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NECA's concerns with Energy Queensland

The Executive Director of the Queensland branch of the National Electrical and Communications Association, Mr Mick Logan has expressed his concerns with the Queensland Government’s decision to create a new business enterprise, Energy Queensland, to compete with family owned, small and medium sized electrical contractors.

“Today, NECA has... MORE

From gas lighting to fibre optics…

2016 is a landmark year for NECA as we head into our second century.  The first NECA Chapter – called the Electrical Traders & Contractors Association, opened its doors to Victorian members in 1916.  And the first NECA President was appointed in 1917. 

As a result, we will be celebrating our centenary over the next twelve months.  The first major event in the celebration... MORE

Inquiry recommendation highlights need for VET reform

The findings of the ACT Legislative Assembly’s Vocational Education review of training standards at the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT), further highlights the need for reforms in the Vocational Education and Training Sector, says the CEO of the National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA), Mr Suresh Manickam.

The inquiry comes after concerns were raised by NECA and... MORE

Budget back in black but more to be done on training

The CEO of the National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA), Mr Suresh Manickam has said that whilst NSW’s healthy budgetary position is a definite positive, more needs to be done on training.

“The fact that the NSW Budget is in the black, with a surplus of $3.7 billion forecast for 2016-17, is a positive for New South Wales,” said Mr Manickam.

“Similarly, the record... MORE

Energy Efficient Lighting Focus

The National Electrical and Communications Association supports the Federal Government’s commitment to focus on lighting as a priority within the Equipment Energy Efficiency (E3) Program.

The E3 Program is an Inter-Governmental Agreement through which the Australian Government, States and Territories and New Zealand collaborate to... MORE

NECA supports CSIRO joining the Liveability Initiative

CSIRO today announced its acquisition of the Centre for Liveability Real Estate and the intellectual property for its sustainability framework from Hooker Corporation.

The Banksia Award-winning platform was developed in collaboration with sustainable design and construction industries and provides training, research, strategy and communication services to the residential real estate... MORE

ACT building reforms – heading in the right direction

The National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) has supported the first tranche of reforms arising from the ACT Government’s Building Regulatory System review.

“Recently announced reforms to building regulations are heading in the right direction,” said NECAs CEO, Suresh Manickam.

“It’s encouraging that a number of issues outlined in NECA’s... MORE

Online communities must still comply

With the rise in the use of online community marketplaces to hire local services and handyman, the National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) encourages consumers to ensure that all household electrical work is undertaken by a fully licensed electrician.

“Whilst these online community marketplaces such as Airtasker and Hipages are becoming increasingly significant drivers... MORE

NECA calls for expanded unfair contracts legislation

In the lead up to July’s Federal Election, the National Electrical and Communications Association calls on all major parties to adopt an expansion of Unfair Contracts Terms legislation.

The Government’s Treasury Legislation Amendment (Small Business and Unfair Contract Terms) Bill 2015 was derived from a promise at the 2013 Federal Election to offer fairer contract terms for small... MORE

Ten steps towards a more competitive Australia

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) has launched its Top 10 in 10 plan to improve Australia’s global competitiveness.

“Over the past decade Australia has fallen from 10th to an unacceptable 21st on the Global Competiveness Index. Our weakest areas include tax and workplace regulation. Falling competitiveness means less investment, fewer jobs and missed opportunities... MORE

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