White Card NSW identification

In order to be issued with a NSW White Card, you will need to show evidence of identity by bringing 100 points of ID to the construction induction course.

In NSW, the completion of the nationally recognised unit of competency CPCCWHS1001 - Prepare tow work safely in the construction industry is reported to SafeWork NSW by the registered training organisation (RTO), and the construction induction card is then posted by SafeWork NSW to your nominated postal or residential address. As a result, RTOs are tasked to verify the identification requirements while students complete the training in person.

The identification requirements vary state by state, but NSW uses the standard 100 points of ID requirements also used for driver's licenses and other official documents. To reach 100 points of ID, learners must provide at most one primary document of identification and a combination of secondary identification documents that add to 100 points of ID. If using more than one debit/credit card or bank statement, they must be issued by separate Australian banking institutions.

Primary identity documents (max. of 1)
Document Points
Passport (current or expired within last 2 years but not cancelled) 70
Full original Australian Birth Certificate or Birth Card 70
Australian Citizenship Certificate 70
Secondary identity documents
Document Points
Current Australian drivers licence 40
Current Australian boat operator's photo licence 40
Current Australian firearms licence 40
Current Australian proof of age/photo card 40
Current Australian defence or police photo card 40
Medicare card 25
Centrelink card 25
Department of Veterans Affairs card 25
Credit/Debit card 25
Bank statements 25
Property (Council) rates notice 25
Property lease agreement 25
Home insurance papers 25
Electricity, water or gas bill 25
Motor vehicle registration papers 25

Recent overseas students and workers exemption

Overseas students and workers that arrived less than 6 weeks ago and need a construction induction card to work in the construction industry can use the following exemption as evidence of identity documents: The Passport or travel document used to enter Australia with the entry stamp visible AND a drivers license, credit/debit card or bank statement.

Overseas students and workers must provide full evidence of identity (100 points) if they have been in Sydney for more than 6 weeks.

White Card course NSW eligibility criteria

A White Card is a license issued by SafeWork NSW required to work in the construction industry in Australia. They are issued after successful completion of construction induction training with a registered training organisation.

In addition to the identification required to complete the White Card training course, participants must also satisfy the following eligibility criteria:

  • Age requirement
  • Unique Student Identifier
  • Basic English language, literacy and numeracy

White Card NSW age requirement

SafeWork NSW requires White Card course participants to be at least 14 years of age. Minors are often on their parents Medicare card and can bring the card as evidence of identity to reach 100 points if necessary.

Unique Student Identifier

Course and training completion in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector must be reported using a Unique Student Identifier (USI) since 2016. This includes the White Card course. It should be noted that anyone undertaking VET training is considered a student, even if working full time or unemployed.

USIs can be created online for free using the Government USI portal. Creating a USI takes between 5 to 10 minutes.

Some RTOs will require you to create your USI upfront, while other RTOs will be able to help on the day of training.

English language, literacy and numeracy

Leaners must have basic English skills to complete the training. They must be able to read and answer written as well as verbal questions. They must also be able to ask for clarifications if needed.