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Anyone who works on a construction site in the ACT must have an Industry OH&S Induction card (White Card) and the Asbestos Awareness Certificate.

It can cost up to $500 and take a maximum of 6 hours training to get your White Card, and up to $500 and a maximum of 4 hours training to get your Asbestos Awareness Certificate.

There are a number of RTOs in the ACT that deliver White Card and Asbestos Awareness Training.


You may also need to get an ACT High Risk Work Licence to do some construction jobs in the ACT. You can get this licence from the ACT Office of Regulatory Services. To get a High Risk Work Licence you will need to complete supervised training and then apply to a Registered Training Organisation for your final assessment. You will also need your White Card and Asbestos Awareness Certificate. There are a number of RTO’s in the ACT that can deliver this training.

To work in High Risk occupations in the ACT to need to have the following personal qualities:

  • physically fit with good hand-eye coordination
  • enjoy practical and outdoor work
  • willing to work at heights
  • able to work as part of a team, and also without supervision
  • be able to follow precise instructions
  • able to read and interpret plans
  • able to calculate and measure accurately

Some jobs have additional, specific requirements, so you should check the individual job descriptions. Some jobs also require you to be over 18 years old and have a current drivers licence. See our occupation checklist for a quick look at what you need.

 High Risk occupations in the ACT include:

To work on a construction site in the ACT you also need to have a valid work permit and be eligible to work in Australia. For more information about work permits and visa’s visit www.immi.gov.au.