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Standards Australia Want Your Feedback

9th July 2020

Standards Australia is seeking public feedback for the Standard AS 1768 Lightning Protection.


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New Workplace Exposure Standard for Silica Dust

7th July 2020

The Morrison Commonwealth is acting to protect Australian workers against the harmful effects of silica dust by reducing the workplace exposure standard (WES) for respirable crystalline silica from 1 July this year. Under the Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011 (Cth), the exposure standard will be halved from an eight-hour time-weighted average of 0.1 mg/m3 to... MORE

NSW Governments Small Business Recovery Grant is now open for applications

2nd July 2020


NSW Government's $3,000 Small Business Recovery Grant is now open for applications. NECA urges members to explore the scheme as many will be eligible for the grants. 

You can use it to cover:

  • marketing and advertising expenses
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Fair Work Commission updates on the Modern Awards 2020

23rd June 2020
There have recently been a number of determinations made by the Fair Work Commission which has led to changes to the Modern Award. These changes are set out in this article and are inclusive of the following:
  1. annual wage increases; and
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Installing Solar - What Every Contractor Needs to Know

16th June 2020
All Distributed Energy Resources (DER) including small-scale solar PV, battery storage and other small generators, must now be registered on the AEMO DER Register.
The DER Register has been designed to work in with existing network operator DER installation registration processes to minimise any impact... MORE

Casual Employees and the Entitlement to Paid Annual Leave and Personal Leave

9th June 2020

In the recent Full Federal Court case Workpac Pty Ltd v Rossato [2020] FCAFC 84, the Court considered the characterisation of employment and upheld the view that casual employees, who have the characteristics of permanent employees, are entitled to paid leave entitlements even if they are in receipt of a casual loading. The effect of this case is that... MORE

NECA COVID-19 Industry Impact Survey Findings

9th June 2020

Tradies are calling for urgent stimulus for households, investment in infrastructure and significant structural reforms to prevent Australia falling off an economic cliff in the coming months, according to research released today by the National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) as it releases a Four Point Plan to Power... MORE

Introduction of new labour hire licencing scheme for the ACT

27th May 2020

On 20 February 2020, the Minister for Employment and Workplace Safety introduced a new labour hire licensing Bill to the Assembly. The Bill is the first labour hire licence scheme for ACT and has been implemented to:

  1. protect workers from exploitation by providers of labour hire services;
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A win for common sense, New guidance for construction lift use

22nd May 2020

In a welcome move by SWA, guidance on the use of construction lifts and hoists has been amended due to strong lobbying from NECA and other trade associations. The previous guidance would have only allowed one person to travel in a lift at a time which would have reduced productivity on some sites to almost a complete stop. The changes to the guidance now allow... MORE

NESS Super is the super fund for the electrical, communications, technology and cabling industries

5th May 2020

NESS Super have been lighting the way forward for employees, employers and self-employed contractors in the electrical and communications industries since 1987. This means that no other superannuation fund understands the work you do better. We operate on the principle, 'we're large enough to matter, small enough to care' and we are one of the few niche industry... MORE


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