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NECA in the News

20th October 2021

This ad - a joint effort between NECA and Master Plumbers - appeared in last Saturday's Herald Sun.  We hope it helps our industries do exactly what it says on the tin: Stay Safe and Stay Open!

It's Mental Health Month

20th October 2021

How are YOU doing?

We all know the last couple of years have been rough on our mental health - and while easing of restrictions helps in some ways, it brings its own stresses.

As a NECA member, you have access to Hunterlink mental health services for you, your employees and your families.  Their professionally trained counsellors provide 24/7 access to support on their toll-free... MORE

Indoor Repair and Maintenance Back for Domestic Sites

20th October 2021

Following extensive consultation with government on this issue, we are delighted to announce that from 11:59pm on the 21st October indoor domestic repair and maintenance will be allowed to resume.  This includes solar installations at domestic properties.

All repair and maintenance workers must have received a least a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine (the second dose deadline is 25th... MORE

New Opening Roadmap for Victoria

18th October 2021

At 11.59pm on Thursday 21 October, more restrictions will be eased, as the state has hit the 70% vaccination target in the Victorian Government Roadmap.

  • In metropolitan Melbourne, the curfew and the 15km travel radius will be lifted, however movement between regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne will only be allowed for permitted reasons.

  • Large... MORE

New Guide for Mandatory Vaccines in the Workplace

18th October 2021

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) has released a guide for employers on implementing and managing the new rules about COVID-19 vaccination in workplaces. 

It covers what the rules are and extensive guidance on implementing them, including topics such as: communicating with employees, how to ask for and collect information about vaccination status, workplace dispute... MORE

UPDATE on expired DC Isolator Certificates

8th October 2021

Solar Victoria is instructing retailers and installers that the DC Isolators listed on their website must not be installed at this time for solar PV systems that are rebated under Solar... MORE

Government Crackdown on Construction COVID Compliance

7th October 2021

Construction reopened on Tuesday after being closed for two weeks - but there is a real risk of being shut down again if we don't comply with the government COVID-safe requirements - particularly wearing masks.


This is the biggest COVID-19 compliance issue for our sector right now.  After the shut-down and... MORE

Quick questionnaire to help us to help you

7th October 2021

At NECA we are dedicated to giving you the information you need, in places and formats that work for you.  To help us do that, we’ve created a quick survey to help us better understand you and your needs. 

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Latest NECA News out now

7th October 2021

The latest NECA News is now available to read online!

In this issue:

  • The winners of the combined 2020/21 NECA Excellence and Apprentice Award nights held so far this year;

  • To jab or not to jab;

  • October is National Safe Work Month - the true cost of injuries and how effective safety systems can add value to your business.

  • ... MORE

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