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24th July 2017

A first for NECA at INTEGRATE 2017

24 Jul 2017

For the first time NECA – in conjunction with our cabler registrar (ACRS), will be hosting an educational session at the 2017 Integrate show in Melbourne, on Wednesday 30 August 10.30am-12noon.

Disruption may be the name game in today’s fast-paced technological world…but could we minimise the pain?

In this session NECA – the electrical industry’s peak employer body, invites integrators and end-users to share the challenges they face when sourcing, and working with, electricians.  As the electrician is often the last person to be brought into the process, we often find ourselves having to deliver bad news to either the integrator or the end-user in regards to the compatibility, or applicability, of the proposed components.  We believe that one of the fundamental problems is that the electrician is brought into the game too late.  So we would like to open up the debate as to how this process could be improved to allow the electrician to bring his or her full set of skills and expertise to the table earlier in the process.  NECA will be joined in this Q&A session by Philips, Siemens, Gerard Lighting, Liveability and CSIRO – all of whom are very active in the smart building and home automation world.


Presenter Organisation
Wes McKnight Former NECA National President
David Gardner Philips Managing Director
Cecille Weldon Liveability CEO
Rod Edwards  Gerard Lighting Sales director
Simon Morgan Siemens Sales Director (Energy)
Glenn Platt  CSIRO Energy Expert



“This is a great opportunity for NECA to showcase the added-value a qualified electrical contractor, with smart building experience, can bring to the table,” says Mr Suresh Manickam, NECA CEO.  ”We think this will be a very informative debate and one where we can all  learn from discussing the challenges we face in this fast-paced changing environment.  We hope to see both NECA members and non-members at the show – and in particular, at our panel, chaired by Glenn Platt of CSIRO,” he added.


Media enquiries and interviews

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Notes for editors

  1. NECA is the peak industry body representing the interests of electrical and communications contractors Australia-wide.
  2. NECA is run by electrical contractors, for electrical contractors.
  3. We have 5,000 contracting companies as members – and they in turn employ over 100,000 people Australia-wide.
  4. NECA employs almost 350 people across its seven chapters (Queensland, New South Wales, ACT, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia).
  5. The chapters provide NECA members with a range of services including: Industrial Relations, Health & Safety, Legal, Technical, Training, business-support services, product discounts and advocacy representation in Canberra with Government, Industry bodies and Training bodies.
  6. NECA wholly-owns its Legal firm, Group Training and the NECA Colleges (in WA) and EcoSmart Electricians – and has joint ventures with a superannuation company (NSW) and one of the national cabling registrars (ACRS).
  7. NECA also employ around 2,000 apprentice electricians and provides training to a further 2,000.
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