News & Views

19th December 2017

Tasmanian Pre-Budget Submission 2018/19

The National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) has released its Tasmanian Pre-Budget Submission for 2018/19 outlining key funding recommendations for the electrical and communications industry in the state.

The recommendations call for funding to provide greater safety and reduced energy costs for home and small business owners and to create more effective career pathways, employment, training and opportunities for a greater diversity of people.


NECA recommends:

  • Home Energy Audits, to be carried out by a licenced electrical contractor, each time a property is purchased or a new rental lease signed, providing invaluable information on how to reduce energy costs.
  • A grant or subsidy to encourage more consumers and businesses to install solar panels.
  • Upgrades to the Electrotechnology School at the TasTAFE Claremont Campus to create a high-quality learning environment.
  • Improvements to the pre-apprenticeship program which will deliver:
    • A practical maths curriculum so students don’t need to ‘catch up’ during their apprentice training
    • Greater promotion of the benefits of an electrical apprenticeship at schools.
  • Reducing and removing payroll tax over the long-term to provide an incentive to small businesses to hire apprentices.
  • Attracting a broader group of apprentices by:
    • Promoting electrical apprenticeships to females via school career advisors and female sporting groups
    • Offering a wage subsidy to employers who employ adult apprentices.
  • Extended support for the provision of Continued Professional Development for licenced electrical contractors.


NECA Chief Executive Officer, Suresh Manickam congratulates the Tasmanian Government for the work they have undertaken over the past year and said this is an opportunity for the Tasmanian Government to continue to introduce innovative schemes that benefit contractors and consumers alike.

“Thanks to the Tasmanian Governments support, contractors can ‘help consumers to reduce their environmental footprint and show them how they can cut their energy costs by working with a licenced Tasmanian electrical contractor.


“At the same time, we’re keen to ensure that the next generation of electrical contractors will be trained to the highest standard and will not compromise on safety standards. Such standards will benefit the Tasmanian economy, consumers and electrical contractors.


“NECA, and other trades are well placed to help shape and deliver the training for apprentices and licenced electrical contractors and keen to continue to work with the Tasmanian Government,” said Mr Manickam.





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Notes for editors

  1. NECA is the peak industry body representing the interests of electrical and communications contractors Australia-wide.
  2. NECA is owned by electrical contractors and directly benefits electrical contractors.
  3. Membership comprises over 5,000 electrical contracting companies Australia-wide.
  4. NECA wholly-owns Registered Training Organisations and Group Training Organisations in NSW, VIC & WA, ACRS (a national cabling registrar) and has a joint venture with NESS Super in NSW.
  5. NECA is responsible for the employment, training and skilling of over 4,800 current and future electricians and contractors
  6. Approximately one in three Australian electro-technology apprentices are involved with a NECA GTO and/or RTO.