Construction induction

All states and territories have agreed to implement the National Code of Practice for Induction for Construction Work (PDF 399KB) which has been declared by Safe Work Australia.

National Code of Practice for Induction for Construction Work
National 'White Card'
National unit of competency
Training delivery arrangements
Current mutual recognition arrangements
State and territory information

National Code of Practice for Induction for Construction Work

All states and territories have agreed to implement the National Code of Practice for Induction for Construction Work (PDF 399KB) which has been declared by Safe Work Australia.

This will result in a nationally consistent approach to construction induction training given to workers across Australia. It will also mean that building and construction workers who have completed the induction training will be recognised nationally.

The code of practice replaces a multitude of state systems currently in operation with a single national approach. The code provides guidance on the recommended induction training required to ensure construction workers gain awareness and understanding of common hazards on construction sites and how they should be managed.

The code is supported by a national unit of competency in CPC08 Construction, Plumbing and Integrated Services Training Package which enables required training to be delivered through the vocational education and training system by registered training organisations.

Back to Index

National 'White Card'

Under the current state-based system each jurisdiction with a regulatory requirement for construction induction training has a different type of general induction evidence card ranging from the 'Blue Card' in Queensland to the 'Red Card' in Victoria.

Under the code states will transition from their current format to the nationally agreed 'White Card' format. Once the national code is fully implemented these cards will be recognised around Australia.

Each state has different transition arrangements from the old cards to the new 'white' card. For more information see the state and territory information section.

Back to Index

National unit of competency

CPCCOHS1001A Work safely in the construction industry is the unit of competency which has been developed to meet the requirements of the National Code of Practice for Induction for Construction Work (PDF 399KB). The unit includes an assessment tool and an implementation guide which comprise the national course for general safety induction.

The unit has been endorsed by the National Quality Council and approved by Ministers to be included on the National Training Information Service.

Under the national code people requiring a construction induction card under legislation will need to have successfully completed this unit of competency and received a statement of attainment from the delivering registered training organisation to receive a 'White Card'.

Each state has different transition arrangements for people who have completed the previously recognised construction induction training requirement in their state or territory. For more information see the state and territory information section.

Most states currently have legislation and regulations in place which require completion of a general safety induction course before they can start work in any construction activity. As such, each state has had its own course in place to meet that requirement. However, from 1 July 2009 most states will amend there legislation to ensure that only CPCCOHS1001A will meet the regulatory requirements.

Back to Index

Training delivery arrangements

CPCCOHS1001A Work safely in the construction industry is listed on the National Training Information Service. Registered training organisations (RTOs) are now able to add CPCOHS1001A to their scope of registration.

RTOs will also need to meet the requirements of the relevant regulators in the state and/or territory where they intend to deliver the course before those regulators will recognise the training as meeting state legislation and regulations and the national code.

RTOs should also note that a number of jurisdictions are proposing to restrict delivery to face-to-face only.

Regulators in each state have different requirements RTOs need to meet before they can deliver Training delivery arrangementsCPCCOHS1001A Work safely in the construction industry. For more information see the state and territory information section.

Back to Index

Current mutual recognition arrangements

Below is a table of the current construction induction mutual recognition between states.  

  1. Old style NSW green cards are no longer valid in NSW or recognised in other jurisdictions
  2. WA only recognises those cards issued within the last 3 years and which have resulted from nationally recognised induction training, similar to the course in WA.
  3. ACT, Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory do not currently have regulatory requirements for construction induction training.

Back to Index

State and territory information

The following page details state and territory transition arrangements. It details arrangements in relation to:

  • card transition
  • course transition
  • regulator RTO requirements.

Find out detailed state and territory information.

Back to Index

This page was generated on 04 March, 2011