News & Views

Construction Site Definitions

17th August 2021

What is considered a large-scale construction site?

A construction site is considered large scale if it is:
  • permitted (as per the planning permit) to be (at completion) more than three storeys high (excluding basement), or

  • larger than 1,500m2 floor size (inclusive of all floors) or

  • for office use or for the... MORE

Authorised provider and authorised worker list

17th August 2021

Authorised providers and authorised workers can work under restrictions. If employees are unable to work from home they can leave home to attend work.

This includes the electrotechnology and construction industry, as well as services that operate solely outdoors where physical distancing can be maintained at all times. Solo work only unless additional workers are required for safety... MORE

Authorised Worker Permit

17th August 2021

From 11:59pm Tuesday 17 August, workplaces in Melbourne must be closed unless:

  • the workplace is an authorised provider or service, or
  • all employees are working from home.

Employers that require their staff to attend a work site must issue a... MORE


16th August 2021

National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) Victorian Executive Director Pawel Podolski has cautiously endorsed tighter lockdown restrictions announced by the Victorian government, but said it was imperative for “jobs, livelihoods and the economy” that these be eased as soon as practicable.

Responding to the announcement by Premier Daniel Andrews that lockdown conditions... MORE

Outdoor Solar Services Permitted

11th August 2021
From Tuesday, 10 August, outdoor services are permitted where physical distancing can be maintained. This applies to businesses providing the following services:
  • Home solar panel installations (only for outdoor work or in roof cavities with external access)

  • Home renovations and installations (outdoor only)

  • ... MORE

Small Business COVID Hardship Fund

11th August 2021
NECA has been keeping a close eye on the Small Business COVID Hardship fund that was announced last week. We've just been informed the criteria and the... MORE


11th August 2021
The Victorian Government has announced the lockdown in metropolitan Melbourne will be extended for seven days and cross-border communities will require a permit to travel between Victoria and NSW.

For metropolitan Melbourne, this means:

  • Restrictions will remain in place until 11:59PM, Thursday 19 August... MORE

Seven Days Lockdown Construction FAQs

6th August 2021

NECA has been liaising with the Government around the seven days  lockdown restrictions. Whilst more information is expected to be confirmed over the coming hours and over the weekend, here are the answers to some frequently asked questions. 

Is construction allowed to continue during the lockdown?   

Yes, construction can continue during the lockdown for... MORE

Lockdown 6.0 - Seven day Lockdown to keep Victorians Safe

5th August 2021

Due to the COVID-19 cases reported in the last 24 hours – suspected to be the highly infectious Delta variant – Victoria will enter a state-wide lockdown for seven days from 8:00pm tonight, Thursday 5 August.

With suspected Delta cases infectious in the community, as well as a high number of associated close contacts and exposure sites, Victoria’s Acting Chief Health Officer has... MORE

ETU Enterprise Agreement (EA) template 2021-2025 officially signed

4th August 2021

NECA is pleased to announce that this morning, after lengthy negotiations, the ETU Enterprise Agreement (EA) template for the period 2021-2025 was signed off by the ETU industry bargaining representatives and NECA... MORE