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Dumb ways to Die – DIY Electrical

September 22, 2013 in News

Well done to McCann Advertising agency in Melbourne for their campaign that became an internet hit for its black-humored list of dumb ways to die, such as doing “your own electrical work”. The agency has won a number of awards internationally including the most ever awarded to one campaign at Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.

Working with electricity is a high risk activity and requires training and safety measures to isolate this deadly unseen hazard. We are often seeing the results of unlicensed, uninsured and illegal electrical work taking place in NSW.

Do your own electrical work

Safety switches should be installed on all circuits to prevent the risk of an electric shock to life. Electrical circuits should be rated to the correct cable size and not be overloaded. Appliances should be correctly cabled and all electrical cables should be adequately protected. With growing public awareness, we can greatly reduce the risk of an electrical safety incident. We want zero electrical accidents, deaths or fires.

Electricity is dangerous. Electrical work is best left to the professionals. Guard yourself, your loved ones and your property by using licensed and insured tradesmen.

Apprentice of the Year

August 27, 2013 in News

Apprentice of the year 2012!


The nominated electrical apprentices that demonstrated consistent levels of excellence throughout their training were recognised by Australia’s peak electrical industry association, the National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA), at the annual New South Wales Apprentice of the Year Awards held on Friday 7 September at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour.

NECA New South Wales Executive Director Oliver Judd said the judges were impressed with the development of all winning apprentices.

“The judges compared the academic achievements and on-the-job accomplishments from all of the submissions and decided that these three winners were the best performing apprentices in New South Wales. It’s great to see mature age apprentices excelling in the industry showing that it’s possible for anyone who is committed to make a good start on their electrical career regardless of age.”

The apprentice awards are also held to recognise the important role employers play in training apprentices.

“It’s important to remember that it’s not only the apprentices and training institutions working to build skills in our industry,” said Oliver.

“Many businesses, including NECA Group Training, Austest Electrical Group, Barnwell Cambridge, Bass Electrical Engineering, Bonn Electrics, DESA Australia, Electrical Data Voice Installations, Eris McCarthy, Fredon Industries, R W Palmer Electrical Service, Ryan Wilks, Stowe Australia and TN Electrical, engage apprentices and provide them with the support and opportunities they need to develop the practical component of their trade.

“Without the assistance of the business community, apprentices would not get the on-the-job training that is so important for the future of our electrical and communications industry.”

“To be named Apprentice of the Year in their individual categories is something you should be very proud of,” said Oliver.

The Awards provide an opportunity for the electrical and communications industry to officially recognise the talent of the top apprentices across three industry sectors in New South Wales, with the three winners Nick Mundey, Yoel Meinrath and Rick McNeice, having the opportunity to progress to the national NECA Apprentice of the Year Awards. We wish them every success.

NECA would like to thank all employers who nominated their apprentices this year and for the continued support of the Association.

The Industrial apprentice winners were:

  • 1st Place – Rick McNeice
  • 2nd Place – Luke Weedon
  • 3rd Place –Jarrod Galvin


And the Industrial apprentice nominees were:

  • Jarrod Galvin – NECA Group Training and hosted by TN Electrical Pty Ltd
  • Rick McNeice – NECA Group Training and hosted by Bass Electrical Engineering
  • Nathan Sullivan – NECA Group Training and hosted by Stowe Australia Pty Ltd
  • Luke Weedon – Austest Electrical Group

l to r Michael Ward (Managing Director Austest Electrical Group), Luke Weedon (Austest Electrical group) and Alan Brown (NECA NSW President)

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Luke Weedon, a 30-year-old apprentice from Stockton, is employed by Austest Electrical Group Pty Ltd.

“Fault finding, repairing and building complex machines is a rewarding part of my job, I enjoy that my work takes me to a variety of locations and a great diversity of tasks. I would like to continue to gain experience and training in industrial automation and energy efficiency technologies. I am interested in developing skills in renewable energy and I look forward to the challenges that the need to reduce our energy consumption will bring to the electrical sector,” said Luke.


Does It Comply

August 16, 2013 in News

Austest has signed a pledge to ONLY purchase and install products that comply with the Australian Electrical Equipment Safety System (EESS). Customers need to be careful when purchasing products online. Inferior products places property and people at serious risk. Under Australian Electrical Safety Law, whoever imports the product is legally recognised as the distributor of the product. Buyer beware.

Austest Pledge to support the EESS.

Austest Pledge to support the EESS.

Company Profile

June 15, 2013 in News

Company  Profile

Company Profile 2013

We provide electrical, automation, technical and testing services for industry, business, government and residential customers.

Our team of skilled people is well respected for quality, attention to detail, integrity, excellence and a focus on continual improvement.

We aim to provide sustainable, efficient and cost effective solutions for our customers with a focus on a quality service using reliable products.

We are committed to achieving and exceeding our customers’ expectations.

Heritage site in winter

June 15, 2013 in News

Winter pleasures

Winter pleasures

A cold winter day on site at Tahlee enjoying the warmth of this Heritage listed site.

New Website Coming Soon

August 22, 2012 in News






We updated the logo, name and now the website is being improved.


January 20, 2012 in News








VISION: Empowering our customers with quality electrical contracting services from beginning to end using sustainable electrical solutions.

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Working at Heights

January 20, 2012 in News

Parasailing MW








Team outing taking fun to new heights. Read the rest of this entry →

Harness Racing Sponsorship in Newcastle

December 29, 2011 in News









The Newcastle Herald have been working in partnership with Austest Electrical Group on advertising in Newspaper, the pink pages and on line over the past five years. Michael and Louise enjoyed a night our at the Newcastle Harness racing track with Herald classified staff and sponsored one of the events on the night.