SafeWork NSW crackdown of Evidence of Identity

If you fail to meet SafeWork NSW "Evidence of Identity" requirements you cannot participate in training for White Card , Traffic Controller, and High Risk Work. Here's how to avoid that problem.

SafeWork NSW have announced changes to the requirements to enrol into general construction induction training (aka White Card).

SafeWork NSW are the New South Wales workplace health and safety regulator and are responsible for improving work health and safety and providing licenses for potentially dangerous work. Effective March 2021 SafeWork have tightened their rules associated to Evidence of Identity (EOI) (aka 100 points of ID) to attend White Card General Construction Induction Training (GIT).

These changes bring the White Card in line with high risk work training (e.g. ForkLift and Elevated Work Platforms) and Traffic Control. If you fail to meet these requirements, you CANNOT participate in the training.

What is the Evidence of Identity (EOI)?

EOI is more commonly known as 100 points of ID. As a student you need to prove who you are when you apply for a HRW licence or attend White Card training or Traffic Control training. To reach your “100 points” EOI you need to provide original copies of various documents that help identify you.

Here are some of the common documents you can provide (different documents have different point values):

  • Australian birth certificate (70 points)
  • Australian drivers licence (40 points)
  • Medicare card (25 points)
  • ATM card (25 points)
  • Rates bill (25 points)

Within the combination of EOI documents you provide, you must include: all original documents (no copies), a document which includes your date of birth, current NSW residential address, a photograph, and a signature.

For a more complete list of EOI / 100 points of ID documents, check the end of this post.

EWP High Risk Work
white card
Forklift High Risk Work licence

What if I can’t produce 100 points of EOI?

SafeWork NSW does allow participants to apply for exceptional circumstances exemptions if you are unable to produce 100 points of EOI. SafeWork NSW defines an exceptional circumstance as “an occurrence outside an applicant’s control preventing them from being able to obtain the required EOI”.

To apply for an exemption, you must apply to your training organisation in writing more than 48 hours before the commencement of the course. The earlier the better.

Verbal requests cannot be accepted. Any last minute exemption requests will not be accepted (i.e. requests not received at least 48 hours before the course)

Your exemption application must include information relating to the specific set of circumstances and supporting evidence. An application does not mean your exemption is approved. SafeWork will make their consideration on a case-by-case basis.

Applying for EOI exemption

  • Minimum 48 hour notice

  • Request must be in writing

  • Include supporting evidence

Please be aware, failure to provide the required EOI / 100 points of ID will exclude you from the training and will incur a re-booking fee of $55 (inc GST).

There is an exception to the EOI requirements for White Card Training

SafeWork has special arrangements for EOI exemption requests for White Card training for the following groups / conditions:

  1. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
  2. Secondary School Sector
  3. Recent Overseas Arrivals

If you can’t provide the EOI 100 points of ID -and- you fall into one of these group categories, the EOI / 100 point system does not apply. The point requirements are replaced by the following criteria:

The SafeWork special arrangements only apply to White Card training. Participants for Fork Lift, Elevated Work Platform, and Traffic Control must still comply with the EOI / 100 points of ID arrangements

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders - White Card EOI Special Arrangement

In place of the EOI 100 points of ID, you need to supply 2 written statements from authorised referees on company letterhead supporting the student’s identification. Must be original documents. An authorised referee includes: 

  • Chairperson, secretary or CEO of an incorporated Indigenous organisation (including land councils, community councils, housing organisations etc).
  • Community development employment projects coordinator.
  • School principal.
  • School counsellor.
  • Minister of religion.
  • Treating health professional or manager in Aboriginal medical services.
  • Centrelink staff, Centrelink agent or other government employee of at least five years.
  • 2 written statements confirming identification

  • Original documents

  • On letterhead

Secondary School Sector - White Card EOI Special Arrangement

In place of the EOI 100 points of ID, the identity of the student has been verified by sighting any one of the original documents listed below:

  • Australian Birth Certificate/card (minimum 14 years) issued by the Registrar of Births Deaths and Marriages
  • Australian Citizenship Certificate
  • Current Australian driver’s licence or learners licence
  • International travel documents including a current passport or a passport which has expired within the last two years, but has not been cancelled
  • The identity of the student has been verified by sighting a written statement on school letterhead confirming the student’s name and date of birth
  • The identity of the student has been verified by sighting a student ID card that contains the school crest/seal, photo, student’s name and date of birth
  • 1 ID document sighted

  • Original documents

  • Minimum age of 14

Recent Overseas Arrivals (less than 6 weeks) - White Card EOI Special Arrangement

In place of the EOI 100 points of ID, If the arrival is not normally a resident of Australia and arrived in the past 6 weeks, the identity is verified by:

  • Sighting their passport

OR

  • International documents of identity that have the same characteristics as a passport for example – diplomatic documents and documents issued to refugees

And one of the following documents

  • Current driver’s licence
  • Credit/Savings card
  • 2 ID documents sighted

  • Original documents

  • Non residents arrived within 6 weeks

Bonus content. Types of EOI and their point value.

Don’t forget: for whatever combination of EOI documents you provide, you must include: all original documents (no copies), date of birth, current NSW residential address, a photograph, and a signature.

If you forget to bring your ID with you, that is treated as not having the ID at all

Primary documents (Note: only one primary document can be provided)

Frequently Asked Questions

No. SafeWork NSW require all original documents for EOI.

Generally, No. The only exception might be if you are a non Australian resident who has recently arrive (within the last 6 weeks)

White Card and Traffic Control EOI / 100 points of ID is required immediately prior to commencing training. No ID, No train. High Risk Work (HRW) such as Fork Lift and Elevated Work Platforms (EWP) EOI must be sighted and recorded by the assessor prior to assessment – so there is a tiny bit of flexibility there.

Each SafeWork NSW approved course has different age restrictions. White Card 14+ (EOI special arrangements apply), Traffic Control 17+ (EOI applies), High Risk Work – Forklift, EWP 18+ (EOI applies)

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