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2017 National Excellence Awards


The National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) Excellence Awards were held on Thursday 23 November at the Sydney International Convention Centre, recognising Australia’s best electrical and communications projects.

The event was attended by nearly 400 industry representatives, including contractors, educators and government representatives who heard from guest speaker, the Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Hon Craig Laundy MP, about the government’s agenda for the electrical contracting sector.

“We saw a fantastic range of projects this year so it was even more challenging for our judges to decide on the national winners. NECA thanks all the national finalists, congratulates the 2017 winners and acknowledges the ongoing support of the industry in making the Awards such a resounding success,” says NECA chief executive Suresh Manickam.

“We would also like to particularly thank our sponsors, who have supported us in holding the awards for the past 29 years.”

The winning and commended projects are listed below:


Category Company State Project Name
Domestic Residence VIC Modern Melbourne Residence Advanced Lifestyle Solutions
Small Contracting Business NSW Curry Power Curry Power
Work Health & Safety Management System (Project) QLD The Science Place – James Cook University – Townsville Programmed Electrical Technologies
Work Health & Safety Management System (Company) NSW Kerfoot Kerfoot
Industrial Small WA Leonora Station Creek Telemetry Upgrade RCR Water and Water Corporation
Industrial – Medium Project NSW IKEA Multi Function Logistic Unit, Marsden Park Barnwell Cambridge
Industrial – Large Project VIC Webb Dock International Container Terminal Project Nilsen (VIC)
Energy Efficiency and Environment SA Adelaide health and medical Sciences (AHMS) AZZO
Lighiting NSW Sydney University’s Great Hall Elam Cabling Group
Voice/Data Communications & Audio Visual WA Perth Children’s Hospital – Comunications Package DESA Australia
Commercial Small Project TAS TasWater North West Regional Offices RBD Electrical & Instrmentation
Commercial – Medium Project NSW Wynyard Walk Star Group
Commercial – Large Project SA The New Royal Adelaide Hospital (nRAH ) Nilsen (SA)



Category Company State Project Name
Work Health & Safety Management System (Company) WA Insight Electrical HSEQ System Insight Electrical Technology
Commercial Small Project VIC Legoland Discovery Centre Melbourne DESA Australia
Commercial – Medium Project WA Aubin Grove Train Station Downer
Voice/Data Communications & Audio Visual NSW Sage Fitout DESA Australia


Apprentice Awards

  Category State Employer / Host – Apprentice
Winner Industrial VIC Schneider Electric Tim Stanway
Runner up Industrial WA EGT / Host – Nilsen Justin Bennett
Winner Commercial / Domestic VIC Lanec Services Jason Dupont
Runner up Commercial / Domestic NSW NECA Electrical Apprenticeships / Host – Kerfoot James Brown
Winner Communications SA PEER / Host -Integrated Cabling Solutions Christopher Cowan

Winner of the Trade Teacher Award was Jamie Robertson from NECA Education and Careers Victoria.

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