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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.


AER releases draft demand management incentive scheme

30 August, 2017

The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) is requesting views from stakeholders on the draft incentive scheme to improve demand management in electricity networks. 


New standard for plugs and sockets released

30 August, 2017

Standards Australia has released a new edition of the standard for plugs and sockets used in Australia and New Zealand, AS/NZS 3112, Approval and test specification - Plugs and socket-outlets.


Warning issued against dangerous TPS cable being sold in NZ

30 August, 2017

Australian electrical bodies have issued a warning regarding non-compliant and unsafe TPS cable being supplied and sold in New Zealand.


Electricians support new product safety laws

28 August, 2017

Master Electricians has announced its support for the Queensland Government's new product safety legislation that will strengthen laws against dangerous and dodgy products in the building industry.


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