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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

NECAs Winter Safety Message

With winter arriving late this year, many Australians will start to get out their electric blankets and heaters.  NECA therefore suggests that now is a good time to check that all electrical appliances are in good working order.

“It’s always better to be safe than sorry,” says Suresh Manickam, NECA CEO.  “Safety is NECA’s key driver and we encourage everyone to check any appliance that... MORE

Election litmus test for building and construction

July’s Federal Election is a litmus test for Australia’s Building and Construction sector and future prosperity for Australian families says the Chief Executive Officer of the National Electrical and Communications Association, Mr Suresh Manickam.

“Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has called for a double dissolution of both houses of Parliament, following the rejection of the Australian... MORE

Small Business wins from 2016 Budget

“Small Business is the backbone of the electrical contracting sector and engine room of our national economy. It’s great to see further wins for business within our sector,” said the CEO of the National Electrical and Communications Association, Mr Suresh Manickam, commenting on initiatives from Tuesday night’s Federal Budget.

“This Budget contains new wins for small business and our... MORE

NECA urges all parties to adopt sound Electrical Contractor policies

On the eve of a Federal Election, the CEO of the National Electrical & Communications Association, Suresh Manickam, reminds all political parties of the importance of the electrical contracting sector.

“The electrical contracting sector underpins the Australian economy in more ways than one,” said Mr Manickam.

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NECA Industry Conference Wrap-Up

The NECA industry conference closed with a “magic of Africa” gala dinner on Thursday night.  We hope our delegates enjoyed the conference as much as we did. 

For anyone who has not yet given us their feedback please click here.  

To get a... MORE

HECS debt blowout signals need for VET reform

News that Australian taxpayers will be exposed to a five-fold increase in student’s tertiary education debts over the next ten years signals the need for VET reform, says the CEO of the National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA), Mr Suresh Manickam.

“Whilst NECA has been a very strong advocate for structural reform with the Vocational Educational and Training (VET) sector... MORE

NECA expresses surprise with Ergon and Energex

The Executive Director of the National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) Queensland Chapter, Mr Mick Logan has expressed his surprise at reports that the Queensland Government owned Ergon and Energex electricity distributors and regulators were preparing to set up a new business division to enter the electrical contracting sector.

“Given that both Ergon and Energex play a... MORE

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