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Master Electricians DRIVES REFORMS of insulation safety standards

RENEWABLE ENERGY SPOTLIGHT Bioreactor Technology

inside HUGE OPPORTUNITY for electrical contractors

INTERNET INNOVATION to dismantle duopoly

THE Interview Rod Welford

BRIGHT IDEAS ON MANAGING CASH FLOW

SUMMER 10

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Average Net Distribution 26, 261 CAB Audited as at 30 September 2009

Editor’snote Welcome to the Summer 2010 issue of The Master Electrician.

SUMMER

After influencing a national policy change, hosting the annual awards of excellence and launching a national television and radio campaign, the last three months at Head Office have been jam-packed with excitement. As we begin 2010, many contractors are reflecting on their businesses, what is working, what could be working better – and ways they can plan for future growth. This edition we look at bright ideas for managing cash flow and controlling ever increasing debtor lists, turn to page 14 for all the details.

contents WATTS NEW

A PARADIGM SHIFT FOR TECHNOLOGY

Master Electricians’ stance on foil-based insulation saw a ban to metal fasteners, a colossal win for Master Electricians and ECA, a win which will continue to position them as the national peak body for the electrotechnology industry. New year, new opportunities – we’ve got the latest on the electrical industry trend that is set to boom. Don’t miss out on your piece of the pie, turn to page 22. With an abundance of renewable energy options now readily available, industry innovators are continuing to launch new ways to combat climate change. This edition we feature a story on the development of bioreactor technology at a Sydney based shopping centre. Interested in energy auditing? Turn to page 38 to find out what opportunities the Energy Management Institute can offer you. Until next time...

Kylie Roberts Associate Editor

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04 up front with the regulators 08 shopping around for renewable energy 10 the buzz 14 bright ideas on managing cash flow 16 master electricians drives reforms of insulation safety standards

GADGET GUIDE Keeping you in the know

read more page 41

TECHNICAL TALK

The phase-out of inefficient, incandescent light bulbs read more page 42

The Master Electrician Magazine can be viewed online at www.masterelectricians.com.au General Enquiries master electricians australia 57 Berwick Street, Fortitude Valley PO Box 2438, Fortitude Valley BC Queensland 4006 phone 1300 889 198 fax 07 3251 2400 email magazine@masterelectricians.com.au web www.masterelectricians.com.au abn 97 131 416 183

22 coal seam gas 27 meet a master electrician 28 internet innovation to disable duopoly 30 news from distributors 34 letter of the law 36 interview 40 techno biz 45 workplace relations 48 all about ME 50 test drive 52 events calendar 53 your best (or worst) funny story 54 last word

Editorial Contacts & Contributors editor Malcolm Richards Associate editor Kylie Roberts advertising enquiries Glenn Stevens phone 07 3252 4860 email magazine@masterelectricians.com.au design and print POMO 07 3844 3873

keep up-to-date yearly subscriptions (4 issues) just $38.50 www.masterelectricians.com.au or call 1300 889 198

Disclaimer: The statements and opinions expressed in this publication are offered solely in pursuance of the objects of the Electrical and Communications Association and Master Electricians Australia to provide an informative service to contractors in the electrical industry on legal, commercial and other issues and problems related to the industry. The Electrical and Communications Association and Master Electricians Australia are not aware that any person intends to act or rely upon such statements and opinions contained in this publication or the manner in which it might be possible to do so. The Electrical and Communications Association and Master Electricians Australia issues no invitation to any member or other persons to act or rely upon such statements or opinions or any of them and it accepts no responsibility for any of them. It intends by this provision to exclude, to the extent permitted by law, all liability for any such statements and opinions. The Master Electrician Magazine can be viewed online at www.masterelectricians.com.au

the master electrician : SUMMER 10

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Average Net Distribution 26, 261 CAB Audited as at 30 September 2009

Editor’snote Welcome to the Summer 2010 issue of The Master Electrician.

SUMMER

After influencing a national policy change, hosting the annual awards of excellence and launching a national television and radio campaign, the last three months at Head Office have been jam-packed with excitement. As we begin 2010, many contractors are reflecting on their businesses, what is working, what could be working better – and ways they can plan for future growth. This edition we look at bright ideas for managing cash flow and controlling ever increasing debtor lists, turn to page 14 for all the details.

contents WATTS NEW

A PARADIGM SHIFT FOR TECHNOLOGY

Master Electricians’ stance on foil-based insulation saw a ban to metal fasteners, a colossal win for Master Electricians and ECA, a win which will continue to position them as the national peak body for the electrotechnology industry. New year, new opportunities – we’ve got the latest on the electrical industry trend that is set to boom. Don’t miss out on your piece of the pie, turn to page 22. With an abundance of renewable energy options now readily available, industry innovators are continuing to launch new ways to combat climate change. This edition we feature a story on the development of bioreactor technology at a Sydney based shopping centre. Interested in energy auditing? Turn to page 38 to find out what opportunities the Energy Management Institute can offer you. Until next time...

Kylie Roberts Associate Editor

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10

read more page 20

04 up front with the regulators 08 shopping around for renewable energy 10 the buzz 14 bright ideas on managing cash flow 16 master electricians drives reforms of insulation safety standards

GADGET GUIDE Keeping you in the know

read more page 41

TECHNICAL TALK

The phase-out of inefficient, incandescent light bulbs read more page 42

The Master Electrician Magazine can be viewed online at www.masterelectricians.com.au General Enquiries master electricians australia 57 Berwick Street, Fortitude Valley PO Box 2438, Fortitude Valley BC Queensland 4006 phone 1300 889 198 fax 07 3251 2400 email magazine@masterelectricians.com.au web www.masterelectricians.com.au abn 97 131 416 183

22 coal seam gas 27 meet a master electrician 28 internet innovation to disable duopoly 30 news from distributors 34 letter of the law 36 interview 40 techno biz 45 workplace relations 48 all about ME 50 test drive 52 events calendar 53 your best (or worst) funny story 54 last word

Editorial Contacts & Contributors editor Malcolm Richards Associate editor Kylie Roberts advertising enquiries Glenn Stevens phone 07 3252 4860 email magazine@masterelectricians.com.au design and print POMO 07 3844 3873

keep up-to-date yearly subscriptions (4 issues) just $38.50 www.masterelectricians.com.au or call 1300 889 198

Disclaimer: The statements and opinions expressed in this publication are offered solely in pursuance of the objects of the Electrical and Communications Association and Master Electricians Australia to provide an informative service to contractors in the electrical industry on legal, commercial and other issues and problems related to the industry. The Electrical and Communications Association and Master Electricians Australia are not aware that any person intends to act or rely upon such statements and opinions contained in this publication or the manner in which it might be possible to do so. The Electrical and Communications Association and Master Electricians Australia issues no invitation to any member or other persons to act or rely upon such statements or opinions or any of them and it accepts no responsibility for any of them. It intends by this provision to exclude, to the extent permitted by law, all liability for any such statements and opinions. The Master Electrician Magazine can be viewed online at www.masterelectricians.com.au

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up front with the regulators : STATE NEWS

regulators

up front with the victoria

Energy Safe Victoria

New electrical safety installations regulations for Victoria

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ictoria’s Electricity Safety Installation Regulations 2009 are about to be proclaimed. The successful introduction of the new regulations follows more than 12 months of intensive development work by Energy Safe Victoria (ESV) working in conjunction with the electricity industry. The new regulations combine the essential safety components of Victoria’s existing 1999 installation regulations and the Electricity Safety (Network Assets) Regulations 1999, which are not being remade. They do not contain provisions relating to licensing and registration of electrical workers.

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These will be the subject of a new set of regulations, the Electricity Safety (Registration and Licensing) Regulations, which will be published separately this year. Here are some of the principle differences between the 1999 and 2009 regulations: n Retains reference to clauses of AS/NZS3000 2007Annex K for high voltage installations to be used in conjunction with AS2067. This annex was removed from AS/NZS3000 2007 by Amendment 1. ESV will make this annex available online. This ensures the independent inspection of installations. Inspectors cannot inspect an installation they have designed. This does not include giving advice relating to the Act and regulations n Mandates

labelling of part 1 solutions, wiring not in common areas of multiple occupancies and to indicate the presence of auxiliary generation systems

The new regulations combine the essential safety components of Victoria’s existing 1999 installation regulations and the Electricity Safety (Network Assets) Regulations 1999, which are not being remade

n Bonding

of metallic support for LV overhead service n Combines High Voltage (HV) clearances from both sets of regulations n Revision to private overhead electric line (POEL) requirements n Revised definitions of prescribed electrical installation work n Changes to inspection requirements to include part 1 solutions. Certificate of electrical safety (COES) pricing is now fee unit based. This means that the price of COES will be indexed annually in line with inflation n Changes to requirements for reporting of incidents to include complex electrical installations and railways.

ESV will be conducting seminars across Victoria early this year explaining the differences between the old and the new regulations and their implications for the electrical trades. The locations and dates for the seminars will be announced soon. An explanation of the changes will be available soon on the ESV website at www.esv.vic.gov.au.

western australia

EnergySafety

New RCD laws frequently asked questions

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nergySafety’s RCD website lists a number of frequently asked questions. Below are some additional questions and answers recently added to the website. Please visit www.energysafety. wa.gov.au/RCD for further information. Q: With respect to the recent legislation to retrofit RCDs into tenanted properties and at point of sale for residential properties, if I install RCDs, I will also have to rewire light and power circuits in the installation so the RCDs will not ‘nuisance trip’. This will be very expensive for the home owner. Can these types of installations be exempt from the legislation? A: No. If the circuit wiring is in such a state of deterioration, it should be replaced. Cost is not a valid reason to compromise electrical safety. Q: If I install RCDs, do I have to submit a Notice of Completion for the work?

A: Yes. Installing more than one RCD is notifiable work and must be certified by submitting a Notice of Completion. The electrical contractor must also prepare an Electrical Safety Certificate for this work. The certificate must be delivered to the person for whom the work was carried out. Q: With respect to the recent legislation to retrofit RCDs into tenanted properties and at point of sale for residential properties, do I need two RCDs for house services? A: No. House services power and light circuits need only be protected by one RCD. Similarly, in a residence with a shed, power and light circuits for the shed need only be protected by one RCD. The actual residence requires a minimum of two RCDs to protect the power and light circuits. Q: If I am asked to verify that an installation has a minimum of two RCDs, do I have to submit a Notice of Completion for this checking work? A: No. If you are merely confirming that the installation has a minimum of two RCDs, you need only provide an Electrical Safety Certificate for this checking. Sample wording the master electrician : SUMMER 10

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up front with the regulators : STATE NEWS

regulators

up front with the victoria

Energy Safe Victoria

New electrical safety installations regulations for Victoria

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ictoria’s Electricity Safety Installation Regulations 2009 are about to be proclaimed. The successful introduction of the new regulations follows more than 12 months of intensive development work by Energy Safe Victoria (ESV) working in conjunction with the electricity industry. The new regulations combine the essential safety components of Victoria’s existing 1999 installation regulations and the Electricity Safety (Network Assets) Regulations 1999, which are not being remade. They do not contain provisions relating to licensing and registration of electrical workers.

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These will be the subject of a new set of regulations, the Electricity Safety (Registration and Licensing) Regulations, which will be published separately this year. Here are some of the principle differences between the 1999 and 2009 regulations: n Retains reference to clauses of AS/NZS3000 2007Annex K for high voltage installations to be used in conjunction with AS2067. This annex was removed from AS/NZS3000 2007 by Amendment 1. ESV will make this annex available online. This ensures the independent inspection of installations. Inspectors cannot inspect an installation they have designed. This does not include giving advice relating to the Act and regulations n Mandates

labelling of part 1 solutions, wiring not in common areas of multiple occupancies and to indicate the presence of auxiliary generation systems

The new regulations combine the essential safety components of Victoria’s existing 1999 installation regulations and the Electricity Safety (Network Assets) Regulations 1999, which are not being remade

n Bonding

of metallic support for LV overhead service n Combines High Voltage (HV) clearances from both sets of regulations n Revision to private overhead electric line (POEL) requirements n Revised definitions of prescribed electrical installation work n Changes to inspection requirements to include part 1 solutions. Certificate of electrical safety (COES) pricing is now fee unit based. This means that the price of COES will be indexed annually in line with inflation n Changes to requirements for reporting of incidents to include complex electrical installations and railways.

ESV will be conducting seminars across Victoria early this year explaining the differences between the old and the new regulations and their implications for the electrical trades. The locations and dates for the seminars will be announced soon. An explanation of the changes will be available soon on the ESV website at www.esv.vic.gov.au.

western australia

EnergySafety

New RCD laws frequently asked questions

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nergySafety’s RCD website lists a number of frequently asked questions. Below are some additional questions and answers recently added to the website. Please visit www.energysafety. wa.gov.au/RCD for further information. Q: With respect to the recent legislation to retrofit RCDs into tenanted properties and at point of sale for residential properties, if I install RCDs, I will also have to rewire light and power circuits in the installation so the RCDs will not ‘nuisance trip’. This will be very expensive for the home owner. Can these types of installations be exempt from the legislation? A: No. If the circuit wiring is in such a state of deterioration, it should be replaced. Cost is not a valid reason to compromise electrical safety. Q: If I install RCDs, do I have to submit a Notice of Completion for the work?

A: Yes. Installing more than one RCD is notifiable work and must be certified by submitting a Notice of Completion. The electrical contractor must also prepare an Electrical Safety Certificate for this work. The certificate must be delivered to the person for whom the work was carried out. Q: With respect to the recent legislation to retrofit RCDs into tenanted properties and at point of sale for residential properties, do I need two RCDs for house services? A: No. House services power and light circuits need only be protected by one RCD. Similarly, in a residence with a shed, power and light circuits for the shed need only be protected by one RCD. The actual residence requires a minimum of two RCDs to protect the power and light circuits. Q: If I am asked to verify that an installation has a minimum of two RCDs, do I have to submit a Notice of Completion for this checking work? A: No. If you are merely confirming that the installation has a minimum of two RCDs, you need only provide an Electrical Safety Certificate for this checking. Sample wording the master electrician : SUMMER 10

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Electrical Safety Office

New safety switch proposals for public discussion

t for this checking work is along the lines of “Inspected installation. Confirmed two RCDs are installed to protect all socket outlets and lighting final sub circuits in accordance with AS/NZS 3000:2007 Wiring Rules”. Q: Do RCDs have to be fitted to park homes where the owner owns the building but not the land (which is subject to a lease)? A: The owner only needs to fit two RCDs if the building is sold or rented. Most of these cabins are supplied by a flexible cord and inlet socket. In this case one RCD is acceptable in a cabin which is supplied by one inlet socket. At least two would be required if there are two or more inlet sockets Q: Do RCDs need to be fitted in caravan parks? A: Caravan parks are classed as residential premises, therefore, they fall under the new RCD laws. The onsite permanently wired cabins require two RCDs when they are sold, leased or rented. An exemption can be issued for one RCD where the cabin does not have a switchboard or the switchboard does not have sufficient space to install two RCDs. All the lighting and socket outlet circuits in the caravan park (which is sold, rented or leased) must be protected by RCDs as the caravan park is a residential premise. Clearly only one RCD is necessary to protect an individual socket outlet supplying a caravan. Q: Are RCDs required to be fitted to a caravan? A: Caravans require RCDs if sold, rented or leased. One RCD is acceptable in a caravan which is supplied by one inlet socket. At least two would be required if there are two or more inlet sockets.

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NEW south wales

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Department of Fair Trading

Office of Business and Consumer Affairs

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Counterfeit power points

his is information for all licensed electrical contractors and network operators, on unapproved and counterfeit HPM branded XL777WE double socket outlets. The New South Wales Office of Fair Trading has investigated the sale and installation of unapproved and counterfeit HPM branded XL777WE double socket outlets. These socket outlets have been distributed through electrical wholesalers and by direct sale to contractors by phone contact. These outlets can be identified by the missing words ‘MADE’ or ‘MADE IN’ between the HPM logo and the word ‘AUSTRALIA’ next to the active, neutral and earth screws of the moulding of the terminal blocks. Also the word ‘MADE’ is missing next to the words ‘IN AUSTRALIA’ on the moulding on the rear of the face plate next to the earth terminal. Electrical contractors are reminded of their obligations under sections 16 and 31 of the Electricity (Consumer Safety) Act 2004 and section 32 of the Electricity (Consumer Safety) Regulation 2006 in the sale and installation of electrical articles. Penalties apply to companies and individuals convicted of offences for breaching this legislation and may include suspension or cancellation of licences under provisions of the Home Building Act 1989. If you have installed any of these socket outlets or have any knowledge of suppliers of these electrical articles you are urged to contact the Office of Fair Trading by phone on 133220.

National trade licensing system

n July 2008 the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to establish a national trade licensing system (NLS) that will remove inconsistencies across state borders and allow for a much more mobile workforce. Once a licence is issued the licence holder will be able to use the licence to work anywhere in Australia without additional paperwork or cost. COAG has agreed that national trade licensing initially be applied to the following range of economically important occupations: n building n electrical n plumbing and gas fitting n air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics n land transport (passenger vehicle drivers, dangerous goods) n maritime n property agents. Regulators, industry and other key stakeholders have been involved in the development of the new system and will continue to be consulted by the COAG National Licensing Taskforce as the new national trade licensing system is progressed. It is anticipated that the national licensing system will be operational by July 2012. For more information about the development and implementation of the NLS please go to the National Licensing website (https://www. govdex.gov.au/confluence/display/COAGNL/ Home). The website provides links to the Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) and a Regulation Impact Statement (RIS), fact sheets and a list of frequently asked questions.

he Electrical Safety Office is seeking input to proposals for new requirements for the retrofitting of safety switches to lighting and power circuits in all forms of domestic accommodation in Queensland. The Electrical Safety Regulation 2002 currently requires the fitting of safety switches on both power and lighting circuits in all new residences and in all new residential electrical installations. In addition, retrospective fitting of safety switches on power circuits in post-1992 domestic residences is required on their sale or rental where a residential tenancy agreement applies. Other residences built prior to 1992 are not at present subject to mandatory safety switch requirements. A discussion paper outlining proposals for change has been circulated to industry and consumer organisations for their consideration and response. The move to mandatory safety switch requirements for all forms of domestic accommodation over a five-year period is proposed in three stages. 1. Owners of rental and temporary accommodation premises which are sold or the title transferred, to have safety switches installed on power and lighting circuits within three months of the sale or transfer of the property 2. Owners of all rental and temporary accommodation premises, to have safety switches installed on power and lighting circuits within two years 3. All other domestic residences to have safety switches installed on power and lighting circuits within five years (or within three months of their sale or transfer). The discussion paper estimates the cost of fitting a safety switch at between $200 and $250 per unit and notes that, for temporary accommodation establishments associated with a business, this cost can be recouped as a business expense and is tax deductible. There are various devices available on the market for domestic premises enabling safety switches to be fitted into, or near, most older-style switchboards, keeping installation costs to a minimum. The options have been developed taking into consideration the related demands on the electrical contracting industry and to allow businesses and home owners a reasonable phase-in period in which to meet the attendant costs. Submissions on the proposals close on 26 February 2010 and any final proposal for regulatory changes will be subject to regulatory impact assessment and government approval.

Electrical apprentices safety pilot program a success

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he Electrical Safety Office (ESO) is set to expand a successful pilot training program during 2010 to raise safety awareness among Queensland’s apprentice electricians. Executive Director of the Electrical Safety Office Peter Lamont said the fatality last year of an electrical tradesperson who was only nine months out of his apprenticeship and other serious incidents highlighted how vital it was to work more closely with electrical apprentices. Mr Lamont said safe workplace practices needed to be entrenched at the start of an apprentice’s career to prevent such tragedies occurring. There have been 28 serious incidents involving electrical workers in Queensland in the last two years, including two fatalities. Three fourth-year apprentices recently completed a 12-week pilot program which highlighted the work of the ESO in ensuring that the safety message is delivered to those about to start their career in the electrical industry. During the 12-week program, the apprentices spent time in the field with electrical inspectors assisting with process audits, electrical installation verification and some safety investigations. When the apprentices return to their workplaces, their experiences will help them to promote a stronger emphasis on electrical safety. The program, which has industry support, aims to help improve the apprentices’ knowledge and awareness of electrical safety and promote the role of the ESO, while offering secure work placements. The ESO will expand the program during 2010 with six fourthyear apprentices.

up front with the regulators : STATE NEWS

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Disciplinary actions taken against an electrical contractor

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n a recent hearing of the Electrical Licensing Committee the holder of an electrical work licence was fined and his licence suspended. The worker had knowingly represented himself as having a current Queensland electrical contractor licence and performed electrical contracting work when he knew he was not entitled to do so. Further, he had failed to install a MEN link in the main switchboard of a residence and left several other serious electrical defects at the installation. He then submitted a Form 2 to Energex in the name of another contractor without that contractor’s knowledge. The Licensing Committee fined him $1000, and suspended his licence for three months, but deferred the suspension for one month on the condition that he satisfactorily completes an approved course on electrical installation testing and inspection. The suspension will be revoked providing he completes the course in the time stated and pays the fine.

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Electrical Safety Office

New safety switch proposals for public discussion

t for this checking work is along the lines of “Inspected installation. Confirmed two RCDs are installed to protect all socket outlets and lighting final sub circuits in accordance with AS/NZS 3000:2007 Wiring Rules”. Q: Do RCDs have to be fitted to park homes where the owner owns the building but not the land (which is subject to a lease)? A: The owner only needs to fit two RCDs if the building is sold or rented. Most of these cabins are supplied by a flexible cord and inlet socket. In this case one RCD is acceptable in a cabin which is supplied by one inlet socket. At least two would be required if there are two or more inlet sockets Q: Do RCDs need to be fitted in caravan parks? A: Caravan parks are classed as residential premises, therefore, they fall under the new RCD laws. The onsite permanently wired cabins require two RCDs when they are sold, leased or rented. An exemption can be issued for one RCD where the cabin does not have a switchboard or the switchboard does not have sufficient space to install two RCDs. All the lighting and socket outlet circuits in the caravan park (which is sold, rented or leased) must be protected by RCDs as the caravan park is a residential premise. Clearly only one RCD is necessary to protect an individual socket outlet supplying a caravan. Q: Are RCDs required to be fitted to a caravan? A: Caravans require RCDs if sold, rented or leased. One RCD is acceptable in a caravan which is supplied by one inlet socket. At least two would be required if there are two or more inlet sockets.

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NEW south wales

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Department of Fair Trading

Office of Business and Consumer Affairs

t

i

Counterfeit power points

his is information for all licensed electrical contractors and network operators, on unapproved and counterfeit HPM branded XL777WE double socket outlets. The New South Wales Office of Fair Trading has investigated the sale and installation of unapproved and counterfeit HPM branded XL777WE double socket outlets. These socket outlets have been distributed through electrical wholesalers and by direct sale to contractors by phone contact. These outlets can be identified by the missing words ‘MADE’ or ‘MADE IN’ between the HPM logo and the word ‘AUSTRALIA’ next to the active, neutral and earth screws of the moulding of the terminal blocks. Also the word ‘MADE’ is missing next to the words ‘IN AUSTRALIA’ on the moulding on the rear of the face plate next to the earth terminal. Electrical contractors are reminded of their obligations under sections 16 and 31 of the Electricity (Consumer Safety) Act 2004 and section 32 of the Electricity (Consumer Safety) Regulation 2006 in the sale and installation of electrical articles. Penalties apply to companies and individuals convicted of offences for breaching this legislation and may include suspension or cancellation of licences under provisions of the Home Building Act 1989. If you have installed any of these socket outlets or have any knowledge of suppliers of these electrical articles you are urged to contact the Office of Fair Trading by phone on 133220.

National trade licensing system

n July 2008 the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to establish a national trade licensing system (NLS) that will remove inconsistencies across state borders and allow for a much more mobile workforce. Once a licence is issued the licence holder will be able to use the licence to work anywhere in Australia without additional paperwork or cost. COAG has agreed that national trade licensing initially be applied to the following range of economically important occupations: n building n electrical n plumbing and gas fitting n air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics n land transport (passenger vehicle drivers, dangerous goods) n maritime n property agents. Regulators, industry and other key stakeholders have been involved in the development of the new system and will continue to be consulted by the COAG National Licensing Taskforce as the new national trade licensing system is progressed. It is anticipated that the national licensing system will be operational by July 2012. For more information about the development and implementation of the NLS please go to the National Licensing website (https://www. govdex.gov.au/confluence/display/COAGNL/ Home). The website provides links to the Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) and a Regulation Impact Statement (RIS), fact sheets and a list of frequently asked questions.

he Electrical Safety Office is seeking input to proposals for new requirements for the retrofitting of safety switches to lighting and power circuits in all forms of domestic accommodation in Queensland. The Electrical Safety Regulation 2002 currently requires the fitting of safety switches on both power and lighting circuits in all new residences and in all new residential electrical installations. In addition, retrospective fitting of safety switches on power circuits in post-1992 domestic residences is required on their sale or rental where a residential tenancy agreement applies. Other residences built prior to 1992 are not at present subject to mandatory safety switch requirements. A discussion paper outlining proposals for change has been circulated to industry and consumer organisations for their consideration and response. The move to mandatory safety switch requirements for all forms of domestic accommodation over a five-year period is proposed in three stages. 1. Owners of rental and temporary accommodation premises which are sold or the title transferred, to have safety switches installed on power and lighting circuits within three months of the sale or transfer of the property 2. Owners of all rental and temporary accommodation premises, to have safety switches installed on power and lighting circuits within two years 3. All other domestic residences to have safety switches installed on power and lighting circuits within five years (or within three months of their sale or transfer). The discussion paper estimates the cost of fitting a safety switch at between $200 and $250 per unit and notes that, for temporary accommodation establishments associated with a business, this cost can be recouped as a business expense and is tax deductible. There are various devices available on the market for domestic premises enabling safety switches to be fitted into, or near, most older-style switchboards, keeping installation costs to a minimum. The options have been developed taking into consideration the related demands on the electrical contracting industry and to allow businesses and home owners a reasonable phase-in period in which to meet the attendant costs. Submissions on the proposals close on 26 February 2010 and any final proposal for regulatory changes will be subject to regulatory impact assessment and government approval.

Electrical apprentices safety pilot program a success

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he Electrical Safety Office (ESO) is set to expand a successful pilot training program during 2010 to raise safety awareness among Queensland’s apprentice electricians. Executive Director of the Electrical Safety Office Peter Lamont said the fatality last year of an electrical tradesperson who was only nine months out of his apprenticeship and other serious incidents highlighted how vital it was to work more closely with electrical apprentices. Mr Lamont said safe workplace practices needed to be entrenched at the start of an apprentice’s career to prevent such tragedies occurring. There have been 28 serious incidents involving electrical workers in Queensland in the last two years, including two fatalities. Three fourth-year apprentices recently completed a 12-week pilot program which highlighted the work of the ESO in ensuring that the safety message is delivered to those about to start their career in the electrical industry. During the 12-week program, the apprentices spent time in the field with electrical inspectors assisting with process audits, electrical installation verification and some safety investigations. When the apprentices return to their workplaces, their experiences will help them to promote a stronger emphasis on electrical safety. The program, which has industry support, aims to help improve the apprentices’ knowledge and awareness of electrical safety and promote the role of the ESO, while offering secure work placements. The ESO will expand the program during 2010 with six fourthyear apprentices.

up front with the regulators : STATE NEWS

queenslanD

Disciplinary actions taken against an electrical contractor

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n a recent hearing of the Electrical Licensing Committee the holder of an electrical work licence was fined and his licence suspended. The worker had knowingly represented himself as having a current Queensland electrical contractor licence and performed electrical contracting work when he knew he was not entitled to do so. Further, he had failed to install a MEN link in the main switchboard of a residence and left several other serious electrical defects at the installation. He then submitted a Form 2 to Energex in the name of another contractor without that contractor’s knowledge. The Licensing Committee fined him $1000, and suspended his licence for three months, but deferred the suspension for one month on the condition that he satisfactorily completes an approved course on electrical installation testing and inspection. The suspension will be revoked providing he completes the course in the time stated and pays the fine.

the master electrician : SUMMER 10

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Shopping around for renewable energy

It’s the time of year when Australian retailers have marked down stock, are clearing their shelves and making way for next season’s products. But with sales on the up, so is the amount of waste left behind. This has prompted one Sydney-based shopping centre to turn its trash into renewable energy treasure.

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op Ryde City Shopping Centre will produce approximately 1,440 tonnes of general waste per year and until recently this rubbish was destined for Australia’s landfills. To help combat the problem the shopping centre and Veolia Environmental Services have combined forces to recycle the precinct’s waste. The annual 1,440 tonnes of general waste will produce an estimated 411,840KWh of electricity per year – enough to power 50 households. Veolia Environmental Services uses bioreactor technology to convert the gases emitted by the waste into electricity. A spokesperson for the company said the technology meant big waste producers, like shopping centres, could find a sustainable solution. “Bioreactors are one of the leading forms of alternative waste technology. “They are purpose-built facilities designed to accelerate the decomposition process of residual waste and maximise the capture of bio-gas yields for conversion into green electricity,” she said. An extensive network of pipes is placed through the waste. Operators then analyse and control water, leachate recirculation, acid levels, temperature and microbe levels in each bioreactor cell. The controlled injection of leachate into the bio-reactor stimulates the formation of methane by providing the optimal conditions. The result is a rapid decomposition of the waste. The bio-gas capture expedites the stabilisation of the waste and greatly reduces the escape of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. The methane that is produced and captured is used as fuel for the bio-reactor’s purpose-built land fill gas (LFG) internal combustion engine.

The mechanical energy created by the internal combustion engine is converted into electricity with an attached generator. Each generator used at Woodlawn has a capacity of 1.065MWh. From here the electricity generated is bought by Energy Australia and fed into the electricity grid. Top Ryde City’s waste will be used to generate renewable energy at Veolia Environmental Services’ Woodlawn bio-reactor. While bio-reactor technology is not new, the Woodlawn bio-reactor is the world’s largest and the only bio-reactor to utilise a disused mine site. Many businesses and municipal councils send their general waste to the Woodlawn bio-reactor. A Veolia Environmental Services spokesperson said the technology has many applications. “Veolia works with all customers to look at ways in which they can minimise their wasterelated greenhouse gas emissions. “As part of this we encourage customers to utilise this technology for their general waste,” she said. Veolia Environmental Services aims to recover up to 65 per cent of all general waste and recyclable materials from Top Ryde City. Top Ryde City is a new complex that opened in November 2009. It plans to open a new stage in early 2010 and be operating at full capacity by the middle of the year. It seems there are several levels of environmental benefits associated with bioreactor technology. The process saves tonnes of waste from being dumped in landfills, saves greenhouse gas emissions and ultimately provides another option for renewable energy generation.

renewable energy spotlight : SHOPPING AROUND FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY

RENEWABLE ENERGY SPOTLIGHT

Environmental savings For each tonne of commercial and industrial waste produced by Top Ryde City that is sent to the Woodlawn bio-reactor instead of being dumped in a landfill, 1.2 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions are saved. This means, recycling the 1,440 tonnes of waste produced each year by Top Ryde City, will equate to a saving of up to 1,726 tonnes of greenhouse gases (tC02e). That’s the equivalent of taking 430 cars off the road for one year or planting more than 6000 trees.

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It’s the time of year when Australian retailers have marked down stock, are clearing their shelves and making way for next season’s products. But with sales on the up, so is the amount of waste left behind. This has prompted one Sydney-based shopping centre to turn its trash into renewable energy treasure.

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op Ryde City Shopping Centre will produce approximately 1,440 tonnes of general waste per year and until recently this rubbish was destined for Australia’s landfills. To help combat the problem the shopping centre and Veolia Environmental Services have combined forces to recycle the precinct’s waste. The annual 1,440 tonnes of general waste will produce an estimated 411,840KWh of electricity per year – enough to power 50 households. Veolia Environmental Services uses bioreactor technology to convert the gases emitted by the waste into electricity. A spokesperson for the company said the technology meant big waste producers, like shopping centres, could find a sustainable solution. “Bioreactors are one of the leading forms of alternative waste technology. “They are purpose-built facilities designed to accelerate the decomposition process of residual waste and maximise the capture of bio-gas yields for conversion into green electricity,” she said. An extensive network of pipes is placed through the waste. Operators then analyse and control water, leachate recirculation, acid levels, temperature and microbe levels in each bioreactor cell. The controlled injection of leachate into the bio-reactor stimulates the formation of methane by providing the optimal conditions. The result is a rapid decomposition of the waste. The bio-gas capture expedites the stabilisation of the waste and greatly reduces the escape of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. The methane that is produced and captured is used as fuel for the bio-reactor’s purpose-built land fill gas (LFG) internal combustion engine.

The mechanical energy created by the internal combustion engine is converted into electricity with an attached generator. Each generator used at Woodlawn has a capacity of 1.065MWh. From here the electricity generated is bought by Energy Australia and fed into the electricity grid. Top Ryde City’s waste will be used to generate renewable energy at Veolia Environmental Services’ Woodlawn bio-reactor. While bio-reactor technology is not new, the Woodlawn bio-reactor is the world’s largest and the only bio-reactor to utilise a disused mine site. Many businesses and municipal councils send their general waste to the Woodlawn bio-reactor. A Veolia Environmental Services spokesperson said the technology has many applications. “Veolia works with all customers to look at ways in which they can minimise their wasterelated greenhouse gas emissions. “As part of this we encourage customers to utilise this technology for their general waste,” she said. Veolia Environmental Services aims to recover up to 65 per cent of all general waste and recyclable materials from Top Ryde City. Top Ryde City is a new complex that opened in November 2009. It plans to open a new stage in early 2010 and be operating at full capacity by the middle of the year. It seems there are several levels of environmental benefits associated with bioreactor technology. The process saves tonnes of waste from being dumped in landfills, saves greenhouse gas emissions and ultimately provides another option for renewable energy generation.

renewable energy spotlight : SHOPPING AROUND FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY

RENEWABLE ENERGY SPOTLIGHT

Environmental savings For each tonne of commercial and industrial waste produced by Top Ryde City that is sent to the Woodlawn bio-reactor instead of being dumped in a landfill, 1.2 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions are saved. This means, recycling the 1,440 tonnes of waste produced each year by Top Ryde City, will equate to a saving of up to 1,726 tonnes of greenhouse gases (tC02e). That’s the equivalent of taking 430 cars off the road for one year or planting more than 6000 trees.

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Commercial office buildings to declare energy efficiency rating Australian building owners will soon need to provide up-to-date energy efficiency information when selling or leasing office space as part of a Federal Government scheme to improve the energy efficiency of commercial office buildings. Starting in the second half of 2010, the scheme will require business owners selling or leasing office space covering more than 2,000 square metres to disclose a valid Building Energy Efficiency Certificate, which will include a National Australia Built Environment Rating System, and assessment of lighting energy efficiency. Owners who don’t comply will risk a fine or prosecution. Environment Minister Peter Garrett said that the scheme would provide building owners, potential buyers and tenants access to consistent, credible and meaningful information about a building’s energy efficiency in order to make informed decisions when buying or renting office space.

buzz the

Here’s the latest news and information from the electrotechnology industry across Australia.

Are you a Master Electrician? Master Electricians deliver the highest levels of quality, electrical safety, integrity and energy advice.

$3,800 for each Australian electrical apprentice The Tool for your Trade payment now combines the previous incentives introduced from the Federal Government – tools for your trade voucher, apprenticeship wage top up and the Commonwealth trade learning scholarship. The new payment totals $3,800 and will be paid directly to your Australian apprentice over the life of their apprenticeship. New payments commenced on 1 January 2010 and will be delivered as five tax exempt cash payments totalling $3,800. Payments will be made as follows: n $800 payable after three months n $800 payable after 12 months n $800 payable after 24 months n $700 payable after 36 months n $700 payable upon successful completion. Should your Australian apprentice successfully complete their Australian Apprenticeship earlier than the proposed completion date specified on the training contract, the Australian Apprentice may be eligible to receive the remaining payments owed to them.

Wind energy helps boost Australia’s grid

Why become a Master Electrician?

Three new wind projects have helped drive a recent boost to Australia’s electricity grid, which saw 1,582 MW of capacity added in a period of six months. The completion of four other electricity projects also contributed to the boom, including a coal seam gas plant, two natural gas plants and a coal fired power plant. The finding was released in the October 2009 listing of the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics’ (ABARE) report, Electricity generation: major development projects, which details electricity generation projects at various stages of development. The report found that nine of the 18 projects listed as being in an advanced stage used renewable electricity, including eight wind projects and one hydro project. Wind projects accounted for 733 MW, or 84 per cent of advanced renewable additions. All eight wind projects are expected to be in operation by 2011. “The number of wind projects at advanced and less advanced stages of development demonstrates the potential of wind energy to add significant renewable electricity generation capacity to the electrical grid,” said ABARE Deputy Executive Director Terry Sheales.

Consumers trust the ‘Masters’ brand, and are more likely to choose a Master Electrician over the competition. Buyers equate Master Electricians with experience, quality, reliability and integrity. Through our extensive advertising to public and industry on the benefits of using a Master Electrician, you will be in demand from the public, builders, principal contractors and government.

When you become a Master Electrician, you get the following benefits: n

Use of the Master Electrician branding

n

A strong point of difference over your competitors

n

Increased recognition by public and industry

Master Electricians Accreditation also provides you with unlimited access to: n

A wiring rules hotline

n

A large technical and standards advice team

n

Industry training and education

n

Employment and workplace relations advice

n

Expert advice on commercial and business matters

n

Regular up-to-date news and information

n

Networking opportunities with industry supporters, suppliers, other allied trades and associated organisations.

To find out how you can become a Master Electrician call 1300 889 198 or visit www.masterelectricians.com.au quality

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reliability


Commercial office buildings to declare energy efficiency rating Australian building owners will soon need to provide up-to-date energy efficiency information when selling or leasing office space as part of a Federal Government scheme to improve the energy efficiency of commercial office buildings. Starting in the second half of 2010, the scheme will require business owners selling or leasing office space covering more than 2,000 square metres to disclose a valid Building Energy Efficiency Certificate, which will include a National Australia Built Environment Rating System, and assessment of lighting energy efficiency. Owners who don’t comply will risk a fine or prosecution. Environment Minister Peter Garrett said that the scheme would provide building owners, potential buyers and tenants access to consistent, credible and meaningful information about a building’s energy efficiency in order to make informed decisions when buying or renting office space.

buzz the

Here’s the latest news and information from the electrotechnology industry across Australia.

Are you a Master Electrician? Master Electricians deliver the highest levels of quality, electrical safety, integrity and energy advice.

$3,800 for each Australian electrical apprentice The Tool for your Trade payment now combines the previous incentives introduced from the Federal Government – tools for your trade voucher, apprenticeship wage top up and the Commonwealth trade learning scholarship. The new payment totals $3,800 and will be paid directly to your Australian apprentice over the life of their apprenticeship. New payments commenced on 1 January 2010 and will be delivered as five tax exempt cash payments totalling $3,800. Payments will be made as follows: n $800 payable after three months n $800 payable after 12 months n $800 payable after 24 months n $700 payable after 36 months n $700 payable upon successful completion. Should your Australian apprentice successfully complete their Australian Apprenticeship earlier than the proposed completion date specified on the training contract, the Australian Apprentice may be eligible to receive the remaining payments owed to them.

Wind energy helps boost Australia’s grid

Why become a Master Electrician?

Three new wind projects have helped drive a recent boost to Australia’s electricity grid, which saw 1,582 MW of capacity added in a period of six months. The completion of four other electricity projects also contributed to the boom, including a coal seam gas plant, two natural gas plants and a coal fired power plant. The finding was released in the October 2009 listing of the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics’ (ABARE) report, Electricity generation: major development projects, which details electricity generation projects at various stages of development. The report found that nine of the 18 projects listed as being in an advanced stage used renewable electricity, including eight wind projects and one hydro project. Wind projects accounted for 733 MW, or 84 per cent of advanced renewable additions. All eight wind projects are expected to be in operation by 2011. “The number of wind projects at advanced and less advanced stages of development demonstrates the potential of wind energy to add significant renewable electricity generation capacity to the electrical grid,” said ABARE Deputy Executive Director Terry Sheales.

Consumers trust the ‘Masters’ brand, and are more likely to choose a Master Electrician over the competition. Buyers equate Master Electricians with experience, quality, reliability and integrity. Through our extensive advertising to public and industry on the benefits of using a Master Electrician, you will be in demand from the public, builders, principal contractors and government.

When you become a Master Electrician, you get the following benefits: n

Use of the Master Electrician branding

n

A strong point of difference over your competitors

n

Increased recognition by public and industry

Master Electricians Accreditation also provides you with unlimited access to: n

A wiring rules hotline

n

A large technical and standards advice team

n

Industry training and education

n

Employment and workplace relations advice

n

Expert advice on commercial and business matters

n

Regular up-to-date news and information

n

Networking opportunities with industry supporters, suppliers, other allied trades and associated organisations.

To find out how you can become a Master Electrician call 1300 889 198 or visit www.masterelectricians.com.au quality

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n 2005 Clipsal created an industry and world first when they booked out an entire ocean liner, the SuperStar Virgo to cruise throughout South East Asia. On board were over 2,000 Club Clipsal Members, Clipsal’s most loyal electrical contractor customers and their wives. The fraternity bonded together as one to celebrate. Competitors became colleagues. Business relationships were forged. Ideas were

exchanged. And yes the ship ran out of beer. Now Clipsal is set to celebrate 90 years of the Clipsal brand and the Club’s 15th Anniversary in April, 2010 by booking out an even bigger ocean liner and setting sail for a nine day cruise along the Mexican Riviera. But this time it’s going to be different. Clipsal is offering a warm invitation to all electrical contractors to join them on board

Contractors vs the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS)

the cruise ship, so they too can experience the same camaraderie, networking opportunities and benefits that members have been enjoying over the years. Clipsal Cruise dates are 16-25 April 2010. A limited number of cabins are still available but you will need to book fast. Visit clipsal.com/clubcruise or telephone 1300 790 663 (toll free).

The government has announced a carbon ‘cap’ that should lead to consumer behavioural changes that support a lower carbon output. Electricity prices are estimated to increase by around 18 per cent and gas prices by 12 per cent. It is expected that higher electricity prices will provide a financial incentive for consumers to conserve energy in their homes. Electrical contractors able to provide realistic options in this area will have access to a rapidly developing market. The CPRS will cover around 75 per cent of Australia’s emissions, and businesses will have to change the way they operate to ensure they do not drive up costs. The Climate

Change Action Fund is designed to provide assistance to businesses and communities to smooth the transition and reduce the impact that the integration of low emission infrastructure will incur. The government has committed $2.15 billion dollars in grants and incentives over five years to help business integrate energy efficient technology. Electrical contractors are in a prime position to benefit from these reforms. These targets will require a rapid, large scale introduction of energy efficient generating options, and labour to install the new technology – creating a huge opportunity for our industry.

For accurate, reliable control Time switches & Hour meters Australia’s leading range of daily, weekly and yearly time switches and hour run meters.

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Get on board amigos

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DOLOMATRIX GROUP

With franchisees now in NSW, WA and starting soon in QLD, TAS & VIC, director Joshua Nicholls of Platinum Electrical Contractors is serious about helping electricians grow their businesses even faster than he did. Joshua, why would people want to join your franchise network? The main reason franchisees are joining Platinum Electrical is because they’ve seen how I grew my business 1200% in its first 5 years from 1 employee to 30. Basically they want to be shown how to do it, and do it fast. For tradesmen just starting out or those that want to grow their existing business, they can learn all our sales and marketing growth strategies and also take advantage of the media exposure

1800 PLATINUM (1800 752 846) www.platinumelectrical.com.au

Platinum Electrical’s received over the years. Why are franchises in general becoming so popular? They minimise risk compared to starting totally from scratch and franchisees gain the benefits of ‘big business’ while still having the freedom of being their own boss and running their own successful company. What are the main benefits for your Platinum Electrical franchisees? Franchisees receive one on one coaching and hands on support. From day one they

start with all the systems and procedures we have developed over the past eight years. Franchisees are given every template, form, and written procedure to run a professional and successful business. The Platinum Electrical system is fully electronic and web-based to minimise unbillable hours and maximise profit. What next for those that are interested? Jump onto the franchising section of the Platinum Electrical website and simply fill in an expression of interest form.

Clean energy source that could make you go green American electric utility Green Mountain Power has partnered with a farm in the United States to convert cow manure to electricity.The Westminister Farms plant in Vermont will convert the waste of 1,200 cows to produce approximately 225 kW of energy. Although manure-generating power is not a new concept, the Westminister Farms project involves a fixed price per kWh payment to the farm, which represents an important step toward creating a sustainable model for farmers. www.ecogeneration.com.au

Daily/Weekly/Yearly SC88 Time Switch

POLYCHLORINATED BIPHENYL DISPOSAL SYNTHETIC GREENHOUSE GAS DESTRUCTION NSW (02) 9833 4399 VIC/TAS (03) 9369 4222 QLD (07) 3203 3400 SA/NT (08) 8241 2422 WA (08) 9355 5233 info@dolomatrix.com www.dolomatrix.com

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Who else would you trust! CROFT/AMPERE ME1/3P

taking australia by storm

FLUORESCENT TUBE AND LAMP RECYCLING

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Ampere Electrical Manufacturing Co. Pty. Ltd. 168-176 High St, Prahran, Vic. 3181. Tel (03) 9510 4333, 9510 2428 Fax (03) 9510 5940 Toll Free 1800 AMPERE (1800 267 373) www.ampere.com.au

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n 2005 Clipsal created an industry and world first when they booked out an entire ocean liner, the SuperStar Virgo to cruise throughout South East Asia. On board were over 2,000 Club Clipsal Members, Clipsal’s most loyal electrical contractor customers and their wives. The fraternity bonded together as one to celebrate. Competitors became colleagues. Business relationships were forged. Ideas were

exchanged. And yes the ship ran out of beer. Now Clipsal is set to celebrate 90 years of the Clipsal brand and the Club’s 15th Anniversary in April, 2010 by booking out an even bigger ocean liner and setting sail for a nine day cruise along the Mexican Riviera. But this time it’s going to be different. Clipsal is offering a warm invitation to all electrical contractors to join them on board

Contractors vs the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS)

the cruise ship, so they too can experience the same camaraderie, networking opportunities and benefits that members have been enjoying over the years. Clipsal Cruise dates are 16-25 April 2010. A limited number of cabins are still available but you will need to book fast. Visit clipsal.com/clubcruise or telephone 1300 790 663 (toll free).

The government has announced a carbon ‘cap’ that should lead to consumer behavioural changes that support a lower carbon output. Electricity prices are estimated to increase by around 18 per cent and gas prices by 12 per cent. It is expected that higher electricity prices will provide a financial incentive for consumers to conserve energy in their homes. Electrical contractors able to provide realistic options in this area will have access to a rapidly developing market. The CPRS will cover around 75 per cent of Australia’s emissions, and businesses will have to change the way they operate to ensure they do not drive up costs. The Climate

Change Action Fund is designed to provide assistance to businesses and communities to smooth the transition and reduce the impact that the integration of low emission infrastructure will incur. The government has committed $2.15 billion dollars in grants and incentives over five years to help business integrate energy efficient technology. Electrical contractors are in a prime position to benefit from these reforms. These targets will require a rapid, large scale introduction of energy efficient generating options, and labour to install the new technology – creating a huge opportunity for our industry.

For accurate, reliable control Time switches & Hour meters Australia’s leading range of daily, weekly and yearly time switches and hour run meters.

the buzz : issues affecting your industry

Get on board amigos

Hour Run Meter BW22.15 Hour Run Meter BW70

If you have something to submit, please email magazine@masterelectricians.com.au

Hour Run Meter BW40

DOLOMATRIX GROUP

With franchisees now in NSW, WA and starting soon in QLD, TAS & VIC, director Joshua Nicholls of Platinum Electrical Contractors is serious about helping electricians grow their businesses even faster than he did. Joshua, why would people want to join your franchise network? The main reason franchisees are joining Platinum Electrical is because they’ve seen how I grew my business 1200% in its first 5 years from 1 employee to 30. Basically they want to be shown how to do it, and do it fast. For tradesmen just starting out or those that want to grow their existing business, they can learn all our sales and marketing growth strategies and also take advantage of the media exposure

1800 PLATINUM (1800 752 846) www.platinumelectrical.com.au

Platinum Electrical’s received over the years. Why are franchises in general becoming so popular? They minimise risk compared to starting totally from scratch and franchisees gain the benefits of ‘big business’ while still having the freedom of being their own boss and running their own successful company. What are the main benefits for your Platinum Electrical franchisees? Franchisees receive one on one coaching and hands on support. From day one they

start with all the systems and procedures we have developed over the past eight years. Franchisees are given every template, form, and written procedure to run a professional and successful business. The Platinum Electrical system is fully electronic and web-based to minimise unbillable hours and maximise profit. What next for those that are interested? Jump onto the franchising section of the Platinum Electrical website and simply fill in an expression of interest form.

Clean energy source that could make you go green American electric utility Green Mountain Power has partnered with a farm in the United States to convert cow manure to electricity.The Westminister Farms plant in Vermont will convert the waste of 1,200 cows to produce approximately 225 kW of energy. Although manure-generating power is not a new concept, the Westminister Farms project involves a fixed price per kWh payment to the farm, which represents an important step toward creating a sustainable model for farmers. www.ecogeneration.com.au

Daily/Weekly/Yearly SC88 Time Switch

POLYCHLORINATED BIPHENYL DISPOSAL SYNTHETIC GREENHOUSE GAS DESTRUCTION NSW (02) 9833 4399 VIC/TAS (03) 9369 4222 QLD (07) 3203 3400 SA/NT (08) 8241 2422 WA (08) 9355 5233 info@dolomatrix.com www.dolomatrix.com

Daily/Weekly/Yearly Time Switch SC98

Daily/Weekly/Yearly Time Switch SC48

Who else would you trust! CROFT/AMPERE ME1/3P

taking australia by storm

FLUORESCENT TUBE AND LAMP RECYCLING

Daily Time Switch VS20.18

Ampere Electrical Manufacturing Co. Pty. Ltd. 168-176 High St, Prahran, Vic. 3181. Tel (03) 9510 4333, 9510 2428 Fax (03) 9510 5940 Toll Free 1800 AMPERE (1800 267 373) www.ampere.com.au

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cash flow

• “Another option is offering debtors payment terms, for example, in a business dealing with 25 clients, 24 may choose to pay early, or up front, if a two per cent discount is offered.” Most banks offer offers products to assist with access to cash, tailored to individual business needs. Mr Tanner suggested seeking access to finance in circumstances where cash flow cannot be managed alone. “For small businesses, short-term finance and business credit cards can help tighten the cash flow cycle,” he said.

“For medium and larger businesses formal overdraft facilities can ease the pressure to meet supplier costs and employee wages while waiting for finalisation of contracts”. Mr Tanner stressed the need for contractors to review their ongoing cash flow cycle, and maintain constant communication with their local bank. “Just like anything in life, whether it’s fitness, education, or health, real rewards only come with persistence – the same is true for small businesses.”

• • • •

Analyse incoming and outgoing payments over a short period Break-up large expenses over longer periods Seek partial up-front payments on contracts Offer payment terms to encourage early or on-time payments Maintain a close relationship with your financial institution.

Financial Products • • • •

Short-term finance Business credit cards Working overdraft Larger loans.

feature : BRIGHT IDEAS ON MANAGING CASH FLOW

Bright ideas on

Cash Flow Management

By James McNamara

Cash flow management and family budgets The long gap between expenses and income in the electrical business can leave contractors temporarily short changed.

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ccording to Commonwealth Bank chief operating officer for local business banking Bernard Tanner, electrical contractors commonly experience difficulties in managing cash flow. “What you have is suppliers demanding payment immediately, and debtors wanting to extend terms between 60 and 90 days. “The little guy is facing tough times because the cash flow cycle is being extended at both ends,” he said. Mr Tanner urged electrical contractors to critically examine their business to identify the stresses they face. “None of this is rocket science, tradespeople and business owners just need to remember to spend time on their business, as well as in it. “Some people get nervous and avoid reviewing their business problems. “This leads to guesswork, which can be dangerous to business as any problems that do exist can either end up in the too hard basket, or dealt with inaccurately,” he said. While a slow cash flow cycle can place intense pressure on day-to-day operations, Mr Tanner said contractors could take steps to cope. To approach cash flow management issues,

Mr Tanner said business operators should list the incoming and outgoing funds over a short period. “The first step is to be aware of the processes affecting cash flow in your business, start by making a list of incoming and outgoing cash over a certain period. “Understand the needs of suppliers and the people you rely on, and once a timeframe of primary pluses and minuses has been identified, write down, and stick to, a plan.” Businesses should take steps to align income and expenses after conducting this review. “Businesses with lumpy income should look to spread expenses through suitable payment options. “For example, if you’re paying employees weekly it may be necessary to extend this to fortnightly or monthly payments. “This can mean faster access to funds and less overall strain on the business,” he said. Mr Tanner said contractors should also encourage earlier payment by debtors through negotiating terms. “In tending for a job, contractors can seek a deposit or upfront payment. “This ensures that initial job related expenses can be met, on the client’s ticket, not the contractors,” he said.

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hittaker Macnaught financial adviser Stephen Horton offers tips on balancing business cash flow with family budgets: • Provide a regular income stream for yourself so that your family expenses can be managed without unnecessary complication or stress.

• With the guidance of your accountant, budget for a particular target profit figure over and above the wage you pay yourself. • Separate your family budget from the business budget. Adopt the same principles of structure and monitoring to ensure there’s money available for required expenses such

as household bills, as well as discretionary family spending such as holidays and entertainment. • Do not do as some do and spend on unnecessary things just because there’s money in the company bank account at the end of the month.

“The little guy is facing tough times because the cash flow cycle is being extended at both ends”

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cash flow

• “Another option is offering debtors payment terms, for example, in a business dealing with 25 clients, 24 may choose to pay early, or up front, if a two per cent discount is offered.” Most banks offer offers products to assist with access to cash, tailored to individual business needs. Mr Tanner suggested seeking access to finance in circumstances where cash flow cannot be managed alone. “For small businesses, short-term finance and business credit cards can help tighten the cash flow cycle,” he said.

“For medium and larger businesses formal overdraft facilities can ease the pressure to meet supplier costs and employee wages while waiting for finalisation of contracts”. Mr Tanner stressed the need for contractors to review their ongoing cash flow cycle, and maintain constant communication with their local bank. “Just like anything in life, whether it’s fitness, education, or health, real rewards only come with persistence – the same is true for small businesses.”

• • • •

Analyse incoming and outgoing payments over a short period Break-up large expenses over longer periods Seek partial up-front payments on contracts Offer payment terms to encourage early or on-time payments Maintain a close relationship with your financial institution.

Financial Products • • • •

Short-term finance Business credit cards Working overdraft Larger loans.

feature : BRIGHT IDEAS ON MANAGING CASH FLOW

Bright ideas on

Cash Flow Management

By James McNamara

Cash flow management and family budgets The long gap between expenses and income in the electrical business can leave contractors temporarily short changed.

A

ccording to Commonwealth Bank chief operating officer for local business banking Bernard Tanner, electrical contractors commonly experience difficulties in managing cash flow. “What you have is suppliers demanding payment immediately, and debtors wanting to extend terms between 60 and 90 days. “The little guy is facing tough times because the cash flow cycle is being extended at both ends,” he said. Mr Tanner urged electrical contractors to critically examine their business to identify the stresses they face. “None of this is rocket science, tradespeople and business owners just need to remember to spend time on their business, as well as in it. “Some people get nervous and avoid reviewing their business problems. “This leads to guesswork, which can be dangerous to business as any problems that do exist can either end up in the too hard basket, or dealt with inaccurately,” he said. While a slow cash flow cycle can place intense pressure on day-to-day operations, Mr Tanner said contractors could take steps to cope. To approach cash flow management issues,

Mr Tanner said business operators should list the incoming and outgoing funds over a short period. “The first step is to be aware of the processes affecting cash flow in your business, start by making a list of incoming and outgoing cash over a certain period. “Understand the needs of suppliers and the people you rely on, and once a timeframe of primary pluses and minuses has been identified, write down, and stick to, a plan.” Businesses should take steps to align income and expenses after conducting this review. “Businesses with lumpy income should look to spread expenses through suitable payment options. “For example, if you’re paying employees weekly it may be necessary to extend this to fortnightly or monthly payments. “This can mean faster access to funds and less overall strain on the business,” he said. Mr Tanner said contractors should also encourage earlier payment by debtors through negotiating terms. “In tending for a job, contractors can seek a deposit or upfront payment. “This ensures that initial job related expenses can be met, on the client’s ticket, not the contractors,” he said.

W

hittaker Macnaught financial adviser Stephen Horton offers tips on balancing business cash flow with family budgets: • Provide a regular income stream for yourself so that your family expenses can be managed without unnecessary complication or stress.

• With the guidance of your accountant, budget for a particular target profit figure over and above the wage you pay yourself. • Separate your family budget from the business budget. Adopt the same principles of structure and monitoring to ensure there’s money available for required expenses such

as household bills, as well as discretionary family spending such as holidays and entertainment. • Do not do as some do and spend on unnecessary things just because there’s money in the company bank account at the end of the month.

“The little guy is facing tough times because the cash flow cycle is being extended at both ends”

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hen Queensland’s Electrical Safety Office advised late on October 15 that it was investigating the death of an insulation installer, it brought to reality the gravest fears of the electrical industry around the safety of the Federal Government’s insulation program. The program had been designed to create new business and employment opportunities, but in doing so it had also sent a range of inexperienced and very young workers into roof spaces where they were working near live electrical fittings.

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What unfolded was a direct lobbying campaign to the Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett, supported by a very high-profile media campaign in which Master Electricians assumed the role of public guardian in relation to insulation safety. The key message to the government was that it must change the insulation rebate scheme in order to improve safety standards, while the message to the public was that they should have a Master Electrician or a licensed electrical contractor test their insulation if they had any concerns.

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Master Electricians had been warning since March about the dangers of allowing inexperienced workers to operate in close proximity to live electricity, and suddenly those warnings were put into stark perspective. Initial advice from the ESO Qld – subsequently confirmed – an installer had stapled through a live cable while fitting aluminium foil insulation. The danger now was that without immediate government action, other workers or even home owners could be exposed to similar dangers. Early on the morning after the ESO announcement, Master Electricians CEO Malcolm Richards held urgent consultations with Courier Mail Saturday 17/10/2009 the organisation’s political and media advisers to determine the most effective course of action. Ref: 59002758

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The twin messages were immediately effective; in coming days, Mr Richards would perform dozens of media interviews raising awareness of the dangers to both installers and home owners. And within 24 hours of the initial media blitz, Master Electricians had secured a crisis meeting with the Federal Minister and his Department to discuss a radical overhaul of the rebate program.

Turn to page 49 for a list of the technical issues

Less than two weeks later, and following several days of intensive meetings with Master Electricians Australia, Mr Garrett announced a ban on the use of metal fasteners, such as staples, for foil-based insulation products under the scheme. He also announced the mandatory use of covers for downlights by governmentfunded installers, addressing another of MEA’s major concerns – fire risk. While several other industry groups would join the public debate in the weeks that followed, it was Master Electricians that was able to identify the problem, secure urgent meetings with the Minister and his department, and propose the solution. Mr Garrett also announced an immediate audit of 10 per cent of all homes that had had foil insulation fitted to them, and the government has since been in touch with a number of Master Electricians in relation to that work. Mr Richards said Master Electricians Australia’s political and media presence had enabled the organisation to bring about a very quick solution to a deadly problem. “In the wake of the Brisbane tragedy, we raised significant public awareness of the dangers of stapling foil insulation over electrical cabling,” Mr Richards said. “As a result, we were able to gain quick access to the Minister, and gain the confidence needed to bring about a speedy policy change.

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Second fatality On 18 November, a 16 year old male was electrocuted while installing insulation in a household roof in Rockhampton. Bulletin Initial findings suggest that a fault in the electrical installation in theMorning ceiling cavity is the likely cause (Rockhampton) Saturday 21/11/2009 of the fatality. A cable supplying the stove circuit was damaged by a ceiling fixing screw, causing the supporting metal ceiling batten to become energised at 240 volts. Sunraysia Daily (Mildura) Saturday 17/10/2009 Page: Section: Region: Circulation: Type: Size:

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When a Brisbane insulation installer was electrocuted on the job late last year, Master Electricians Australia not only identified the potential dangers for thousands of workers and home owners, but worked hand in hand with the Federal Government to develop the solutions.

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hen Queensland’s Electrical Safety Office advised late on October 15 that it was investigating the death of an insulation installer, it brought to reality the gravest fears of the electrical industry around the safety of the Federal Government’s insulation program. The program had been designed to create new business and employment opportunities, but in doing so it had also sent a range of inexperienced and very young workers into roof spaces where they were working near live electrical fittings.

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What unfolded was a direct lobbying campaign to the Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett, supported by a very high-profile media campaign in which Master Electricians assumed the role of public guardian in relation to insulation safety. The key message to the government was that it must change the insulation rebate scheme in order to improve safety standards, while the message to the public was that they should have a Master Electrician or a licensed electrical contractor test their insulation if they had any concerns.

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Master Electricians had been warning since March about the dangers of allowing inexperienced workers to operate in close proximity to live electricity, and suddenly those warnings were put into stark perspective. Initial advice from the ESO Qld – subsequently confirmed – an installer had stapled through a live cable while fitting aluminium foil insulation. The danger now was that without immediate government action, other workers or even home owners could be exposed to similar dangers. Early on the morning after the ESO announcement, Master Electricians CEO Malcolm Richards held urgent consultations with Courier Mail Saturday 17/10/2009 the organisation’s political and media advisers to determine the most effective course of action. Ref: 59002758

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The twin messages were immediately effective; in coming days, Mr Richards would perform dozens of media interviews raising awareness of the dangers to both installers and home owners. And within 24 hours of the initial media blitz, Master Electricians had secured a crisis meeting with the Federal Minister and his Department to discuss a radical overhaul of the rebate program.

Turn to page 49 for a list of the technical issues

Less than two weeks later, and following several days of intensive meetings with Master Electricians Australia, Mr Garrett announced a ban on the use of metal fasteners, such as staples, for foil-based insulation products under the scheme. He also announced the mandatory use of covers for downlights by governmentfunded installers, addressing another of MEA’s major concerns – fire risk. While several other industry groups would join the public debate in the weeks that followed, it was Master Electricians that was able to identify the problem, secure urgent meetings with the Minister and his department, and propose the solution. Mr Garrett also announced an immediate audit of 10 per cent of all homes that had had foil insulation fitted to them, and the government has since been in touch with a number of Master Electricians in relation to that work. Mr Richards said Master Electricians Australia’s political and media presence had enabled the organisation to bring about a very quick solution to a deadly problem. “In the wake of the Brisbane tragedy, we raised significant public awareness of the dangers of stapling foil insulation over electrical cabling,” Mr Richards said. “As a result, we were able to gain quick access to the Minister, and gain the confidence needed to bring about a speedy policy change.

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Second fatality On 18 November, a 16 year old male was electrocuted while installing insulation in a household roof in Rockhampton. Bulletin Initial findings suggest that a fault in the electrical installation in theMorning ceiling cavity is the likely cause (Rockhampton) Saturday 21/11/2009 of the fatality. A cable supplying the stove circuit was damaged by a ceiling fixing screw, causing the supporting metal ceiling batten to become energised at 240 volts. Sunraysia Daily (Mildura) Saturday 17/10/2009 Page: Section: Region: Circulation: Type: Size:

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27 October

EE OZ writes to the Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (DEWHA) raising concerns about the lack of electrical safety training for insulation installers.

Mr Richards meets with Minister Garrett, industry and the department to finalise new rebate safety arrangements. 1 November

18 May 2009

Minister Garrett announces changes to the scheme including the banning on metal fasteners and a reduction to the rebate. The minister also announces a targeted safety inspection program will be conducted by the Electrical Safety Office and Master Electricians Australia. State authorities also declare regulatory changes. Master Electricians endorses the changes through a media statement prepared in advance of the public announcement.

MEA issues a media release warning of the dangers of fire from incorrectly installed insulation. 5 - 9 October 2009 Master Electricians provide special information to ECA members and Master Electricians warning of the dangers of foil-based insulation and staples through the Master Electrician magazine, monthly newsletter and electronic e-alerts.

2 – 10 November

14 October First fatality of insulation installer in South Brisbane, QLD.

Large scale media campaign continues with national coverage about the dangers of the scheme.

15 October

10 November

Electrical Safety Office informs industry of the issues and announces an investigation into the death of the insulation installer.

DEWHA asks Master Electricians Australia for assistance in testing existing homes with foilbased insulation.

16 October

12 November

Master Electricians CEO, Malcolm Richards writes to Minister Peter Garrett urging him to take immediate action to withdraw the rebate.

The home insulation industry meets with DEWHA and Mr Richards to discuss the options to improve the training requirements.

16 October

18 November

Master Electricians launches national media campaign demanding immediate changes to the rebate for foil-based insulation products.

Second fatality of insulation installer in Rockhampton, QLD.

20 October

Other unions and associations begin to call for the program to stop.

20 November

Master Electricians CEO, Malcolm Richards personally meets with Minister Garrett to discuss the serious dangers of the products and advises on how the rebate scheme should be improved.

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Colin Brierley was rushed to hospital in a critical condition after receiving a serious electric shock from climbing into his newly insulated ceiling. Colin and his wife Lillian never wanted the insulation, but say they were talked into it by ‘cowboy’ contractors. The dodgy installation of foil-based insulation livened the roof space, causing Colin a severe electric shock which damaged his lower leg. This accident was only one of many similar accidents that has since been reported.

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meets with EE OZ regarding Saturday 17/10/2009 Master Electricians Australia develops national training requirements for training insulation training course for insulation installers installers in electrical safety. 29 General News Brisbane, AU 214468 Capital City Daily 139.67 sq.cms.

An Alexandra Hills resident was outraged when he discovered his shower tap in the bathroom where he was bathing his six-week-old baby was live with 100 volts. “When I touched them, they gave me a tingling sensation. This went on for another week, before I decided to get our electrician over to inspect the insulation. “He confirmed there was 100 volts of electricity running through the taps. We could have all died,” Mr Jones said. The electrician, Todd Robards, from Baytech Electrical and Data at Sheldon, said he was astounded when Mr Jones called him about the incident. “They were in a life-threatening situation,” Mr Robards said.

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Minister Garrett announces a plan to ensure every insulation installer receives formal training to meet a minimum standard.

Mr Richards meets with Shadow Minister Greg Hunt to discuss the issue and the provide advice for improvements.

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of wild and illogical demands in the media from various groups calling for the rebate scheme to be scrapped. Recognising that this would not fundamentally solve the problem of unskilled workers operating in roof spaces, Master Electricians instead took the more responsible approach of calling for mandatory safety training for all workers. Once again, the organisation’s measured approach won support from the government. Master Electricians followed through by assisting with the development of a course that could provide the necessary skills to new workers, and this has now become the industry standard. “This entire exercise demonstrates the depth of capability within Master Electricians,” Mr Richards said. “While we were able to offer immediate technical advice and expertise to the government, it was our ability to influence the media and political circles that positioned us to drive the solution.”

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“We also used our high level of media exposure on this issue to warn people against going up into their roof space to check their insulation themselves. “Instead, we urged them to call a Master Electrician or licensed electrical contractor to ensure the insulation was safe.” In media interviews following his announcement, the Minister credited Master Electricians for its role in highlighting the issue and helping formulate the solution. On ABC radio in Brisbane, he foreshadowed a major role for Master Electricians in the safety inspection program. “It’s about 2,000 homes that will be inspected, and I think when we do that both with the Master Electricians and the Queensland electrical authorities, we will get a clear sense of whether or not there’s a requirement for additional inspections to take place,” the minister said. Mr Richards said the Federal Government’s willingness to meet representatives of Master Electricians and implement their suggestions demonstrated the organisation’s strength as the national peak body for electrical contractors. “Although this series of events began with a terrible tragedy, we were pleased that the government was prepared to sit down with us and hear our views on how it could be prevented from happening again.” In mid November, aGeelong secondTimes installer was killed Wednesday 18/11/2009 while placing insulation – this time fibreglass batts. This death, in Rockhampton, led to a series

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27 October

EE OZ writes to the Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (DEWHA) raising concerns about the lack of electrical safety training for insulation installers.

Mr Richards meets with Minister Garrett, industry and the department to finalise new rebate safety arrangements. 1 November

18 May 2009

Minister Garrett announces changes to the scheme including the banning on metal fasteners and a reduction to the rebate. The minister also announces a targeted safety inspection program will be conducted by the Electrical Safety Office and Master Electricians Australia. State authorities also declare regulatory changes. Master Electricians endorses the changes through a media statement prepared in advance of the public announcement.

MEA issues a media release warning of the dangers of fire from incorrectly installed insulation. 5 - 9 October 2009 Master Electricians provide special information to ECA members and Master Electricians warning of the dangers of foil-based insulation and staples through the Master Electrician magazine, monthly newsletter and electronic e-alerts.

2 – 10 November

14 October First fatality of insulation installer in South Brisbane, QLD.

Large scale media campaign continues with national coverage about the dangers of the scheme.

15 October

10 November

Electrical Safety Office informs industry of the issues and announces an investigation into the death of the insulation installer.

DEWHA asks Master Electricians Australia for assistance in testing existing homes with foilbased insulation.

16 October

12 November

Master Electricians CEO, Malcolm Richards writes to Minister Peter Garrett urging him to take immediate action to withdraw the rebate.

The home insulation industry meets with DEWHA and Mr Richards to discuss the options to improve the training requirements.

16 October

18 November

Master Electricians launches national media campaign demanding immediate changes to the rebate for foil-based insulation products.

Second fatality of insulation installer in Rockhampton, QLD.

20 October

Other unions and associations begin to call for the program to stop.

20 November

Master Electricians CEO, Malcolm Richards personally meets with Minister Garrett to discuss the serious dangers of the products and advises on how the rebate scheme should be improved.

Page: Section: Region: Circulation: Type: Size:

30 Edition Changes - Late City Brisbane, AU 214468 Capital City Daily 182.27 sq.cms.

Colin Brierley was rushed to hospital in a critical condition after receiving a serious electric shock from climbing into his newly insulated ceiling. Colin and his wife Lillian never wanted the insulation, but say they were talked into it by ‘cowboy’ contractors. The dodgy installation of foil-based insulation livened the roof space, causing Colin a severe electric shock which damaged his lower leg. This accident was only one of many similar accidents that has since been reported.

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DoN’T risk any partial protection ISolATE All REcESSED DoWNlIGHTS ToTAlly FRom All..

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9 December

meets with EE OZ regarding Saturday 17/10/2009 Master Electricians Australia develops national training requirements for training insulation training course for insulation installers installers in electrical safety. 29 General News Brisbane, AU 214468 Capital City Daily 139.67 sq.cms.

An Alexandra Hills resident was outraged when he discovered his shower tap in the bathroom where he was bathing his six-week-old baby was live with 100 volts. “When I touched them, they gave me a tingling sensation. This went on for another week, before I decided to get our electrician over to inspect the insulation. “He confirmed there was 100 volts of electricity running through the taps. We could have all died,” Mr Jones said. The electrician, Todd Robards, from Baytech Electrical and Data at Sheldon, said he was astounded when Mr Jones called him about the incident. “They were in a life-threatening situation,” Mr Robards said.

Courier Mail

Australia Foil Insulation Association releases safety procedures approved by Master Electricians Australia. Master Electricians again quoted in the media as the national expert on electrical safety issues.

National media campaign continues with national coverage across tv, radio and print.

Saturday 31/10/2009

Just in time

popular recessed downlights are a major cause of devastating ceiling fires...

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21 – 23 October

MrMailRichards Courier

5 General News Geelong VIC, AU 24929 Regional 160.50 sq.cms.

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Minister Garrett announces a plan to ensure every insulation installer receives formal training to meet a minimum standard.

Mr Richards meets with Shadow Minister Greg Hunt to discuss the issue and the provide advice for improvements.

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of wild and illogical demands in the media from various groups calling for the rebate scheme to be scrapped. Recognising that this would not fundamentally solve the problem of unskilled workers operating in roof spaces, Master Electricians instead took the more responsible approach of calling for mandatory safety training for all workers. Once again, the organisation’s measured approach won support from the government. Master Electricians followed through by assisting with the development of a course that could provide the necessary skills to new workers, and this has now become the industry standard. “This entire exercise demonstrates the depth of capability within Master Electricians,” Mr Richards said. “While we were able to offer immediate technical advice and expertise to the government, it was our ability to influence the media and political circles that positioned us to drive the solution.”

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“We also used our high level of media exposure on this issue to warn people against going up into their roof space to check their insulation themselves. “Instead, we urged them to call a Master Electrician or licensed electrical contractor to ensure the insulation was safe.” In media interviews following his announcement, the Minister credited Master Electricians for its role in highlighting the issue and helping formulate the solution. On ABC radio in Brisbane, he foreshadowed a major role for Master Electricians in the safety inspection program. “It’s about 2,000 homes that will be inspected, and I think when we do that both with the Master Electricians and the Queensland electrical authorities, we will get a clear sense of whether or not there’s a requirement for additional inspections to take place,” the minister said. Mr Richards said the Federal Government’s willingness to meet representatives of Master Electricians and implement their suggestions demonstrated the organisation’s strength as the national peak body for electrical contractors. “Although this series of events began with a terrible tragedy, we were pleased that the government was prepared to sit down with us and hear our views on how it could be prevented from happening again.” In mid November, aGeelong secondTimes installer was killed Wednesday 18/11/2009 while placing insulation – this time fibreglass batts. This death, in Rockhampton, led to a series

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wattsnew RCC Ground Fault Neutraliser A novel smart grid protection for cable and overhead lines The RCC (Residual Current Compensation) Ground Fault Neutraliser developed by Swedish Neutral defines new benchmarks for resonant grounded medium and high voltage grids. It provides an opportunity for Australian electricity distribution companies to make a paradigm change to the design of their networks, resulting in an increase in performance. For the first time, safe arc extinguishing is possible on cable faults. Furthermore, the full scheme compensation of the fault current satisfies crucial conditions for personal safety and fire prevention during operation of overhead lines with sustained earth fault. The fault location can be kept at almost zero current and voltage until the definitive disconnection of the faulty line – without interruption of electricity supply. Benefits n Improved

quality of power supply – no outage on transient earth-faults (60-70 per cent of all overhead line faults) n Improved personal safety – eliminates dangerous step and touch voltages on protective groundings n Improved bush fire protection – no surge energy or shower of sparks n Improved fault detection – GFN detection level is ten times better than present SEF protection. For more information visit www.swedishneutral.se

Protex iFS-IT– The future of electrical distribution The Protex iFS range offers a world-class range of innovative electrical products that greatly improve electrical safety and productivity. Protex iFS is a residual voltage device (iFS), detecting fault voltages that can occur during the operation of electrical equipment. The Protex iFS offers unique safety and operational benefits that exceed international performance specifications. It overcomes the longstanding safety and operational concerns associated with existing RCD, GFCI based technologies. Protex iFS isolates when 40V is detected on a frame via a sensor wire. It isolates at a new benchmark speed of 5ms and limits the fault current to 5mA in 8 milliseconds. Significant features include: n No reliance on a path to earth to detect faults – enabling pure electrical separation as a platform n A direct (in line) relationship to fault currents – ensuring clear fault current recognition and interaction n The ability to limit fault current prior to isolation – influencing the magnitude of fault current as well as the time of exposure n Electronic basis of operation – enabling failsafe mechanisms by design n Unlimited discrimination – iFS can be placed anywhere in an electrical system from switchboard to outlet. For more information visit www. protectelec.com.au.

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IntelliRupter® PulseCloser – Tomorrow’s technology available today S&C’s IntelliRupter PulseCloser is a breakthrough in overhead distribution system protection. It features revolutionary PulseClosing™ technology – a unique means for verifying the line is clear of faults before initiating a close operation. Pulseclosing is superior to conventional reclosing as it greatly reduces stress on system components, as well as voltage sags experienced by customers upstream of the fault. IntelliRupter features a base-integrated control that’s accessed for configuration and operation via a secure WiFi link. This innovative approach improves reliability, operator safety and convenience and significantly enhances security while reducing the risk of fire. The IntelliRupter is a key component of S&C’s IntelliTEAM II® Automatic Restoriation System, a selfhealing, scalable feeder reconfiguration system that has become the industry’s standard Smart Grid solution. IntelliTEAM II® offers unmatched interoperability and can automate new as well as existing circuits. The first installation of this device occurred for Energy Australia in Sydney last month. IntelliRupter features: n Vacuum interrupters with unique actuating system that enables PulseClosing™ Technology n Integrated three-phase current sensing, providing linear output over the range from load to fault current n Integrated power module on one or both sides of the interrupters. Eliminates need to install separate power transformers Models rated 15.5 kV maximum can be applied on 60-Hz systems rated 11.43 through 15.5 kV, and 50-Hz systems rated 9 through 19.2 kV. Models rated 27 kV maximum can be applied on 60-Hz systems rated 18.81 through 27 kV, and 50-Hz systems rated 20 through 24 kV. All models have a 630-ampere continuous current rating (800 amperes with a minimum wind velocity of two feet per second) and 12,500-ampere interrupting rating.

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wattsnew RCC Ground Fault Neutraliser A novel smart grid protection for cable and overhead lines The RCC (Residual Current Compensation) Ground Fault Neutraliser developed by Swedish Neutral defines new benchmarks for resonant grounded medium and high voltage grids. It provides an opportunity for Australian electricity distribution companies to make a paradigm change to the design of their networks, resulting in an increase in performance. For the first time, safe arc extinguishing is possible on cable faults. Furthermore, the full scheme compensation of the fault current satisfies crucial conditions for personal safety and fire prevention during operation of overhead lines with sustained earth fault. The fault location can be kept at almost zero current and voltage until the definitive disconnection of the faulty line – without interruption of electricity supply. Benefits n Improved

quality of power supply – no outage on transient earth-faults (60-70 per cent of all overhead line faults) n Improved personal safety – eliminates dangerous step and touch voltages on protective groundings n Improved bush fire protection – no surge energy or shower of sparks n Improved fault detection – GFN detection level is ten times better than present SEF protection. For more information visit www.swedishneutral.se

Protex iFS-IT– The future of electrical distribution The Protex iFS range offers a world-class range of innovative electrical products that greatly improve electrical safety and productivity. Protex iFS is a residual voltage device (iFS), detecting fault voltages that can occur during the operation of electrical equipment. The Protex iFS offers unique safety and operational benefits that exceed international performance specifications. It overcomes the longstanding safety and operational concerns associated with existing RCD, GFCI based technologies. Protex iFS isolates when 40V is detected on a frame via a sensor wire. It isolates at a new benchmark speed of 5ms and limits the fault current to 5mA in 8 milliseconds. Significant features include: n No reliance on a path to earth to detect faults – enabling pure electrical separation as a platform n A direct (in line) relationship to fault currents – ensuring clear fault current recognition and interaction n The ability to limit fault current prior to isolation – influencing the magnitude of fault current as well as the time of exposure n Electronic basis of operation – enabling failsafe mechanisms by design n Unlimited discrimination – iFS can be placed anywhere in an electrical system from switchboard to outlet. For more information visit www. protectelec.com.au.

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IntelliRupter® PulseCloser – Tomorrow’s technology available today S&C’s IntelliRupter PulseCloser is a breakthrough in overhead distribution system protection. It features revolutionary PulseClosing™ technology – a unique means for verifying the line is clear of faults before initiating a close operation. Pulseclosing is superior to conventional reclosing as it greatly reduces stress on system components, as well as voltage sags experienced by customers upstream of the fault. IntelliRupter features a base-integrated control that’s accessed for configuration and operation via a secure WiFi link. This innovative approach improves reliability, operator safety and convenience and significantly enhances security while reducing the risk of fire. The IntelliRupter is a key component of S&C’s IntelliTEAM II® Automatic Restoriation System, a selfhealing, scalable feeder reconfiguration system that has become the industry’s standard Smart Grid solution. IntelliTEAM II® offers unmatched interoperability and can automate new as well as existing circuits. The first installation of this device occurred for Energy Australia in Sydney last month. IntelliRupter features: n Vacuum interrupters with unique actuating system that enables PulseClosing™ Technology n Integrated three-phase current sensing, providing linear output over the range from load to fault current n Integrated power module on one or both sides of the interrupters. Eliminates need to install separate power transformers Models rated 15.5 kV maximum can be applied on 60-Hz systems rated 11.43 through 15.5 kV, and 50-Hz systems rated 9 through 19.2 kV. Models rated 27 kV maximum can be applied on 60-Hz systems rated 18.81 through 27 kV, and 50-Hz systems rated 20 through 24 kV. All models have a 630-ampere continuous current rating (800 amperes with a minimum wind velocity of two feet per second) and 12,500-ampere interrupting rating.

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Mitsubishi has a vehicle in its work range to suit any job, and when it comes to getting the hard jobs done you can’t go past the tough new Triton. It features the most powerful diesel engine in its class,1 up to 3 tonne towing, increased tub length,2 and Mitsubishi All Terrain Technology (MATT™) including Super Select 4WD with full time 4WD, Active Stability and Traction Control and optional rear diff lock. Test one out today, call your local Mitsubishi Dealer on 1300 13 12 11.

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brings a wealth of opportunity for Australian electrical contractors

Coal seam gas (CSG) projects are promising impressive contributions to our economy in terms of job creation and export benefits. Emily Clark reports on how electrical contractors can get their piece of the pie.

contracting businesses, as well as the coal seam gas projects and the wider industry. With only a limited number of hazardous-area trained electricians available, companies will get into bidding wars for contractors on their sites – driving up project costs. Not many people are aware of the skill set that is required to fulfil this niche electrical role, but John Holland and Master Electricians Australia are trying to get information to electrical contractors on what steps they should take to capitalise on the opportunity to work on CSG plants.

Across the country, potentially there is $220 billion worth of oil and gas work, and there are nowhere near enough electrical people for that

Master Electricians Australia chief executive officer, Malcolm Richards said the organisation would be offering hazardous training to members. “We are working to deliver hazardous area training to the industry because we recognise the opportunity for our members. “We want electrical contractors to see the investment they would be making in their business by completing the hazardous area training,” Mr Richards said. “Completing this training and working in the CSG construction industry will secure the longevity of electrical contracting business.” John Holland development manager for oil and gas, Theo Koenen said the electrical requirements of coal seam gas plants are very specific. “When we design a plant, we sit around and think about where gas or liquid could escape and make a clouded area around these places. “Depending on liquid, pressure, operating conditions and temperature we nominate this clouded area as a hazardous area,” Mr Koenen said.

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he amount of CSG plants operating in Australia is about to quadruple and at present there are not enough electricians with hazardous area electrical training to construct and maintain the plants. If electrical contractors across Australia upskill their teams now, they will be ready to help meet the coal seam gas industry’s demand for this type of specialist electrician – and there will be plenty of work to go around. John Holland national manager for electrical, Stephen Boorer said the CSG industry is on the verge of a boom period which will expose an extreme skills shortage. “Across the country, potentially there is $220 billion worth of oil and gas work, and there are nowhere near enough electrical people for that,” Mr Boorer said. Stephen estimates electrical contractors have two to three years to upskill themselves and their team. For electrical contractors looking for a new direction for their business, this skills shortage presents a great opportunity. For those who jump on the prospect, they will bring significant financial gain to their electrical

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brings a wealth of opportunity for Australian electrical contractors

Coal seam gas (CSG) projects are promising impressive contributions to our economy in terms of job creation and export benefits. Emily Clark reports on how electrical contractors can get their piece of the pie.

contracting businesses, as well as the coal seam gas projects and the wider industry. With only a limited number of hazardous-area trained electricians available, companies will get into bidding wars for contractors on their sites – driving up project costs. Not many people are aware of the skill set that is required to fulfil this niche electrical role, but John Holland and Master Electricians Australia are trying to get information to electrical contractors on what steps they should take to capitalise on the opportunity to work on CSG plants.

Across the country, potentially there is $220 billion worth of oil and gas work, and there are nowhere near enough electrical people for that

Master Electricians Australia chief executive officer, Malcolm Richards said the organisation would be offering hazardous training to members. “We are working to deliver hazardous area training to the industry because we recognise the opportunity for our members. “We want electrical contractors to see the investment they would be making in their business by completing the hazardous area training,” Mr Richards said. “Completing this training and working in the CSG construction industry will secure the longevity of electrical contracting business.” John Holland development manager for oil and gas, Theo Koenen said the electrical requirements of coal seam gas plants are very specific. “When we design a plant, we sit around and think about where gas or liquid could escape and make a clouded area around these places. “Depending on liquid, pressure, operating conditions and temperature we nominate this clouded area as a hazardous area,” Mr Koenen said.

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he amount of CSG plants operating in Australia is about to quadruple and at present there are not enough electricians with hazardous area electrical training to construct and maintain the plants. If electrical contractors across Australia upskill their teams now, they will be ready to help meet the coal seam gas industry’s demand for this type of specialist electrician – and there will be plenty of work to go around. John Holland national manager for electrical, Stephen Boorer said the CSG industry is on the verge of a boom period which will expose an extreme skills shortage. “Across the country, potentially there is $220 billion worth of oil and gas work, and there are nowhere near enough electrical people for that,” Mr Boorer said. Stephen estimates electrical contractors have two to three years to upskill themselves and their team. For electrical contractors looking for a new direction for their business, this skills shortage presents a great opportunity. For those who jump on the prospect, they will bring significant financial gain to their electrical

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We take the stress out of employing Apprentices All of the Benefits of Apprentices without the usual concerns • No recruitment concerns • Flexible placement options (3mths to 4 yrs) • Provision of uniforms, tools, PPE & regulatory training • Job ready, skilled Apprentices

phone 1300 EGROUP | www.electrogroup.com.au

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differently to that of a house or commercial building. When a plant uses an electric motor, a non-sparking motor is used. “We don’t use a sparking motor because they can radiate heat and generate static electricity, so that makes the skills that are required to perform

“We need more third-party trainers to be upto-speed and possibly go out and do this training at their premises. “Anything that can be done in that area to make it more flexible logistically will be of great benefit to the industry,” Mr Buckley said. The training teaches electricians the particulars of hazardous area electrical operations, Stephen Boorer emphasised the cultural aspects to electrical businesses are just as important in this kind of work. “The difference is, the quality standard and safety standard is a lot higher. “In oil and gas they can’t just say – I’m the cheapest price, I should get that work – it doesn’t work that way. “Long before you get pre-qualified you have to say what your safety system is and what your business culture is,” Mr Boorer said. This is why John Holland is working with Master Electricians. Master Electricians already have the business and safety culture suitable for hazardous area work. “One hundred million jobs are not often done by one company. “John Holland is putting some very clever engineers through hazardous area training –

we’re getting ready and trying to get the wider industry ready as well. There’s no competition in the oil and gas industry – there’s enough work to go around. Those capable will be paid well. But the industry demands the best and the brightest. With minimal action from government and training organisations such as TAFEs and thirdparty trainers, someone will have to draw the best out of the industry and get them ready for the CSG boom. Malcolm Richards said those interested can contact Master Electricians for advice. “Most contractors wouldn’t do hazardous area work but through our training program we can help prepare suitable contractors to move into the next generation of electrical construction work in Australia. “We are all currently in a unique position and our organisation will help the industry promote its high quality members to this next level of electrical work,” Mr Richards said. Please contact Master Electricians for more information on its training program and how your business can get its slice of Australia’s CSG pie – there’s plenty to go around.

feature : COAL SEAM GAS BRINGS A WEALTH OF OPPORTUNITY

“As soon as you nominate this as a hazardous area, and there are different classes, it suddenly becomes a complete different story in its construction and design.” The hazardous area is designed to be nonexplosive so every connection must be performed

this work completely different from anything you do in a building. “This requires special training, as not only is the skill set different but the quality to which it needs to be delivered is different too,” Mr Koenen said. “There are rules that say how you do it – we don’t need people to invent this, we know how to do it but we need people to be trained in doing it.” Those people with hazardous area training are in short supply. John Holland national operations manager, Aaron Buckley has worked in the electrical construction industry for 25 years with 12 years’ experience in hazardous area training. He said current estimates on the amount of hazardous area trained electricians will be required are conservative. “If all projects were to kick off at once, I would say we would require at least 2,300 – 3,400 people Australia-wide in the next two years – and that is being very conservative.” Mr Buckley said the cost of training was not the problem, but the logistics of getting electricians through the hazardous training courses often proved difficult.

Father-of-two has been electrocuted while trying to fix the family washing machine. Rab Taylor, 40, died after making what his wife Pauline described as a ‘silly mistake’. She said: ‘He was fixing the washing machine and made a silly mistake he forgot to switch it off. He put his hand inside and was electrocuted.” www.dailyrecord.co.uk

NEW Electricity Connection and Metering Manual As of July 2010 there will be one Electricity Connection and Metering Manual for Queensland’s electrical installers. As a result of ENERGEX and Ergon Energy’s ongoing collaboration, the manual aligns requirements and work practices for both distribution companies and will provide guidelines for connection of supply and metering of customers’ installations. The Electricity Connection and Metering Manual will be available from April 2010. Compliance will be required from July 2010.

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Still with the 6kA Short Circuit Rating

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Still the same size as existing MCB’s

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differently to that of a house or commercial building. When a plant uses an electric motor, a non-sparking motor is used. “We don’t use a sparking motor because they can radiate heat and generate static electricity, so that makes the skills that are required to perform

“We need more third-party trainers to be upto-speed and possibly go out and do this training at their premises. “Anything that can be done in that area to make it more flexible logistically will be of great benefit to the industry,” Mr Buckley said. The training teaches electricians the particulars of hazardous area electrical operations, Stephen Boorer emphasised the cultural aspects to electrical businesses are just as important in this kind of work. “The difference is, the quality standard and safety standard is a lot higher. “In oil and gas they can’t just say – I’m the cheapest price, I should get that work – it doesn’t work that way. “Long before you get pre-qualified you have to say what your safety system is and what your business culture is,” Mr Boorer said. This is why John Holland is working with Master Electricians. Master Electricians already have the business and safety culture suitable for hazardous area work. “One hundred million jobs are not often done by one company. “John Holland is putting some very clever engineers through hazardous area training –

we’re getting ready and trying to get the wider industry ready as well. There’s no competition in the oil and gas industry – there’s enough work to go around. Those capable will be paid well. But the industry demands the best and the brightest. With minimal action from government and training organisations such as TAFEs and thirdparty trainers, someone will have to draw the best out of the industry and get them ready for the CSG boom. Malcolm Richards said those interested can contact Master Electricians for advice. “Most contractors wouldn’t do hazardous area work but through our training program we can help prepare suitable contractors to move into the next generation of electrical construction work in Australia. “We are all currently in a unique position and our organisation will help the industry promote its high quality members to this next level of electrical work,” Mr Richards said. Please contact Master Electricians for more information on its training program and how your business can get its slice of Australia’s CSG pie – there’s plenty to go around.

feature : COAL SEAM GAS BRINGS A WEALTH OF OPPORTUNITY

“As soon as you nominate this as a hazardous area, and there are different classes, it suddenly becomes a complete different story in its construction and design.” The hazardous area is designed to be nonexplosive so every connection must be performed

this work completely different from anything you do in a building. “This requires special training, as not only is the skill set different but the quality to which it needs to be delivered is different too,” Mr Koenen said. “There are rules that say how you do it – we don’t need people to invent this, we know how to do it but we need people to be trained in doing it.” Those people with hazardous area training are in short supply. John Holland national operations manager, Aaron Buckley has worked in the electrical construction industry for 25 years with 12 years’ experience in hazardous area training. He said current estimates on the amount of hazardous area trained electricians will be required are conservative. “If all projects were to kick off at once, I would say we would require at least 2,300 – 3,400 people Australia-wide in the next two years – and that is being very conservative.” Mr Buckley said the cost of training was not the problem, but the logistics of getting electricians through the hazardous training courses often proved difficult.

Father-of-two has been electrocuted while trying to fix the family washing machine. Rab Taylor, 40, died after making what his wife Pauline described as a ‘silly mistake’. She said: ‘He was fixing the washing machine and made a silly mistake he forgot to switch it off. He put his hand inside and was electrocuted.” www.dailyrecord.co.uk

NEW Electricity Connection and Metering Manual As of July 2010 there will be one Electricity Connection and Metering Manual for Queensland’s electrical installers. As a result of ENERGEX and Ergon Energy’s ongoing collaboration, the manual aligns requirements and work practices for both distribution companies and will provide guidelines for connection of supply and metering of customers’ installations. The Electricity Connection and Metering Manual will be available from April 2010. Compliance will be required from July 2010.

CIX3021

For more information visit energex.com.au or ergon.com.au

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Now available in both 10mA and 30mA

Now available in both Type A and Type AC

Still with the 6kA Short Circuit Rating

Still with Dual Opening of Line and Neutral poles

Still the same size as existing MCB’s

Still the best value RCBO in Australia

www.crisptech.com.au 1300 727 477 the master electrician : SUMMER 10

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Mastering their own universe Family men John Horan and Scott Bird are a winning combination. It’s lucky too ... because with a horse racing and a motorsport enthusiast at the helm, the race is always on.

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ownsville men through and through, John Horan and Scott Bird love nothing more than a day at the races, the V8 Supercars Townsville 400 or a Cowboys win. The pair came together in 2007 when John and Rosemarie Horan partnered with Scott and Sandra Bird to form Horan and Bird Electrical. Two years later and the two men manage a team of 18 employees and, having achieved Master Electricians accreditation last year, were awarded Master Electricians of the Year at the 2009 ECA and Master Electricians Annual Awards for Excellence. John started his apprenticeship at a sugar mill in the North Queensland region and completed it at Ergon Energy. He is a passionate man. He is dedicated to his business, his team, his customers and his family. When we asked him what he liked most about his job, customer satisfaction was at the top of his list. “Also, creating win-win situations with energy efficiency for customers and saving them some money. “Having such a fantastic team also helps. “Seeing young apprentices turn into adults is great,” John said. That mentoring trait is something that is instilled in the entire Horan and Bird team. The company places a high priority on relationships. “We base our whole business on integrity and continuous improvement. “We never stop trying to create great relationships with our customers.” Having found a work-life balance, Scott and John spend their weekends with their families. Come Monday, the business partners are concentrating on their customers and developing their business.

Name: John Horan Company: Horan and Bird Electrical

John and Scott have plans to franchise Horan and Bird Electrical this year. “We will be looking for good existing businesses that want to trade under our banner and want to take advantage of a very large buying group, the systems and the clients we have in place throughout Australia. “We will also have positions for good tradespeople who want to start their own business and want to hit the ground running from the start. John said Horan and Bird Electrical will have experienced business coaches and electricians to help franchisees every step of the way. “The most important thing for us is that the client receives top quality service, value for money and can refer us to everybody they come in contact with.” How to escape from quicksand: the ultimate guide for tradies and contractors When John and his wife Rosemarie started the business in 2004 John’s philosophy was that the more he worked, the more he could offer his family in years to come. He could retire sooner and leave the business in a better position. “I figured the harder I worked, the quicker I could retire and that would make my family happy. “But the faster I ran, the quicker I sank,” John said.

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Working 100-hour weeks took a toll on both his family and his sanity. John cut his hours back and started to follow some strict work/life mantras and to his surprise his business was better for it. “I realised my life and my family were more important than money and used some strategies to get my life and business back on track. “I cut back to 40 hours a week and was able to turn the business into what it is today,” John said. In March next year John will release his book “How to escape from quicksand”. He wrote the book with former BHP chief financial officer Jerry Maguire because he wanted to save other business owners from falling into the traps he did. “If me writing this book saves one divorce, saves one business from going under or gets one dad away from his business on a Saturday morning and at his son’s football game, then I’m happy.”

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meet a

meet a master electrician : HORAN AND BIRD ELECTRICAL

master electrician

Mastering their own universe Family men John Horan and Scott Bird are a winning combination. It’s lucky too ... because with a horse racing and a motorsport enthusiast at the helm, the race is always on.

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ownsville men through and through, John Horan and Scott Bird love nothing more than a day at the races, the V8 Supercars Townsville 400 or a Cowboys win. The pair came together in 2007 when John and Rosemarie Horan partnered with Scott and Sandra Bird to form Horan and Bird Electrical. Two years later and the two men manage a team of 18 employees and, having achieved Master Electricians accreditation last year, were awarded Master Electricians of the Year at the 2009 ECA and Master Electricians Annual Awards for Excellence. John started his apprenticeship at a sugar mill in the North Queensland region and completed it at Ergon Energy. He is a passionate man. He is dedicated to his business, his team, his customers and his family. When we asked him what he liked most about his job, customer satisfaction was at the top of his list. “Also, creating win-win situations with energy efficiency for customers and saving them some money. “Having such a fantastic team also helps. “Seeing young apprentices turn into adults is great,” John said. That mentoring trait is something that is instilled in the entire Horan and Bird team. The company places a high priority on relationships. “We base our whole business on integrity and continuous improvement. “We never stop trying to create great relationships with our customers.” Having found a work-life balance, Scott and John spend their weekends with their families. Come Monday, the business partners are concentrating on their customers and developing their business.

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John and Scott have plans to franchise Horan and Bird Electrical this year. “We will be looking for good existing businesses that want to trade under our banner and want to take advantage of a very large buying group, the systems and the clients we have in place throughout Australia. “We will also have positions for good tradespeople who want to start their own business and want to hit the ground running from the start. John said Horan and Bird Electrical will have experienced business coaches and electricians to help franchisees every step of the way. “The most important thing for us is that the client receives top quality service, value for money and can refer us to everybody they come in contact with.” How to escape from quicksand: the ultimate guide for tradies and contractors When John and his wife Rosemarie started the business in 2004 John’s philosophy was that the more he worked, the more he could offer his family in years to come. He could retire sooner and leave the business in a better position. “I figured the harder I worked, the quicker I could retire and that would make my family happy. “But the faster I ran, the quicker I sank,” John said.

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Working 100-hour weeks took a toll on both his family and his sanity. John cut his hours back and started to follow some strict work/life mantras and to his surprise his business was better for it. “I realised my life and my family were more important than money and used some strategies to get my life and business back on track. “I cut back to 40 hours a week and was able to turn the business into what it is today,” John said. In March next year John will release his book “How to escape from quicksand”. He wrote the book with former BHP chief financial officer Jerry Maguire because he wanted to save other business owners from falling into the traps he did. “If me writing this book saves one divorce, saves one business from going under or gets one dad away from his business on a Saturday morning and at his son’s football game, then I’m happy.”

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to dismantle duopoly

Have you ever thought about how you reach the internet? Instantaneous access to the global network of information is so embedded in our culture that the complexities of the process can often go unnoticed.

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ut for friends Bevan Slattery and Stephen Baxter, the internet has provided a wealth of opportunities. The pair co-founded PIPE Networks in 2002, after identifying an opportunity to provide peering exchanges to Australian organisations through broadband fibre optics technology. Then, after noticing the growing demand from customers to reach international peering networks through multiple channels, Slattery and Baxter sought to upset the existing duopoly of Telstra and SingTel/Optus/TNZ . In January 2008, they established PIPE International as a subsidiary company and announced its plans to construct a $200 million undersea cabling link stretching 7,000 kilometres from Sydney to Guam. By 8 October 2009, the PIPE Pacific Cable (PPC-1) project was complete. Using dense wavelength division multiplexing technology, with a design capacity of 2.56 Tbit/s over two fibre pairs, the system provides diversity to the existing routes in the region which are available through Telstra and Singtel/Optus/TNZ, in addition to onward connectivity to Asia and the USA. PPC-1 is the first 40 Gbit/s ready network to land on Australian shores. As PIPE International chief operating officer, Brett Worrall said the opportunity was ripe to set up the infrastructure, despite the enormous cost of the project. “Broadband is driving demand for international capacity. The growth rate for international

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capacity demand has been 40 to 50 per cent over recent years. The reason the project happened was because our fibre customers expressed a view to increase their international capacity. The market was very much a closed shop before us – it has high barriers to entry with a large capital investment,” he said. Mr Worrall said the project was financed under contractual guarantees from existing PIPE customers, showing a high level of confidence in its capabilities.

“The market was very much a closed shop before us – it has high barriers to entry with a large capital investment”

“They signed contracts with us before we built the cable. Otherwise this was going to be a high-risk venture. We were affected by the global financial crisis because the banks prevented us financing the construction ourselves, so we had to readjust that,” he said. After securing investor confidence and developing partnerships to complete the project, the PIPE team faced a demanding installation process lasting over 18 months. “First of all we had to survey the bottom of the ocean. We used the latest generation multi

beam echo sounding technology to find the best route. As you can imagine, there are subsea mountains and canyons on the ocean floor, we didn’t want the cable to be suspended, so we needed to know where to install additional slack so the system could lay flat along the seabed. The PPC-1 cables are qualified down to approximately 10,000 metres, with the deepest section on the PPC-1 route being approximately 9,000 metres. So the cables have to withstand the pressure of being installed at these depths. Every 90 kilometres we have repeaters so we have to ensure there is the right amount of slack so that part of the cable can lie flat in the hills and valleys on the ocean floor,” Mr Worrall said. The cables were laid using two Reliance Class ships from the project partner Tyco Electronics, avoiding unnecessary delays. “The installation strategy we used was standard practice – having two ships working minimises delay because if one has to stop the other is still progressing closer. The first ship left from Sydney and travelled 3,600 kilometres north to Madang. The second ship took the rest of the cable and left from Guam to meet in Madang. We used a two-ship-lay method so we could get it done by 8 October, 2009,” he said. Mr Worrall said although the installation phase posed safety risks, the installation ran smoothly. “The installation went really well. We did have some rough weather off Sydney during a pretty bad storm in May which stalled progress a little,” he said.

But despite the engineering feat of laying 7,000 kilometres of undersea cable, Mr Worrall admitted the main challenge they faced was all the permitting involved. After laying the cable, PIPE conducted tests to ensure the system was working. “From the last splice which we performed at the end of August, we had two months – or around six weeks – of system testing. When we did that last splice in August we powered up the cable from each end,” he said. Despite the intricacies of the technology, Mr Worrall saidNewtagsadvert180x81.pdf the ongoing management thePM 16/04/2009 of 2:04:04

system has been quite simple. “What we laid was a family of cables, with the thinnest cable 17mm in diameter. The cables have galvanised high tensile armour around the optics. The cable itself takes next to nothing to run – around 20kW”. According to Mr Worrall the benefits for consumers are still developing, but the initial

“The main challenge we faced was all the permitting involved”

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market entrance has rocked the duopoly. “The big guys have reduced their prices in anticipation of PPC-1 entering the market. It’s very much watch this space in terms of when the end consumer will see savings, but we expect we should see some changes in the first half of next year,” he said. PIPE International is looking to expand its presence through the construction of the PPC2 project, linking Australia to the international network through a New Zealand connection.

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to dismantle duopoly

Have you ever thought about how you reach the internet? Instantaneous access to the global network of information is so embedded in our culture that the complexities of the process can often go unnoticed.

B

ut for friends Bevan Slattery and Stephen Baxter, the internet has provided a wealth of opportunities. The pair co-founded PIPE Networks in 2002, after identifying an opportunity to provide peering exchanges to Australian organisations through broadband fibre optics technology. Then, after noticing the growing demand from customers to reach international peering networks through multiple channels, Slattery and Baxter sought to upset the existing duopoly of Telstra and SingTel/Optus/TNZ . In January 2008, they established PIPE International as a subsidiary company and announced its plans to construct a $200 million undersea cabling link stretching 7,000 kilometres from Sydney to Guam. By 8 October 2009, the PIPE Pacific Cable (PPC-1) project was complete. Using dense wavelength division multiplexing technology, with a design capacity of 2.56 Tbit/s over two fibre pairs, the system provides diversity to the existing routes in the region which are available through Telstra and Singtel/Optus/TNZ, in addition to onward connectivity to Asia and the USA. PPC-1 is the first 40 Gbit/s ready network to land on Australian shores. As PIPE International chief operating officer, Brett Worrall said the opportunity was ripe to set up the infrastructure, despite the enormous cost of the project. “Broadband is driving demand for international capacity. The growth rate for international

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capacity demand has been 40 to 50 per cent over recent years. The reason the project happened was because our fibre customers expressed a view to increase their international capacity. The market was very much a closed shop before us – it has high barriers to entry with a large capital investment,” he said. Mr Worrall said the project was financed under contractual guarantees from existing PIPE customers, showing a high level of confidence in its capabilities.

“The market was very much a closed shop before us – it has high barriers to entry with a large capital investment”

“They signed contracts with us before we built the cable. Otherwise this was going to be a high-risk venture. We were affected by the global financial crisis because the banks prevented us financing the construction ourselves, so we had to readjust that,” he said. After securing investor confidence and developing partnerships to complete the project, the PIPE team faced a demanding installation process lasting over 18 months. “First of all we had to survey the bottom of the ocean. We used the latest generation multi

beam echo sounding technology to find the best route. As you can imagine, there are subsea mountains and canyons on the ocean floor, we didn’t want the cable to be suspended, so we needed to know where to install additional slack so the system could lay flat along the seabed. The PPC-1 cables are qualified down to approximately 10,000 metres, with the deepest section on the PPC-1 route being approximately 9,000 metres. So the cables have to withstand the pressure of being installed at these depths. Every 90 kilometres we have repeaters so we have to ensure there is the right amount of slack so that part of the cable can lie flat in the hills and valleys on the ocean floor,” Mr Worrall said. The cables were laid using two Reliance Class ships from the project partner Tyco Electronics, avoiding unnecessary delays. “The installation strategy we used was standard practice – having two ships working minimises delay because if one has to stop the other is still progressing closer. The first ship left from Sydney and travelled 3,600 kilometres north to Madang. The second ship took the rest of the cable and left from Guam to meet in Madang. We used a two-ship-lay method so we could get it done by 8 October, 2009,” he said. Mr Worrall said although the installation phase posed safety risks, the installation ran smoothly. “The installation went really well. We did have some rough weather off Sydney during a pretty bad storm in May which stalled progress a little,” he said.

But despite the engineering feat of laying 7,000 kilometres of undersea cable, Mr Worrall admitted the main challenge they faced was all the permitting involved. After laying the cable, PIPE conducted tests to ensure the system was working. “From the last splice which we performed at the end of August, we had two months – or around six weeks – of system testing. When we did that last splice in August we powered up the cable from each end,” he said. Despite the intricacies of the technology, Mr Worrall saidNewtagsadvert180x81.pdf the ongoing management thePM 16/04/2009 of 2:04:04

system has been quite simple. “What we laid was a family of cables, with the thinnest cable 17mm in diameter. The cables have galvanised high tensile armour around the optics. The cable itself takes next to nothing to run – around 20kW”. According to Mr Worrall the benefits for consumers are still developing, but the initial

“The main challenge we faced was all the permitting involved”

feature : INTERNET INNOVATION TO DISMANTLE DUOPOLY

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market entrance has rocked the duopoly. “The big guys have reduced their prices in anticipation of PPC-1 entering the market. It’s very much watch this space in terms of when the end consumer will see savings, but we expect we should see some changes in the first half of next year,” he said. PIPE International is looking to expand its presence through the construction of the PPC2 project, linking Australia to the international network through a New Zealand connection.

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from distributors

VICTORIA: CITIPOWER

Premium Feed in Tariffs Eligible customers will be paid 60 cents per kWh for the net electricity fed into the grid after their own consumption is taken into account. Many Powercor customers and a few CitiPower customers currently enjoy lower electricity rates that are applied to their hot water and slab heating (controlled load tariffs), and split system heating (climate saver tariffs). These customers’ electricity meters measure multiple tariffs at the same premises. However, eligible customers who wish to partake in the premium feed in tariff will be moved onto a single tariff structure. Those customers’

premises will be fitted with an electricity meter that measures the net electricity fed into the grid after their own consumption is taken into account. This is called “net metering” and is part of the legislation associated with Premium Feed in Tariffs. For customers who install small scale solar photovoltaic systems and lose their lower electricity rates associated with controlled load devices, CitiPower and Powercor will offer a time of use tariff comparable to the controlled load tariffs that would otherwise be lost. Customers should contact their retailer to understand the effect of solar photovoltaic systems on their electricity bill. For further information including extensive FAQs on the premium feed-in tariff visit the website.

TASMANIA: AURORA ENERGY

Australia’s first Smart Village to be created in Newington, Sydney

Public awareness campaign to commence for CablePI

Australia’s first smart grid suburbs will be created in Newington and Silverwater in a two-year trial by EnergyAustralia and Sydney Water to help households reduce their utility bills and carbon impact. EnergyAustralia Managing Director George Maltabarow said the $10 million Smart Village trial involved adding smart technologies to 1,000 homes and the electricity network to provide the most detailed picture yet of household energy and water use in Australia. “This trial will give households their first instant picture of their energy and water use, including costs, environmental impact, and incentives to reduce them using in-house displays and household websites,” he said. “The Smart Village will give us our first look at how the homes of tomorrow will use energy and water. “Smart grids are crucial if we are serious about making electricity and water networks greener,” he said. The Smart Village trial will feature the world-first use of many smart grid technologies – from fourth generation wireless communications, to smart sensors in substations, to fully-connected home area networks in households. Using tailored websites, households will be able to identify energy guzzling appliances, water leaks and bad habits, and learn how to manage them. “New technologies will also give EnergyAustralia and Sydney Water instant network information to improve power and water supplies due to faster fault location and repair, and more targeted preventive maintenance.” Smart Village homes will be able to turn appliances on and off remotely using iPhones and websites, compare energy use through neighbourhood competitions and use plug-in electric vehicles free of charge. Total savings of more than $400,000 on household energy and water bills are expected over the two-year trial period, as well as a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of almost 2,500 tonnes. The $10 million, two-year trial by EnergyAustralia and Sydney Water is supported by $1.5 million from NSW Government’s Climate Change Fund.

QUEENSLAND: Ergon Energy

Exciting Future Ahead Regional Queensland will benefit from an increasingly intelligent electricity network in the future as Ergon Energy continues to adopt new ‘best technologies’ to deliver an affordable, dependable and smart electricity supply to its vast service area. In its annual report tabled in State Parliament, Ergon Energy paints a picture of an electricity network in 2020 vastly different to the one we have today.

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“The way we see it…,” says the report, “any advance in technology that improves the way we view and manage our expansive electricity network is a smart thing.” Already the company has gone into partnership with Google Earth to have a 3D view of its entire network at the touch of a mouse button. “The first of its kind for an Australian electricity utility, this groundbreaking initiative delivers a 3D view of our entire network,” says the report. “The operational efficiencies this enables are already being seen, as planners, network

A Tasmanian public awareness campaign on the use and benefits of the CablePI electrical safety device commenced last month. The television and radio campaign coincided with the completion of the distribution of the devices to about 200,000 Aurora Energy customers around the state. As of October 2009, the CablePIs had detected 1568 electrical problems in Tasmanian customers’ homes and a further 295 in Aurora’s own network. These statistics include 44 broken neutral type situations that have the potential to cause severe electric shocks and a further 86 situations that could lead to fire or damage to property. Aurora Network Division General Manager John Devereaux said the campaign was designed to communicate an important public safety message. “Now that our customers have received their CablePIs we are strongly encouraging them to plug it in, keep it on and keep safe,’’ Mr Devereaux said. “The CablePI detects a potentially dangerous broken neutral situation and dozens of these have been detected around Tasmania since the roll-out started last June. The device can also detect voltage problems – either too high or too low. “While the CablePI may not be showing any problems when it is initially plugged in, household electrical situations can deteriorate due to weather events, through human error or general wear and tear. The CablePI is an excellent warning of these changes, similar to a smoke alarm in the event of fire.”

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NEW SOUTH WALES: EnergyAustralia

controllers and field crews enjoy a faster, more efficient way of working. It’s taken three years to implement the technology, but the way we see it, the benefits to our customers will last a lifetime.” The company is developing a $134.6 million high-speed internal telecommunications network which, again, will transform the way it does business and improve the reliability and responsiveness of its network.

the master electrician : SUMMER 10

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from distributors

VICTORIA: CITIPOWER

Premium Feed in Tariffs Eligible customers will be paid 60 cents per kWh for the net electricity fed into the grid after their own consumption is taken into account. Many Powercor customers and a few CitiPower customers currently enjoy lower electricity rates that are applied to their hot water and slab heating (controlled load tariffs), and split system heating (climate saver tariffs). These customers’ electricity meters measure multiple tariffs at the same premises. However, eligible customers who wish to partake in the premium feed in tariff will be moved onto a single tariff structure. Those customers’

premises will be fitted with an electricity meter that measures the net electricity fed into the grid after their own consumption is taken into account. This is called “net metering” and is part of the legislation associated with Premium Feed in Tariffs. For customers who install small scale solar photovoltaic systems and lose their lower electricity rates associated with controlled load devices, CitiPower and Powercor will offer a time of use tariff comparable to the controlled load tariffs that would otherwise be lost. Customers should contact their retailer to understand the effect of solar photovoltaic systems on their electricity bill. For further information including extensive FAQs on the premium feed-in tariff visit the website.

TASMANIA: AURORA ENERGY

Australia’s first Smart Village to be created in Newington, Sydney

Public awareness campaign to commence for CablePI

Australia’s first smart grid suburbs will be created in Newington and Silverwater in a two-year trial by EnergyAustralia and Sydney Water to help households reduce their utility bills and carbon impact. EnergyAustralia Managing Director George Maltabarow said the $10 million Smart Village trial involved adding smart technologies to 1,000 homes and the electricity network to provide the most detailed picture yet of household energy and water use in Australia. “This trial will give households their first instant picture of their energy and water use, including costs, environmental impact, and incentives to reduce them using in-house displays and household websites,” he said. “The Smart Village will give us our first look at how the homes of tomorrow will use energy and water. “Smart grids are crucial if we are serious about making electricity and water networks greener,” he said. The Smart Village trial will feature the world-first use of many smart grid technologies – from fourth generation wireless communications, to smart sensors in substations, to fully-connected home area networks in households. Using tailored websites, households will be able to identify energy guzzling appliances, water leaks and bad habits, and learn how to manage them. “New technologies will also give EnergyAustralia and Sydney Water instant network information to improve power and water supplies due to faster fault location and repair, and more targeted preventive maintenance.” Smart Village homes will be able to turn appliances on and off remotely using iPhones and websites, compare energy use through neighbourhood competitions and use plug-in electric vehicles free of charge. Total savings of more than $400,000 on household energy and water bills are expected over the two-year trial period, as well as a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of almost 2,500 tonnes. The $10 million, two-year trial by EnergyAustralia and Sydney Water is supported by $1.5 million from NSW Government’s Climate Change Fund.

QUEENSLAND: Ergon Energy

Exciting Future Ahead Regional Queensland will benefit from an increasingly intelligent electricity network in the future as Ergon Energy continues to adopt new ‘best technologies’ to deliver an affordable, dependable and smart electricity supply to its vast service area. In its annual report tabled in State Parliament, Ergon Energy paints a picture of an electricity network in 2020 vastly different to the one we have today.

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“The way we see it…,” says the report, “any advance in technology that improves the way we view and manage our expansive electricity network is a smart thing.” Already the company has gone into partnership with Google Earth to have a 3D view of its entire network at the touch of a mouse button. “The first of its kind for an Australian electricity utility, this groundbreaking initiative delivers a 3D view of our entire network,” says the report. “The operational efficiencies this enables are already being seen, as planners, network

A Tasmanian public awareness campaign on the use and benefits of the CablePI electrical safety device commenced last month. The television and radio campaign coincided with the completion of the distribution of the devices to about 200,000 Aurora Energy customers around the state. As of October 2009, the CablePIs had detected 1568 electrical problems in Tasmanian customers’ homes and a further 295 in Aurora’s own network. These statistics include 44 broken neutral type situations that have the potential to cause severe electric shocks and a further 86 situations that could lead to fire or damage to property. Aurora Network Division General Manager John Devereaux said the campaign was designed to communicate an important public safety message. “Now that our customers have received their CablePIs we are strongly encouraging them to plug it in, keep it on and keep safe,’’ Mr Devereaux said. “The CablePI detects a potentially dangerous broken neutral situation and dozens of these have been detected around Tasmania since the roll-out started last June. The device can also detect voltage problems – either too high or too low. “While the CablePI may not be showing any problems when it is initially plugged in, household electrical situations can deteriorate due to weather events, through human error or general wear and tear. The CablePI is an excellent warning of these changes, similar to a smoke alarm in the event of fire.”

news from distributors : WHAT’S HAPPENING IN YOUR INDUSTRY

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NEW SOUTH WALES: EnergyAustralia

controllers and field crews enjoy a faster, more efficient way of working. It’s taken three years to implement the technology, but the way we see it, the benefits to our customers will last a lifetime.” The company is developing a $134.6 million high-speed internal telecommunications network which, again, will transform the way it does business and improve the reliability and responsiveness of its network.

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SOUTH AUSTRALIA: ETSA

ETSA Utilities launches national first connection booking system An Australian-first system that has been specially designed to streamline the customer connection process for electricians and electricity retailers, and improve the efficiency of connections for customers, has recently been re-launched by ETSA Utilities. The Registered Electrician extranet (REX) system has undergone a significant upgrade to give it greater functionality to enable three-way communication between electricians, retailers, and ETSA Utilities. General Manager Services, Sue Filby, said the upgraded system was a win for electrical contractors and retailers and ultimately for consumers. “The system has been developed after extensive consultation with electrical contractors and will deliver significant benefits across the electricity industry. “It will make it much easier for electricians to book and manage the connection process for their customers – with no paperwork required,” Ms Filby said. “Electricians will be able to receive automaticallygenerated emails or text messages advising when the connection has been made or if there has been a hold-up somewhere in the process. “These efficiencies, in conjunction with the unique schedule-optimising software, will assist us over time to speed up the process of connecting our residential and business customers to the electricity network. “We encourage all electricians to register to use the new system – I’m sure they’ll find the efficiency savings make it worth their while.” To sign up or access the new REX system, which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, visit the ETSA Utilities website at: www.etsautilities.com.au

Former Electrical contractor gets three months in jail for bribing union boss A former city electrical contractor walked out of a Manhattan court all smiles after a judge gave him just three months in jail for bribing a corrupt union boss. Santo Petrocelli Sr. told a federal judge he paid $30,000 to $70,000 in 2004 to Brian McLaughlin, the former head of the New York City Central Labor Council to help his company win millions in city streetlight contracts. http://www.nydailynews.com/news

Reap the benefits. When you become an Accredited Master Electrician you gain access to a wide variety of exclusive benefits and discounts. Vehicle discounts

Joining MEA means you receive great discounts when purchasing vehicles with our Fleet Services program. Through our partnership with the AP Group, MEA Fleet Services can source the right vehicle at the right price using a network of member fleet specialists covering almost every vehicle brand. In addition, you can also access competitive finance packages.

Stationery and publications

Accredited Master Electricians receive significant discounts on a range of business stationery, forms and guides specifically designed for the electrotechnology industry including: • Australian standards • Job/project stationery • Quotation/work variation books • Risk assessment and safe work procedures • Employment and workplace relations guides

Telecommunications

MEA provides contractors with access to discounted telecommunications services including mobile, landline, 1300 and 1800 phone numbers as well as internet packages. Master Electricians can connect to a range of products running on some of Australia’s largest networks. The service is backed by a dedicated 1300 technical support helpdesk so you can get assistance when you need it.

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Our fuel plan is a convenient way for you to manage and reduce your bills. Use your BP or Caltex fuel card to receive discounted rates and receive a simple monthly fuel bill for all your vehicles. All your business and private vehicles are eligible to participate in the fuel scheme. You can even extend the privilege to staff as an extra benefit of employment.

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To find out how you can become a Master Electrician call 1300 889 198 Contact Mike Henneker - Director 1300 551 041 e: henneker@thermelecqld.com.au w: www.thermelecqld.com.au

For more details visit www.masterelectricians.com.au

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SOUTH AUSTRALIA: ETSA

ETSA Utilities launches national first connection booking system An Australian-first system that has been specially designed to streamline the customer connection process for electricians and electricity retailers, and improve the efficiency of connections for customers, has recently been re-launched by ETSA Utilities. The Registered Electrician extranet (REX) system has undergone a significant upgrade to give it greater functionality to enable three-way communication between electricians, retailers, and ETSA Utilities. General Manager Services, Sue Filby, said the upgraded system was a win for electrical contractors and retailers and ultimately for consumers. “The system has been developed after extensive consultation with electrical contractors and will deliver significant benefits across the electricity industry. “It will make it much easier for electricians to book and manage the connection process for their customers – with no paperwork required,” Ms Filby said. “Electricians will be able to receive automaticallygenerated emails or text messages advising when the connection has been made or if there has been a hold-up somewhere in the process. “These efficiencies, in conjunction with the unique schedule-optimising software, will assist us over time to speed up the process of connecting our residential and business customers to the electricity network. “We encourage all electricians to register to use the new system – I’m sure they’ll find the efficiency savings make it worth their while.” To sign up or access the new REX system, which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, visit the ETSA Utilities website at: www.etsautilities.com.au

Former Electrical contractor gets three months in jail for bribing union boss A former city electrical contractor walked out of a Manhattan court all smiles after a judge gave him just three months in jail for bribing a corrupt union boss. Santo Petrocelli Sr. told a federal judge he paid $30,000 to $70,000 in 2004 to Brian McLaughlin, the former head of the New York City Central Labor Council to help his company win millions in city streetlight contracts. http://www.nydailynews.com/news

Reap the benefits. When you become an Accredited Master Electrician you gain access to a wide variety of exclusive benefits and discounts. Vehicle discounts

Joining MEA means you receive great discounts when purchasing vehicles with our Fleet Services program. Through our partnership with the AP Group, MEA Fleet Services can source the right vehicle at the right price using a network of member fleet specialists covering almost every vehicle brand. In addition, you can also access competitive finance packages.

Stationery and publications

Accredited Master Electricians receive significant discounts on a range of business stationery, forms and guides specifically designed for the electrotechnology industry including: • Australian standards • Job/project stationery • Quotation/work variation books • Risk assessment and safe work procedures • Employment and workplace relations guides

Telecommunications

MEA provides contractors with access to discounted telecommunications services including mobile, landline, 1300 and 1800 phone numbers as well as internet packages. Master Electricians can connect to a range of products running on some of Australia’s largest networks. The service is backed by a dedicated 1300 technical support helpdesk so you can get assistance when you need it.

Fuel Scheme

Detect potentially serious faults in electrical and mechanical equipment before they develop Thermal Imaging Surveys conducted on your equipment Australia wide

32

www.masterelectricians.com.au

Our fuel plan is a convenient way for you to manage and reduce your bills. Use your BP or Caltex fuel card to receive discounted rates and receive a simple monthly fuel bill for all your vehicles. All your business and private vehicles are eligible to participate in the fuel scheme. You can even extend the privilege to staff as an extra benefit of employment.

REGISTERED MEMBER OF THE ECA

To find out how you can become a Master Electrician call 1300 889 198 Contact Mike Henneker - Director 1300 551 041 e: henneker@thermelecqld.com.au w: www.thermelecqld.com.au

For more details visit www.masterelectricians.com.au

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any contractors are often unsure about their rights are when it comes to breaches or terminations of contracts. As a contractor there could be two possible situations.

1. The builder or other party breaches the contract In this situation you are the person in the right. If the builder or another party wrongfully terminates a contract by throwing you off the job or you choose to terminate the contract due to a serious breach of contact – you are the wronged party. In this case, you can sue for either damages, that is, loss resulting from you losing the benefit of the contract, which is the contract price less the cost of completing the work, or a quantum meruit in relation to the work that you have already carried out. On a quantum meruit you are entitled to recover the cost of your materials and labour, plus a reasonable sum for profit. You are entitled to choose either damages or a quantum meruit. You would always choose the most beneficial option. 2. You breach the contract If you breach the contract and the owner or builder rightfully terminates the contract, they are entitled to sue you for damages. That is, the difference between what they would have paid you to complete the job, and what they have to pay somebody else to complete the job. The courts recognise there is always difficulty for an owner or a builder to get a builder or subcontractor to complete someone elses work. This difficulty is usually reflected in the price charged by the replacement builder or subcontractor being at a higher rate than normal. However, you are not without rights. You are entitled to recover your accrued rights for work performed. So if, for example, you have a contract for monthly progress payments, you are entitled to a progress claim under the contract. If you have a stages contract, for example where you have completed the rough-in stage, you are entitled to recover a sum for that. There are limits on this right, for example if you have a contract which says that you cannot be paid a progress claim unless you have a certificate from the superintendent and no certificate has been issued, then you are not entitled to recover the sum. On the other hand if you haven’t totally completed the rough-in, but have substantially completed it, then you will be entitled to recover the value of the work that you have performed. The builder or owner would be entitled to a counterclaim against you for the amount of their damages, and if their damages exceed any unpaid amounts owing under the contract, then you will not recover. For more information contact McKays Solicitors on 07 3223 5900 or visit www.mckayslaw.com.

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IRONIC ELECROCUTION Convicted murderer Michael Godwin, 28, successfully had his sentence reduced from electrocution to life imprisonment in a South Carolina prison. In his cell he sat naked on a metal toilet seat while attempting to fix a television set, bit through a live wire and was instantly electrocuted. www.frodo.u.net.com

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any contractors are often unsure about their rights are when it comes to breaches or terminations of contracts. As a contractor there could be two possible situations.

1. The builder or other party breaches the contract In this situation you are the person in the right. If the builder or another party wrongfully terminates a contract by throwing you off the job or you choose to terminate the contract due to a serious breach of contact – you are the wronged party. In this case, you can sue for either damages, that is, loss resulting from you losing the benefit of the contract, which is the contract price less the cost of completing the work, or a quantum meruit in relation to the work that you have already carried out. On a quantum meruit you are entitled to recover the cost of your materials and labour, plus a reasonable sum for profit. You are entitled to choose either damages or a quantum meruit. You would always choose the most beneficial option. 2. You breach the contract If you breach the contract and the owner or builder rightfully terminates the contract, they are entitled to sue you for damages. That is, the difference between what they would have paid you to complete the job, and what they have to pay somebody else to complete the job. The courts recognise there is always difficulty for an owner or a builder to get a builder or subcontractor to complete someone elses work. This difficulty is usually reflected in the price charged by the replacement builder or subcontractor being at a higher rate than normal. However, you are not without rights. You are entitled to recover your accrued rights for work performed. So if, for example, you have a contract for monthly progress payments, you are entitled to a progress claim under the contract. If you have a stages contract, for example where you have completed the rough-in stage, you are entitled to recover a sum for that. There are limits on this right, for example if you have a contract which says that you cannot be paid a progress claim unless you have a certificate from the superintendent and no certificate has been issued, then you are not entitled to recover the sum. On the other hand if you haven’t totally completed the rough-in, but have substantially completed it, then you will be entitled to recover the value of the work that you have performed. The builder or owner would be entitled to a counterclaim against you for the amount of their damages, and if their damages exceed any unpaid amounts owing under the contract, then you will not recover. For more information contact McKays Solicitors on 07 3223 5900 or visit www.mckayslaw.com.

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IRONIC ELECROCUTION Convicted murderer Michael Godwin, 28, successfully had his sentence reduced from electrocution to life imprisonment in a South Carolina prison. In his cell he sat naked on a metal toilet seat while attempting to fix a television set, bit through a live wire and was instantly electrocuted. www.frodo.u.net.com

WE SPECIALISE IN PROVIDING PETROL AND DIESEL GENERATOR SETS.

FROM 500 WATTS TO 3,000 KVA As the manufacturer, we are easily able to modify standard specifications and produce a tailor-made unit if necessary.

And our keen prices are well-renowned.

• QLD 07-3277 8626 • • WA 08-9300 6168 • www.genelite.com.au


Well it was great to be able to take a decent holiday after nearly 20 years in Parliament and more than a decade as a minister. But with that out of the way, I soon found out that sitting idle was not exactly very satisfying, so I’ve moved into a range of projects in an area where I’ve had a longstanding interest. I’m now working on the development of the recycling, energy efficiency and renewable energy industries. The opportunity to work with Master Electricians and the EMI is especially exciting.

Your safety management solution.

the interview : WITH ROD WELFORD

interview

Mr Welford, It’s been almost 12 months since you retired as Queensland’s Minister for Education. What has ‘life after politics’ involved for you?

What is the EMI?

with Rod Welford

In our first Interview of 2010, The Master Electrician talks with Rod Welford, the chairman of the board of the Energy Management Institute (EMI), which has been established to train electrical contractors in providing high-quality energy audits and low-energy options for consumers.

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The EMI aims to be a nationally recognised body accrediting specialist energy auditors and, setting the standards for courses which enable electricians to obtain specialist qualifications in energy auditing. So now, we are working in collaboration with Master Electricians and the ECA to set up this national training and accreditation system for electricians who want to be energy auditors. Why has it been created, and what will it achieve? Over the years, ECA has recognised that the services electricians can provide is expanding. New electrical, electronic and communications technologies have opened up whole new fields for the modern electrician. However, these new technologies require a specialist skill set, as well as public confidence that the service is delivered with safety and quality. The new era of climate change and the global challenge to reduce carbon emissions means that energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions are increasingly coming to the forefront of technologies in demand. New legislation at both state and national levels is already requiring some companies to start reporting their energy usage and greenhouse emissions. This data collection system will underpin the emissions trading system that will ultimately be established. Not only will more and more businesses be required to report by law, they will be looking for ways to reduce their emissions and save money on escalating power bills. Electricians are in a prime position to deliver these technologies, but new knowledge and specialist training will be required to allow contractors to enter the field with confidence and professionalism. The EMI has been created to ensure electricians can meet this national skills demand swiftly and competently.

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Meet your safety and audit obligations with this comprehensive system including: n Personalised manual n Online database reminder and tracking system n Induction and safety meetings delivered onsite n Audit and investigation assistance n Organised tool box meetings n Insurance cover against legal costs and fines n Constant updates n A network of trained Safety Facilitators

What does your role with the EMI involve? I have been working on the development of the new scheme involving a multi-level training course and accreditation system for specialist energy auditors. I am honoured to be chairing the EMI board, a highly skilled board that will steer the future direction and development of EMI. I am assisting in liaising with state and national government agencies to ensure that EMI gets recognised for the national role it can play in delivering the skills needed for Australia’s energy future.

visit www.masterelectricians.com.au An initiative of the Electrical and Communications Association

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Well it was great to be able to take a decent holiday after nearly 20 years in Parliament and more than a decade as a minister. But with that out of the way, I soon found out that sitting idle was not exactly very satisfying, so I’ve moved into a range of projects in an area where I’ve had a longstanding interest. I’m now working on the development of the recycling, energy efficiency and renewable energy industries. The opportunity to work with Master Electricians and the EMI is especially exciting.

Your safety management solution.

the interview : WITH ROD WELFORD

interview

Mr Welford, It’s been almost 12 months since you retired as Queensland’s Minister for Education. What has ‘life after politics’ involved for you?

What is the EMI?

with Rod Welford

In our first Interview of 2010, The Master Electrician talks with Rod Welford, the chairman of the board of the Energy Management Institute (EMI), which has been established to train electrical contractors in providing high-quality energy audits and low-energy options for consumers.

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The EMI aims to be a nationally recognised body accrediting specialist energy auditors and, setting the standards for courses which enable electricians to obtain specialist qualifications in energy auditing. So now, we are working in collaboration with Master Electricians and the ECA to set up this national training and accreditation system for electricians who want to be energy auditors. Why has it been created, and what will it achieve? Over the years, ECA has recognised that the services electricians can provide is expanding. New electrical, electronic and communications technologies have opened up whole new fields for the modern electrician. However, these new technologies require a specialist skill set, as well as public confidence that the service is delivered with safety and quality. The new era of climate change and the global challenge to reduce carbon emissions means that energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions are increasingly coming to the forefront of technologies in demand. New legislation at both state and national levels is already requiring some companies to start reporting their energy usage and greenhouse emissions. This data collection system will underpin the emissions trading system that will ultimately be established. Not only will more and more businesses be required to report by law, they will be looking for ways to reduce their emissions and save money on escalating power bills. Electricians are in a prime position to deliver these technologies, but new knowledge and specialist training will be required to allow contractors to enter the field with confidence and professionalism. The EMI has been created to ensure electricians can meet this national skills demand swiftly and competently.

Supported by

Meet your safety and audit obligations with this comprehensive system including: n Personalised manual n Online database reminder and tracking system n Induction and safety meetings delivered onsite n Audit and investigation assistance n Organised tool box meetings n Insurance cover against legal costs and fines n Constant updates n A network of trained Safety Facilitators

What does your role with the EMI involve? I have been working on the development of the new scheme involving a multi-level training course and accreditation system for specialist energy auditors. I am honoured to be chairing the EMI board, a highly skilled board that will steer the future direction and development of EMI. I am assisting in liaising with state and national government agencies to ensure that EMI gets recognised for the national role it can play in delivering the skills needed for Australia’s energy future.

visit www.masterelectricians.com.au An initiative of the Electrical and Communications Association

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the interview : WITH ROD WELFORD

What are the advantages to electrical contractors of undertaking EMI training? It’s a huge new business opportunity for electrical contractors who want to position their business for the future. In coming years, sooner rather than later, more and more home owners and businesses will be encouraged by both legislation, and energy costs, to look more closely at their energy use and ways they can make that use more cost efficient. The EMI’s system of specialist professional accreditation will enable contractors to provide both the advice and retrofit services that will be in strong demand. What’s the difference between energy audits promoted by the institute and others that are currently on the market? Energy audits can take various forms – from a simple checklist approach, to options for domestic households to consider, through to a comprehensive business analysis of high-end technologies for industrial enterprises. Most energy auditing is currently undertaken by engineering firms at larger enterprises. Their approach might not suit smaller and medium enterprises who are looking, not just for advice or a report, but someone who can actually do the job at a quote which shows the costs and benefits up front. The EMI approach to auditing is not just to assess energy use, but to prioritise options for improvement based on a transparent return on investment approach. This is underpinned by a quote provided by someone who can actually do the job. The client will receive an engineeringquality report which includes the financial analysis – enabling the client to make decisions about which energy improvement options best meet their budget and energy needs.

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You were once Queensland’s Environment Minister. Do you see the work you are doing now as an extension of that role?

Our first step is to ensure we develop a quality training qualification which has industry credibility. Then we want to make it available to Master Electricians across Australia. With this, we can market the availability of qualified and recognised professionals who can meet consumers needs for energy efficiency technologies and services, including auditing and compliance reporting. We will be able to roll this out using Master Electricians across Australia. We expect that energy retailers will be keen to promote these services to their customers as consumers come to terms with the reality that bills could escalate by between 50 and 100 percent in the next three years unless energy efficiency measures are implemented.

I realised, even before becoming Queensland’s Environment Minister in 1998, that a key to our quality of life and economic efficiency was how we use energy. Indeed, not just energy but all resources including water, materials and natural environments. It’s why I decided that after I had done my bit for Queensland as a minister, there was more to do in another life outside of parliament that could make a difference.

You are also the Chief Executive of the Australian Council of Recycling (ACOR). What is this organisation and what does your role there involve? ACOR is the peak industry body for the recycling industry in Australia. Its membership currently includes the biggest recycling companies in the country, recycling more than 20 million tonnes of metal, paper, plastics, glass, end-of-life electronics and construction and demolition materials every year. Recycling is now expanding to include

“I am honoured to be chairing the EMI board, a highly skilled board that will steer the future direction and development of EMI.”

batteries, oils, tyres, fluorescent lights, TVs and computers. It’s a growing industry and a key player in the energy efficiency of manufacturing and product lifecycles across the economy. I am currently reforming the council to build a broader industry base and a higher profile of recognition for recycling as a key industry in the emerging climate change world. Along with energy efficiency, it offers one of the quickest and lowest cost ways of reducing Australia’s carbon footprint.

workplace relations : CLIMATE CHANGE

“I realised, even before becoming Queensland’s Environment Minister in 1998, that a key to our quality of life and economic efficiency was how we use energy.”

How does the Institute intend to promote the benefits of its accredited programs to consumers?

Now that you are on the other side, do you believe that government or private enterprise is best placed to achieve genuine gains for the environment? Well, it may sound trite, but it probably requires effort on both sides. I always regarded it as the role of government to provide leadership in these areas. Government’s can of course achieve improvements by setting, and progressively ratcheting up, minimum standards. But it’s the innovation beyond compliance that makes working in the private sector potentially even more exciting. It’s clear that in some areas of environmental practice, the private sector is ahead of government in deploying innovative environmental policy and practice. Government should avoid trying to regulate every fine detail. It should set the performance expectations of the community and let the private sector invent and invest in the best and most efficient ways of delivering them. A few incentives along the way, such as solar water rebates and the like, will move the market much more effectively and quickly than regulation alone. What’s the next step for you in what has been a diverse and interesting career? Well, it’s work in progress I guess. I don’t know what the future will hold. I’ve got a suite of things that will keep me more than occupied for the time being. The EMI alone is potentially a real ‘game changer’ in Australia’s response to climate change through smarter energy management. So if we can do this one job well, that alone will be enough to say we’ve made a worthwhile difference. And it will provide a new and exciting dimension to the electrical contracting industry nationally.

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the interview : WITH ROD WELFORD

What are the advantages to electrical contractors of undertaking EMI training? It’s a huge new business opportunity for electrical contractors who want to position their business for the future. In coming years, sooner rather than later, more and more home owners and businesses will be encouraged by both legislation, and energy costs, to look more closely at their energy use and ways they can make that use more cost efficient. The EMI’s system of specialist professional accreditation will enable contractors to provide both the advice and retrofit services that will be in strong demand. What’s the difference between energy audits promoted by the institute and others that are currently on the market? Energy audits can take various forms – from a simple checklist approach, to options for domestic households to consider, through to a comprehensive business analysis of high-end technologies for industrial enterprises. Most energy auditing is currently undertaken by engineering firms at larger enterprises. Their approach might not suit smaller and medium enterprises who are looking, not just for advice or a report, but someone who can actually do the job at a quote which shows the costs and benefits up front. The EMI approach to auditing is not just to assess energy use, but to prioritise options for improvement based on a transparent return on investment approach. This is underpinned by a quote provided by someone who can actually do the job. The client will receive an engineeringquality report which includes the financial analysis – enabling the client to make decisions about which energy improvement options best meet their budget and energy needs.

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You were once Queensland’s Environment Minister. Do you see the work you are doing now as an extension of that role?

Our first step is to ensure we develop a quality training qualification which has industry credibility. Then we want to make it available to Master Electricians across Australia. With this, we can market the availability of qualified and recognised professionals who can meet consumers needs for energy efficiency technologies and services, including auditing and compliance reporting. We will be able to roll this out using Master Electricians across Australia. We expect that energy retailers will be keen to promote these services to their customers as consumers come to terms with the reality that bills could escalate by between 50 and 100 percent in the next three years unless energy efficiency measures are implemented.

I realised, even before becoming Queensland’s Environment Minister in 1998, that a key to our quality of life and economic efficiency was how we use energy. Indeed, not just energy but all resources including water, materials and natural environments. It’s why I decided that after I had done my bit for Queensland as a minister, there was more to do in another life outside of parliament that could make a difference.

You are also the Chief Executive of the Australian Council of Recycling (ACOR). What is this organisation and what does your role there involve? ACOR is the peak industry body for the recycling industry in Australia. Its membership currently includes the biggest recycling companies in the country, recycling more than 20 million tonnes of metal, paper, plastics, glass, end-of-life electronics and construction and demolition materials every year. Recycling is now expanding to include

“I am honoured to be chairing the EMI board, a highly skilled board that will steer the future direction and development of EMI.”

batteries, oils, tyres, fluorescent lights, TVs and computers. It’s a growing industry and a key player in the energy efficiency of manufacturing and product lifecycles across the economy. I am currently reforming the council to build a broader industry base and a higher profile of recognition for recycling as a key industry in the emerging climate change world. Along with energy efficiency, it offers one of the quickest and lowest cost ways of reducing Australia’s carbon footprint.

workplace relations : CLIMATE CHANGE

“I realised, even before becoming Queensland’s Environment Minister in 1998, that a key to our quality of life and economic efficiency was how we use energy.”

How does the Institute intend to promote the benefits of its accredited programs to consumers?

Now that you are on the other side, do you believe that government or private enterprise is best placed to achieve genuine gains for the environment? Well, it may sound trite, but it probably requires effort on both sides. I always regarded it as the role of government to provide leadership in these areas. Government’s can of course achieve improvements by setting, and progressively ratcheting up, minimum standards. But it’s the innovation beyond compliance that makes working in the private sector potentially even more exciting. It’s clear that in some areas of environmental practice, the private sector is ahead of government in deploying innovative environmental policy and practice. Government should avoid trying to regulate every fine detail. It should set the performance expectations of the community and let the private sector invent and invest in the best and most efficient ways of delivering them. A few incentives along the way, such as solar water rebates and the like, will move the market much more effectively and quickly than regulation alone. What’s the next step for you in what has been a diverse and interesting career? Well, it’s work in progress I guess. I don’t know what the future will hold. I’ve got a suite of things that will keep me more than occupied for the time being. The EMI alone is potentially a real ‘game changer’ in Australia’s response to climate change through smarter energy management. So if we can do this one job well, that alone will be enough to say we’ve made a worthwhile difference. And it will provide a new and exciting dimension to the electrical contracting industry nationally.

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Crompton Lighting Low Voltage Head Hood Downlights

Schneider Electric’s Isobar Chassis Changing the way you look at chassis safety Isobar will change the way you look at chassis’ and safety. It features a unique busbar disconnection system for each busbar tee-offs and allows any tee-off to be converted to a neutral, providing unparalleled flexibility. The busbar disconnection system permits unused outgoing poles to be electrically isolated from the mains, enhancing protection for the user against direct contact with live parts. Isobar is ideal for applications that require minimum downtime and maximum safety. For situations where only the safest chassis will do, choose Isobar. Ideal for critical power applications and hazardous areas, the Isobar Chassis is available in two types: the TNA and the PEV. Both types come in various sizes from 12 to 72 poles, have 250A current carrying capacity of the busbar (180A with neutral kit fitted), 100A current carrying capacity of outgoing tee-offs, 16kA for 200ms withstand rating and 25kA conditional withstand rating. Schneider Electric’s Isobar Chassis won the highly commended award in the Master Electricians’ Innovative Product of the year 2008. For more information visit www.schneider-electric.com.au.

There is a growing concern within the industry regarding building fires caused by heat from recessed downlights. If thermal insulation is installed too closely around downlights, a risk of fire does exist. Building materials and insulation material can be affected by ‘pyrolysis’ – the decomposition of organic material due to long-term exposure to elevated temperatures – and eventually can self ignite. To mitigate the risk of fire due to heat generated by lamps in recessed downlights, the Australian/ New Zealand Wiring Rules AS/NZ3000 stipulate that temperature rise at the rear of recessed downlight shall be limited to prevent damage to adjacent building material. This can be achieved by maintaining minimum clearance for Halogen Recessed Downlights of 200mm between the downlight and surrounding building elements, thermal insulation or alternately by installing downlight that has a suitable heat barrier, requiring lesser clearance as stipulated by the manufacturer. In strict accordance of AS/NZ3000, the electronic transformer must be positioned and fixed in a well ventilated location - not directly above the downlight, and free from direct contact with any insulating materials. The length of the transformer secondary wires must separate the lamp holder and the transformer by a minimum of 250 mm, otherwise the transformer may overheat and shut off. Crompton Lighting Low Voltage Heat Hood Downlights, have an aluminium cylinder acting as a heat barrier, requiring installation clearance of only 25mm. They can be installed on any firm and stable horizontal surface. Full instructions are supplied with each Heat Hood Downlight and special reference should be made to the “Safety Warnings” regarding installation. For more information visit www.crompton.com.au.

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iPhone APPLICATIONS Get a parking reminder. With the G-Park application, you’ll never forget where you parked. When you find a parking place, tap “Park Me!” Then, when it’s time to head back, tap “Where Did I Park?” and follow the turn-by-turn directions to your car. If you park at a meter, be sure to set the timer on your iPhone to alert you when your time runs out. Bargain hunt. PORTABLE LED WORK LIGHT The SmithLight when in its travel position is totally contained within its own heavy duty plastic body. When extended, the SmithLight has two different height settings, and a multitude of angle setting for the light head itself. This means this product is compact enough to move from site to site yet adaptable enough to be suitable anywhere. The light head is fitted with over 350 LED’s and can be used in a variety of settings – side A only, side B only, or both sides to emit light in all directions. Not only does the SmithLight offer all of these features – but it weighs only 7.7kilograms (including accessories, battery and components). The battery can power the light for 10-12  hours, and is easily rechargeable from any 240V GPO, or from a vehicles 12V cigarette lighter. Both charging cables are included, and are stored with the lights body for added convenience. The SmithLight also features a lowbattery indicator light, so you know when it’s time to recharge. The SmithLight is available with various attachment clamps to use in various situations. ENERGEX in Queensland have adopted a pole mounting clamp – that allows the Smith light to be attached to power poles for line workers. The other mounting options available also include a tri-pod, as well as stabilising brackets. The SmithLight of course also be used stand alone for ground level or trench and pit work. For more information visit www.extremesafety.com.au.

Find what you want at the price you want even while you’re shopping. Use the camera on your iPhone to snap a picture of an item you want to buy, then let Save Benjis scour the Internet to find prices you can compare to the one you see in the store Remember anything. When you don’t have time to write down your next big idea or work reminder, tap reQall. Speak or type whatever you want to remember and reQall sends you a reminder via voice, text message, instant message, email or calendar alert.

SONY VAIO X Series Head turning style and advanced functionality walk hand in hand with every VAIO. Choose from an exceptional range of models designed to perfectly compliment your lifestyle; empowering and energising everything that you do. From their slim screens and robust construction, to their ease of use, interactive capability and energy-saving features; VAIO notebooks and PCs are packed with industry leading innovations designed to enrich your mobile world Superior VAIO craftsmanship has created an extremely light, extremely thin mobile PC. Its impressive design is durable and meets requirements for on-the-go connectivity. Its slim design is durable and weighs an impressive 655 grams. It boasts a 64 GB SSD that is fast and resistant to shocks. • Intel® Atom™ Processor Z540 (1.86 GHz, HT Technology supported) • Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium (32-bit) • 11.1” wide (WXGA: 1366 x 768), VAIO Display Premium LED backlight • Integrated Wireless LAN IEEE 802.11b/g/ Draft n • Extremely long battery life. RRP $1,699.00

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Garmin Nuvi 1690 This sophisticated gadget is the first ever internet-connected portable navigation device. It features free (and ad-supported) access to Garmin’s nuLink data service, which provides live traffic data, fuel prices, Google and white page search functionality, and a host of other features, including Bluetooth hands-free calling help to keep the driver’s hands on the wheel while navigating.

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Techno

Master Electricians staff sampled some of the latest gadgets and are giving you the good-oil on the best stuff!

Features include: • Lane assist • Built in hands free calling • ecoRoute – calculates the most fuelefficient route • Alternate route planning • 10.75 cm widescreen • A ‘where am I?’ locator • Jpeg picture viewer • World clock • Currency convertor • Measurement convertor and calculator.

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ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS Advice on contracts Contractual and payment disputes Business structures Asset protection Buying and selling businesses Wills and Estates Leasing and commercial contracts Debt collection services Conveyancing Workplace Health & Safety Call Michael Cope today on (07) 3223 5939 or Ian Heathwood on (07) 3223 5942 or 0418 199 416

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Brisbane Level 26 239 George St 3223 5900

Mackay McKays Law Centre 34 Wood St 4963 0888

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gadget guide

Crompton Lighting Low Voltage Head Hood Downlights

Schneider Electric’s Isobar Chassis Changing the way you look at chassis safety Isobar will change the way you look at chassis’ and safety. It features a unique busbar disconnection system for each busbar tee-offs and allows any tee-off to be converted to a neutral, providing unparalleled flexibility. The busbar disconnection system permits unused outgoing poles to be electrically isolated from the mains, enhancing protection for the user against direct contact with live parts. Isobar is ideal for applications that require minimum downtime and maximum safety. For situations where only the safest chassis will do, choose Isobar. Ideal for critical power applications and hazardous areas, the Isobar Chassis is available in two types: the TNA and the PEV. Both types come in various sizes from 12 to 72 poles, have 250A current carrying capacity of the busbar (180A with neutral kit fitted), 100A current carrying capacity of outgoing tee-offs, 16kA for 200ms withstand rating and 25kA conditional withstand rating. Schneider Electric’s Isobar Chassis won the highly commended award in the Master Electricians’ Innovative Product of the year 2008. For more information visit www.schneider-electric.com.au.

There is a growing concern within the industry regarding building fires caused by heat from recessed downlights. If thermal insulation is installed too closely around downlights, a risk of fire does exist. Building materials and insulation material can be affected by ‘pyrolysis’ – the decomposition of organic material due to long-term exposure to elevated temperatures – and eventually can self ignite. To mitigate the risk of fire due to heat generated by lamps in recessed downlights, the Australian/ New Zealand Wiring Rules AS/NZ3000 stipulate that temperature rise at the rear of recessed downlight shall be limited to prevent damage to adjacent building material. This can be achieved by maintaining minimum clearance for Halogen Recessed Downlights of 200mm between the downlight and surrounding building elements, thermal insulation or alternately by installing downlight that has a suitable heat barrier, requiring lesser clearance as stipulated by the manufacturer. In strict accordance of AS/NZ3000, the electronic transformer must be positioned and fixed in a well ventilated location - not directly above the downlight, and free from direct contact with any insulating materials. The length of the transformer secondary wires must separate the lamp holder and the transformer by a minimum of 250 mm, otherwise the transformer may overheat and shut off. Crompton Lighting Low Voltage Heat Hood Downlights, have an aluminium cylinder acting as a heat barrier, requiring installation clearance of only 25mm. They can be installed on any firm and stable horizontal surface. Full instructions are supplied with each Heat Hood Downlight and special reference should be made to the “Safety Warnings” regarding installation. For more information visit www.crompton.com.au.

25mm 50mm 25mm

Compton Heat Hood

40

Barrier required for loose fill insulation or combustable materials www.masterelectricians.com.au

250mm Length

Building element above downlight

25mm

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iPhone APPLICATIONS Get a parking reminder. With the G-Park application, you’ll never forget where you parked. When you find a parking place, tap “Park Me!” Then, when it’s time to head back, tap “Where Did I Park?” and follow the turn-by-turn directions to your car. If you park at a meter, be sure to set the timer on your iPhone to alert you when your time runs out. Bargain hunt. PORTABLE LED WORK LIGHT The SmithLight when in its travel position is totally contained within its own heavy duty plastic body. When extended, the SmithLight has two different height settings, and a multitude of angle setting for the light head itself. This means this product is compact enough to move from site to site yet adaptable enough to be suitable anywhere. The light head is fitted with over 350 LED’s and can be used in a variety of settings – side A only, side B only, or both sides to emit light in all directions. Not only does the SmithLight offer all of these features – but it weighs only 7.7kilograms (including accessories, battery and components). The battery can power the light for 10-12  hours, and is easily rechargeable from any 240V GPO, or from a vehicles 12V cigarette lighter. Both charging cables are included, and are stored with the lights body for added convenience. The SmithLight also features a lowbattery indicator light, so you know when it’s time to recharge. The SmithLight is available with various attachment clamps to use in various situations. ENERGEX in Queensland have adopted a pole mounting clamp – that allows the Smith light to be attached to power poles for line workers. The other mounting options available also include a tri-pod, as well as stabilising brackets. The SmithLight of course also be used stand alone for ground level or trench and pit work. For more information visit www.extremesafety.com.au.

Find what you want at the price you want even while you’re shopping. Use the camera on your iPhone to snap a picture of an item you want to buy, then let Save Benjis scour the Internet to find prices you can compare to the one you see in the store Remember anything. When you don’t have time to write down your next big idea or work reminder, tap reQall. Speak or type whatever you want to remember and reQall sends you a reminder via voice, text message, instant message, email or calendar alert.

SONY VAIO X Series Head turning style and advanced functionality walk hand in hand with every VAIO. Choose from an exceptional range of models designed to perfectly compliment your lifestyle; empowering and energising everything that you do. From their slim screens and robust construction, to their ease of use, interactive capability and energy-saving features; VAIO notebooks and PCs are packed with industry leading innovations designed to enrich your mobile world Superior VAIO craftsmanship has created an extremely light, extremely thin mobile PC. Its impressive design is durable and meets requirements for on-the-go connectivity. Its slim design is durable and weighs an impressive 655 grams. It boasts a 64 GB SSD that is fast and resistant to shocks. • Intel® Atom™ Processor Z540 (1.86 GHz, HT Technology supported) • Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium (32-bit) • 11.1” wide (WXGA: 1366 x 768), VAIO Display Premium LED backlight • Integrated Wireless LAN IEEE 802.11b/g/ Draft n • Extremely long battery life. RRP $1,699.00

3 ESO Compliance Audits 3 Area Classifications 3 Risk Assessments 3 Pre-installation/design review

Call Steve Downey on

1300 724 744 to arrange an inspection

www.jantec.com.au

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Garmin Nuvi 1690 This sophisticated gadget is the first ever internet-connected portable navigation device. It features free (and ad-supported) access to Garmin’s nuLink data service, which provides live traffic data, fuel prices, Google and white page search functionality, and a host of other features, including Bluetooth hands-free calling help to keep the driver’s hands on the wheel while navigating.

Hazardous area and HigH Voltage installation audits

gadget guide

Techno

Master Electricians staff sampled some of the latest gadgets and are giving you the good-oil on the best stuff!

Features include: • Lane assist • Built in hands free calling • ecoRoute – calculates the most fuelefficient route • Alternate route planning • 10.75 cm widescreen • A ‘where am I?’ locator • Jpeg picture viewer • World clock • Currency convertor • Measurement convertor and calculator.

If you have something to submit, please email magazine@masterelectricians.com.au

ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS Advice on contracts Contractual and payment disputes Business structures Asset protection Buying and selling businesses Wills and Estates Leasing and commercial contracts Debt collection services Conveyancing Workplace Health & Safety Call Michael Cope today on (07) 3223 5939 or Ian Heathwood on (07) 3223 5942 or 0418 199 416

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Brisbane Level 26 239 George St 3223 5900

Mackay McKays Law Centre 34 Wood St 4963 0888

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This table compares traditional incandescent light bulb wattages with the equivalent compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) or mains voltage halogen (MVH) lamps.

Light Globe Conversion Table

The phase-out of inefficient, incandescent light bulbs

L

ighting accounts for around 12 per cent of electricity usage from households, and around 25 per cent of usage from the commercial sector. The Australian Government recognises energy savings can be easily made by replacing inefficient, incandescent lights, with more cost-effective and energy efficient alternatives. These energy efficient alternatives include compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) which use only 20 per cent of the electricity to produce the same amount of light. Using less energy means reduced greenhouse gas emissions and lower electricity bills which creates benefits to both the environment and individuals.

The traditional pear-shaped incandescent bulbs (GLS) are the least efficient – these bulbs waste 90 per cent of the energy they use, mainly as heat. They were phased out first, with an import restriction applying from 1 February 2009, followed by a retail sales ban in November 2009. More efficient types of incandescent bulbs – known as halogens will continue to be available, but the least efficient of this group will be phased out over time. Mains voltage (240V), and low voltage bulbs (12V – typically used in down lighting), are the common types of halogen bulb. Low voltage does not mean low energy use.

How will inefficient incandescent light bulbs be phased out?

What are the projected dates for the phase-out of specific lighting products?

The Australian Government will implement the phase-out by introducing minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) for lighting products. MEPS are the minimum efficiency standards that products must meet in order to be sold in the Australian market. MEPS are used for various product ranges, including refrigerators, freezers, washing machines and other household appliances. More efficient types of incandescent bulbs called halogens will continue to be available, but the least efficient of this group will be phased out. Halogen bulbs are more efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs, but are significantly less efficient than CFLs. You can find out more by visiting www.energyrating.gov.au.

The projected dates provided in the table below for the application of MEPS to specific lighting products are dependent upon the availability of effective and efficient alternatives being readily available in the market place.

Which incandescent light bulbs will be phased out? The Australian Government is targeting any light bulbs that have an efficiency level of less than 27 lumens per watt (lm/w). Lumens (lm) are a measure of light output and watts (w) are a measure of energy input.

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Will street lights and other public lighting be affected by the phase-out measure? Most street and public lights do not use incandescent technology, so the phase-out will not affect them.

Street and road lighting in Australia is very efficient compared to other countries, however, the government is working with industry and the relevant Australian Standards Committee to reduce the amount of energy used by street lights. Savings to the environment The phase-out will deliver considerable savings to the environment and the economy. Across the country, the move to more efficient lighting, such as CFLs, is expected to save around 30 terawatt hours of electricity and 28 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions between 2008 and 2020. This is equivalent to permanently decommissioning a small coal-fired power station or taking more than 500,000 cars off the road permanently. It is expected to result in savings to the Australian economy of around $380 million per year by 2020 and result in net savings of more than $50 per year for each household that changes all of its incandescent light globes to CFLs. Since 1 November 2009, MEPS apply at point of sale to compact fluorescent lamps, general lighting service, incandescent lamps and extra low voltage and halogen non-reflector lamps. Products in these categories must comply with the MEPS and be registered with relevant state regulatory authorities to be legally sold – information on registration is available at: www.energyrating.gov.au.

Lamp Type Tungsten filament incandescent general lighting service (GLS) light bulbs Extra low voltage (ELV) halogen non-reflectors Self-ballasted compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) >40W candle, fancy round and decorative lamps Mains voltage halogen non-reflectors ELV halogen reflectors Mains voltage reflector lamps, including halogen (PAR, ER, R, etc) >25W candle fancy round and decorative lamps Pilot lamps 25W and below

Sale of existing light bulbs Incandescent general lighting service (GLS) light bulbs can be sold if the seller can prove that they were imported into Australia prior to 1 February 2009 when the import restriction was introduced. CFLs and ELV halogen non-reflector lamps that don’t meet MEPS can be sold if the seller can prove that they were imported into Australia before 1 November 2009. For further information please contact your state regulator: www.energyrating.gov.au.

Incandescent Bulbs

Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL)*

Mains Voltage Halogen (MVH)**

Light output in lumens (lm)

25W

5-7W

18W

220 lm

40W

7-8W

28W

420 lm

60W

11-12W

42W

720 lm

75W

13-18W

52W

930 lm

100W

18-23W

70W

1300 lm

NOTE: The wattages listed above for CFLs and MVH lamps are approximations only and may vary between manufacturers. Use wattages as a guide only. Alternatively, refer to the ‘Light Output in Lumens’ column. You can then check the lumen output (lm) shown on the CFL or MVH lamp package you are purchasing. (NB: Not all products carry lumen details) * CFLs come in a range of colours, these include: • Warm White – provides a soft warmer light comparable to light provided by traditional incandescent light bulbs • Cool White – provides neutral light comparable to office lighting • Daylight – similar to outdoor light comparable to midday lighting conditions.

technical talk : THE PHASE-OUT OF INEFFICIENT, INCANDESCENT LIGHT BULBS

technical talk

Globe conversion table

** MVH lamps are similar in appearance to traditional incandescent light bulbs and are suitable alternatives for light fixtures that require functions such as dimming, sensor lights, touch lights and other lighting applications, however, they are not as efficient as CFLs.

Sales restriction from 1 November 2009

October 2010

If you’ve always wanted to join an industry superfund but haven’t been eligible, SPEC Super now makes it easy for you with SPEC Personal. We are the only Industry Superfund for the electrotechnology and allied industries which can offer membership to self employed contractors. Even your family and friends are eligible to join. We also make it easy to roll any other funds you may have into one, so why not switch today and start generating wealth.

October 2012

www.specsuper.com

To be determined dependent on the availability of efficient replacement products

1300 366 648

This information is of a general nature and does not take into account your individual financial situation, objectives or needs. Because of this you should, before acting on this advice, consider the appropriateness of the advice, having regard to your objectives, financial situation and needs. You should obtain a Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) and consider the PDS before making any decision. If you require such specific advice, you should contact a licenced financial adviser. SPEC(QLD) PTY. LTD. (ABN 60 010 743 405, AFSL 325 122), the Trustee of SPEC Super (ABN 45 404 406 059), is authorised to provide general financial product advice in relation to superannuation. For a copy of our PDS please call 1300 366 648.

the master electrician : SUMMER 10

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This table compares traditional incandescent light bulb wattages with the equivalent compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) or mains voltage halogen (MVH) lamps.

Light Globe Conversion Table

The phase-out of inefficient, incandescent light bulbs

L

ighting accounts for around 12 per cent of electricity usage from households, and around 25 per cent of usage from the commercial sector. The Australian Government recognises energy savings can be easily made by replacing inefficient, incandescent lights, with more cost-effective and energy efficient alternatives. These energy efficient alternatives include compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) which use only 20 per cent of the electricity to produce the same amount of light. Using less energy means reduced greenhouse gas emissions and lower electricity bills which creates benefits to both the environment and individuals.

The traditional pear-shaped incandescent bulbs (GLS) are the least efficient – these bulbs waste 90 per cent of the energy they use, mainly as heat. They were phased out first, with an import restriction applying from 1 February 2009, followed by a retail sales ban in November 2009. More efficient types of incandescent bulbs – known as halogens will continue to be available, but the least efficient of this group will be phased out over time. Mains voltage (240V), and low voltage bulbs (12V – typically used in down lighting), are the common types of halogen bulb. Low voltage does not mean low energy use.

How will inefficient incandescent light bulbs be phased out?

What are the projected dates for the phase-out of specific lighting products?

The Australian Government will implement the phase-out by introducing minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) for lighting products. MEPS are the minimum efficiency standards that products must meet in order to be sold in the Australian market. MEPS are used for various product ranges, including refrigerators, freezers, washing machines and other household appliances. More efficient types of incandescent bulbs called halogens will continue to be available, but the least efficient of this group will be phased out. Halogen bulbs are more efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs, but are significantly less efficient than CFLs. You can find out more by visiting www.energyrating.gov.au.

The projected dates provided in the table below for the application of MEPS to specific lighting products are dependent upon the availability of effective and efficient alternatives being readily available in the market place.

Which incandescent light bulbs will be phased out? The Australian Government is targeting any light bulbs that have an efficiency level of less than 27 lumens per watt (lm/w). Lumens (lm) are a measure of light output and watts (w) are a measure of energy input.

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Will street lights and other public lighting be affected by the phase-out measure? Most street and public lights do not use incandescent technology, so the phase-out will not affect them.

Street and road lighting in Australia is very efficient compared to other countries, however, the government is working with industry and the relevant Australian Standards Committee to reduce the amount of energy used by street lights. Savings to the environment The phase-out will deliver considerable savings to the environment and the economy. Across the country, the move to more efficient lighting, such as CFLs, is expected to save around 30 terawatt hours of electricity and 28 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions between 2008 and 2020. This is equivalent to permanently decommissioning a small coal-fired power station or taking more than 500,000 cars off the road permanently. It is expected to result in savings to the Australian economy of around $380 million per year by 2020 and result in net savings of more than $50 per year for each household that changes all of its incandescent light globes to CFLs. Since 1 November 2009, MEPS apply at point of sale to compact fluorescent lamps, general lighting service, incandescent lamps and extra low voltage and halogen non-reflector lamps. Products in these categories must comply with the MEPS and be registered with relevant state regulatory authorities to be legally sold – information on registration is available at: www.energyrating.gov.au.

Lamp Type Tungsten filament incandescent general lighting service (GLS) light bulbs Extra low voltage (ELV) halogen non-reflectors Self-ballasted compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) >40W candle, fancy round and decorative lamps Mains voltage halogen non-reflectors ELV halogen reflectors Mains voltage reflector lamps, including halogen (PAR, ER, R, etc) >25W candle fancy round and decorative lamps Pilot lamps 25W and below

Sale of existing light bulbs Incandescent general lighting service (GLS) light bulbs can be sold if the seller can prove that they were imported into Australia prior to 1 February 2009 when the import restriction was introduced. CFLs and ELV halogen non-reflector lamps that don’t meet MEPS can be sold if the seller can prove that they were imported into Australia before 1 November 2009. For further information please contact your state regulator: www.energyrating.gov.au.

Incandescent Bulbs

Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL)*

Mains Voltage Halogen (MVH)**

Light output in lumens (lm)

25W

5-7W

18W

220 lm

40W

7-8W

28W

420 lm

60W

11-12W

42W

720 lm

75W

13-18W

52W

930 lm

100W

18-23W

70W

1300 lm

NOTE: The wattages listed above for CFLs and MVH lamps are approximations only and may vary between manufacturers. Use wattages as a guide only. Alternatively, refer to the ‘Light Output in Lumens’ column. You can then check the lumen output (lm) shown on the CFL or MVH lamp package you are purchasing. (NB: Not all products carry lumen details) * CFLs come in a range of colours, these include: • Warm White – provides a soft warmer light comparable to light provided by traditional incandescent light bulbs • Cool White – provides neutral light comparable to office lighting • Daylight – similar to outdoor light comparable to midday lighting conditions.

technical talk : THE PHASE-OUT OF INEFFICIENT, INCANDESCENT LIGHT BULBS

technical talk

Globe conversion table

** MVH lamps are similar in appearance to traditional incandescent light bulbs and are suitable alternatives for light fixtures that require functions such as dimming, sensor lights, touch lights and other lighting applications, however, they are not as efficient as CFLs.

Sales restriction from 1 November 2009

October 2010

If you’ve always wanted to join an industry superfund but haven’t been eligible, SPEC Super now makes it easy for you with SPEC Personal. We are the only Industry Superfund for the electrotechnology and allied industries which can offer membership to self employed contractors. Even your family and friends are eligible to join. We also make it easy to roll any other funds you may have into one, so why not switch today and start generating wealth.

October 2012

www.specsuper.com

To be determined dependent on the availability of efficient replacement products

1300 366 648

This information is of a general nature and does not take into account your individual financial situation, objectives or needs. Because of this you should, before acting on this advice, consider the appropriateness of the advice, having regard to your objectives, financial situation and needs. You should obtain a Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) and consider the PDS before making any decision. If you require such specific advice, you should contact a licenced financial adviser. SPEC(QLD) PTY. LTD. (ABN 60 010 743 405, AFSL 325 122), the Trustee of SPEC Super (ABN 45 404 406 059), is authorised to provide general financial product advice in relation to superannuation. For a copy of our PDS please call 1300 366 648.

the master electrician : SUMMER 10

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MODERN AWARD

Australias Original Lockout Manufacturer - since 1992

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n 1 January 2010 the Modern Award commenced. The award modernisation process involved updating and rationalising the current award system in Australia. The Australian Industrial Relations Commission was responsible for setting the award which outlines the terms and conditions for employees. The award operates in conjunction with the National Employment Standards. The Modern Award will contain provisions relating to: n minimum wages n classifications n penalty rates n types of employment n hours of work n rostering n notice periods n allowances n overtime rates n leave and leave loading

For all you LOCKOUT needs contact CIRLOCK

Contractors Lockout Kit shown - CLK-2

NEW

The NEW name in: Safety Signs Safety Labels Pipe ID Markers Tags

CIRTAG® DANGER

www.cirtag.com

240 VOLTS

HIGH VOLTAGE

www.cirtag.com

WATER

www.cirlock.com.au lockout@cirlock.com.au Ph 07 5445 2910

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Is The NBN Already Old Hat?

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n 14 December 2009, TeliaSonera launched the first 4th Generation (4G) mobile network in Stockholm (Sweden) and Oslo (Norway). 4G promises data speeds of up to 100 mb/s for mobile devices, and up to an astonishing 1 Gb/s for stationary devices. The rollout will continue to another 25 cities throughout Sweden and Norway during 2010. While the Australian NBN languishes with the enormity of deploying an ‘as yet’ undetermined fibre solution across the country, (for a reputed 100 mb/s) the developments in mobile technology continue to march on. There are two major technologies vying for global market share and rushing to get their next 4G standards ratified – Long-Term-Evolution (LTE) Advanced, and WiMax (802.16m) which are the new breed of ‘Ultra-Broadband’ capable wireless technologies. Yet, while the LTE and WiMax 4G technologies are evolving to deliver more speed, much effort is still being used to position each technology as the better option in the marketplace, however, their standards are still yet to be ratified. The

Australian 4G bandwidth allocation is currently waiting on the shutdown of the analogue TV broadcast network. Many mobile carriers throughout Europe and North America are planning to deploy LTE conversions to their existing networks this year, although, planned designs vary for the speeds being delivered to customers. What you get, is what you get. With this in mind, it’s worth sorting the hype from the reality. Radio performance will govern download and upload speeds, whether the user is stationary or mobile. And, it will still be very dependant on RF equipment and handset/ dongle quality. Therefore, the further from the radio transmitter you are, or the more interfering objects there are in the way, the lower your data through-put will be. Radio is susceptible to many variables, and the maximum speeds offered may only be at the base of a carriers antenna array. Maybe both fibre and wireless broadband solutions will find their own balanced market share in Australia when two hats will be better than one.

n arrangements

for taking leave

n superannuation n procedures

for consultation and dispute resolution. The Modern Award cannot contain terms which are related to payments and deductions for benefit of employer, rights of entry, discriminatory, long service leave and state specific provisions (except in relation to transitional provisions). n representation

CLARIFICATION ON MODERN AWARD TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS The Modern Award for the electrical industry is the Electrical, Electronic and Communications Contracting Award 2010. Under the Modern Award Transitional Provisions it states that the employer must pay no less than the minimum wage in the relevant transitional instrument. This means that all new employees (ie, employees engaged after 1 January 2010) must still be paid under the relevant State Award (eg NASPA) Federal Wage Sheets. For example, if you engaged an

Electrical Worker Grade 5 on 13 January 2010, the employee would have to be paid $19.72 per hour (on site rate), as per the 2009 Electrical Contracting Industry Award Federal Wage Sheets and not the Modern Award wage rates. This also applies to penalty rates, loadings, overtime provisions and industry allowances. From the 1 July 2010 this will all change when the transitional provisions come into effect. It will be phased in 20 per cent increments until 2014. Additionally, under the Modern Award ‘over award’ payments can be used to absorb the monetary obligations imposed. Master Electricians advise that if you want to absorb the monetary obligations into the over award payments, that you must write it into an award flexibility agreement or a contract of employment. The main changes under the Electrical, Electronic and Communications Contracting Award 2010 (the Award) are:

workplace relations : MODERN AWARD

workplacerelations

Award Flexibility Agreement This allows the employer and employee to vary certain terms of the award through an Award Flexibility Agreement. The terms that can be varied under the award are:

Mazda BT-50. For the toughest jobs. Mazda BT-50 is capable and tough, yet sporty and stylish. So no matter if it’s work or play, the BT-50 will get you and your workmates or your family to your destination safely.

Available in a 2.5 or 3.0L turbo diesel engine with advanced common-rail direct injection for excellent fuel economy.

Eagers Mazda www.eagersmazda.com.au

EAGM 0358 125x186[P]MEMag.indd 1

Ph: 3364 1088 Breakfast Creek Road

QLD

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MODERN AWARD

Australias Original Lockout Manufacturer - since 1992

O

n 1 January 2010 the Modern Award commenced. The award modernisation process involved updating and rationalising the current award system in Australia. The Australian Industrial Relations Commission was responsible for setting the award which outlines the terms and conditions for employees. The award operates in conjunction with the National Employment Standards. The Modern Award will contain provisions relating to: n minimum wages n classifications n penalty rates n types of employment n hours of work n rostering n notice periods n allowances n overtime rates n leave and leave loading

For all you LOCKOUT needs contact CIRLOCK

Contractors Lockout Kit shown - CLK-2

NEW

The NEW name in: Safety Signs Safety Labels Pipe ID Markers Tags

CIRTAG® DANGER

www.cirtag.com

240 VOLTS

HIGH VOLTAGE

www.cirtag.com

WATER

www.cirlock.com.au lockout@cirlock.com.au Ph 07 5445 2910

44

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Is The NBN Already Old Hat?

O

n 14 December 2009, TeliaSonera launched the first 4th Generation (4G) mobile network in Stockholm (Sweden) and Oslo (Norway). 4G promises data speeds of up to 100 mb/s for mobile devices, and up to an astonishing 1 Gb/s for stationary devices. The rollout will continue to another 25 cities throughout Sweden and Norway during 2010. While the Australian NBN languishes with the enormity of deploying an ‘as yet’ undetermined fibre solution across the country, (for a reputed 100 mb/s) the developments in mobile technology continue to march on. There are two major technologies vying for global market share and rushing to get their next 4G standards ratified – Long-Term-Evolution (LTE) Advanced, and WiMax (802.16m) which are the new breed of ‘Ultra-Broadband’ capable wireless technologies. Yet, while the LTE and WiMax 4G technologies are evolving to deliver more speed, much effort is still being used to position each technology as the better option in the marketplace, however, their standards are still yet to be ratified. The

Australian 4G bandwidth allocation is currently waiting on the shutdown of the analogue TV broadcast network. Many mobile carriers throughout Europe and North America are planning to deploy LTE conversions to their existing networks this year, although, planned designs vary for the speeds being delivered to customers. What you get, is what you get. With this in mind, it’s worth sorting the hype from the reality. Radio performance will govern download and upload speeds, whether the user is stationary or mobile. And, it will still be very dependant on RF equipment and handset/ dongle quality. Therefore, the further from the radio transmitter you are, or the more interfering objects there are in the way, the lower your data through-put will be. Radio is susceptible to many variables, and the maximum speeds offered may only be at the base of a carriers antenna array. Maybe both fibre and wireless broadband solutions will find their own balanced market share in Australia when two hats will be better than one.

n arrangements

for taking leave

n superannuation n procedures

for consultation and dispute resolution. The Modern Award cannot contain terms which are related to payments and deductions for benefit of employer, rights of entry, discriminatory, long service leave and state specific provisions (except in relation to transitional provisions). n representation

CLARIFICATION ON MODERN AWARD TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS The Modern Award for the electrical industry is the Electrical, Electronic and Communications Contracting Award 2010. Under the Modern Award Transitional Provisions it states that the employer must pay no less than the minimum wage in the relevant transitional instrument. This means that all new employees (ie, employees engaged after 1 January 2010) must still be paid under the relevant State Award (eg NASPA) Federal Wage Sheets. For example, if you engaged an

Electrical Worker Grade 5 on 13 January 2010, the employee would have to be paid $19.72 per hour (on site rate), as per the 2009 Electrical Contracting Industry Award Federal Wage Sheets and not the Modern Award wage rates. This also applies to penalty rates, loadings, overtime provisions and industry allowances. From the 1 July 2010 this will all change when the transitional provisions come into effect. It will be phased in 20 per cent increments until 2014. Additionally, under the Modern Award ‘over award’ payments can be used to absorb the monetary obligations imposed. Master Electricians advise that if you want to absorb the monetary obligations into the over award payments, that you must write it into an award flexibility agreement or a contract of employment. The main changes under the Electrical, Electronic and Communications Contracting Award 2010 (the Award) are:

workplace relations : MODERN AWARD

workplacerelations

Award Flexibility Agreement This allows the employer and employee to vary certain terms of the award through an Award Flexibility Agreement. The terms that can be varied under the award are:

Mazda BT-50. For the toughest jobs. Mazda BT-50 is capable and tough, yet sporty and stylish. So no matter if it’s work or play, the BT-50 will get you and your workmates or your family to your destination safely.

Available in a 2.5 or 3.0L turbo diesel engine with advanced common-rail direct injection for excellent fuel economy.

Eagers Mazda www.eagersmazda.com.au

EAGM 0358 125x186[P]MEMag.indd 1

Ph: 3364 1088 Breakfast Creek Road

QLD

DRVN BY U 4/12/09 4:49 PM

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The Modern Award will replace: Queensland Electrical Contracting Industry Award 2003 Northern Territory Electrical Engineering and Contracting Industries Award 2002 South Australia Electrical Contracting Industry (SA) Award Tasmania Electrical Engineers Award National Electrical, Electronic and Communications Contracting Industry Award 1998 Victoria National Electrical, Electronic and Communications Contracting Industry Award 1998 Western Australia Electrical Contracting Industry Award ACT National Electrical, Electronic and Communications Contracting Industry Award 1998 NSW Electrical, Electronic and Communications Contracting Industry Award n arrangements

for ordinary hours

n overtime

rates n penalty rates n allowances n leave loading. Casual Employees There is now no restriction on a casual employee’s engagement however, there is a provision which allows casual employees to convert to full time or part time employment. This means that casual employees, who are engaged on a regular and systematic basis for more than six months, have the right to elect to have their contract of employment converted to full or part time. Inclement Weather Employees are now entitled to payment for ordinary time lost due to inclement weather (abnormal or extreme climatic conditions) as long as the provisions of the Modern Award have been adhered to.

Overtime The award states that all work done outside of ordinary hours are to be paid at time and a half for the first two hours and double time thereafter, this is the same on Saturday. Sunday is still at double time. The minimum hours of work for a Saturday and Sunday will be four hours under the award. Call Outs Under the award this will be referred to as ‘availability for duty’. The award states the employee is entitled to an ‘availability for duty’ allowance of 8.8 per cent of the standard weekly rate and paid for the actual time worked. The actual time worked payment is still a home to home payment and the employee must be paid a minimum of two hours at the appropriate rate. National Employment Standards

replacing the Australian Fair Pay Commissions legislative standards. The NES consists of 10 legislated safety standards which cannot be stripped away. The NES are: n maximum weekly hours n requests for flexible working arrangements n parental leave and related entitlements n annual leave n personal/carer’s leave and compassionate leave n community service leave n long service leave n public holidays n notice of termination and redundancy pay n the provision of the Fair Work Information Statement.

the new Watt Hour Meter Slim, efficient, accurate with easy installation! Advantages at a glance • • • • • • • •

Preparing for Modern Award and National Employment Standards In preparing for the implementation of the Modern Award and NES you should: n understand the main terms and conditions contained in the Modern Award and NES n make sure the terms and conditions of your employment contracts or letters of appointment reflect the changes n update the HR policies to ensure they comply with the Modern Award and national employment standards n include the Fair Work Statement in the employees induction kit. Accredited Master Electricians and ECA members can contact the Workplace Relations Department. 

Sets a totally new standard Immediate measurement up to 32 A Replaces the classic single phase a.c. watt hour meter Quick, space-saving installation only 35 mm in width An extremely compact product Class 1 Accuracy Suitable for verification SO - interface for connection to energy management systems

Also Available... THE NEW 65A SINGLE PHASE & 3 PHASE KILOWATT HOUR METERS

Additionally, on 1 January 2010, the National Employment Standards (NES) also commenced

New ProTag Optima System Australia’s Most Compact Appliance Testing and Tag Printing System. The new ProTag Optima System tests portable appliances and RCDs, and prints test tags in a compact system weighing only around 2kg. No interface cables between the tester, printer and scanner provide maximum mobility on construction sites, factories and workshops.

Who else would you trust!

Light weight, wireless, battery powered and with logging of visual inspections and risk assessments, the Optima System guarantees greater efficiency, huge time savings and a lower cost per tag. Call EMONA Instruments on tel: 1 800 632 953 email: testinst@emona.com.au or www.protag.com.au

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Ampere Electrical Manufacturing Co. Pty. Ltd. 168-176 High St, Prahran, Vic. 3181. Tel (03) 9510 4333, 9510 2428 Fax (03) 9510 5940 Toll Free 1800 AMPERE (1800 267 373) www.ampere.com.au


The Modern Award will replace: Queensland Electrical Contracting Industry Award 2003 Northern Territory Electrical Engineering and Contracting Industries Award 2002 South Australia Electrical Contracting Industry (SA) Award Tasmania Electrical Engineers Award National Electrical, Electronic and Communications Contracting Industry Award 1998 Victoria National Electrical, Electronic and Communications Contracting Industry Award 1998 Western Australia Electrical Contracting Industry Award ACT National Electrical, Electronic and Communications Contracting Industry Award 1998 NSW Electrical, Electronic and Communications Contracting Industry Award n arrangements

for ordinary hours

n overtime

rates n penalty rates n allowances n leave loading. Casual Employees There is now no restriction on a casual employee’s engagement however, there is a provision which allows casual employees to convert to full time or part time employment. This means that casual employees, who are engaged on a regular and systematic basis for more than six months, have the right to elect to have their contract of employment converted to full or part time. Inclement Weather Employees are now entitled to payment for ordinary time lost due to inclement weather (abnormal or extreme climatic conditions) as long as the provisions of the Modern Award have been adhered to.

Overtime The award states that all work done outside of ordinary hours are to be paid at time and a half for the first two hours and double time thereafter, this is the same on Saturday. Sunday is still at double time. The minimum hours of work for a Saturday and Sunday will be four hours under the award. Call Outs Under the award this will be referred to as ‘availability for duty’. The award states the employee is entitled to an ‘availability for duty’ allowance of 8.8 per cent of the standard weekly rate and paid for the actual time worked. The actual time worked payment is still a home to home payment and the employee must be paid a minimum of two hours at the appropriate rate. National Employment Standards

replacing the Australian Fair Pay Commissions legislative standards. The NES consists of 10 legislated safety standards which cannot be stripped away. The NES are: n maximum weekly hours n requests for flexible working arrangements n parental leave and related entitlements n annual leave n personal/carer’s leave and compassionate leave n community service leave n long service leave n public holidays n notice of termination and redundancy pay n the provision of the Fair Work Information Statement.

the new Watt Hour Meter Slim, efficient, accurate with easy installation! Advantages at a glance • • • • • • • •

Preparing for Modern Award and National Employment Standards In preparing for the implementation of the Modern Award and NES you should: n understand the main terms and conditions contained in the Modern Award and NES n make sure the terms and conditions of your employment contracts or letters of appointment reflect the changes n update the HR policies to ensure they comply with the Modern Award and national employment standards n include the Fair Work Statement in the employees induction kit. Accredited Master Electricians and ECA members can contact the Workplace Relations Department. 

Sets a totally new standard Immediate measurement up to 32 A Replaces the classic single phase a.c. watt hour meter Quick, space-saving installation only 35 mm in width An extremely compact product Class 1 Accuracy Suitable for verification SO - interface for connection to energy management systems

Also Available... THE NEW 65A SINGLE PHASE & 3 PHASE KILOWATT HOUR METERS

Additionally, on 1 January 2010, the National Employment Standards (NES) also commenced

New ProTag Optima System Australia’s Most Compact Appliance Testing and Tag Printing System. The new ProTag Optima System tests portable appliances and RCDs, and prints test tags in a compact system weighing only around 2kg. No interface cables between the tester, printer and scanner provide maximum mobility on construction sites, factories and workshops.

Who else would you trust!

Light weight, wireless, battery powered and with logging of visual inspections and risk assessments, the Optima System guarantees greater efficiency, huge time savings and a lower cost per tag. Call EMONA Instruments on tel: 1 800 632 953 email: testinst@emona.com.au or www.protag.com.au

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Ampere Electrical Manufacturing Co. Pty. Ltd. 168-176 High St, Prahran, Vic. 3181. Tel (03) 9510 4333, 9510 2428 Fax (03) 9510 5940 Toll Free 1800 AMPERE (1800 267 373) www.ampere.com.au


all about

As the leading national body for the electrotechnology industry, Master Electricians Australia is committed to the safety of the industry and the wider public. They recognised the following extreme risks with the installation of foil-based insulation and lead the charge to have the policy changed: Death by electrocution, smoke inhalation or falling n Foil-based insulation touching open terminals n Penetration of cables with metal fasteners n Damaged and rodent eaten cables with bare conductors touching foil n Insulation covering exhaust fans and downlights causing them to generate excessive heat creating toxic fumes n Covered ceiling spaces – hide any safe path for access, covering trusses making it difficult to place feet or knees.

MASTER ELECTRICIANS LAUNCHES SUCCESSFUL NATIONAL ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN Master Electricians Australia has recently launched a national advertising campaign encouraging the general public to use a Master Electrician for all of their electrical work. The campaign consists of a series of television and radio commercials which began to air across Queensland last October, New South Wales last November and Victoria this month. The two 30 second television commercials feature on Channel 10’s ONE HD. To view the advertisements online, visit www.masterelectricans.com.au/media. To support the television campaign, a 30 second radio advertisement was launched on TripleM across Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne last year and will continue for a number of months. Stay tuned for details of advertising in other states over the next 12 months. The advertisements direct the general public to the Master Electrician website where they can use the ‘Find a Master Electrician’ function to list the details of the work they require done. Master Electricians across the country are already experiencing the benefits of the campaign, with a large spike in leads and jobs, almost instantaneously. All Accredited Master Electricians should ensure their details are correct in the ‘members only’ section of the Master Electricians website to ensure they don’t miss out on the opportunity for potential work. For more information about how you can become a Master Electrician contact 1300 889 198.

MASTER ELECTRICIANS CEO APPOINTED TO COAG SUB-COMMITTEE Master Electricians CEO Mr Malcolm Richards has been appointed to the Interim Advisory Committee set up by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) to investigate the National Licensing System – Electrical Occupations. The appointment to the Committee is a significant milestone toward the implementation of the National Licensing System. Mr Richards and the other Committee members will provide advice to the COAG National Taskforce, which was established by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, and will oversee the establishment of the National Occupational Licensing Authority. If you would like more information on the National Licensing System please visit the website http://www.licensinglinenews. com/Licensing-reforms/Nationallicensing-system.aspx If you have any comments or concerns you wished raised on the Committee please email them to info@masterelectricians.com.au.

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MASTER ELECTRICIANS WARNED OF THE RISKS OF FOIL-BASED INSULTION Fire n Down

lights covered with insulation providing no escape for the heat eventually catching fire n Exhaust fan motors covered not being able to vent generating heat and once again having the possibility of catching fire. Equipment failure of exhaust fans n Overheating and failure of down lights n Cable damage during installation The crisis meetings Master Electricians held with the Federal Government, resulted in a ban to metal fasteners, mandatory installation of downlight barriers, a reduction to the rebate and an introduction of  mandatory training for insulation installers. Turn to page 16 for the full story. n Failure

ECA and MASTER ELECTRICIANS RECOGNISE INDUSTRY LEADERS The 2009 ECA and Master Electricians Awards of Excellence held last November recognised the high level of innovation and quality within the electrotechnology industry. The event saw over 350 industry members celebrate the achievements of their industry peers. Just some of the 2009 award winners were: Master Electrician of the Year – Horan and Bird Electrical Horan & Bird’s capability to promote the core concepts of quality, safety and reliability were evident in all aspects of their business. Horan and Bird aggressively pursue feedback from clients and utilise the responses to improve their product. The promotion of safety has resulted in an incident free year and a cash back offer awarded to clients if Horan and Bird are unable to attend on the clients desired day, has lead to improved reliability. Innovative Product of the Year Schneider Electric – Compact NSX Circuit Breaker Energy Efficiency is key. The judges were impressed with the possible benefits of this new circuit breaker. This stunning result of six years

work by 170 engineers provides both remote and local control, and an output information stream providing current, voltage, frequency, power factor, energy and total harmonic distortion and a number of diagnostic facilities. A unique feature provides a report on the thickness of the mating contacts, and their replacement needs. The new Schneider NSX series of circuit breakers cover a range from 40 amps to 750 amps, are retrofit able to existing switchboards, and show an amazing capability for the new age of efficiency.

DID YOU KNOW? Leslie Harvey – lead guitarist of the Glasgow band Stone the Crows, died after being electrocuted onstage at Swansea’s Top Rank Ballroom, May 3, 1972. www.strangecosmos.com

Innovative Service of the Year Ensight – Power Station Energy Audit Few contractors would consider they have the skills to audit a power station, but this one not only carried out the audit, but found some very interesting efficiencies to recommend. Ensight, has completed an extensive audit of Tarong Power Station. Carried out over a five month period, Ensight recommended a series of improvements with projected savings that are significant. This type of work is a dramatic change in the type, level and quality of services regularly offered by members, and is sure to lead to a wider and more interesting range of work in the future.

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all about

As the leading national body for the electrotechnology industry, Master Electricians Australia is committed to the safety of the industry and the wider public. They recognised the following extreme risks with the installation of foil-based insulation and lead the charge to have the policy changed: Death by electrocution, smoke inhalation or falling n Foil-based insulation touching open terminals n Penetration of cables with metal fasteners n Damaged and rodent eaten cables with bare conductors touching foil n Insulation covering exhaust fans and downlights causing them to generate excessive heat creating toxic fumes n Covered ceiling spaces – hide any safe path for access, covering trusses making it difficult to place feet or knees.

MASTER ELECTRICIANS LAUNCHES SUCCESSFUL NATIONAL ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN Master Electricians Australia has recently launched a national advertising campaign encouraging the general public to use a Master Electrician for all of their electrical work. The campaign consists of a series of television and radio commercials which began to air across Queensland last October, New South Wales last November and Victoria this month. The two 30 second television commercials feature on Channel 10’s ONE HD. To view the advertisements online, visit www.masterelectricans.com.au/media. To support the television campaign, a 30 second radio advertisement was launched on TripleM across Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne last year and will continue for a number of months. Stay tuned for details of advertising in other states over the next 12 months. The advertisements direct the general public to the Master Electrician website where they can use the ‘Find a Master Electrician’ function to list the details of the work they require done. Master Electricians across the country are already experiencing the benefits of the campaign, with a large spike in leads and jobs, almost instantaneously. All Accredited Master Electricians should ensure their details are correct in the ‘members only’ section of the Master Electricians website to ensure they don’t miss out on the opportunity for potential work. For more information about how you can become a Master Electrician contact 1300 889 198.

MASTER ELECTRICIANS CEO APPOINTED TO COAG SUB-COMMITTEE Master Electricians CEO Mr Malcolm Richards has been appointed to the Interim Advisory Committee set up by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) to investigate the National Licensing System – Electrical Occupations. The appointment to the Committee is a significant milestone toward the implementation of the National Licensing System. Mr Richards and the other Committee members will provide advice to the COAG National Taskforce, which was established by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, and will oversee the establishment of the National Occupational Licensing Authority. If you would like more information on the National Licensing System please visit the website http://www.licensinglinenews. com/Licensing-reforms/Nationallicensing-system.aspx If you have any comments or concerns you wished raised on the Committee please email them to info@masterelectricians.com.au.

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MASTER ELECTRICIANS WARNED OF THE RISKS OF FOIL-BASED INSULTION Fire n Down

lights covered with insulation providing no escape for the heat eventually catching fire n Exhaust fan motors covered not being able to vent generating heat and once again having the possibility of catching fire. Equipment failure of exhaust fans n Overheating and failure of down lights n Cable damage during installation The crisis meetings Master Electricians held with the Federal Government, resulted in a ban to metal fasteners, mandatory installation of downlight barriers, a reduction to the rebate and an introduction of  mandatory training for insulation installers. Turn to page 16 for the full story. n Failure

ECA and MASTER ELECTRICIANS RECOGNISE INDUSTRY LEADERS The 2009 ECA and Master Electricians Awards of Excellence held last November recognised the high level of innovation and quality within the electrotechnology industry. The event saw over 350 industry members celebrate the achievements of their industry peers. Just some of the 2009 award winners were: Master Electrician of the Year – Horan and Bird Electrical Horan & Bird’s capability to promote the core concepts of quality, safety and reliability were evident in all aspects of their business. Horan and Bird aggressively pursue feedback from clients and utilise the responses to improve their product. The promotion of safety has resulted in an incident free year and a cash back offer awarded to clients if Horan and Bird are unable to attend on the clients desired day, has lead to improved reliability. Innovative Product of the Year Schneider Electric – Compact NSX Circuit Breaker Energy Efficiency is key. The judges were impressed with the possible benefits of this new circuit breaker. This stunning result of six years

work by 170 engineers provides both remote and local control, and an output information stream providing current, voltage, frequency, power factor, energy and total harmonic distortion and a number of diagnostic facilities. A unique feature provides a report on the thickness of the mating contacts, and their replacement needs. The new Schneider NSX series of circuit breakers cover a range from 40 amps to 750 amps, are retrofit able to existing switchboards, and show an amazing capability for the new age of efficiency.

DID YOU KNOW? Leslie Harvey – lead guitarist of the Glasgow band Stone the Crows, died after being electrocuted onstage at Swansea’s Top Rank Ballroom, May 3, 1972. www.strangecosmos.com

Innovative Service of the Year Ensight – Power Station Energy Audit Few contractors would consider they have the skills to audit a power station, but this one not only carried out the audit, but found some very interesting efficiencies to recommend. Ensight, has completed an extensive audit of Tarong Power Station. Carried out over a five month period, Ensight recommended a series of improvements with projected savings that are significant. This type of work is a dramatic change in the type, level and quality of services regularly offered by members, and is sure to lead to a wider and more interesting range of work in the future.

the master electrician : SUMMER 10

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test drive : FORD FALCON GS

Master Electricians Racing Driver Andre Borell checks out the Ford Falcon GS by FPV

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had a big grin on my face when this assignment popped into my email inbox – the brand new Ford GS by Ford Performance Vehicles. This limited edition V8 beast was designed to combine performance, history and affordability. Job done. The GS is a very fondly remembered Ford model from the late 60s, and today is the second most collectible Ford model second only to the iconic GT. The design brief for this new GS was released November 2009. It was to be largely based on the FG Falcon at the affordable end of the FPV family, yet still maintain the grunt and performance of the top end FPV models. Let’s look at what is the most important feature on the GS - the engine. The ‘302 Boss’ 5.4L V8 was developed specifically for the GS however, it does steal various componentry from its big brother’s engine – the GT. It produces an extremely impressive 302kW (hence the name ‘302 Boss’) and 551Nm of torque – not too shabby for a petrol engine!

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The GT which is at the top-end of the FPV range only produces an extra 13kW, compared to the GS, pumping out 315kW. Even though this may look like I have copy ‘n’ pasted from my other recent reviews, I will say it again: this power does come at the cost of fuel usage and economy. You’ll use 14.2L per 100 kilometres in the manual model. Looking at the exterior, the body shape of the GS varies little from the Falcon FG range – however, the standard accessories do give it a striking appearance compared to the rest of the Ford range. The body kit, spoilers and grill all give the car an aggressive look. The GS pin striping also looks very sharp and follows the lines of the car, while the ‘302’ spoiler and bonnet decals create a coherent design. Most impressive aesthetically, are the 19” graphite rims, and the choice of the six eye catching FPV-specific paint colours – all together making it fit nicely in the FPV family. Moving to the inside of the car, the GS is let down a little by the very standard dash and

steering wheel. Now while this model may well deserve a more unique interior, it was designed to be affordable – and the interior is one of the more costly areas to redesign so it is somewhat understandable. Having said this, the starter button, trim, GT instrumentation and sports pedals do set it apart from the run-of-the-mill Falcon. Functionality wise the GS is perfect – the iPod and Bluetooth integration work seamlessly, and the sound system and climate control mean it will be a very nice daily-driver. With only 250 sedans and 75 utes set to be released, the GS will remain rare and widely desired like its predecessor of nearly 30-years (the XW Falcon). You’ll always be aware of this vehicles place in history with the limited edition FPV build plate/model identifier which will come on every car. Be sure to check out our next issue as we will see what Ford’s on-track V8 Supercar rivals – Holden, have on offer to take on the mighty FPV GS.

FPV Falcon GS Engine

‘302 Boss’ 5.4L, fuel-injected, 8-cylinder

Power

302kW @ 6000rpm

Torque

551Nm @ 4750rpm

Economy*

14.2L/100km

Emissions (Co²)

340g/km

RRP

$54,950

Named in tribute to a fondly-remembered Ford from the late ‘60s, the new GS sedan and GS Ute are unique limited-edition models offering buyers entry into the FPV family at a very competitive price. Production of the GS Series is limited to 250 sedans and 75 Utes. Contact your local Ford FPV dealer to organise a test drive today.

PICTURED BELOW: FORMULA FORD CHAMPION ANDRE BORELL

the master electrician : SUMMER 10

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test drive : FORD FALCON GS

Master Electricians Racing Driver Andre Borell checks out the Ford Falcon GS by FPV

test drive I

had a big grin on my face when this assignment popped into my email inbox – the brand new Ford GS by Ford Performance Vehicles. This limited edition V8 beast was designed to combine performance, history and affordability. Job done. The GS is a very fondly remembered Ford model from the late 60s, and today is the second most collectible Ford model second only to the iconic GT. The design brief for this new GS was released November 2009. It was to be largely based on the FG Falcon at the affordable end of the FPV family, yet still maintain the grunt and performance of the top end FPV models. Let’s look at what is the most important feature on the GS - the engine. The ‘302 Boss’ 5.4L V8 was developed specifically for the GS however, it does steal various componentry from its big brother’s engine – the GT. It produces an extremely impressive 302kW (hence the name ‘302 Boss’) and 551Nm of torque – not too shabby for a petrol engine!

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The GT which is at the top-end of the FPV range only produces an extra 13kW, compared to the GS, pumping out 315kW. Even though this may look like I have copy ‘n’ pasted from my other recent reviews, I will say it again: this power does come at the cost of fuel usage and economy. You’ll use 14.2L per 100 kilometres in the manual model. Looking at the exterior, the body shape of the GS varies little from the Falcon FG range – however, the standard accessories do give it a striking appearance compared to the rest of the Ford range. The body kit, spoilers and grill all give the car an aggressive look. The GS pin striping also looks very sharp and follows the lines of the car, while the ‘302’ spoiler and bonnet decals create a coherent design. Most impressive aesthetically, are the 19” graphite rims, and the choice of the six eye catching FPV-specific paint colours – all together making it fit nicely in the FPV family. Moving to the inside of the car, the GS is let down a little by the very standard dash and

steering wheel. Now while this model may well deserve a more unique interior, it was designed to be affordable – and the interior is one of the more costly areas to redesign so it is somewhat understandable. Having said this, the starter button, trim, GT instrumentation and sports pedals do set it apart from the run-of-the-mill Falcon. Functionality wise the GS is perfect – the iPod and Bluetooth integration work seamlessly, and the sound system and climate control mean it will be a very nice daily-driver. With only 250 sedans and 75 utes set to be released, the GS will remain rare and widely desired like its predecessor of nearly 30-years (the XW Falcon). You’ll always be aware of this vehicles place in history with the limited edition FPV build plate/model identifier which will come on every car. Be sure to check out our next issue as we will see what Ford’s on-track V8 Supercar rivals – Holden, have on offer to take on the mighty FPV GS.

FPV Falcon GS Engine

‘302 Boss’ 5.4L, fuel-injected, 8-cylinder

Power

302kW @ 6000rpm

Torque

551Nm @ 4750rpm

Economy*

14.2L/100km

Emissions (Co²)

340g/km

RRP

$54,950

Named in tribute to a fondly-remembered Ford from the late ‘60s, the new GS sedan and GS Ute are unique limited-edition models offering buyers entry into the FPV family at a very competitive price. Production of the GS Series is limited to 250 sedans and 75 Utes. Contact your local Ford FPV dealer to organise a test drive today.

PICTURED BELOW: FORMULA FORD CHAMPION ANDRE BORELL

the master electrician : SUMMER 10

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best funny story : VIETNAM WIRE

your best (or worst) funny story

what’s on

events MAR10

APR10

19 February

11 – 14 March

12 – 14 April

Melbourne www.constructioncontractor. com.au

Adelaide www.clipsal500.com.au

26-28 February

Sydney

FEB10 Civil Works Expo

Australian Construction Equipment Expo Melbourne

Clipsal 500

12-14 March 26 – 28 March Tradesman’s Expo

16 – 25 April

www.ntx.com.au

22 – 24 March

6th Annual AustralAsian Cleantech Forum Melbourne www.ecogeneration.com.au/ events

It’s easy, send us your favourite funny story or picture and if we publish it, we’ll send you $50.

Airconditioning, Refrigeration and Building Services Exhibition

Sydney www.constructioncontractor. com.au

Brisbane

$50 up for grabs!

Clipsal Super Star Vertigo Cruise

www.clipsal.com.au/trade

20 – 22 April

Safety in Action 2010 Trade Show Melbourne www.sia.org.au

These photos were taken last month in Vietnam by Paul Daly. Paul was in Vietnam finalising arrangements for the 2010 Annual Conference. Do you have an industry event that you would like featured? Email magazine@masterelectricians.com.au.

Switchboard Thermal Surveys Australia’s Most Affordable Switchboard Inspection System ... Only $6,599

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Switchboard thermal inspections is a fast growing business for contractors. Now you can offer this service with the Dali TEi-P, the complete and affordable solution with camera, reporting software and user training! Sydney

Melbourne

Tel 02 9519 3933 Tel 03 9889 0427 Fax 02 9550 1378 Fax 03 9889 0715 email testinst@emona.com.au

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Brisbane

Tel 07 3275 2183 Fax 07 3275 2196

Adelaide

Thermal Image Voice Record

Visible Image

Tel 08 8363 5733 Fax 08 8363 5799

Laser Pointer

Perth

Tel 08 9361 4200 Fax 08 9361 4300 web www.emona.com.au

Reporting Software

EMONA

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best funny story : VIETNAM WIRE

your best (or worst) funny story

what’s on

events MAR10

APR10

19 February

11 – 14 March

12 – 14 April

Melbourne www.constructioncontractor. com.au

Adelaide www.clipsal500.com.au

26-28 February

Sydney

FEB10 Civil Works Expo

Australian Construction Equipment Expo Melbourne

Clipsal 500

12-14 March 26 – 28 March Tradesman’s Expo

16 – 25 April

www.ntx.com.au

22 – 24 March

6th Annual AustralAsian Cleantech Forum Melbourne www.ecogeneration.com.au/ events

It’s easy, send us your favourite funny story or picture and if we publish it, we’ll send you $50.

Airconditioning, Refrigeration and Building Services Exhibition

Sydney www.constructioncontractor. com.au

Brisbane

$50 up for grabs!

Clipsal Super Star Vertigo Cruise

www.clipsal.com.au/trade

20 – 22 April

Safety in Action 2010 Trade Show Melbourne www.sia.org.au

These photos were taken last month in Vietnam by Paul Daly. Paul was in Vietnam finalising arrangements for the 2010 Annual Conference. Do you have an industry event that you would like featured? Email magazine@masterelectricians.com.au.

Switchboard Thermal Surveys Australia’s Most Affordable Switchboard Inspection System ... Only $6,599

ex GST

Switchboard thermal inspections is a fast growing business for contractors. Now you can offer this service with the Dali TEi-P, the complete and affordable solution with camera, reporting software and user training! Sydney

Melbourne

Tel 02 9519 3933 Tel 03 9889 0427 Fax 02 9550 1378 Fax 03 9889 0715 email testinst@emona.com.au

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www.masterelectricians.com.au

Brisbane

Tel 07 3275 2183 Fax 07 3275 2196

Adelaide

Thermal Image Voice Record

Visible Image

Tel 08 8363 5733 Fax 08 8363 5799

Laser Pointer

Perth

Tel 08 9361 4200 Fax 08 9361 4300 web www.emona.com.au

Reporting Software

EMONA

the master electrician : SUMMER 10

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last word last word : MALCOLM RICHARDS

motion detectors with the ultimate remote control

Union Consultation

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n a decision handed down in Melbourne on 4 November 2009 in a dispute between Automotive, Food, Metals, Engineering, Printing and Kindred Industries Union and Bitzer Australia Pty Ltd t/as Buffalo Trident, Senior Deputy President Acton ruled that the employer must consult with unions not only about when they wish to use sub contractors or labour hire, but also must consult on matters relating to the employment of sub contractors or labour hire such as criteria for selection, whether the work done in house will enhance or diminish job security and the qualifications of those contracted is indeed a matter pertaining to the relationship between employer and employee. The result has led to unions already seeking to have this clause included into all agreements currently held and being negotiated. This clause goes back to the ‘bad old days’ where

the unions would tell the contractor who they can and can’t use, and then sets the contract amount in line with the collective agreements already in place. In my opinion this clause restricts trade and limits an employer’s ability to make business decisions. The inclusion of this clause will see many labour hire companies in the building and construction industry find it hard to stay afloat as they will be forced to honour the wages and working conditions that relate to whatever contractors they are supplying labour to. It will also stifle the second and third tier sub contracting and specialist contracting sector who will also have to pay wages and conditions far beyond their means if they wish to continue working on major contracting sites. Of equal concern is the introduction of the new workplace laws which commenced on 1 January

2010. Issues like unfair dismissal, redundancy, employee generated flexible work arrangements, overtime rates and casual employee rules are already providing stress for employers in the electrical industry. These will certainly affect the productivity of businesses and will restrict employment growth of many contractors as we go into the next phase of our economy. With 2008-09 seeing the highest productivity and lowest rates of union disputes in many years one might question where we are heading now and what impact these changes will have on the ability of business to survive and prosper.

Malcolm Richards Chief Executive Officer

Faster. Safer. Easier.

CIRT HELPS YOU TO REDUCE THE DRAIN ON YOUR COMPANY’S CASH FLOW CIRT was established in 1990 to provide redundancy benefits to the electrical industry. CIRT allows employers to contribute money each month on behalf of their employees. That way if a redundancy occurs, the CIRT contributions form either part or all of any redundancy payment and the employer can include the money already contributed as part of the redundancy payment. CIRT provides benefits for the following situations: redundancy, retirement, leaving the industry, severe financial hardship, total and permanent disability, death.

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last word last word : MALCOLM RICHARDS

motion detectors with the ultimate remote control

Union Consultation

I

n a decision handed down in Melbourne on 4 November 2009 in a dispute between Automotive, Food, Metals, Engineering, Printing and Kindred Industries Union and Bitzer Australia Pty Ltd t/as Buffalo Trident, Senior Deputy President Acton ruled that the employer must consult with unions not only about when they wish to use sub contractors or labour hire, but also must consult on matters relating to the employment of sub contractors or labour hire such as criteria for selection, whether the work done in house will enhance or diminish job security and the qualifications of those contracted is indeed a matter pertaining to the relationship between employer and employee. The result has led to unions already seeking to have this clause included into all agreements currently held and being negotiated. This clause goes back to the ‘bad old days’ where

the unions would tell the contractor who they can and can’t use, and then sets the contract amount in line with the collective agreements already in place. In my opinion this clause restricts trade and limits an employer’s ability to make business decisions. The inclusion of this clause will see many labour hire companies in the building and construction industry find it hard to stay afloat as they will be forced to honour the wages and working conditions that relate to whatever contractors they are supplying labour to. It will also stifle the second and third tier sub contracting and specialist contracting sector who will also have to pay wages and conditions far beyond their means if they wish to continue working on major contracting sites. Of equal concern is the introduction of the new workplace laws which commenced on 1 January

2010. Issues like unfair dismissal, redundancy, employee generated flexible work arrangements, overtime rates and casual employee rules are already providing stress for employers in the electrical industry. These will certainly affect the productivity of businesses and will restrict employment growth of many contractors as we go into the next phase of our economy. With 2008-09 seeing the highest productivity and lowest rates of union disputes in many years one might question where we are heading now and what impact these changes will have on the ability of business to survive and prosper.

Malcolm Richards Chief Executive Officer

Faster. Safer. Easier.

CIRT HELPS YOU TO REDUCE THE DRAIN ON YOUR COMPANY’S CASH FLOW CIRT was established in 1990 to provide redundancy benefits to the electrical industry. CIRT allows employers to contribute money each month on behalf of their employees. That way if a redundancy occurs, the CIRT contributions form either part or all of any redundancy payment and the employer can include the money already contributed as part of the redundancy payment. CIRT provides benefits for the following situations: redundancy, retirement, leaving the industry, severe financial hardship, total and permanent disability, death.

Spend less time up the ladder Providing total convenience for contractors to set times, lux levels, sensitivity & much more – all from the convenience of a hand held remote at ground level. Then hand your customer the remote control giving them a new benchmark in convenience, safety & energy management.

Contact CIRT now for all your industry redundancy needs. Administered by Malcolm V. Leeke & Co. Chartered Accountants

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8 McIlwraith Street PO Box 42 Everton Park Brisbane QLD 4053

Phone 07 3506 7788 Fax 07 3506 7700 Toll Free 1300 200 123

Email enquiries@cirt.com.au Website www.cirt.com.au

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