Call for comment on proposed construction induction code

Monday, 04 August, 2008

WorkCover NSW is inviting public comment on the implementation of the National Code of Practice for Induction for Construction Work in NSW.

WorkCover CEO Jon Blackwell has asked all stakeholders to participate in the process for harmonising construction induction training.

“One set of national arrangements should result in a reduction of compliance costs for businesses operating across jurisdictions, and less confusion for construction workers working across state and territory borders,” he said.

Changes include the introduction of a national unit of competency, CPCOHS1001A Work Safely in the Construction Industry, to be incorporated into the revised CPC08 General Construction Industry Training Package.

Only registered training organisations (RTOs) with the relevant scope of registration will be able to deliver the training. Existing WorkCover NSW accredited trainers are required to be affiliated with an RTO if they wish to continue teaching.

“The call for public comment is part of a three-tiered strategy to consult with the New South Wales industry on the transfer of induction training to the vocational education and training sector, and the type of information and assistance that may be required by existing WorkCover accredited trainers to support their transition,” said Blackwell.

“Once the responses are collated, a forum will be available for all stakeholders to identify and address any issues, with workshops on the options available scheduled during 2008.”

Organisations and individuals are invited to submit comments to WorkCover NSW until 29 August 2008.

The WorkCover discussion paper on the National Code and a template for public comment are available from the WorkCover website.

 

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