Join us at the inauguration of new NESMA Qld July 11 to provide industry leadership and a clear unified voice at a critical time 

Co-operation, collaboration, advocacy and knowledge sharing among NESMA switchboard manufacturers will benefit both the industry and its customers in Queensland as the State addresses emerging challenges and opportunities
Co-operation, collaboration, advocacy and knowledge sharing among NESMA switchboard manufacturers will benefit both the industry and its customers in Queensland as the State addresses emerging challenges and opportunities

A new NESMA Queensland branch is being formed to expand and unify the voice of low voltage switchboard manufacturing industry there and to provide leadership, education and resources for manufacturers and customers.

NESMA Queensland’s first objectives include providing an authoritative voice encouraging industry unity and collaboration on issues affecting all industry members, including the importance of Standards, Compliance, quality, and safety – and preparing for a future including renewables, EVs, and climate change targets.

Holding its first meeting at the Boardroom of IPD in Brisbane on July 11, the inauguration of NESMA Queensland means NESMA now has full branches in all five Mainland States to support low voltage switchboard manufacturers at a time of major change and opportunity at State and National levels.

“We want everyone in the industry who can to join us on July 11, because this is a pivotal moment for switchboard manufacturers in Queensland for multiple reasons,” says PT Automation’s Business Development Manager Mark Shorrock, who, with Dart Switchboards’ Stephen Dart, was a prime mover for the formation of NESMA Queensland.

Prime movers in the formation of NESMA Queensland, Mark Shorrock, left, and Steve Dart, right

In addition to promoting a level playing field in which all manufacturers and customers understand the importance and benefits of best practice and adhering to statutory Standards such as AS61439, Mark says the new Branch aims to:

  • Enhance collaboration among local electrical switchboard manufacturers, fostering a stronger community within the industry.
  • Significantly increase the industry’s influence over regulatory and standards practices, ensuring local manufacturers have a potent and unified voice in important dialogues.
  • Promote Operational Excellence. By pooling resources and sharing best practice, NESMA Queensland will elevate operational Standards across the board, driving innovation and improving competitiveness within the market.

Steve Dart sees strong value for Queensland in being supported by the national body of switchboard manufacturers, including low voltage switchboard issues specific to Queensland and the ongoing development of the Queensland Metering Connection Manual proposal.

“We clearly see the value of being supported by the national body of switchboard manufacturers, including having an industry voice to collectively share and discuss concerns with supply authorities, such as Energex and Ergon and other governing authorities, relating to switchboards in Queensland.

“It is a priority also to educate and encourage all switchboard manufacturers to use best quality and safety practice, adhering to AS61439 with their designs. Both Mark and I see the new NESMA Queensland as a unifying dynamic to promote a network of Queensland manufacturers who can co-operate and collaborate when it benefits the market – including offering referrals if a job is too big or too small for one member – while also helping provide stock supply when issues arise.”

Mark Shorrock says establishing a robust referral system within NESMA would allow members to support each other during times of staff shortages, limited workshop space, or other constraints.

 “This ensures that customer needs are met efficiently and effectively, enhancing customer satisfaction and trust in the industry. This collaborative approach not only strengthens our individual businesses, but also significantly benefits the industry as a whole.

“Enhanced customer satisfaction and trust, improved industry Standards, and innovation fostered through collective resource sharing and support, these all contribute to a healthier competitive environment and elevate the industry’s standing in the eyes of regulators, stakeholders, and the broader community.

“The new presence of NESMA in Queensland also opens up new opportunities for local businesses to access training, resources, and governmental support, such as potential grants for apprentice training, which were previously more accessible in other States.”

The formation of NESMA Queensland is the final spoke in a wheel of progress that began decades ago in NSW, then extended to Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia. The first national gathering happened in Melbourne.

As with NESMA Queensland, industry leaders within the national NESMA group see the value of an Association that has far more influence collectively than individually, particularly when dealing with regulatory bodies whose decisions may determine our future.

To join the inauguration event of NESMA Queensland, and to have a voice in the future of your industry to help forge a unified future benefitting all, please contact:

The first Queensland meeting will be held from 4:30pm to 5:30pm in the boardroom at IPD Brisbane, located at 25 Lavarack Avenue, Eagle Farm, QLD 4009.

Afterwards, we will have refreshments and dinner starting at 6:00pm in the Bistro Bar at the Hamilton Hotel, 442 Kingsford Smith Drive, Hamilton QLD 4007.