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If you, or your employees, are doing work on an Australian construction site, you may be asked to produce White Card accreditation (general construction induction training).

Under WH&S Regulations, a PCBU (person conducting a business or undertaking) must not allow a worker to carry out construction work unless the worker has completed the general construction induction training, which is recognised by the issue of the “White Card”. Cards issued in other jurisdictions are also required to be recognised.

“Construction work" means any work carried out in connection with the construction, alteration, conversion, fitting-out, commissioning, renovation, repair, maintenance, and refurbishment, demolition, decommissioning or dismantling of a structure. This includes the following:

  • any installation or testing carried out in connection with an activity referred to above;
  • the removal from the workplace of any product or waste resulting from demolition;
  • the prefabrication or testing of elements, at a place specifically established for the construction work, for use in construction work;
  • the assembly of prefabricated elements to form a structure, or the disassembly of prefabricated elements forming part of a structure;
  • the installation, testing or maintenance of an essential service in relation to a structure;
  • any work connected with an excavation;
  • any work connected with any preparatory work or site preparation (including landscaping as part of site preparation) carried out in connection with an activity referred to above;
  • an activity referred to above, that is carried out on, under or near water, including work on buoys and obstructions to navigation.

If you are doing work that may fall within the above definitions, then you may be required to hold a White Card before completing any work, and to produce it to WHS Inspectors on request.

Training and issue or cards is conducted by approved Registered Training Organisations.

It does not include the following:

  • the manufacture of plant;
  • the prefabrication of elements, other than at a place specifically established for the construction work, for use in construction work;
  • the construction or assembly of a structure that once constructed or assembled is intended to be transported to another place;
  • testing, maintenance or repair work of a minor nature carried out in connection with a structure;
  • mining or the exploration for or extraction of minerals.

A list of approved RTO’s who can provide a White Card is on the SafeWork SA website, which you can access by clicking here.

If you would like any more information on White Cards please contact the WR team on (08) 8291 2000 or via email by clicking here.