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NECA Centre of Excellence opens in Chullora

9th September 2019

Thousands of young people are set to benefit after the National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) Training and Apprenticeships officially opened its state-of-the-art Centre of Excellence in Chullora, with guest of honour Deputy Premier John Barilaro.

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NECA welcomes new Standards Australia CEO

3rd September 2019

The National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) welcomes the appointment of Adrian O’Connell as Standards Australia’s new Chief Executive Officer.

NECA CEO Suresh Manickam said Standards Australia plays a critical role in the... MORE

NECA welcomes new Standards Australia CEO

3rd September 2019

The National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) welcomes the appointment of Adrian O’Connell as Standards Australia’s new Chief Executive Officer.

NECA CEO Suresh Manickam said Standards Australia plays a critical role in the... MORE

NECA Comments: Career satisfaction often sparked by a trade

28th August 2019

Opinion piece published by The Australian - August 28, 2019

In Tasmania, only one in three job vacancies for electricians can be filled.

It’s a similar story with a range of trades across the country, but recent government figures show that apprentice numbers have fallen by nearly 200,000 since 2012.

Meanwhile, about 50,000 people will drop out of university this... MORE

NECA welcomes NSW Building Commissioner and urges whole-of-industry approach to tackle current problems

6th August 2019

The National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) welcomes the NSW government’s appointment of David Chandler as its Building Commissioner, which is an ... MORE

When insurers are afraid, we all should be very afraid of dodgy buildings

11th July 2019

Opinion piece published by Sydney Morning Herald - July 11, 2019

When insurers aren’t willing to do business with you, you know something is wrong. Their current unwillingness to offer policies to certain professions is a canary-in-the-coal-mine moment, pointing to troubling times ahead for the whole construction industry, as well as existing and future... MORE

System punishing subcontractors

11th July 2019

Letter to the Editor published by Australian Financial Review - June 6, 2019

The National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) read with interest the recent article ‘Builder insolvencies soar, subbies call for safety net’ - 6 June, 2019.

The sub-contractor (and particularly those in finishing trades) within the building and... MORE

Are You Paying Super on Annual Leave Loading?

9th May 2019

On 12 March 2019, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) issued a note clarifying its view as to whether annual leave loading attracts Superannuation Guarantee (SG) contributions. This depends on whether leave loading is ordinary time earnings (OTE). Annual leave loading will be OTE unless it is referable to a lost opportunity to work overtime.

The commonly held view is that annual leave... MORE

Black Economy Procurement Connected Policy

7th May 2019

NECA policy briefing paper

Executive summary

  • From 1 July 2019, Federal Government procurement processes will exclude businesses that do not have a satisfactory tax record from projects valued at $4m and above.  ... MORE

NECA welcomes Federal Budget and calls for more support for electrical contracting industry

4th April 2019

The National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) has welcomed the Federal Budget, which includes several measures advocated for, that will benefit the electrical contracting industry.

In a win for small and medium-sized businesses, the government announced an immediate expansion to instant asset write-off rules, with the threshold lifting from $25,000 to $30,000, and... MORE

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