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Under National Health and Safety laws, any person doing construction work in Australia must have successfully completed a general OHS construction induction course for the industry before they start work in any construction activity. Construction activities include housing construction, civil construction, renovations, repairs, refurbishment, asbestos removal, carpentry, bricklaying, concreting, plumbing and roof, floor and wall tiling. This reform is the latest initiative of a larger program to harmonise occupational health and safety systems between states and territories, and is in addition to mutual recognition of the construction induction cards obtained in other states and territories. To find out more about the program click here.
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.