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Date PostedNovember 23, 2013

Reasons to Complete Your White Card: Improvements in the Construction Industry Expected

According to economists the housing sector’s recovery is anticipated and construction activity is expected to strengthen later this year. This is good news for members of the construction sector and those currently unemployed, but it is also good news for young people who wish to enter the industry.

Construction is one of the largest industries in Oz and also one of the most rewarding. It is also a dynamic environment so workers seldom experience the exact same thing every day, which makes this an exciting job. It also helps that when work on one site is finished workers are free to seek work across borders or anywhere in Oz, as long as they have been adequately trained on general construction safety – also known as the White Card.

Building approvals are up by 7.7 per cent in the 12 months to August. There has been enough of an increase in approvals to suggest construction activity will improve over the second half of this year, economists believe.

According to economists as quoted by a post on Smh.com.au the growth is expected to strengthen over the course of the year. The article also explained that,

“Overall, the story for the residential construction market remains relatively positive, but on a month to month basis, these data are quite volatile and do tend to bounce around quite a bit,” Mr Eades said.

“We saw a significant amount of strength last month and so what we’re seeing now is just an unwinding of the strength that we did see in the previous month.

“We’re still very much of the view that given the lower interest rate environment, dwelling approvals will continue to strengthen over the rest of this year and next year as well.”

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Because of this increase in building activity, it is a good time to consider entering the construction industry but first workers and potential tradespeople need to ensure that they are qualified to do so, in Oz this involves completing the general safety training course also known as the White Card.

A large majority of the industry’s workforce are employed as sub-contractors who undertake work on many different sites managed by different contractors, and often within different sectors of the industry.WHS Regulation requires that all persons who carry out construction work must complete general construction induction training before they can carry out construction work on the site, whether a temporary, permanent or casual worker.

In Australia this safety training needs to take the form of the White Card, general construction safety induction card. This mandatory training must be completed before beginning work. Not only is it the law, it is also the right thing to do in order to ensure worker health and safety.

According to Workplace Health and Safety Legislation you must be in possession of your white card before beginning any work on a construction site in Oz, no matter your trade.

Once this mandatory general construction safety training is completed, workers are free to seek employment on any construction site, anywhere in Oz. Visit our home page for more information on the White Card or to register today.




Steven Asnicar is regarded as a leader across many fields of industry. In particular, his specialisation across the health, infrastructure, construction, resource and utility sectors has seen him successfully change the dynamics of these industries through the introduction of new strategic, marketing, training and technical frameworks. Steven works closely with industry peak bodies such as Safework Australia, Australian Logistics Council, National Advisory for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment (NATESE) and the Council of Australian Governments in the development of new delivery standards and industry specific programs.

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