Why are we ending our SLA with NECA?

ECA WA is ending its Service Level Agreement with NECA on 1 July 2024. As a valued member, you may be wondering how this may affect you. As such, we have put together this short FAQ for our members, which answers many of the questions you may have. If you have a question which isn’t covered in this FAQ, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

What changes are happening to my membership from 1 July 2024?

The membership services delivered by ECA WA that were previously offered to NECA members through this dual membership will, after 1 July 2024, continue to be accessible through your membership with ECA WA.

Why is the partnership between ECA WA and NECA ending?

ECA WA has decided to end its partnership with NECA due to NECA's motion to centralise governance, which ECA WA believes would negatively impact the independence of states, diminish member services, and limit Western Australia’s influence on local issues. ECA WA aims to focus on serving the unique needs of the WA electrical industry with locally based services.

What services will ECA WA offer after 1 July 2024?

ECA WA will continue to offer technical, safety, and legal advice, along with exclusive discounted training and apprentice charge-out rates through EGT, CET, and Equip-Safe, exclusively for its members.

Will there be any changes to membership fees with ECA WA?

Your membership fees will be used within WA to enhance services specifically for the local electrical industry. Any changes to the fee structure will be communicated directly to members.

What is happening to the Electrical Group Training (EGT) apprentice charge-out rate discount?

From 31 July 2024, the 5% EGT apprentice charge-out rate discount will be exclusive to paying ECA WA business members. Current host employers will be contacted individually to ensure they are aware of the changes needed to maintain their discount.

Are other states affected by this change in the same way as Western Australia?

Similar concerns from NECA Victoria and South Australia / Northern Territory have been voiced about the centralisation move by NECA. However, the specific impacts in those regions may vary.

How will my membership services be affected by the expiry of the SLA on 30 June 2024?

If your 12-month membership* has been paid for in full to NECA WA and expires between 1 July 2024 and 30 June 2025, your current membership services will continue without interruption until the end of your existing 12-month membership period of both entities. After that you will need to purchase your ECA WA membership directly from ECA WA to continue accessing the services which ECA WA provides.

If you currently pay for your membership via monthly payments to NECA WA, you will need to set up a payment agreement with ECA WA directly by 31 July 2024 to continue access the member benefits provided by ECA WA.

Please note that your membership with NECA will (to the best of our knowledge) remain unchanged and we encourage you to contact them directly if you have any queries about your NECA membership status, payments or services.

*Applies to full business members of both NECA WA and ECA WA only. 

I have paid in full for my 12-month membership, which expires between 1 July 2024 and 30 June 2025. How can I access ECA WA membership services after this annual period expires?

We will be in touch with you directly with instructions on how to set up your payment agreement with ECA WA closer to the expiry of your current annual membership period.  

I currently pay for my membership via monthly payments - how do I set up a payment agreement with ECA WA to access ECA WA membership services after 31 July 2024?

We will be in touch with you directly with instructions on how to set up your payment agreement with ECA WA in July.  

Who can I contact for more information about these changes?

Members seeking more information or clarification about these changes are encouraged to contact ECA WA directly

Our dedicated local team is here to support you

While the SLA with NECA is still in effect until June 30, we're maintaining our usual operations and keeping our focus firmly on assisting your business in every possible way. As always, we're here for any membership, safety, legal, or technical queries you may have. Please don't hesitate to reach out to our local team on (08) 6241 6100 or email membership@ecawa.org.au.

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Contact Linda Anstey, Member Services Officer, who has been supporting WA members for 12 years on (08) 6241 6100 or membership@ecawa.org.au.

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Phone the Technical Hotline on 1300 632 283 to get expert technical advice from Del, Mal, Will or Rob, who have a combined 100+ years of WA electrical industry experience.

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Reach out to our HSEQ Manager, Sue Gismondi, who joined the team in 2015, for WA-specific WHS advice and products. Email safety@ecawa.org.au or phone (08) 6241 6100.

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Phone ECA Legal on (08) 6241 6129 or email ecalegal@ecawa.org.au to speak with Johnny Brits and his team who have been working with WA members since 2013.

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Any questions?

We understand you may have questions and encourage you to keep an eye out for emails and other forms of communication about this change. Alternatively, please contact Aidan O’Grady, GM Member Services and Operations on (08) 6241 6100. 

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