Business and management

NECA ACT Excellence Awards

08 October, 2007

The electrical industry recently recognised the outstanding skills of six contracting firms at the 2007 NECA ACT Excellence Awards held at the Hyatt in September.


ECAQ Apprentice of the Year

08 October, 2007

Brisbane apprentice, Peter Schultz has been named the Queensland Electrical and Communications Association/Clipsal/Schneider Electric 2007 Apprentice of the Year.


Non-compliant electrical product counterfeiting

26 September, 2007 by Paul Stathis, Editor

The entire Australian electrical industry should be involved in the fight against the importation of sub-standard, non-compliant electrical product, often referred to as 'counterfeiting'


Australian Apprenticeship award

14 September, 2007

Powercor Australia was a recent Victorian winner of the ‘Minister’s Awards for Excellence for Employers of Australian Apprentices’. The awards recognise employers who demonstrate commitment, innovation and outstanding achievement in the training of Australian apprentices. Australian Apprenticeships are an Australian government initiative.


NECA SA 2007 Excellence awards

04 September, 2007

The South Australia NECA Excellence Awards and Apprentice Awards were held at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Friday 24 August, with ten of the state's leading contractors and three top electrical and communications apprentices recognised for their outstanding achievements. The Leader of the Opposition, Martin Hamilton-Smith MP, set the tone at the event with his ideas about making it easier for businesses to develop, succeed and achieve excellence.


Skills shortage here to stay

30 August, 2007

A recent study by McCrindle Research shows the skills shortages and the associated workplace expectations of 'Generation Y' are here to stay


New Wiring Rules to be released soon

24 August, 2007

According to a recent Standards Australia media release, the new edition of the AS/NZS 3000 Wiring Rules is expected to be released in the final quarter of 2007.


Electrical supply protection standards

20 August, 2007

A number of new electrical supply protection standards have recently been updated, simplifying the process of providing supply protection. I spoke with experts from Novaris, HPM and PowerCom Solutions about their implications to contractors


Spacing changes between halogens and insulation in new Wiring Rules

15 August, 2007

Standards Australia announced new rules relating to the installation of thermal insulation and halogen downlights which should help reduce the incidence of house fires.


Lighting standards

12 August, 2007

Like all electrical work, lighting installations must be compliant to regulations. But regs don't just cover workmanship. Lighting products also have to be compliant to standards, but who's accountable for their compliance?


Reminder on need for RCDs with hand-held electrical tools

12 August, 2007

WorkSafe has issued a reminder to workplaces that residual current devices (RCDs) need to be fitted to electrical circuits wherever hand-held electrical tools are to be used.


HVAC apprentice incentive program

03 August, 2007

HVAC and building management services provider, AE Smith has developed a 'National Training Achievement award' to recognise and reward the efforts of the company's apprentices.


Electrical testing standards

01 August, 2007

Workplace safety is a serious concern for all employees and employers. In the electrical industry, it's not limited to installation practises and tools. Testing is a high-risk activity that can be done safely by following the standards and regulations


HPM Legrand moves to new building

31 July, 2007

The new Australasian headquarters for electrical industry supplier HPM Legrand was officially opened at a recent staff ceremony in Sydney's western suburb of Auburn.


How much and what insurance do contractors need?

25 July, 2007 by Joel Ciszek, BuildSafe Insurance Brokers

The correct type and amount of insurance for contractors depends on how their business is structured and what legal requirements need to be met. Differences in state legislation throw in another 'wobbly', particularly when working several states


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