News & Views

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.

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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

Founder of NHP, Nigel Hugh Peck, dies aged 89

NECA, would like to acknowledge the huge contribution that Nigel Peck has made to the electrical contracting industry over almost half a century,” says Mr Suresh Manickam, NECA CEO.  “Nigel founded NHP in 1968, and went on to spend 45 years at the helm.  NHP is one of the most respected brands in the industry.  It is very sad news to hear that he died on Saturday and our thoughts are with his... MORE

NECA supports industry calls for apprenticeship action

The National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) supports calls from three peak business bodies for decisive Government action on Australia’s apprenticeship system, says CEO Suresh Manickam.

Mr Manickam’s remarks followed the joint release of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), Ai Group and the Business Council of Australia, calling upon the Government... MORE

Electrotechnology IRC Skills

NECA recently announced that there is a new process for the maintenance and development of industry training packages which includes the establishment of Industry Reference Committees (IRCs). These bodies are charged with the responsibility to ensure training packages reflect industry identified workforce outcomes, licensing and regulatory requirements and support national portability of... MORE

Young tradesman dies after an electric shock in roof space

The electrical industry is shocked to hear of another tragic death of a tradesman working in a roof space of a Carlton NSW home this week.  Emergency services were called to the house near the corner of Short Street and Bent Street just before 3pm after reports the man, 25, had been electrocuted. Paramedics tried to revive the man but he later died. SafeWork NSW is investigating the incident.... MORE

NHP to be the lead sponsor of the 2017 National Excellence Awards

As the submission process kicks-off in the states and territories for the 2017 NECA Excellence Awards, we are very pleased to announce that our Platinum sponsor for the national finals in Sydney will be NHP.  This year’s national event will be held at the new International Convention Centre (ICC) in Darling Harbour, on Thursday 23 November, and promises to be a spectacular night, in a... MORE

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

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