News & Views

Occupation Codes – Working With Children Check Victoria Applications

12th April 2021

There has been rising confusion among NECA Victoria members in recent months regarding the application process for Working With Children Checks (WWCCs), and specifically with regard to the appropriate occupation code to enter when completing the application form online.

With an increasing number of contractors specifying a need for tradespeople to hold these clearances to access... MORE

How to Confidently Increase Your Prices

7th April 2021

The thought of increasing your prices; not only if, but when, can be a source of anxiousness for some business owners. You recognise that the cost of running your business is growing every month, yet you may not have increased prices for more than 12 months, or even more!

Often fears and concerns that a price increase will see you lose out on business, is the main barrier to taking this... MORE

Be COVIDSafe on the Worksite.

6th April 2021

Stay on top of COVID-19.

COVID-19 is like every other work site safety issue – know the rules and follow the rules.

COVID-19 isn’t going away:

a. The worksite rules of 2021 are the new normal.

b. COVID-19 is a part of our daily life, at work and at home.

c. COVID-19 is like every other work site safety issue – know the rules... MORE

IoT 2nd Pilot NECA Education and Careers: Application of Internet of Things for Electrotechnology Workers

30th March 2021
Technology is Changing the Electrical Industry.
Second pilot course in the ‘Application of Internet of Things for Electrotechnology Workers’ at NECA Education& Careers... MORE

Continuous Professional Development starts in 2023

29th March 2021

As a follow up to previous updates on the topic, most of you will be well aware that Continuous Professional Development (CPD) is heading our way.  Energy Safe Victoria as the regulating body will introduce CPD to maintain safety, competency and compliance in the electrical industry.

NECA Vic has been deeply involved and working hard to help influence and shape the CPD process for the... MORE

Construction Sector COVID compliance from WorkSafe Victoria

24th March 2021

WorkSafe Victoria has recently produced a breakdown of COVID compliance in the Building and Construction Industry from 1 February 2020 – 12 March 2021.

The good news is that electrical services came out quite well from the review.  The non-compliance figure for the construction industry as a whole was 3-4% – or half the average for all industries – and electrical businesses in... MORE

NECA’s Technical Knowledge Base – are you taking advantage of it?

24th March 2021

TKB is NECA’s online searchable Technical Knowledge Base, developed by NECA specifically for the electrical industry.

Recent uploads include:

  • The new Residential Tenancy Rules, along with answers to common questions they raise for electricians (look under ‘Alerts and Industry Updates’).
  • AS/NZS 3019:2007 - Electrical installations -... MORE

Apprenticeship Commencement Boost extended by 12 months

24th March 2021

Last year around this time, in response to the Coronavirus crisis, the federal government announced a program of subsidies to help businesses to engage or keep on apprentices.

Electricians were among the top groups to benefit from the program, so we are delighted to let you know that the scheme has been extended to cover apprentices engaged up to September 2021.

The program will... MORE

NECA Licensed Electrical Inspectors Forum

24th March 2021

Join us for an all-day, face-to-face event exclusively for LEI’s.

Presented by NECA’s Technical experts Michael Weekes and Louis Knoops, alongside guests from ESV, Solar Victoria and Worksafe, the forum will provide essential updates on:

  • The state of the industry in Victoria
  • Changes to the Wiring Rules
  • Standards for Solar/Battery installations
  • The... MORE

Victoria to further Relax CovidSafe Settings

24th March 2021

Acting Premier James Merlino and Minister for Health Martin Foley announced yesterday that, following reduced exposure risk and low community transmission, Victoria will further relax its COVIDSafe settings before the weekend.

From 6pm on Friday 26 March, masks will no longer be required in retail settings, but you will still need to carry one with you at all times and wear it on public... MORE