News & Views


29th July 2021

NECA has welcomed the joint announcement by the Commonwealth and Victorian governments creating an $85 Million Small Business COVID Hardship Fund to assist small businesses in the construction sector that could not work during the recent lockdown across the state.

NECA Victoria Executive Director Pawel Podolski said today’s announcement comes after intensive lobbying efforts by NECA on... MORE

Regulations renewed to manage COVID-19 risks

28th July 2021

A new critical regulation ensuring the efficient and effective management of COVID-19 risks in Victorian workplaces were renewed and came into force yesterday, 27 July. 

The remaking of the regulations for an additional 12 months will ensure employers continue to notify WorkSafe COVID-19 cases in their workplaces. Employers are required to inform WorkSafe immediately on becoming aware... MORE

Construction Tenders Out For 10 New Government Schools

27th July 2021

NECA welcomes the tenders issued as part of a $491.6 million commitment to construct 10 of the 13 new schools.

Minister for Education, James Merlino, says more students and their families will soon have access to a great education in their local area with 13 new schools on track to open in 2023 as part of the Labor Government's promise to opening 100 new schools across the state by 2026... MORE

Work Safe On-the-Spot Fines for Safety Breaches

27th July 2021

In order to deter poor behaviour and guarantee that every employee returns home safely, employers who put the health and safety of their employees at risk are now subject to on-the-spot penalties.

Beginning 31, July, WorkSafe inspectors will be able to issue infringement notices with penalties of up to $1,817.40 for 54 offenses such as:

  • having to work without a required... MORE

COVID-19 Disaster Payment

22nd July 2021

A support payment for Victorian workers adversely affected by a state public health order. This is a lump sum payment to help workers unable to earn income due to a COVID-19 lockdown, hotspot or period of restricted movement.

Who can get it

To get the payment, workers need to meet the ... MORE

$282.5 million Cash Injection to Support Victorian Businesses

21st July 2021

The ... MORE

Quarantine and Testing Payments

20th July 2021

There is a Federal Government Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment available for any person who is required to isolate for 14 days if directed by the Department of Health. There are eligibility conditions attached to this payment. For more information visit: MORE

Updated Construction FAQs

20th July 2021

Can building and construction projects continue?

Building and construction projects can continue if the premises is a new build or unoccupied. From 11:59 pm on Tuesday 20 July 2021, new separate rules apply for occupied premises (see below).
The definition of building and construction project includes:

  • service and maintenance essential to support the... MORE

July Lockdown Building and Construction FAQs

19th July 2021

The Construction FAQs updates below that gives clarifications about construction on occupied and unoccupied premises.

Is construction allowed to continue during the lockdown? 

Yes, construction can continue during the lockdown for unoccupied premises and new builds. Essential repairs and maintenance at an occupied property are permitted. Strict health measures... MORE

COViD-19 Support Package for Victorians

16th July 2021

Earlier today, the Commonwealth Government has announced proposed changes to how economic assistance would be provided to people and companies in regions subject to Commonwealth Hotspot declarations and State or Territory lockdown restrictions, in collaboration with States and Territories.

Key Information: 

  • Eligibility for the COVID-19 Disaster Payment will be made available... MORE