News & Views

Battery Storage: What do you need to know?

29th June 2018

This article is the third section to NECA’s article on “Battery Storage – What do we need to know”. In the previous sections we discussed key battery terminology, relevant & upcoming Australian Standards along with the key points to consider when designing and/or sizing a system. With this covered, let’s discuss risks, hazards and installation requirements for compliance.

To clearly... MORE

August means Excellence in our Industry

29th June 2018

Almost a thousand contractors, electricians, delegates and suppliers will gather at the opulent Crown Palladium on Friday the 10th of August to celebrate the best completed projects from across Victoria. Millions of work hours have gone into electrical projects across Victoria over the past 12 months. However, only a few dozen of theses projects will be on... MORE


29th June 2018

Recently we saw the passing of Doug McKern, another long term legend of the Electrical Industry. Not only was he the former National ECF President from 1975-1978, but he was also the Proprietor/Managing Director of Melco from 1957-1988. Doug passed away after a period of illness.

Based in Victoria, Doug was a very active member of the Electrical Contractors Federation (ECF), serving as... MORE

Free Wiring Rules guides by NECA

29th June 2018

It is FINALLY HERE. The long-awaited AS/NZS 3000:2018 has a release date of June 2018, for soft copy PDF format with A5 hard copy booklets available by August 2018. With hundreds of changes it is absolutely critical for every electrician to be well informed and across the changes.


Electricians will need to comply with all... MORE

Welcome New Apprentice Mentors

29th June 2018



NECA has welcomed four Mentors as part of the Industry Specific Mentoring for Australian Apprentices program (ISMAA) launched in February 2018.  The mentors will be matched with first and second year apprentices and support them to be retained and complete their apprenticeships.


How the Service works.

For... MORE

A change for the better – electricianXchange

29th June 2018

The reason for initiating electricianXchange

Leaving aside the current unsustainable infrastructure driven need for electricians, employers have been held to ransom from an electrician staffing view point. They’ve been held to ransom through generalist job... MORE

Pre-Apps shine at Bright Spark program launch - Charlotte Beverage (NECA E & C)

29th June 2018

Who doesn’t love a Friday? Well Friday March 9 was particularly exciting at NECA Education & Careers as it was the day we officially launched our Bright Spark program for pre-apprentices.

The Bright Spark program is an additional week that everyone who completes their pre-apprenticeship at NECA Education & Careers participates in at no extra cost, and that sees them completing a... MORE

From the NECA Workplace Relations Hotline

29th June 2018

With more than 200 calls a week from NECA members nationally to our Workplace Relations telephone advice service, our expert advisors cover the full range of day-to-day employment issues.

These questions were recently asked of our Workplace Relations phone advice team

Q  One of our employee’s has taken the day off to take his spouse to a medical... MORE

Which bloody RCD do I install…!?

29th June 2018

The use of an RCD – Residual Current Device is to provide Additional or Supplementary protection to electrical installations. It’s been around since the early nineties; so, this article is for those wanting to know which one to choose.

RCD’s have proven their worth in providing additional protection to the humble circuit breaker or fuse, especially for the protection... MORE

Saving for your first home? There's a new scheme in town

29th June 2018

To help more first home buyers get into the property market, the Government introduced a First Home Super Saver (FHSS) scheme.

The FHSS scheme allows you to make voluntary contributions (before or after tax) into your super, which you can then later withdraw for your first home deposit. You can contribute up to $15,000 per financial year, up to a total of $30,000.

The main... MORE