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The Solar Credits multiplier will REDUCE from 2 down to 1 effective from January 1st, 2013.
This is following an announcement by the federal government made on the November 16th, 2012. This effectively means that the Solar Credits mechanism will be phased out from January 1st, 2013.
- Any agreement to install a solar PV system that was entered into before (16 November 2012) will be eligible for the existing Solar Credit multiplier of 2.
- This includes:
- a legally binding contract
- written agreement
- Statutory declaration confirming verbal agreement
- If an agreement was entered into prior to 16th November, you will have until 30 June 2013 to install the solar PV system under the existing multiplier.
- The same applies to all systems installed before 1st January 2013
The Government media release can be found HERE.
Please call today to discuss your solar needs or any questions you may have regarding the above. 1300 326 632
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Last month the Federal Government announced sweeping changes to the Australian Apprenticeships System, in particular Commonwealth Apprenticeship Incentives.
These changes affect all electrical contractors who employ apprentices or trainees.
We have identified the relevant information electrical contractors need to be aware of if they currently employ or are thinking of employing an apprentice.
Reintroduction of the Kickstart initiative
The most valuable change and benefit for members is the implementation of the Kickstart initiative.
Small to medium employers (fewer than 200 employees) who employ a new apprentice between December 2012 and February 2013 can receive an additional $3,350 paid in two instalments of:
- $850 – paid at the six month point of the Australian Apprenticeship,
- $2,500 – paid at the 12 month point of the Australian Apprenticeship.
When previously introduced, the Kickstart incentive applied to apprentices aged between 16 and 19 years of age. To date there has been no indication that an ‘age bracket’ applies in this instance.
This initiative applies to apprentices undertaking a Certificate III or IV level qualification in electrical, plumbing, carpentry and other construction trades listed on the National Skills Needs List.
Support for Adult Australian Apprentice (SAAA)
New Adult Apprentices (over 25yrs) commenced on or after 23rd October 2012:
- Employers of electrical apprentices aged 25yrs or over at the time of commencement after 23rd October 2012 and pay above the national minimum wage, will receive a one of lump sum payment of $4,000 at 12 months.
Existing Adult Apprentices (over 25yrs) commenced prior to 23rd October 2012:
- For current employers who receive Support for Adult Apprentices (SAAA), they will continue to receive the 1st year payments of $150 per week paid in arrears until the end of the first year of the apprenticeship OR 23rd October 2013, whichever arrives first.
- However, if you have an apprentice in their 2nd year and were previously receiving the Support for Adult Australian Apprentice (SAAA) incentive, this will no longer apply from 23rd October 2012.
Employers that have outstanding SAAA incentives yet to be claimed for a period up to 23rd October 2012, will still receive their entitled incentive as the SAAA incentive is paid in arrears. Once this has been processed by your preferred Australian Apprenticeship Centre on behalf of the Federal Government, these incentive payments for your 2nd year apprentice will cease.
Master Electricians and ECA members can contact the ApprenticeConnect team on 1300 663 793 for further information. Alternatively please visit the Australian Apprenticeships website atwww.australianapprenticeships.gov.au.
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Why register your business for the Ideal WebStore?
The Ideal WebStore is your one-stop-shop for all your electrical goods need’s, product and account information. There are significant benefits afforded when a business signs up for a login to the Ideal WebStore.
The Ideal WebStore is designed to be a helpful & powerful tool that can assist you in reducing the cost of doing business and will provide you with access to a detailed information resource containing over 150,000 enriched products, plus many other features outlined below.
- SAVE Time & Money – The WebStore allows you to search for and order products from almost anywhere you can access the internet. Getting access to the products you need can be as simple as ordering goods from a job site using a tablet PC or smart phone. If your time is short the WebStore affords you to place orders at a time that fits around your key business trading hours.
- Avoid The Queue – Access the WebStore 24/7 where ever you are, orders can be researched and placed at a time that suits your business schedule. For example, placing an order in the afternoon for pick-up the following morning. Spend your time on the job not waiting at the branch.
- Predictive Text – With the WebStore you won’t need to remember part numbers, easily search for products using our dynamic search bar with predictive text to find what you’re looking for fast. The search bar will return matching part numbers from your search text.
- Online Quotes – Create, request and approve quotations all from the WebStore, just login to view your active quotes, as soon as the staff at the branch have processed your quote it will appear in your ‘My Quotes’ tab awaiting your review and approval.
- Order Tracking – keep track of your orders and quotations with status updates.
- Live Information – Not only can you view our product range but the Ideal WebStore also shows you stock levels at your local branch in real-time. You can make sure that the goods you need are in stock, just by logging into the WebStore.
- Access Your Account Information – Your account information is at your fingertips when you need it. Access your current account balance & up to 3-years of invoices and statements. You can also have a PDF soft copy e-mailed to you so there’s no more waiting for an invoice to be manually faxed to you.
- SAVE $$$ – With the WebStore you can get in early to view & purchase monthly specials & promotions straight form our digital catalogue.
There are still many more benefits the Ideal WebStore can offer your business, SIGN UP or talk to your local branch today about how the Ideal WebStore can benefit your business.
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Want more control of your procurement process? Are you considering automating your entire transactional flow? If so, contact us today and look out for feature articles on our flexible WebFlow & WebConnect e-commerce solutions in the coming months.
November 15, 2012
Queensland’s peak electrical industry body the National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) has announced the appointment of respected industry identity Mick Logan as Member Services Manager.
Mick has extensive experience including working six years for the Queensland Electrical Safety Office in senior management roles and serving as a key member of the national Electrical Regulatory Advisory Council (ERAC) working on electrical safety, licensing, inspection, equipment and supply regulators.
NECA Queensland Executive Director Guy Houghton said, “Mick brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to this new role.
“His knowledge of the electrical industry and the contacts he has built up over the years will prove a major asset for our members and will help NECA deal with local regulators in every state and other industry associations, as well as engaging with governments in the Asia Pacific region.”
During Mick’s time at the Queensland Electrical Safety Office he has built up knowledge of the state’s electrical industry across licensing, inspection and policy aspects of the regulation of NECA members. He also has knowledge and contacts outside government across industry associations and businesses involved in generation, distribution, installation and electrical equipment supply chains.
Prior to entering the electrical industry Mick had a senior role in Workplace Health and Safety Queensland and before that he spent 15 years in Industrial Relations at a state and national level.
“The advantage of Mick’s other roles is that as well as giving NECA members electrical industry advice he can also help them make everyday sense of their increasing Occupational Health and Safety obligations and keep them abreast of their Fair Work Australia obligations on employee pay and conditions,” said Mr Houghton.
Mick’s experience serving on ERAC has given him up to date knowledge of current issues including the National Occupational Licensing System, the Australian standard being developed for electrical safety management systems, the national electrical equipment safety system and the national wiring rules process.
Mick has extensive industry contacts and professional contacts with every electrical regulator in Australia and New Zealand, contacts in Asia – including China, Singapore and Hong Kong – and strong industry contacts in Standards Australia, Lighting Council of Australia, Consumer Electronics Suppliers Association and the Australian Information Industry Association.
NECA is the peak industry body representing the interests of over 5,000 electrical and communications contractors Australia-wide. For further information go to www.neca.asn.au.
October 10, 2012
If someone is harmed or property is damaged due to faulty electrical products that you supplied or installed, you could be held liable for the damages, even though it might not be your fault to begin with.
While very few electrical professionals would deliberately supply or install sub-standard electrical systems, anyone could inadvertently do it when they handle counterfeit electrical accessories.
All electrical professionals should be conscious of the law of ‘subrogation’, which enables insurance companies to recoup money they have paid out on insurance claims from other parties who can be identified as being partially or fully responsible for the cause of the claim. So if you knowingly or unknowingly supply, install or specify counterfeit electrical goods that are found to have contributed to an insurance claim (e.g. fire or electrocution) because of being sub-standard or unsafe, you could be held liable for personal damages and possibly face imprisonment.
Counterfeits are everywhere
When people think about counterfeit goods, what typically comes to mind are fake Rolex watches and Gucci handbags. Few people are aware of the proliferation of counterfeit electrical products.
According to US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), 30-40% of the estimated $1 billion in counterfeit products that enter the US each year are electrical products. Globally, electrical products rank second highest, totalling 13% of all counterfeit goods seized.
We’re not immune to it in Australia, with thousands of non-compliant GPOs, lights, cables, RCDs, etc coming into our market every year through unscrupulous importers. In 2010, an Office of Fair Trading (OFT) campaign uncovered 311 non-compliant electrical products being sold by various retailers across Sydney, including lamps and lighting products. And in 2006, the OFT uncovered a large number of counterfeit HPM-branded GPOs in the marketplace. Not only were these fakes found to be of poor quality, they were also grossly unsafe, with the switch mechanisms breaking down with minimal use, rendering them dangerous to users over time. The OFT successfully charged the importer and issued warnings to consumers and the electrical industry on how to avoid being caught out by these counterfeit products.
While such actions are admirable, their effectiveness is limited. Sadly a great number of counterfeit electrical goods still end up installed in homes and businesses around the country. The electrical industry itself – electrical wholesalers, retailers, contractors, electricians and consultants – needs to be particularly vigilant against them.
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May 12, 2011
We are excited to announce our newly relocated Nerang branch. Not only has the branch moved to a bigger showroom but Nerang now features a huge lighting showroom, showcasing the latest in lighting solutions for your needs.
You’ll find the new Ideal Nerang branch at: Unit 1/98 Spencer Road, Nerang. Come and see the new branch today!
Your Invited to Ideal Nerang’s Gala Grand Opening!
Friday June 10th at 12-5pm – Win great prizes every hour, so come down meet the team and have a fun filled day at Ideal Nerang!
Osram has recently launched a direct LED retrofit, an easy to use LED tube that replaces the 36 watt T8 fluorescent tube.
While most T8 LED retrofit options do not have a shock protection system in compliance with IEC safety regulations, OSRAM’s SubstiTUBE has an in line fuse called the ‘SubstiTUBE Start’ which is in the shape of a starter. The ‘SubstiTUBE Starter’ replaces the existing starter which ensures that there is no risk of the ends of the tube becoming live leading to electric shock when installing the LED tube.
The SubstiTUBE offers energy savings up to 50% and can be generally used for lighting applications where little or no maintenance is required. For example, warehouses, supply rooms, corridors, stairways, car parks and walk ways.
These tubes have a long average life of 50,000 hours and are ideal for applications where maintenance costs are exorbitant. The combination of low maintenance costs and the energy saving potential means you will achieve a payback of less than two years in many applications.
- VDE – Certified security
- Genuine retrofit solution for simple installation – no rewiring required!
- Modern room lighting
- Instant On lighting – full output with any warm up time
- Energy savings of up to 50%
- Low maintenance thanks to an average lifespan of 50 000 hours
- Eco-friendly product, mecury free
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- LED Lamp in T8 shape with G13 socket
- Length: 1.212 m; Weight: 420 g
- 18 high-performance OSLON LED‘s
- Nominal Power: 23.5 W
- For operation with CCG
- No rewiring necessary; Luminaire certifications remain valid
- Direct Retrofit for CCG luminaires; replacement of lamp and included starter
- Extremely robust with aluminium heat sink and polycarbonate cover
- Full integrated ECG complies to relevant standards
- Complies with safety standard for self balastedLED lamps IEC 62560; VDE certificied
- Up to 50.000 h lifetime
- Overpower, overheat, short and open circuit protected
- FineWhite/ ANSI Binning for highest homogeneity
- Not for operation with ECG, not dimmable
April 8, 2011
Late December and early January saw Queensland hit with horrific floods that destroyed many homes and business and left a third of the state declared as a disaster zone.
Now April, lives slowly return to a somewhat normal state, with clean-up efforts still in progress in some areas. Lord Mayor Campbell Newman stated “There is still a lot to be done. It’s going to take months for life to return to a fully normal situation.”
The rebuilding effort was aided with the many volunteers from all over Queensland and Australia with over 10,000 volunteers registering and many more that have simply driven into the CDB to lend a helping hand.
“A shovel, garbage bags, Gum boots anything I could get my hands on really” Says one volunteer who had driven 3 hours to volunteer his time.
It was because of volunteers such as this and the Queensland spirit that we are able to announce the re-opening of Ideal Toowoomba and Ideal Milton. Both branches were hit hard during the floods but have been rebuilt and now showcase new lighting showrooms. So come down, meet the team and check out the new branch!
More than $250 million has been donated to the Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal. Remember it’s not too late to donate! To donate please click here.
Just some of the damage left behind by these terrible floods