South Australia  costs around $40-$80 depending on the training provider you use. Make sure you do a little bit of research for find the training provider who offers you the best value.

What is the minimum age to complete the course?

Anyone over 14 years of age can enrol and complete the White Card in South Australia.  Simply present identification like a birth certificate or a citizenship certificate or a driver’s licence or a learner driver’s licence when registering.

  1. Joel Brodie DriverJoel Brodie Driver11-13-2012

    I’ve lost my white card, was just wondering how to get it back or if there is anything I can do? thankyou.

    • adminadmin11-14-2012

      Hi Joel,

      Thanks for stopping by our site. You can definitely replace your white card – however according to Safe Work South Australia – you will need to contact the registered training organisation that you completed the course with in order to get a replacement. Hope this information helps.

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