How to Get a White Card

In Australia, if you are planning on working in the construction industry, you must become qualified by completing a white card course with a training provider. A white card – or construction induction card – is proof that you have the competency to enter and work on construction sites across the country. This article will give you everything you need to know about how to apply for a white card and whether it is valid in other states.

Who Needs a White Card?

Anyone working in the construction industry is required to have a white card. Failure to comply with this could result in serious penalties or even jail time, especially if you expose other workers to risk of death or serious injury. According to the National Code of Practice for Induction for Construction Work, the following people/roles require a white card to work safely in the construction industry:

  • Construction labourers
  • Tradespeople
  • Site managers
  • Supervisors
  • Surveyors
  • People who access operational construction zones unaccompanied or unsupervised
  • Workers who routinely enter operational construction zones.

Get a White Card Online

Studying the CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to Work Safely in the Construction Industry with Major Training is your way to earning a white card and becoming ready to work safely for a building or construction site. This nationally-recognised, construction induction online training course at any one of our 3 convenient sites across Brisbane and is delivered in a classroom environment:

  • 5 hour competency based training course
  • Courses scheduled multiple times a month from 7:30am to 12pm
  • Get your white card the same day
  • Face to face training by industry qualified trainer
  • All training manuals, workbooks and materials provided
  • Suitable for large groups and individuals
  • Meets AQTF (Australian Quality Training Framework) standards for course accreditation.
  • Upon successful completion of your white card course, you will walk out of the classroom with your very own white card, verified by a registered training organisation.

Where is My White Card Accepted?

When you have successfully completed your online white card course and receive your white card with Major Training, it will be recognised as a QLD white card. However, this doesn’t mean it is only eligible in QLD, but all states nationwide.

New South Wales

NSW accepts all interstate White Cards.

Under the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2017 WorkCover NSW recognises all interstate General Construction Induction Training (GIT) cards issued under corresponding Work Health and Safety legislation from registered training organisations as well as a range of cards issued under previous arrangements.

Visit the NSW Work Health and Safety regulator page for more information.

Australian Capital Territory

ACT accepts all interstate White Cards

The ACT Work Health and Safety Act recognises that a general construction induction card can be issued in different jurisdictions under their work health and safety legislation.

Where a worker holds a card that is issued in a different jurisdiction to where the work is being carried out, then the card is recognised as being valid as long as it is used in accordance with the terms and conditions under which it was granted. However, this does not apply if the card has been suspended, cancelled or has expired.

Western Australia

Western Australia accepts all interstate White Cards.

OSH (Occupational Health and Safety) regulations recognise nationally-accredited construction induction training conducted by a registered training organisation in other States and Territories. This means that workers coming from those States do not need to complete the WA course to be able to work in construction in WA, provided they can show evidence that they completed the induction training in their home State.

Visit the Western Australia Work Health and Safety regulator page for more information.


Victoria accepts all interstate White Cards.

An employer must accept recognised evidence of construction induction training (e.g., a statement of attainment or card issued under similar requirements in another Australian state or territory).

Visit the Victoria Work Health and Safety regulator page for more information.


Tasmania accepts all interstate White Cards.

Visit the Tasmania Work Health and Safety regulator page for more information.

South Australia

South Australia accepts all interstate White Cards.

Visit the South Australian Work Health and Safety regulator page for more information.

Northern Territory

Northern Territory accepts all interstate White Cards.

Visit the Northern Territory Work Health and Safety regulator page for more information.

Thinking of a trade career and construction work? Apply for a white card course with Major Training today or get in contact with our friendly support team to answer any of your questions.


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