News & Views

NECA welcomes getting our and electrical and communications contractors back to work in occupied premises after the lifting of restrictions

11th June 2021

The National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) welcomes the Victorian Government’s decision to allow contractors to begin household work once again, after clarification of the new rules announced on Wednesday, 9 June.

Small electrical and communication contracting businesses can return to households and businesses to perform regular installation and service works as of... MORE

QR Code Check-in Made Easier

11th June 2021

The Victorian Government QR Code Service has enabled the introduction of Kiosk, a venue-assisted check-in, to make it even easier for workers and visitors to check-in at your premises.

Check-in at venues is essential to support contact tracing in the event of a COVID-19 incident. However, there may be times when a visitor cannot check themselves in for a variety of reasons including not... MORE

2021 NECA Victoria Council Elections

11th June 2021

NECA Victoria would like to advise that nominations are now open for Members of the Branch Council (4).

Please visit 2021 Council Elections section of the NECA Victoria website, and login to your account to download the election notice and nomination forms.

Nominations Close at... MORE

Apprentice Myth Busters

11th June 2021

By NECA Workplace Relations Team

Apprentice pay and conditions, performance management, termination and redundancies are just some of the areas in which NECA’s Workplace Relations team provides guidance and support.

There are a number of myths surrounding apprentices within the electrotechnology and broader construction industry. Many of these myths are erroneous... MORE

Two Week Lockdown Ends With Some Restrictions Still in Place

10th June 2021

We received confirmation from the Victorian Government yesterday that the lockdown restrictions will ease from 11.59PM, today.  A high level summary of the changes are below:

Metro Melbourne:

  • Work in occupied households for renovations, solar installs and minor repairs is now allowed in metro areas  
  • Offices can re-open with a 25 per cent return or... MORE

Warning to Industry After Fatalities

9th June 2021

I was saddened to hear of the two deaths related to electrical incidents in recent weeks.

One was a man who came into contact with live wires while gardening at his home. An earlier incident involved the death of an apprentice working on a lift.

The death of any person is a tragedy, but this was an apprentice electrician, someone who should have been kept safe. These are the... MORE

Business Recovery Advisory Service

9th June 2021

The Victorian Government’s Business Recovery Advisory Service is for business owners/operators in East Gippsland, Wellington and North East Victoria experiencing hardship.

As part of the program, businesses get a free, one-on-one session with a local Business Recovery Adviser for help with all aspects of business operations, recovery planning and resilience building strategies. These... MORE

Small Business Digital Adaptation Program

9th June 2021

This Small Business Digital Adaptation Program provides $1,200 rebates, so small businesses can access a range of digital business tools. The Victorian Government has partnered with fourteen suppliers to help build or upgrade your website, improve your cash flow, start online marketing, manage your jobs and projects, and keep better track of stock. Products available through the Small Business... MORE

Jobs Victoria Fund

9th June 2021

The Jobs Victoria Fund provides businesses, sole traders, and organisations with wage subsidies of up to $20,000 over twelve months to take on new, eligible staff from the following priority groups:

  • women aged over 45 years
  • jobseekers who are long-term unemployed (unemployed for six months or more)
  • jobseekers registered with a Jobs Victoria Partner
  • ... MORE

Building and Construction Industry Update: Our industry is threatened and at risk

8th June 2021

An update on the positive cases of COVID-19 shows that there were 11 new positive cases reported in Victoria yesterday, all of them locally acquired. Two cleaners engaged by Sunrise Cleaning on the ProBuild ANZ Tower refurbishment project tested COVID-19 positive. As a result, this site is now classified as a Tier 1 public exposure site.

This is the first outbreak in our industry since... MORE