Regulators harmonise construction induction training

Wednesday, 17 December, 2008

WorkCover NSW now recognises the South Australian ‘white card’ as proof of construction induction training equivalent to WorkCover’s OHS General Induction for Construction Work in NSW course.

“South Australia’s white card now has equal recognition to Queensland’s ‘blue card’ and Victoria’s ‘red card’, while NSW Construction Induction Cards are accepted in those three states,” Finance Minister Joe Tripodi said.

Current out-of-state equivalents are also now accepted as WorkCover NSW construction induction certificates through an exemption order under the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation 2001.

Construction workers with a current card are not required to undertake extra general health and safety induction training for construction work in NSW and are not required to obtain a WorkCover NSW Construction Induction Certificate.

“Harmonisation of construction induction cards will reduce red tape and enable greater flexibility,” Tripodi said.

“This is an industry which traditionally operates across state borders and employs large numbers of workers who travel from state to state to work on major projects.

“This will create extra work opportunities for people in NSW while encouraging experienced tradesmen to the state," he said.


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