Industry representation

Master Electricians provides a voice for its members where it sees opportunities to advocate for change.

It’s our job to keep up to date with what’s happening in the industry on behalf of our members. We work with government agencies, non-government organisations and training providers to make a difference for our members and the electrical contracting industry.

Representation ranges from joining social media campaigns about sub-standard products, to commenting, consulting and participating in formal submissions to Parliament for changes in acts or regulations.

We constantly monitor relevant standards and regulations, reporting back on changes and providing support and resources where necessary. Master Electricians members give up their time to sit on standards sub-committees.

Who we work with

We work with a range of industry and trade-related organisations to make submissions and develop resources. We take the lead, provide input or collaborate with others, depending on the topic.

For example, in 2016 we joined with Master Plumbers to highlight the problem of sub-standard products being supplied and installed in New Zealand homes.

Campaigns and wins

A major win for the industry was the amended Construction Contracts Act, which came into force in 2015.

We had a key role in this successful campaign to change the way construction contracts are handled, specifically in relation to security of retentions. From March 2017, sub-contractors’ retentions money must be held in trust by main contractors and paid when they are due. This will avoid main contractors using the money for other projects and sub-contracting businesses losing out if the main business collapses.

This is a great example of the advocacy work we do that results in tangible benefits for our members.

A related issue that we have an ongoing interest in is voidable transactions, where certain payments made to subcontractors can be declared ‘voidable’ following a company failure. We continue to monitor this with the Specialist Trade Contractors Federation.


We have been involved in submissions on changes to legislation including, but not limited to:

  • the electricity industry and safety regulations
  • workplace health and safety reform
  • how construction contracts are managed.

To download a PDF version of a submission, click on a link below.

Construction Contracts Amendment Regulations 2015 – May 2016

Supervision Guidelines Proposals – April 2016

Review of the Electricity Act – January 2015

Construction Contracts Amendment Bill – July 2013

Standards and Conformance Infrastructure Review – April 2013

Industry Training Review – September 2012 (joint submission with etco)

Electricity (Safety) Amendment Regulations 2012 – June 2012

Industry Training Review discussion paper – December 2011

Reforming the Incorporated Societies Act 1908 – October 2011