News & Views

Construction Workers Prioritised for COVID Vaccination

16th September 2021

If you have been struggling to get an appointment to get 'the jab,' the government's recent announcement of priority access for people working in construction is good news!... MORE

$17 million School Maintenance Projects Announced

10th September 2021

Students at schools across Victoria will soon be better places to teach and learn – with the Victorian Government funding hundreds of essential school maintenance projects around the state.

Under the Planned Maintenance Program (PMP), 207 Victorian schools will share in more than $17 million in Term 3 funding – allowing them to undertake essential work to grounds and classrooms like... MORE

Small Business COVID Hardship Fund

6th September 2021

The Small Business COVID Hardship Fund will receive a $448 million boost, increasing the total grant amount available to small and medium-sized businesses from $14,000 to $20,000 in recognition of the impact of the lockdown extension. 

The Fund now stands at $700 million, providing support for up to 35,000 businesses. 

Some 16,000 businesses that have already... MORE

Safety Guidelines – Version 14

2nd September 2021

Please ensure you and your team are observing the Victorian health department workplace and stay safe directions; wear a mask, physically distance 1.5 metres and get tested immediately if you have any symptoms. We cannot get complacent, and if you have not done so to date, now is more important than ever to consider and explore your options around getting vaccinated.

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Update on Surveillance Testing Requirements

2nd September 2021

Earlier this week, we updated you on the fact that the Building and Construction industry has been added list of mandated industries that are required to implement certain Surveillance Testing Requirements.

We have been keeping close to the issue on Member’s behalf this week and at this stage, despite what has been posted online, we have been advised that this Directive is NOT YET BEING... MORE


1st September 2021

National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) Victorian Executive Director Pawel Podolski has called the extension of lockdown as “shattering for small and medium trade businesses.”

Commenting on Premier Daniel Andrews’ announcement that lockdowns in Victoria would remain in place until at least the end of October – with minor easing possible on 23 September – Mr Poddolski... MORE

Employer Guide to Vaccinations in the Workplace

30th August 2021

To assist with the complexities surrounding the roll out of the vaccinations, NECA Victoria has partnered with the Australian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) to bring the electrotechnology industry a comprehensive employer guide to assist during this ever-changing landscape. 

The guide aims to help you understand how to best communicate with your staff, what your obligations... MORE

NECA Member Survey Results: COVID-19 Vaccinations in the Workplace

30th August 2021

We've all heard our Chief Health officers say on numerous occasions that a less restrictive future is based on more people getting vaccinated for COVID-19. NECA sent out a survey last week to better understand our member’s position on vaccinations. 

We’d like to thank the overwhelming numbers of members who participated and for their prompt response. Results for our industry are quite... MORE

Building and Construction slated to roll out mandatory COVID ‘Surveillance Testing’

30th August 2021

The Chief Health Officer recently decided to add the Building and Construction Industry to the list of mandated industries that are required to implement certain Surveillance Testing Requirements.  

Whilst the list has been updated, the implementation and rollout is intended to be a phased approach, and still undergoing consultation.  

NECA is participating in the dialogue with... MORE

Safety Alert: Falls Prevention Blitz

25th August 2021

WorkSafe has now commenced a six week focused program on reducing the risk posed by working at heights in the industry.

WorkSafe are concerned that falls continue to be a critical risk and will be visiting worksites from now until 1st October across both metro Melbourne and regional Victoria.

What do the statistics say
• Over 39% of falls from a height injuries in the... MORE