News & Views

NECA Trade Teacher Awards 2020

20th October 2020

Nominations are now open for the highly prestigious National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) Trade Teacher Awards.

The Trade Teacher Awards, now in their thirteenth year, recognise and reward passionate and successful trade teachers for their excellence and commitment to developing talent within the electrical industry.

If you know a teacher who demonstrates... MORE

ABCC to audit wages and entitlements in labour hire sector

20th October 2020

The Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) is auditing labour hire businesses to ensure they are paying their employees correctly. The audits will commence in December 2020 and will examine records from November 2020. These audits will focus on key areas identified in the... MORE

COVID-19 Guidelines for the Building and Construction Industry Victoria (Revision 8) as at 16 October 2020

19th October 2020

The COVID-19 Guidelines for the Building and Construction Industry has been revised to incorporate the latest updates including any relevant new DHHS Directions and best practice.

It is important to read Revision 8 of the Industry Guidelines document in conjunction with applicable DHHS Directions and the Victorian Government Business Victoria Construction Sector Guidance.

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Step 2 Restriction Updates

19th October 2020

As of 11:59 pm Sunday, 18 October a number of modifications have been applied to the Step 2 restrictions. NECA has lobbied for small businesses and we appreciate the State Governments openness and collaboration (see letter to the Premier dated 14 October 2020... MORE

WorkSafe's first fully virtual Health and Safety Month

16th October 2020

WorkSafe Victoria plays a critical role in the lives of Victorian employers and workers - as the state’s health and safety regulator and as the manager of Victoria’s workers compensation scheme. Chief Executive Colin Radford said WorkSafe Health and Safety Month always took place in October but this year's program was designed especially to respond to immediate needs.

WorkSafe is... MORE

Update: Changes to the Electrical Award

16th October 2020

The Fair Work Commission has varied the payment of wages on termination clause in the Electrical Award as part of its... MORE

NECAGuard tip of the week: Check if your policy has restricted locations exclusions

16th October 2020

Some Public Liability insurance policies may have exclusions for work done in certain locations or industries.  Commonly excluded areas are mines, quarries, airports or airfields, power generation sites and rail.

What do I do if I work in an excluded area?

If you have a claim from work in an excluded location, you likely won’t be covered.  An insurer may also... MORE

Update on face masks: all face coverings must now be fitted

14th October 2020

As of 11th of October, 11:59 PM, the Victoria State Government is requiring all Victorians to wear a fitted face mask outside of their homes at all times.
A fitted face mask is now required instead of other face coverings such as face shields, bandanas, or scarves or loose snoods, loose Buffs®️ or loose neck gaiters because it provides better protection. As restrictions ease and... MORE

Don't miss out on the subsidy for new apprentices!

14th October 2020

The federal government has committed an additional $1.2 billion through their Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements Wage Subsidy to boost the number of new apprenticeships and traineeships.
Under the new wage subsidy program released from the office of Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, businesses that hire a new Australian... MORE

Advocating for easing restrictions on smaller businesses

14th October 2020

NECA has joined with Master Builders Victoria, Master Plumbers and other industry groups in writing directly to Premier Daniel Andrews (and other relevant ministers) in support of smaller industry contractors, who have been (we believe) unreasonably affected by COVID-19 restrictions.

Referring to our industries’ exceptional implementation of COVID-safe measures and commitment to safe... MORE