2019 National Awards Winners

22 Nov 2019

And the winners are...

Congratulations to all the individuals and companies listed below who received Awards or Commendations at the NECA National ExcellenceTrade Teacher and Apprentice Awards 2019.

National Excellence Awards 2019

Company Details
Advanced Lifestyle Solutions Vic

Winner Domestic Residence, Camberwell Residence

This impressive 3 level family home features a sophisticated electrical installation and home automation system. Advanced Lifestyle Solutions collaborated with the clients to ensure their requirements & the systems chosen integrated seamlessly, and were in keeping with the highend finishes specified by the architects and used extensively throughout the project.

A Solar PV system with inverters & battery helps reduce carbon emissions, while a web based interface allows the home owner to monitor energy yields.

Appselec Qld

Winner Lighting, W Hotel Brisbane

Commendation Energy Efficiency & Environment, W Hotel Brisbane

Located in Brisbane's CBD, the W Hotel is a 36 storey, 5 Star luxury hotel featuring 305 rooms. The Energy Metering Management System installed by Appselec pulls together information from electrical, mechanical, water and fluid meters, and delivers them to a dashboard to allow real time reports to be generated for the building manager.

ATS Australian Technical Services Vic

Commendation Small Contracting Business, Standby Generator Student Boarding House

Wanting a standby power solution for a school boarding house, ATS were briefed by their client to investigate and recommend a solution. ATS conducted a site power analysis and made recommendations on the generator selection and its location before installing the 135KVA Standby Generator and replacing the boarding houses’ main switchboard.

During the course of the project ATS, encountered access difficulties which required extra training for some staff to be licenced to work at heights.

Barnwell Cambridge NSW

Winner Industrial Large, AirTrunk SYD1

Barnwell Cambridge completed the design and construct for the supply and installation of the high voltage and low voltage services to the largest data storage centre in the southern hemisphere. Completed in 18 months, 40  2000kva HV transformers, 40 1200kva UPS Systems and 40 2,000kva Generators were installed, along with associated cabling and electrical infrastructure.

Brooklyn Trade Services NSW

Winner Small Contracting Business, Small Contracting Excellence

After many years of working in the residential and small commercial solar sector, Brooklyn Trade Services have recently focussed their attention on the larger commercial solar sector. For this project, 978 360watt solar panels and 3 ABB 100 kilowatt 3-Phase solar inverters were installed as part of a 353 kilowatt solar PV system.

Buss & Grigg Electrical Services SA

Commendation Domestic Residence, King Street

The extensive electrical works for this new home were designed and implemented by Buss and Grigg Electrical in conjunction with the client. A major achievement was integrating all the systems - including electrical, security, sound, access control, video and audio distribution, and data successfully through the automation platform.

A large solar system was installed on the 1200sqm home, with kill switches and movement sensors installed to reduce energy usage. The home and its automation system - which can be operated via touchpads or a smart device - has been recognised by both the HIA and Creston in their awards.

Calibre Electrical Contractors WA

Winner Commercial Small, Wickham Community Hub

The Wickham Community Hub project delivered a modern, energy efficient and sustainable community facility. The largest project completed by Calibre to date, the scope of electrical works included the solar PV system, power, light, security and data. The 20 kilowatt solar system supplies more than 60% of the building’s general power and lighting needs, while delivering significant cost savings and reductions in greenhouse emissions.

C.J. Pearce Vic

Winner Industrial SmallAsaleo Care PM3 HV switchgear upgrade

CJ Pearce were recommended by ABB to carry out this High Voltage refurbishment, replacing aging 3.3 kilo volt high voltage switch gear that had reached its end of life. The project included HV switchgear and transformers; HV Cables and associated controls; and a complex eight day installation and commissioning shutdown. 

CJ Pearce overcame many difficulties - lifting and manoeuvring heavy equipment into position; working in hot conditions in the vicinity of old HV cabling; and dark underground work areas.

Fredon ACT

Winner WH&S Management (Company), Fredon ACT

Fredon ACT has engaged a local safety manager who visits worksites and speaks to workers on how they can achieve their tasks safely. Safety walks are conducted daily to influence local senior leadership and encourage frontline employees to raise risk concerns, report issues, and address them at a local level.

Risks are recorded via “FredonSafe”, and near miss reporting systems, ensuring formal records are maintained …. while a national safety innovation competition looked for ways to address high risk activities, with the winning entry forming the basis of the national roll out of a program to reduce cut hands incidents.

Fredon Electrical WA

Commendation Industrial SmallRAAF Pearce Flightline Shelters

Connecting 21 pre-constructed modules to an existing flight line shelter with no disruption to air services at an operational air base was a highly technical challenge for Fredon WA.  The electrical scope included the installation of lighting, power, lighting control, communications and BMS to the large military aircraft shelters. Fredon replicated its systems across all twenty one modules to meet the very tight construction schedule.

Nilsen QLD

Commendation Industrial Medium, Ross River Solar Farm

The 200 hectare Ross River Solar Farm produces 300,000 Megawatts per annum, enough to power 54,000 homes. Nilsen installed nearly half a million solar panels, over 200 kilometres of cable, and 32 inverter stations. Nilsen also designed and manufactured an aluminium IPC Connector Jig to ensure a perfect connection across the 4,500 IPC connectors.

Nilsen SA

Winner Industrial Medium, Cobdogla Pump Station Electrical Upgrade

The Cobdogla Pump Station contains three 576 kilowatt pumps and three 376 kilowatt pumps. These supply much needed water to irrigators in the Loveday area. The pump station required a complete upgrade, including replacing the entire electrical system. Nilsen were engaged as the prime contractor, managing all aspects of the project delivery.

The scope included high voltage and low voltage works, MCCs, civil works for the electrical substation, mechanical, building and structural works including large cable support systems and SCADA control. A carefully managed, staged approach was required to ensure the pump station was operational at all times during the works.


Winner Commercial Medium, Adelaide Botanic High School

The $100 million Adelaide Botanic High School in the CBD, is the first vertical school designed in South Australia. At the heart of the school is a light-filled atrium connecting the two buildings. NSG BOFFA completed the full range of electrical services, including power, lighting and control, communications, solar, and security.

The specialist LED lighting inside and outdoors with automated control helps enhances the building’s visual appeal. By using 3D Revit modelling and Trimble, NSG were able to collaborate closely with their client and the design team, to solve the complex programming, space and time challenges posed by the project.


Winner Commercial Large, Skytower Apartments

At 90 stories, Skytower is Australia’s single largest residential building, with 1,138 apartments. Perigon's in house engineering team completed the design, with 950,000 hours worked over almost four years. A staged handover saw units sold and occupied while construction continued - with lift lobbies operational before Perigon had even installed the second substation on level 40.

PM Electric NSW

Commendation Commercial Small, Jaguar Land Rover Mascot

The Jaguar Landover Training Facility for electronic vehicles required innovative thinking to solve the huge strain the large charging facility put on the existing building’s electrical infrastructure. PME used a PLC system that means the chargers can only use spare electrical capacity available in the building - eliminating the need for a significant supply upgrade.    

Prime Electrical & Data Services Vic

Commendation Commercial Medium, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music

The MCM is a unique, world class building of the University of Melbourne. Numerous architectural features required a complex complimentary lighting design to maintain the integrity of the building’s design and purpose. Prime completed the full electrical scope including power; specialised and general lighting; solar; communications and security.

All studios and rehearsal spaces can contract into smaller spaces by using the lighting control systems – with bespoke lighting and power elements made exclusively for the project.

Programmed Electrical Technologies Qld

Winner Voice/ Data Communications & Audio, WSP Brisbane Headquarters

The fitout of office space for WSP, meant working for not only a client, but also the engineers who designed the project. This complex communications fitout included a main and three field communications rooms, 1,000 data points and 100 av outlets. Twenty eight different areas have audio visual installations, including a virtual reality space, while a large digital signage network runs across all the levels. 

Winner WH&S Management (Project), WSP Brisbane Headquarters         

Programmed’s scope included the electrical, lighting, communications, security and AV across 4 levels. Programmed’s Safety culture was recognised by Project Managers’ Lend Lease on the WSP fitout, with 2 PET staff members receiving safety awards for their dedication in conducting and encouraging safe work practises throughout the project.

Shepherd Electrical ACT

Winner Energy Efficiency & Environment, Willinga Park Equestrian Centre - Stockyards Powerhouse

Willinga Park is a new, 2,000 acre, world-class equestrian facility on the south coast of New South Wales. During major equestrian events, electrical demand increases 10-20 times, outside the capacity of the available mains connection. To counter this, Shepherd Electrical designed, constructed and commissioned one of Australia’s largest private micro-grids. 

A 500 kilowatt solar system and a 2.1 kWh Tesla battery storage system, along with 4.3 MVA diesel generators spread across 3 engines, provide the alternative power supply. The batteries are charged in the morning, before the PV switches and exports to the grid, allowing the facility to run cost neutral with the energy retailer.

Stowe Australia NSW

Commendation Commercial Large Western Sydney Stadium

Stowe was engaged for the full design and construct of the electrical infrastructure for the new Western Sydney Stadium. Stowe had to manage a fluid design for the overall stadium, a technically challenging roof structure, inclement weather, and the presence of historically significant Aboriginal and Colonial Sydney artefacts that all had to be carefully managed.

Stowe Australia Qld

Commendation Commercial Medium, Borallon Training & Correctional Centre Stage 4 Refurbishment Project

The Borallon Training & Correctional Centre was decommissioned in early 2012, before re-opening in 2016. Stowe’s original scope included the replacement of the LV distribution to two blocks, but expanded to include a new Main Switchboard room, new MSB with an additional 850kVA generator, and the replacement of all LV electrical distribution around the operating facility.


National Trade Teacher and Apprentice Awards 2019

Award Category Winner Employer & Host Employer
Trade Teacher Winner Troy Jezierski NECA Education & Careers, Vic
Apprentice Industrial Winner Marek Porter NECA Education & Careers & RBD Electrical, Tas
Apprentice Industrial - Runner Up Elizabeth Dowsett BHP, WA
Apprentice Commercial/Domestic Winner Alexander Morisett

CME Group, SA

Apprentice Commercial/Domestic - Runner Up Jordan Rowland NECA Electrical Apprenticeship & Green Switch Electrical, Qld
Apprentice Communications Winner Steven Thomas Peer & Apex Communication Technologies Pty Ltd, SA


NECA is committed to showcasing and rewarding excellence through the NECA Excellence Awards, NECA  Trade Teacher Award and NECA Apprentice Awards - the most prestigious awards in the Australian electrotechnology industry.

  • Excellence Awards - provide the only Australia-wide opportunity for all NECA members, whether a large company or a small business, to showcase the quality, excellence and innovation of their projects and their staff to their peers, clients, industry, government and the community. There are thirteen different categories to give all NECA members a chance to win.

  • Apprentice Awards -  NECA recognises the essential role apprentices play in the future of our industry and showcase the outstanding contribution an apprentice can make to the projects they work on and their employer's business.  The Apprentice awards are open to fourth year apprentices, or tradespeople (within 12 months of completing their apprenticeship) and offer three different categories.

  • Trade Teacher Awards -  recognise the outstanding contribution made by trade teachers in continuously raising the standard of education and training in our industry.

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