News & Views

Planning for winter…

Winter is upon us and many people will be getting out their electric blankets and supplementary heaters.  So we would like to remind everyone to check the appliances are in good working order before using them.

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

Red Tape Reduction Report Card

Mick Logan - Executive Director, NECA Queensland was recently appointed to the Queensland Government Red Tape Reduction Project Board. The following is a report card on the outcomes of Project Board’s work to date:

The Electrical Safety Act and Regulation 2002 have been amended to include:

  • Reduction of Rescue and Resuscitation Training frequency from 6 months to 12 months,... MORE

NECA applauds construction code fee elimination

The decision of Commonwealth, State and Territory Ministers to eliminate the purchase price for electrical contractors to obtain the National Construction Code has been applauded by the Chief Executive Officer of the National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA), Mr Suresh Manickam.

An in principle agreement to eliminate the NCC fee and to make the 2015 edition available... MORE

NECA encouraged by NSW red tape reduction moves

The National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) welcomes news of the introduction of legislation through the New South Wales Parliament that aims to reduce red tape for licensed tradespersons.

The mutual recognition (Automatic Licensed Occupations Recognition) Bill 2014 was yesterday moved for debate in the New South Wales Upper House by the Minister for Fair Trading, Mr... MORE

Apprenticeship Productivity – An Important Issue

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) has endorsed an “apprentice productivity” initiative submitted by NECA and Business Group Australia (BGA) under ACCI’s Productivity Leadership Program funded by the Federal Government.

The project will examine potential gains that can be achieved by electrical contractors through a better understanding of their apprentice’s... MORE

FAPECA 2014, Taipei

Suresh Manickam – NECA CEO, represented Australia at the Federation of Asian and Pacific Electrical Contractors Association (FAPECA) annual conference in Taipei this week.  The theme of this year’s conference was Safety.  Attached is the NECA paper delivered to the conference.

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NECA condemns ACT government suppressing deadly asbestos data

NECA has condemned the ACT Government for again refusing to release a list of Canberra homes containing potentially deadly loose fill asbestos putting at risk the lives of ACT residents and workers.

NECA ACT Executive Director, Oliver Judd, said that with the closure this week of Australia’s Royal Commission into the Rudd government’s handling of the Home Insulation Program it was... MORE

NECA Welcomes Ceiling Space Safety Campaign

NECA was proud to be involved in the launch of the Queensland safety in ceiling spaces campaign presented today by the Attorney General. This campaign was formulated by the Queensland Electrical Safety Board where NECA is represented by Mick Logan. It is a great initiative to reduce the risks associated with working in ceiling spaces with electricity as seen in the current Royal Commission... MORE

NECA calls for industry participation on Draft Standards

The National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) is calling for industry participation and input upon a range of draft standards that are now open for public comment through Standards Australia.

Standards Australia is the country’s peak, non-government standards organisation that leads and promotes a comprehensive standards development process for products and services,... MORE

Combining forces to create a 6 Star Green Star building

Local Australian company mySmartCTI delivered an iconic Sydney project; the ANZ Tower, using KNX. The project went on to be awarded the highest possible 6 Star Green Star – Office Design v2 rating by the Green Building Council of Australia.

mySmartCTI delivered a flexible open-place office that was energy efficient using KNX control with the lighting ballasts on DALI networks. By using... MORE


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