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Date PostedNovember 30, 2011

Why do I need a White Card?

Simple enough, before you step onto a construction site, you need to know what you can and can’t do, and acquiring a White Card, or a construction induction card (they’re the same thing), ensures that you avoid getting on your bosses bad side. The government has thus made it compulsory to obtain a White Card before entering a construction site for whatever reason, as outlined in each states code of practices. But you’re not just completing this course because someone told you to, you’re doing it for your own personal safety and the safety of others; you don’t want to be responsible for putting you or someone else out of work, do you?

It’s important to you AND your boss

It is compulsory to carry a White Card before being allowed to step onto a construction site, and as such certain penalties apply for breaking this legislation. Remember what I said about getting on your bosses bad side? Throwing an $11,000 fine and 100 penalty points at your boss may seem like a fitting revenge, but be assured this will reflect on you and any future work you undertake, employers don’t hire $11,000 liabilities… So to avoid this penalty, all you have to do is complete a White Card online course that only takes up to four hours, which can be done at any intervals, rather than taking away an entire working day.


How to keep your card valid

Having an invalid or expired White Card is as bad as not having a White Card at all, so to stay up to date, know that your White Card Brisbane, or whatever your town is, is invalid if:

–          You have been out of the construction industry for 2 years or over

–          Your supervisor or employer recognises that you need re-training to improve your risk management, supervision, incident aversion, or to improve your overall work quality.

The following list displays examples of professions that will require a White Card, but again, these are only examples.

Plumbers, Tilers, Scaffolders, Apprentices/Trainees, Drivers, Welders, Glaziers, Lift Mechanics, Bricklayers, Carpenters, Air Conditioning Installer, Builders, Engineers, Electricians, Concreters, Council Employees or Cabinet Makers.

To complete a fast and simple construction induction card (White Card) course, head to White Card Online 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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