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Fast energy — five-minute settlement to start in 2021

01 December, 2017

The Australian Energy Market Commission has made a final rule to change the settlement period for the electricity spot price from 30 minutes to five minutes, starting in 2021.


New regulations to improve safety for electricians

29 November, 2017

The WA Government has introduced new legislation in order to improve the safety of electricians and other workers.


Asbestos compliance codes review

21 November, 2017

Public comment is open on the proposed Managing Asbestos in Workplaces Compliance Code and Removing Asbestos in Workplaces Compliance Code that align with the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017, which took effect on 18 June 2017, according to WorkSafe Victoria.


Lighting Council welcomes further consultation on MEPS for LEDs

15 November, 2017

Lighting Council Australia has said that it has received a commitment from the federal government to undertake further industry consultation about new regulations planned for the lighting industry.


Industrial manslaughter — up to 20 years' jail and maximum $10m fine

01 November, 2017

In October, the Queensland parliament passed the legislation that created the offence of industrial manslaughter. Simply put, it means: if you cost someone their life, you'll pay.


Sparkies welcome passage of Security of Payment Bill

30 October, 2017

Master Electricians Australia (MEA) has welcomed the passage of legislation through the Queensland parliament that will guarantee payments to small and medium businesses in the building and construction industry.


Amendments to the Electrical Safety Act

25 October, 2017

Two important amendments have been made to the Electrical Safety Act 2002. These amendments directly target unsafe electrical work and unsafe electrical work practices and are in addition to existing penalties and disciplinary actions available under the Act.


CET ditched in favour of new policy

18 October, 2017

The Turnbull government has decided to drop the Clean Energy Target in favour of new policy designed to deliver "more affordable and reliable electricity".


Wiring Rules — requirements for recessed luminaires and pool area installations

22 September, 2017

The new edition of the Wiring Rules, due in early 2018, will include changes to the requirements of recessed luminaires and pool area installations.


Next steps agreed on battery storage standards

19 September, 2017

Standards Australia recently brought together a group of senior industry and government leaders to discuss the introduction of residential on-site battery storage standards in Australia.


Better protection for workers as new Fair Work laws come into effect

18 September, 2017

The Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Act 2017 has now come into effect, with higher penalties for serious contraventions of workplace laws and record-keeping breaches.


NECA supports cladding report recommendations

11 September, 2017

The National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) has supported the recommendations outlined in the Australian Senate's interim report on aluminium composite cladding, released as part of its inquiry into non-conforming building products.


New requirements for sleeving of conductors

05 September, 2017

The Australian Standard AS/NZS3000 (the Wiring Rules) is being updated and due to be published later this year. The new version of the Wiring Rules will include some changes to the requirements of sleeving of conductors and clarification on the segregation of different electrical installations, according to an update by the Queensland Electrical Safety Office.


EEaSSy as…

05 September, 2017 by Dannielle Furness

All electrical equipment offered for sale in Australia and New Zealand is required to meet a range of essential safety criteria under Electrical Equipment Safety System (EESS) regulations.


NECA urges rethink on Industrial Manslaughter laws

04 September, 2017

The National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) is calling for a rethink on the state government's proposed Industrial Manslaughter laws.


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