News & Views

Take care with Medical Exemptions for COVID Vaccinations

7th October 2021

It is important for all businesses owners to know and be aware that a worker cannot obtain a medical exemption from all medical practitioners.

The medical practitioners that are authorised to grant exemptions include:

  • general practice registrar on an approved 3GA training placement

  • a public health physician

  • a general physician and... MORE

NECA HSEQ Plus news

7th October 2021

We are delighted to announce that NECA’s HSEQ Plus Safety Management System has received it’s compliance certification for AS4801, ISO9001 and ISO1400 (for Safety, Quality and Environmental Management) after its annual audit.

Each year NECA’s HSEQ Plus Safety Management System undertakes a rigorous fully independent review against these three key industry standards whilst also reviewing... MORE

NEW Arc Flash Calculator on TKB

6th October 2021

We are pleased to announce a new tool in our Technical Knowledge Base (TKB) to assist with safety calculations for battery installations as per section 6, referencing Appendix F (informative) AS/NZS 5139:2019

Using the formula in AS/NZS 5139:2019, the Arc Flash Calculator is an easy-to-use tool in Excel format for calculating: -

1.    Arc flash incident energy
2.    Arc... MORE

LEI Onsite Solar Training & Mentoring Program

6th October 2021

Solar Victoria is partnering with the National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) to help more Victorians get safer solar on their homes sooner.

A new mentoring pilot program for Licensed Electrical Inspectors (LEI) will advance technical knowledge and support for LEI’s already working in solar and aims to increase the number of electrical inspectors in the field.

... MORE

Change to Definition of 'FULLY VACCINATED'

4th October 2021

This morning, the Victorian Government updated its advice on their definition of “fully vaccinated” - which has consequences for the reopening of construction sites tomorrow and going forward.

Yesterday, the Victorian Government’s definition of “fully vaccinated” meant either having both vaccinations, or one vaccination and a booking by Saturday 13 November.

However, as... MORE

Cash Support for Small Construction Businesses

4th October 2021

The Victorian Government has announced a $196.6 million support package of cash grants for construction operators in Melbourne, the City of Greater Geelong, Surf Coast Shire and Mitchell Shire most affected by the restrictions period from Tuesday 21 September to Monday 4 October. (Read the... MORE

URGENT: DC Isolator Certificates Expired

4th October 2021

The Industry was notified that a number of DC Isolator Certificates have expired unexpectedly on 29 September 2021.

A search of the ERAC database has shown the following brands have been affected:

  • Suntree Electric Co., Ltd.

  • ProJoy Electric Co., Ltd.

  • Beijing People's Electric Plant Co.,Ltd.

  • PGK Distribution

  • ... MORE

Detailed COVID-safe guide for restarting

1st October 2021

The following guide has been provided by Industry Coordination and Recovery.at the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions.

The Victorian Government has announced a plan for the COVIDSafe restart of the construction industry on Tuesday 5 October 2021.

The plan provides a framework for the removal of workforce caps, while also ensuring the safety of workers, their families and... MORE

Gear up for reopening on Tuesday

1st October 2021

Great news! Restrictions on the Victorian construction industry will ease from 11.59pm on Monday, 4 October.

To stay open, though the industry will need to comply with several new regulations.  In order to make this process as easy as possible, an online portal will soon be available on the Service Victoria website so these documents are accessible for both the operator and compliance... MORE

Latrobe lockdown now in effect

29th September 2021

Victoria’s Acting Chief Health Officer has declared that the City of Latrobe has entered a seven-day lockdown commencing at 11:59pm 28 September, with restrictions the same as those in metropolitan Melbourne (excluding the curfew).

Under the lockdown, you can only leave home for limited reasons: necessary goods and services, caregiving or compassionate reasons (including medical care... MORE

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