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NECA announces new leadership

In its centenary year, the National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) is pleased to announce its new office bearers for the coming year, following the conclusion of its annual elections:

  •          National President:  Alan Brown (NSW)
  •          National Vice President: Greg Hodby (SA)
  •          National Treasurer: Jim Heerey (TAS).
     
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New VET Student Loans program

The Federal Government has announced the commencement of a new Vocational Education and Training (VET) Student Loans program, to replace the troubled VET FEE-HELP program from January 2017, subject to legislative passage.

Minister for Education and Training, Simon Birmingham’s reforms to strengthen the VET sector include:

  • Course eligibility to be based on industry needs... MORE

NECA member proclaimed SA Business Woman of the Year

Jenny Paradiso, Co-Founder and Managing Director of solar energy business, Suntrix, was recently named the Telstra 2016 South Australian Business Woman of the Year.

With her IT-specialist husband David Hille, Jenny co-founded Suntrix from her kitchen table in 2009,  following their frustration with accessing a local business for solar energy use. Suntrix, later became a member of NECA... MORE

Tasmania takes a bold step for the electrical contracting industry

Earlier this week the Hon. Guy Barnett met with Tasmanian electricians at the Department of Justice and NECA launch of the Tasmanian Continuous Professional Development Program (CPD) in Launceston and Hobart.  This new initiative – which came into effect on 1 July 2016, is designed to influence electrical regulatory compliance in a rapidly evolving industry.

The events this week were... MORE

Alternative Pathways Project – The Facts

NECA is pleased to announce that the “establishment” phase of the “Electrical Innovative Delivery and Pathways Project” – referred to as the Alternative Pathways Project or “APP”, is now underway.  In fact, by the end of October we hope to be well into the implementation phase. 

As with any new project it’s important to understand what’s involved and what’s not. To this end, NECA has... MORE

ACT Government Inquiry

Correction notice regarding a news item on 29 August 2016, entitled "VET reputational damage".

NECA published a website news update on 29 August 2016 entitled "VET reputational damage, a cause for concern" that stated that an ACT Government Inquiry into Electrotechnology Training was still ongoing.

The Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) has pointed out, quite correctly, that... MORE

A special thanks to the National Awards Sponsors

As we start gearing up to the Excellence Awards National Finals in Canberra on 17 November 2016 at the Hyatt Hotel, we would like to thank our Sponsors.  Without the support of our sponsors across Australia this series of awards lunches and dinners would not be possible.  So our particular thanks go out to MMEM, L&H, NHP, CNW, Gerard Lighting, Clipsal/Schneider Electric, Rexel, Nexans Olex... MORE

Avoiding penalty costs around contracts

Many of our members have contacted us recently regarding contracts, delays, delay notices, extension of time and liquidated damages. Generally construction projects are extremely unpredictable due to weather, site conditions, access issues and other unknowns that may arise. All of these (and more) may contribute to delays and significant cost increases for your company. Most construction... MORE

2016 NECA QLD Excellence and Apprentice Awards

The best Queensland (QLD) electrical and communications contractors and apprentices were recognised at the annual electrical industry Excellence and Apprentice Awards hosted by peak Australian industry body the National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA). Hosted by Sharyn Ghidella with guest speakers Trevor “The Axe” Gillmeister and Mark Bailey MP Minister for Energy, Water and... MORE

2016 NECA NSW Excellence and Apprentice Awards

The best electrical and communications contractors in New South Wales were recognised on Friday, 2 September at the Excellence Awards held at the Star Event Centre in front of 670 attendees.

Excellence Awards were presented in ten categories, covering projects valued from under $1 million to greater than $8 million.

“This has been an exceptional year for NSW in terms of the... MORE

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