News & Views

6th October 2016

Tasmania takes a bold step for the electrical contracting industry

05 Oct 2016

Earlier this week the Hon. Guy Barnett met with Tasmanian electricians at the Department of Justice and NECA launch of the Tasmanian Continuous Professional Development Program (CPD) in Launceston and Hobart.  This new initiative – which came into effect on 1 July 2016, is designed to influence electrical regulatory compliance in a rapidly evolving industry.

The events this week were the first in the series, and the next event will be in the Burnie/Devonport area in November.

The next session will present the same information and follow a similar format:

Registration (4.30pm)

Welcome and Introduction

Electrical Regulatory Compliance update by Warren Crichton - Chief Electrical Inspector

CPD and moving forward by John Britten - Senior Infrastructure Compliance Officer

Overview of new building Act reform by Beth Warren - Director Regulatory Services

A summary of the issues the industry is facing from Suresh Manickam - NECA CEO

Networking and light refreshments (6.45pm)

The response from the 350 attendees (almost 10% of the registered electricians in Tasmania) was extremely positive.  “It is clear that the industry is ready for this initiative, and our Q&A got some very important issues on the table,” said NECA CEO Mr Suresh Manickam.  ”The building industry is facing many challenges and this development is definitely a step in the right direction,” he added.

These events are free of charge and attendance will earn 2 CPD points.  NECA Membership also can earn 1 CPD point per year.

For information on future events, or on how to register for CPD points, please contact NECA on and we will keep you posted.


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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 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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