News & Views

Commencement of Loose-fill Asbestos Legislation Amendment Act 2020

21st July 2020

A number of initiatives that relate to homeowners and residents of properties affected by loose fill asbestos insulation commenced on 1 July 2020, under the Loose-fill Asbestos Legislation Amendment Act 2020.  

While the Asbestos Response Taskforce has advised homeowners of the remaining Mr Fluffy properties of the new obligations and responsibilities, two of the requirements may be... MORE

Award Flexibility during the COVID Pandemic

17th July 2020

Further Changes to the Clerks - Private Sector Award 2020

On 23 June 2020, NECA Legal published an... MORE

Apprentice Wage Subsidy expanded to include medium businesses and extended to 31 March 2021

16th July 2020

The Federal Government has announced a $2 billion package of support for apprentices, trainees and skills development.

The JobTrainer package includes an extra $1.5 billion to expand and extend the wage subsidy for apprentices and trainees.

Eligibility for the wage subsidy will... MORE

NSW Design and Building Practitioners Act 2019

15th July 2020

NSW Design and Building Practitioners Act 2019 (“The Act”)


Why is it legislated?

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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
  • ... MORE

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
  2. ... MORE

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


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