Construction workers in the ACT require a General Construction Induction Card (White Card) when working on a construction site.
The Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 requires that a person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure workers have successfully completed general construction induction training before starting construction work. Each construction worker must hold:
WorkSafe ACT considers it best practice for owner builders to have a construction induction card, as one way of demonstrating that they have received adequate training in complying with their primary duty of care under the Act.
After successfully completing the General Construction Induction Training, the registered training organisation will issue the person with certification. The person must then apply for a General Construction Induction Card within 60 days.
You can apply for a general construction induction card online.
You may apply to replace your lost, stolen or damaged card by completing the replacement card application form and paying the prescribed fee.
If your card was not issued in the ACT please do not complete this form. If you continue you will forfeit any fees paid. Please contact Access Canberra on (02) 6207 8096 should you wish to confirm your registration or licence status in the ACT.
General Construction Induction Training is a nationally accredited competency unit known as "Work safely in the construction industry".
The competency unit is a formal face to face training program that provides workers in the construction industry with an awareness and understanding of:
The competency unit "Work safely in the construction industry" is approximately six hours in duration, and can only be delivered by a registered training organisation registered with the Australian Skills Quality Authority having the scope to train the specified competency unit, "Work safely in the construction industry" in the ACT.
This training must be completed face to face through a registered training organisation and within 60 days prior to applying for a General Construction Induction Card. The ACT does not accept online training.
After successfully completing the General Construction Induction Training, the registered training organisation will issue the person with certification. The person must then apply to Access Canberra for a General Construction Induction Card within 60 days of the certification being issued.
A list of registered training organisations that are registered to provide training for general construction induction in the ACT can be found at www.training.gov.au.
Within 24 hours of making an application using the online application above (except where applications made on weekends or public holidays), your application will be assigned to an assessment officer.
The assessment officer will review your application and contact you if some of the required information is missing. If all the required information has been provided in the application, a decision will be made within two business days of receiving your application. You can expect a card to be posted to you within that week.
Once you have made an application to be issued a General Construction Induction Card and while the application is being processed, the receipt for the application and the certification will be sufficient for a person to commence work on a construction site, until such time a card is issued. If for any reason an application for General Construction Induction Card is not approved, or the card is cancelled or suspended, the person must stop work immediately.
No. You will be posted your General Construction Induction Card once you application has been approved.
The General Construction Induction Card does not expire. Once issued it is valid indefinitely, unless the card is cancelled by the Regulator.
You will need to consult with the registered training organisation who provided your training. A statement from the registered training organisation confirming that you have successfully completed General Construction Induction Training can be accepted for an application for a General Construction Induction Card.
The General Construction Induction Card is recognised nationally. Once you have been issued with a General Construction Induction Card, the card is automatically recognised for construction work in any state or territory of Australia. It is important to note that each state and territory may differ in the requirements to have your General Construction Induction Card available for inspection. You should review the relevant legislation to the state or territory you wish to work in, prior to commencing work.
You will need to contact the state or territory that the card was first issued in. Each state or territory may have different requirements and processes for replacing a white card and therefore it is always a good idea to call prior to making an application.
The fee as of 1 July 2016 is $37.00.
Replacements of lost, stolen or damaged cards also invokes a $37.00 fee. You are able to apply for a replacement card by completing the replacement card application form.
For training costs please contact the relevant RTO.
A worker carrying out construction work must keep available for inspection by a WorkSafe ACT inspector, his or her general construction induction training card or if a decision hasn't yet been made on their application for the general construction induction training card, a copy of the general induction training certification held by the worker. Failure to do so could result in the issuing by a WorkSafe ACT inspector of an Infringement Notice
Access Canberra may cancel a general construction induction training card it has issued if it is satisfied that the cardholder, when applying for the card, gave information that was false or misleading in a material particular or failed to give information that should have been given or produced a general construction induction training certification that had been obtained on the basis of the giving of false or misleading information by any person or body.
If the worker receives a cancellation notice, they must return the card as requested in the notice. The Regulation recognise that a general construction induction card can be issued in different jurisdictions under their work health and safety legislation. Where a worker holds a card that is issued in a different jurisdiction to where the work is being carried out, then the card is recognised as being valid as long as it is used in accordance with the terms and conditions under which it was granted. However, this does not apply if the card has been suspended, cancelled or has expired.
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Phone: 13 22 81 - Access Canberra
Mail: GPO Box 158, Canberra City ACT 2601