Saturday, October 16th, 2010
Today peak industry body, the National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA), welcomed
the Auditor-General report into the mismanaged Australian government Home Insulation Program (HIP). 
NECA was the first organisation to warn the Australian government about the electrical dangers
associated with the insulation program. 
NECA chief executive officer, Mr James Tinslay, said the warnings were given in March 2009, well
before the Home Insulation Program commenced, and the tragic loss of life and severe property damage
could have been avoided if closer consultation occurred with industry. 
“The Auditor-General report correctly identified the failings of the Department to not consult the industry
on matters of the minimum competencies required to work near electricity and more broadly on the
electrical risks of the program,” Mr Tinslay said. 
“I think the government has learned a valuable lesson in the fact that industry consultation is important to
get things right before it is left to the public service to roll-out major programs.”
Although the initial warnings were ignored by the Australian government, it was encouraging that they
turned to industry to assist in writing the safety procedures for inspecting and removing foil insulation that
had been installed as part of the program. 
“NECA was approached by the government to assist in writing the safety procedures for the removal of
foil insulation and we gladly provided this assistance so those in our industry and others mopping up the
mess from the failed program could at least do it safely,” Mr Tinslay said. 

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NECA is the peak industry body representing the interests of electrical and communications
contractors Australia-wide.

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