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Contractor induction

The information on this page is for all contractors who work, or intend to work, on Barwon Water sites.

For health and safety reasons, all contractors must successfully complete an induction before commencing work.

Inductions are valid for two years from date of issue.

It is the contractor’s responsibility to ensure they hold a current, appropriate induction.


Inductions for ‘high risk’ activities: face-to-face

Contractors performing ‘high risk’ activities must complete a face-to-face induction with a Barwon Water health and safety advisor.

If any of the following activities occur, the contract is deemed high risk:

  • confined spaces or underground activity
  • working at heights (2 metres or higher)
  • working near an exposed edge
  • electrical work
  • trenching or excavation
  • working over water
  • construction or demolition
  • asbestos
  • hazardous chemicals / dangerous goods
  • work in environmentally sensitive areas
  • exposure to biological hazards
  • hot work
  • use of cranes, elevated work platforms or other registered plant
  • use, repair or installation of major plant and equipment
  • hazardous manual handling
  • working on roads or other transport routes
  • long distance driving
  • contractor hiring subcontractors
  • other significant hazards to the public, staff or contractors
  • use of apprentices or inexperienced labour

Face-to-face inductions are held weekly. Bookings are essential and places are limited. To book, contact your Barwon Water responsible officer in advance.


7.30 to 8.30 am, Tuesday mornings


Barwon Water, 55–67 Ryrie Street, Geelong

Please meet at Seasons café (rear of Barwon Water building, access from Aitchison Place)


To be made by your Barwon Water responsible officer by noon the previous day.

The face-to-face induction takes around one hour, and consists of:

  • information on occupational health and safety requirements for Barwon Water sites
  • taking copies of relevant licenses and competencies
  • a short quiz



Inductions for ‘low risk’ activities: online

Contractors performing low risk work only may complete their induction online.

The online induction consists of:

  • information on occupational health and safety requirements for Barwon Water sites
  • a short quiz (80% pass required)
  • a printable induction card.

The online induction takes around 15–20 minutes to complete.

After successful completion, you will be issued with a printable induction card.

  Online contractor induction for 'low risk' activities



Site access

You must contact your Barwon Water responsible officer prior to accessing the site.

You will be required to present proof of induction and identification.

In addition, you may need to provide job-specific information which may include:

  • a Job Safety Analysis (JSA) or Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS)
  • Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for any substances brought on site
  • proof of electrical equipment test and tag
  • other licences or tickets as required.



Site-specific inductions

In addition to the face-to-face or online induction, access to some sites may require specific, additional information.

Barwon Water responsible officers will conduct site-specific inductions as required.



More information

For more information on this induction process or our occupational health and safety requirements for contractors, please contact your Barwon Water responsible officer.