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Market Monitor 2016-17

This study – which is conducted every two years, covers a wide range of issues the industry is facing from general sentiment and business confidence, the purchase process – including decision making, ordering and the channels and methods used to purchase materials, through to feedback on the major wholesalers and manufacturers.  The study was open from December 2016 to April 2017 and we had... MORE

A Faulty Electric Blanket can be fatal

Following a recent house fire in NZ – caused by a faulty electric blanket, we are reminded of the importance of checking all electrical appliances that we bring out for the winter.

NECA also recommends the following 10 helpful safety checks rules:

  1. Have all electrical equipment checked at least once a year.
  2. Don’t let children sleep with an electric blanket switched... MORE

Preparing young Australians for jobs

The Australian Government has recently announced a new approach to encourage small businesses to provide internships and placements to help prepare young Australians for work.  

The program called “Youth Jobs PaTH or Prepare-Trial-Hire” helps small businesses by allowing them to trial a young person in a work-experience placement (called a PaTH internship) to find out their suitability... MORE

Member Survey - Murray Review into security of payment laws

NECA has been a strong advocate for Security of Payment reform and has been an active participant in the Australian Government’s Review of Security of Payments legislation.  

On 21 December 2016, the Government announced a review of this legislation across the building and construction industry and appointed Mr John Murray AM as its lead. The link to the announcement is at... MORE

Payroll tax relief for apprentices highlights clever Tasmanian Budget

The National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) has hailed the Tasmanian Government’s 2017-18 Budget announcement of payroll tax relief for the employment of apprentices and trainees aged 15-24 years as clever and instrumental to helping deliver skilled electrical apprentices.

This year’s Budget, delivered by Treasurer Peter Gutwein, includes $17.1 million of funding to... MORE

Small Business and Infrastructure opportunities for Electrical Contractors

“Whilst there are no big ticket items for our sector in the 2017/18 Federal Budget, a stable economic outlook, coupled with increased infrastructure spending and small business concessions will be a benefit to the industry,” said the Chief Executive Officer of the National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA), Mr Suresh Manickam.

 

“NECA is pleased with the Government... MORE

Security of Payments reforms are critical

The National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) has constructed a detailed submission to the Federal Government’s review of security of payments laws in the building and construction sector.  The review, announced by the Minister for Employment, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash in December 2016, is led by John Murray AM and seeks to address the significant differences in approach... MORE

Shine a light on asbestos in homes

The National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) supports calls for vendor disclosure law reform to assist potential buyers of older residential property containing asbestos.

Reforms to vendor disclosure laws have recently been recommended by the NSW Ombudsman’s special report to Parliament: ... MORE

NECA welcomes 457 announcement

NECA welcomes the Government's announcement of the abolition of the 457 Visa program for temporary skilled workers.

The 457 Visa program is set to be replaced by a new temporary visa specifically designed to ensure tighter requirements surrounding English language skills and labour market testing.

... MORE

Company tax cuts benefit small and medium enterprises

The Federal Government has reached agreement with Senate cross-benchers to deliver lower company tax arrangements for small and medium-sized enterprises.

Following last week’s negotiations and Senate outcome, company tax will be reduced for more than three million small and medium-sized businesses across Australia. Companies with a turnover of less than $10 Million will receive a... MORE

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