News & Views

Faster Building Code transition great for sub-contractors

NECA has responded positively to reports that Senator Derryn Hinch has re-evaluated his position on landmark legislation governing the construction sector.

This may result in a reduction in the transition period for compliance with the Building Code 2016, from two years to the originally conceived nine months, and also require businesses to be compliant with the Code in order to be... MORE

NECA SA Director to head up Electrotechnology IRC

At the beginning of 2016 the Australian Government introduced a new framework for engaging industry in the development of training packages that will guide the delivery of VET.

The new training package framework consists of three key entities:

  • Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC),
  • Industry Reference Committees (IRCs), and
  • Skills Service... MORE

Better outlook for apprentices in 2017

The National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) remains hopeful of a brighter year for apprentices in 2017, following declines in the take-up and completion of apprenticeships in the June Quarter of 2016, said CEO, Suresh Manickam.

“The release of the quarterly National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) statistics continues to highlight apprenticeship... MORE

Get ready for the festive season! Twelve Days of Christmas Electrical Safety

With Christmas and New Years upon us, it is important to be safe as well as to have fun. During the festive season, please take particular care when buying and installing Christmas lights, and other electrical products.

Here is NECA’s Twelve Days of “Christmas Electrical Safety”:

On the first day of Christmas an electrical contractor told me:

Always buy... MORE

2017 Market Monitor

Market Monitor is the single largest national survey undertaken by the electrical contracting industry, and happens every two years.  This year’s survey will be even easier to complete than past years as it is online, interactive and can be completed in sections.

“The feedback we gather is invaluable for our industry, and gives us at NECA the help we need in determining the... MORE

ABCC's return is a victory for Australia's electrical contractors

The passage of legislation that re-establishes the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) is a victory for Australia’s electrical contractors, according to the CEO of the National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA), Suresh Manickam.

“NECA has been a strong, long-term advocate for building and construction sector reform and we have strenuously argued... MORE

Energy Efficient Lighting Consultation

The Federal Government’s Equipment Energy Efficiency (E3) program has released a consultation paper to consider a range of policy options to improve energy efficiency lighting for residential and commercial users across Australia and New Zealand.

The consultation, via a Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) offers four proposals including the:

⦁ Introduction of Minimum Energy... MORE

Australia's Electrical Contractors call for the return of the ABCC

Australia’s Electrical Contracting sector has once again urged the Senate to pass legislation to re-establish the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC). The Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013 containing legislation to re-establish the ABCC was one of the triggers for July’s double dissolution election.

“The National Electrical... MORE

Registered Organisations Act passed - common sense prevails

The Senate’s passage of the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment Bill 2014 in the early hours of yesterday morning has been described as a victory for common sense by the Chief Executive Officer of the National Electrical an Communications Association (NECA), Suresh Manickam.

“Last night’s passage of the Registered Organisations Act is a victory for common sense.... MORE

2016 National Apprentice and Trade Teacher Awards

This evening, some of Australia’s brightest electrical apprentices were recognised by National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) at its National Apprentice Awards event at the Hyatt Hotel in Canberra.

The Awards are held annually to acknowledge the achievements of each state’s winners.

This year’s guest speaker was Alan Tongue, the former captain of the Canberra... MORE


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