News & Views

27th September 2016

A special thanks to the National Awards Sponsors

27 Sep 2016

As we start gearing up to the Excellence Awards National Finals in Canberra on 17 November 2016 at the Hyatt Hotel, we would like to thank our Sponsors.  Without the support of our sponsors across Australia this series of awards lunches and dinners would not be possible.  So our particular thanks go out to MMEM, L&H, NHP, CNW, Gerard Lighting, Clipsal/Schneider Electric, Rexel, Nexans Olex, NESS Super, MBA/Telstra, Electrical Connection, CBUS and three NECA entities:  ACRS, NECA GTO NSW and the NECA Foundation, for their support of the national “finals”.

“The excellence awards are the highlight of our industry calendar and the opportunity to celebrate the successes of the past 12 months. The industry comes together to acknowledge excellence and the outstanding work of the 58 finalists that have won in their state and/or territory awards and are now in the running for a national prize,” says Mr Suresh Manickam, the NECA CEO.


To book a table at this year’s dinner click here

The price is $210 per person (including GST)



NECA has a group booking rate of $290.00 per room per night for a Park King room (1 x buffet breakfast included) OR $320 per room per night for a Park King room (2 x buffet breakfasts included) - but rooms are limited, so don't delay.


National Awards Finalists: To view the National Awards Finalists, please click here.

Guest Speaker

The Hon Karen Andrews MP is the Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills and the Federal Member for McPherson, representing the southern suburbs and towns of Queensland’s Gold Coast.  Karen entered Parliament at the 2010 election – having graduated as one of only two female graduates in Mechanical Engineering at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Karen’s previous Ministerial appointments include, Assistant Minister for Science and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry and Science. She later worked at power stations and petrochemical plants across Regional Australia.  Karen has also previously operated an HR and Industrial Relations consultancy and served as the Assistant Minister for Science, prior to the 2016 election.

Event MC

Jeff Green is an award-winning British comedian and well-known face and voice on Australian TV for over 20 years now. Amongst his many Australian TV credits are Spicks and Specks, Dirty Laundry (ABC), Good News Week (Ten), The Big Music Quiz (Seven) as well as numerous appearances on the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala (Ten).  


A little bit about our sponsors


National Excellence Awards




MMEM is the trade wholesale distribution business, with over 250 branch locations across Australia, specialising in a one stop sourcing and supply solution within the electrical, communications and data, solar, lighting and associated electrical component products.

Our conveniently located branch network provides geographical convenience, local stock and experienced and knowledgeable staff to ensure that our customers are supported for business success and optimisation.

MMEM on-line provides an additional range of tools and access to support account customers with a range of value added services to reduce cost and provide efficiency.



As the global specialist in energy management and automation,Schneider Electric develops connected technologies and solutions to manage energy and process in ways that are safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable. The Group invests in R&D in order to sustain innovation and differentiation, with a strong commitment to sustainable development.Through these connected technologies we reshape industries, transform cities, and enrich lives to ensure that Life Is On everywhere, for everyone and at every moment.

CNW sources and distributes electrical products to a wide range of sectors including data and communications, residential, commercial, oil and gas and industrial mining. Due to CNW’s comprehensive stock profile, they can source that ‘hard to find’ product from a number of product categories.

Gerard Lighting is the company behind Australia's most innovative and well known lighting brands. When it comes to lighting, no other company delivers like Gerard Lighting. Proudly, presenting Australia’s most comprehensive family of lighting brands – Pierlite, Sylvania, Crompton and Diginet.

With over a century of experience and a team of 700 employees, we deliver world-class lighting design, engineering, manufacturing and distribution to bring Australia’s most comprehensive group of sustainable lighting solutions to market.


For 130 years Auslec/L&H has positioned itself as the leading wholesale supplier of a complete range of quality electrical, industrial, lighting, tools, safety and digital products to Australian Electrical Contractors. With over 150 Auslec and L&H branches throughout metropolitan and regional Australia, Auslec/L&H prides itself on outstanding levels of customer satisfaction..... and it’s been that way since 1886.



At NHP we’re closer than you think. With nearly 50 years of electrical and engineering industry excellence and 24 branches across Australia and New Zealand, it is our local footprint that helps us understand your specific project needs, no matter how big or small. As a 100% Australian owned company committed to investing in the future of our industry, NHP are proud partners of NECA’s National Excellence awards. NHP – your local choice in specialist electrical and automation products, systems and solutions.

 Service Providers

The Australian Cabler Registration Service (ACRS) is a not-for-profit organisation owned by NECA.  It was formed to provide registration services to electrical contractors undertaking communications cabling work across Australia.  ACRS is accredited by the Australian Communications and Media Authority.



CBUS is the leading Industry Super Fund for the building, construction and allied industries. As one of Australia’s largest super funds, CBUS provides superannuation and income stream accounts to more than 732,000 members and we manage over $34 billion of our members’ money. Our members include workers and retirees, their families and employers.


NECA has teamed up with Master Builders Connect and Telstra to offer members more of the good stuff at exclusive mates’ rates. No gimmicks. No confusion. Just straight-talking, no-nonsense deals that give you all the features you want. More talk & text. More data. More flexibility. And more coverage.


NECA Electrical Apprenticeships is a not-for-profit Registered Group Training company and a Registered Charitable Institution owned by the National and Electrical Communications Association (NECA). The Company was formed in 1988 and now trains over 600 electrician apprentices in NSW, QLD and the ACT.

“NESS Super is the super fund for the electro-technology industries, established in part by NECA in 1987 and totally dedicated to your Industry. We are small enough to provide a personalised service, yet large enough to offer comprehensive and competitive solutions for your super, insurance and retirement needs. With NESS Super, you are not just a number.”

For more than 20 years, Electrical Connection has been at the forefront of the industry, educating and informing contractors across the sector. Adopting an independent approach to the market, the magazine continues to lead discussions – both technical and non-technical alike.


Apprentice & Trade Teacher Awards


Nexans Olex is a part of Nexans Group, the global expert in cable and cabling solutions with an industrial presence in 40 countries.

Nexans Olex is the leading Australian manufacturer with more than 75 years of experience servicing the energy, construction and industrial markets. As one of Australia’s largest power cable manufacturers, Nexans Olex is well-respected and continues to deliver a full range of general purpose fixed, flexible and special purpose cables with specialist technical services and cable design.


As a 100% Australian owned company, we are committed to investing in the youth of our industry to capitalise on new technology to enhance our future. NHP are proud partners of NECA’s National Apprentice awards, with a relationship dating back to the first Apprentice of the Year Awards some 14 years ago. NHP – your local choice in specialist electrical and automation products, systems and solutions.

Rexel is a full service electrical wholesaler with over 150 locations nationally. Reaching our commercial, industrial, residential & retail customers is via five brands, Rexel, John R Turks, Ideal, Lear& Smith, and Rexel Automation These brands deliver good customer service and trusted quality brands to our electrical installers. Personalised service, on line ordering, lighting showrooms, facilities and project management are all part of the reason our customers continue to support us.



We hope to see you in Canberra!



Media enquiries and interviews

Barry Jackson – National Marketing and Communications


D 02 9962 6904

M 0457 767 328


Events and booking enquiries

Wendy Ramjee – Executive Assistant to CEO


D 02 9439 8523


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 50,000 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 RTOs and GTOs in NSW, VIC & WA, the EcoSmart Electricians initiative and ACRS – one of the national cabling registrars, and has a joint venture with a superannuation company in NSW (NESS Super).
  7. NECA also employ around 2,000 apprentice electricians and provides training to a further 2,000.
  8. For further information go to

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