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NECA supports the recent appointment of a taskforce to address the in situ Infinity cable issue

NECA welcomes the decision of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to establish a taskforce – including state electrical safety regulators, to determine how best to resolve the issue of any proposed removal of in situ Infinity branded cable.

“Safety is, and always has been, NECA’s concern in this situation,” says NECA CEO, Suresh Manickam. “NECA supports the ACCC... MORE

Don’t risk lives to save money on electrical work this Easter

Australians planning household repairs and maintenance during the Easter holidays are urged to leave electrical work to the professionals.

NECA CEO, Suresh Manickam, reminds homeowners that it’s not worth jeopardising the investment they have made in their home – and potentially their content and building insurance, in order to save the modest cost of having the work done properly.... MORE

2013 Annual Review

“Many people expected 2013 to be a better year.  But in many ways it was even tougher than 2012,” says Wes McKnight, NECA’s National President.

Click here to view the 2013 Annual Review

Royal Commission into the Home Insulation Program

The National Electrical and Communication Associations (NECA) is pleased that the Royal Commission has today officially begun hearing evidence in Brisbane.

“NECA believes this will lead to a definitive conclusion to ensure future governments learn from this tragic mistake,” said Suresh Manickam, NECA CEO.  “We offered to help with the design of this program late in 2008, and wrote to... MORE

Literacy and numeracy are the key to success

In the electrical contracting industry good literacy and numeracy skills are essential for anyone wanting to become an electrician.  We therefore welcome the government’s commitment to raising the bar in this regard and endorse their focus on the Trades pathway for people striving for a career in our industry.

“NECA employs 2,000 apprentices directly and trains a further 8,000 people... MORE

Reinstating Australia's building industry watchdog

The National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) welcomes Martin Ferguson’s support in relation to the ABCC.  At this time of turmoil and uncertainty for the building and construction industry it is encouraging to see both sides of politics supporting the reinstatement for the industry watchdog.  “When the former head of one of Australia’s major unions is backing an initiative of... MORE

Clipsal and Schneider Electric Partner Business Product Recall

We have been informed that a problem has been identified with one of the Clipsal 413 series products :
1.        There is faulty marking of the active and earth connections.
2.        The fault apparently only affects production units marked 2013-48.
3.        Not all of that product is faulty – but it could be as high as 4,000 units Australia-wide.

... MORE

Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption

As the voice of the major electrical and communication contractors in the Australian building and construction industry, NECA endorses the government's decision to proceed with the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption.  And we look forward to seeing the terms of reference.  The Cole Royal Commission in 2001 resulted in numerous findings and/or recommendations. ... MORE

National licensing abandoned

NECA is pleased that COAG has today refused to sign-off on the inferior national electrical licensing scheme proposal presented earlier in the year.  That proposal was not supported by industry and would have undermined electrical safety across Australia.

But that said, it is a disappointment that after 4 years of hard work we still do not have a national licensing system supported by... MORE

Royal Commission into the home insulation program

The National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) is pleased to support the Coalition’s move today to seek a judicial enquiry into the home insulation programme.

“We were one of the organisations advising the Government not to go ahead with their insulation scheme – and so we support this proposed enquiry wholeheartedly,” says James Tinslay, NECA CEO.  “It is very sad that... MORE

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