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Is my White Card still valid?

Is my White Card still valid?

Holding a valid White Card in Australia means that you have completed construction induction training with a registered training organisation. In order to obtain a white card, you must complete a one-day training course.

Holders of white cards include site managers, supervisors, surveyors, labourers and tradespeople. Generally speaking, everyone who undertakes construction work in Australia must have a white card or they will face a penalty.

The training for a white card covers Work Health and Safety related topics such as WHS/OHS legislative requirements, construction hazards and control measure, WHS/OHS communication and reporting procedures and WHS/OHS incident response procedures. The course will enable you to identify hazards, report concerns and respond to incidents.

Once you have completed your white card training, you will be given a statement of training which will allow you to commence work on a building or construction site immediately, while your plastic wallet-size card is getting printed and mailed to you.

If you undertake White Card training with an accredited Registered Training Organisation in Australia, your white card will be valid in:

  • ACT (Canberra)
  • New South Wales
  • Northern Territory
  • Queensland
  • South Australia
  • Tasmania
  • Victoria
  • Western Australia

It is important to note that in NSW and VIC, white card training should be done through the face-to-face class and many work sites in those states will not accept a White Card that has been obtained through online training. To avoid a situation where your white card is not accepted as valid by an employer or inspector, it is recommended to attend face-to-face training with a registered provider.

Once you have received your white card, it will remain valid while you continue to work in construction. However, if you do not work in this field for a period of two consecutive years, you will need to renew your white card by undertaking training again.

Losing a white card does not mean you have to complete training again, contact the issuer for a re-print so that you can confirm your qualification.

Edway Training offers White Card training in cities around Australia.

In Sydney, NSW, Edway Training offers White Card training 6 times a week from 3 different locations (Sydney, Parramatta and Penrith).

For course information, training schedule and online bookings, please visit our White Card Sydney page.

Frequently Asked Questions about White Card NSW are available at White Card Sydney FAQs page.

In Victoria, White Card training course is offered 6 times a week from 3 locations (Melbourne, Sunshine and Hallam). Visit our White Card Melbourne page for more information.

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  1. Jack morgan

    November 16, 2015

    Hi I’ve lost my white card number I need the number as I’m on site can u give me number if possible thanks

  2. Edway

    November 16, 2015

    Hello Jack,

    To get a replacement for your white card or obtain a white card number, you need to contact WorkSafe authority of the state where you’ve completed your white card training.

    In Victoria, it’s WorkSafe 1300 852 562

    In NSW, it’s WorkCover 13 10 50
    For more information about NSW white card replacement, follow this link http://www.workcover.nsw.gov.au/licences-and-registrations/licences/white-cards-cic

  3. Logan Murphy

    November 20, 2015

    It’s good to know that, “Generally speaking, everyone who undertakes construction work in Australia must have a white card or they will face a penalty.” I have a friend who moved there and I was just talking to him the other day. He said he just finished his general induction training. He was pretty excited to start his new job. Thanks for offering more info on while cards.

  4. Edway

    November 21, 2015

    Hello Logan,

    Thanks for the positive feedback. It’s great to hear that article was helpful.

  5. steve davis

    October 25, 2016

    Hi I’ve lost my white card number I need the number as I’m on site can u give me number if possible thanks

  6. Edway

    October 26, 2016

    Hello Steve,

    To get your white card number, you need to contact state government authority that has issued your white card.

    In Victoria, it is WorkSafe VIC 1300 852 562
    In NSW, it’s SafeWork NSW 13 10 50

  7. Ronald Carr

    February 9, 2017

    Had my white card stolen with my wallet 3 years ago, how long are they valid for, had the course about 8 years ago can I get a replacement or have to sit a new course. Done course in W.A.

  8. nicholas

    February 13, 2017

    does anyone know the number for work cover WA the one on the website just gives busy tone then hangs up, just need my white card number.

  9. Edway

    February 15, 2017

    Hello Ronald,

    To get a replacement for your WA white card, you’ll need to contact a company that have issued the card 8 years ago.

    To check which company did so, put your details into WA white card database:
    http://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/worksafe/construction-induction-card-database

  10. Edway

    February 15, 2017

    Hello Nicolas,

    WorkSafe WA contact details are:
    phone 1300 307 877
    email safety@commerce.wa.gov.au
    website http://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/worksafe

    Also, you can find out your white card number by putting your details into WA construction induction card database:
    http://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/worksafe/construction-induction-card-database

  11. Donilee

    March 2, 2017

    How long is a white card valid for?.ine was issued 3years ago

  12. Edway

    March 2, 2017

    Hello Donilee, the WorkSafe VIC guideline on expiry date of the white cards states that the construction induction card expiries if a person was out of the construction industry for 2 consecutive years. So if you have performed any construction-related work in the last 2 years, you white card is still valid.

  13. Adam

    April 18, 2017

    Is there way to check if I have a valid white card in NSW online?

  14. Edway

    April 18, 2017

    Hello Adam,

    Here is the SafeWork NSW list of various white cards that are accepted in NSW:

    http://www.safework.nsw.gov.au/media/publications/health-and-safety/recognition-of-general-construction-induction-training-cards-fact-sheet

    If you require more help, please contact SafeWork NSW for assistance.

    Here are their contact details:
    http://www.safework.nsw.gov.au/contact-us

  15. Michael

    May 28, 2017

    Is there a NSW database online that I can use to check if I have a white card? I think I got one nearly ten years ago but I cannot be completely sure of this.
    Also, is there an online database for Victoria? I definitely got a green card (as it was known) around the year 2000.
    Thanks

  16. Shane

    June 14, 2017

    Hi I have recently changed my name and I need to change my white card info how is this done thank you

  17. Edway

    July 2, 2017

    There are no online databases for the NSW or VIC white cards. However, you can contact them over the phone:
    SafeWork NSW 13 10 50
    WorkSafe VIC 1300 852 562

    White Cards used to be called Green Cards in NSW. So if you think you had a green card, contact SafeWork NSW.

  18. Edway

    July 2, 2017

    Hello Shane,

    You’ll need to contact WorkSafe authority that has issued your white card for a name change.
    In Victoria, it’s WorkSafe VIC 1300 852 562
    In NSW, it’s SafeWork NSW 13 10 50

  19. Rahim jan

    July 31, 2017

    Hi i have my white card issued in Perth WA June 2012 just want to know is it still valid??

  20. Edway

    August 3, 2017

    Hello Rahim,

    Yes, it should be still valid.

    You can double check with the local Work Safe authority (e.g. SafeWork NSW for Sydney or SafeWork VIC for Melbourne).

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