NECA News Magazine July 2017 flipping book



Member renewals Over the course of the year, all members will receive their annual membership renewal notice. I am delighted to inform members that for the second year in a row that there has been no increase in your fees. 2017 NECA Conference I have just returned from Port Douglas where the 2017 NECA Conference was held. With over 320 delegates attending it was a fantastic networking opportunity and one that was thoroughly embraced by those present. The presenters were of the highest calibre and many delegates have commented to me about the insights that they took from sessions, such as a mock WHS trial, in which 3 delegates were “interrogated” in the witness box by an experienced former prosecutor from the NSW Solicitor General’s office. From the complete silence in the room, it was obvious that that many delegates could empathise with the intense questioning of each member and how they had (or had not) fulfilled their WHS obligations in the case study. On a lighter note, many delegates were somewhat shocked when our last speaker asked a delegate to join him on stage and shoot a nail gun at him three times! Far North Queensland is a spectacular part of the world and delegates certainly enjoyed the Great Barrier Reef tours, the white water rafting, live crocodile experience and bushwalking in the Daintree rainforest. Next year’s conference will be held in Fiji from 27 - 30 July and I strongly urge members to attend. Excellence and Apprentice Awards The electrical industry’s “Night of Nights”, the NECA WA Excellence Awards, will be held on Friday 1 September at Crown Perth. There are a record number of entries this year, which is fantastic given the state of the economy. Judges were blown away by the quality, complexity and ingenuity of the nominations whether in the residential sector or large commercial jobs.

The minister for Education and Training, Sue Ellery, will be in attendance to present the Apprentice of the Year awards. I strongly encourage you, your staff and your clients to attend the evening. It is a fantastic networking opportunity but also a great night to witness some of the very best electrical projects and hear about how they came to fruition. To find out more, go to and select ‘Events’. Member Area On 27 June , NECA WA launched its new Member Area. The new Member Area allows members to: • Easily navigate to find the information you need - access key information such as Technical updates with ease communications preferences updated • Request immediate TKB access for your team • Shop ‘til you drop! - we now have an online store known as the NECA Shop so you can purchase items such as the Wiring Rules at your convenience Log in and discover the new Member Area at Industry survey results The results of the annual Market Monitor survey have been released. This is an industry-wide survey across Australia that looks into a wide range of trends that are occurring in the industry and provides members with some very interesting food for thought as to how they run their own businesses. It also provides indicative data on things such as: • The average charge-out rates • Profit margins • Use of call out fees • Trends in fixed pricing vs. hourly rates • Apprentice charge-out rates You can view the summary of the research on our new Member Area. Go to the ‘Latest News’ section at memberarea.necawa.asn. au and locate the article there. • Keep your contact details and

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Consolidation of ECA, EGT and CET In an effort to further improve services to members and the industry, the Board of Directors of the Electrical and Communications Association of Western Australia (Union of Employers) (ECA WA), Electrical Group Training Ltd and the College of Electrical Training Inc, have agreed to amalgamate these three entities into a single new association - the Electrical and Communications Association of Western Australia Inc . This process is expected to take up to 12 months. When this amalgamation is complete, members will receive written notification. At that time, your current membership of ECA WA, more commonly known as NECA WA, will cease and your membership of the new body, the Electrical and Communications Association of Western Australia Inc. (ECA WA Inc) will commence. ECA WA Inc will continue to work closely with NECA and share common branding to ensure NECA remains Australia’s premier electrical and communications industry body. Please be assured that as a result of this transition, there will be no change to any of the services that you currently receive. A copy of the new body’s terms and conditions of membership can be found by selecting ‘Terms and Conditions’ on . If you have any questions regarding the amalgamation, please don’t hesitate to contact Garry Itzstein on (08) 6241 6100 or

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