What is the WA White Card Course?
In order to get your General Construction Induction Card (known as the White Card) you need to complete this White Card training successfully. The course will raise your awareness in the areas of safety and common hazards on construction sites.
Can I work in states other than WA with the White Card?
Of course you can! From the end of August 2009 in Western Australia this training became a nationally accredited unit of competence CPCCOHS1001A Work safely in the construction industry. This means it is recognised in all other states and territories across Australia.
But beware! In NSW, only WA issued cards dated after 1 July 2009 will be recognised. 
What if I completed Construction Induction Training before this?
Good news! If you completed the course 51466 Course in Safety Awareness Training you don’t have to repeat the training as it was also nationally recognised and is equivalent to the new unit of competence.
So, there is no need for you to repeat induction training because all cards already issued will remain valid under the regulations.
The National Code of Practice for Induction for Construction Work is an advisory document and provides an option for repeat training if a person leaves the industry for more than two years, or, if the employer considers repeat training necessary. It may be the case that some employers require repeat induction training, in accordance with the code, as part of safety and health management processes.
Do I have to complete this training?
If you want to work in the Western Australia construction industry then you must complete White Card training and produce your White Card when required. You White Card is the minimum requirement but by law your employer also has to provide you with other training such as a Site Induction and Task Specific inductions.
General induction training is recommended:
- If you carry out construction work, (this includes site managers/supervisors, surveyors, labourers and trades persons)
- If you access operational construction zones unaccompanied or not directly supervised by an inducted person, and/or
- If your need to routinely enter operational construction zones.
How do I complete this training?
It’s as simple as accessing the course online. Depending on your pace it will take you anywhere between 2 – 6 hours. Once you complete your assessment successfully, you will immediately be issued with a Statement of Attainment. Your WA White Card will be posted to your address in the mail and we can also give you with your unique White Card number if needed urgently.
What does the course cover?
You will learn:
- Everyone’s roles and responsibilities including yours. This also includes Employers, Work Health and Safety (WHS) Inspectors, WHS Advisors and WHS Committee’s
- Types of Laws and what the consequences may be for breaches
- What you need to do to prevent or handle incidents that may occur while you’re on site
- How you can identify and manage hazards and risks in construction. This is important because you can prevent or minimise the impact of you or a fellow colleague getting injured at work
- Reporting and communication
- What high risk activities are and the licenses required to perform certain tasks
- What to do in case of an emergency
- Working with hazardous substances (So, if you’re on-site and required to work around hazardous substances such as asbestos, which can have life threatening affects, you will know the safety precautions you should take).
Why is this training so important?
211 construction workers died from work-related injuries in the five years from 2007 – 2012. The total number of deaths in the construction industry equates to 4.34 fatalities per 100,000 workers which is nearly twice the national rate of 2.29.
- 24% of these fatalities related to falls from height (this included falls from buildings, ladders and scaffolding).
- 16% of these fatalities were from Vehicle incidents (this included incidents were the worker was in a car or truck).
- 27% of these fatalities were from being hit by moving objects and being hit by falling objects. 
In the same five years from 2007 – 2012, of all serious workers compensation claims, the construction industry accounted for 11% of those. On average, there were 39 claims each day from employees who required one or more weeks off work because of work-related injury or disease. 
Western Australia alone reported an average of 23 serious claim incidents per 1000 employees in 2011/2012.
The White Card course is designed to help you to understand why safety is important and how you can think about safety as you carry out your construction job every day so we can decrease deaths and injuries.
You are important and safety in the workplace can seriously affect your quality of life!
What influence does the construction industry have in Western Australia?
The construction industry impacts on the lives of every Western Australian. It provides the homes in which we live, recreational facilities, schools, hospitals and infrastructure for transport, water and electricity supply and telecommunications. The construction industry is an integral part of the Western Australian economy and the engineering construction for large mining projects is of particular importance to the state’s economy.
Take a look at these interesting stats that show the significant impact the construction industry has had for Western Australia:
- The value of construction activity increased by 40.5% over five years to 2003, mainly driven by engineering construction.
- The value of residential building activity increased by 40.6% over five years to 2003.
- In 2002/2003 the Construction Industry employed 77,900 persons or 8.1% of the WA’s total workforce.
With an ever increasing focus on construction and development in the State, it is so important that effective training is provided in safety and safety procedures are carried out and taken seriously on construction sites!
 http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/[email protected]/0/3328109c63cdaf89ca256e6f00087850/$FILE/The%20Construction%20industry%20in%20Western%20Australia_final.pdf