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

Opinion piece published by Sydney Morning Herald

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 apartment owners.

Federal and state... MORE

System punishing subcontractors

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 construction sector have for too... MORE

Are You Paying Super on Annual Leave Loading?

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

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

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

NECA launches the Women in Electrical Trades Roadmap


The National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) launched the ‘Women in Electrical Trades Roadmap’ on Friday 14 December 2018 with Senator the Honourable Michaelia Cash, (Minister for Small and Family Business, Minister for... MORE

Australian business needs certainty from government

Australian business requires certainty from government to underpin effective commercial decisions and to invest in new projects that will reduce power bills and create employment opportunities.

Consistency in decision-making and continuity in government policy are key factors that boost business confidence and deliver jobs growth.

“We are disappointed that recent instability in... MORE

Celebrating excellence in the electrotechnology sector Tasmania

Innovation and excellence across the electrotechnology sector was recognised at the NECA Tasmania Excellence Awards held on 18 August.

“This year’s entries demonstrate the quality of the work our members deliver to a range of high-profile and critical projects across Tasmania,” said Suresh Manickam, Chapter Secretary Tasmania and CEO NECA.

“The entries ranged from electrical... MORE

Hotline to help protect small businesses from phoenixing

A new Phoenixing Hotline, introduced by the Federal Government this week, is an important step in protecting the incomes of NECA members.
Phoenixing is a term for companies that are liquidated in order to avoid paying their bills – to for example sub-contractors – but which then reinvent themselves and start operating as another company.

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NSW Budget: NECA welcomes boost to apprenticeships, payroll tax relief in NSW budget

Increased funding for vocational education and training (VET) and a reduction in the burden of payroll tax on businesses, both measures announced in the NSW Budget 2018/19, are welcomed by the National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA). They were both advocated for in NECA’s 2018/19 NSW Pre-budget submission.

“This Budget provides a very welcome boost to skills... MORE


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