Subject guide

This Northern Sydney Institute Libraries online subject guide provides links to information available on the web. Some of these resources require your DEC username and password for access. If you don’t know your DEC username and password contact your Campus Student Administration, your teacher or your library.

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Associations & organisations

Energy Networks Association (ENA)

Australia's energy infrastructure advisory body.

Independent Contractors Australia (ICA)

Australian organisation representing the interests and rights of independent contractors.

Lighting Council Australia

Peak body for Australia's lighting industry.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (NSW section)

The IEEE New South Wales (NSW) Section provides local activities and services to IEEE members who live, work and visit us in New South Wales, Australia.

National Electrical and Communications Association

Australian organisation representing electrical and communications contractors in their dealings with government and industry.



CSIRO - electronics document search

CSIRO is Australia's national science agency. This page provides a wealth of tutorials, research papers and new technologies related to electronics.

Williams Labs free media

Free electronics tutorials online.

Electrical and electronic engineering

TAFE Studylinks provide links to a range of useful websites.


eProfiling is an innovative workplace skill monitoring tool that has been developed by the Electrotechnology industry.



Government information

Australian apprenticeships

Everything you need to know about full-time, part-time or school-based apprenticeships and traineeships.

Electrical Regulatory Authorities Council (ERAC)

ERAC provides a uniform regulatory environment for electrical activities to support acceptable levels of electrical safety, supply quality and energy use efficiency.

NSW Trade & Investment

Resources & Energy is a division of NSW Trade & Investment and is responsible for driving sustainable economic growth across the state.

Australian Government - Fair Work Ombudsman

The Fair Work Ombudsman manages and provides information and advice about Australia's workplace rights and rules

NSW Government Fair Trading

NSW Fair Trading safeguards the rights of all consumers and advises business and traders on fair and ethical practice and also provides valuable information for electricians and product safety e.g. electrical safety and installing solar panels.

Legislation and statistics

Austlii - Australasian Legal Information Institute

AustLII is Australia's most popular online free-access resource for Australian legal information.

Related subject guides

Information technology

Project management

Small business

   eBooks, eJournals & other eResources



Free eJournals

For the entire list of free journals go to the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) which provides access to quality open access peer-reviewed online journals.



Click the link of one of the selected journals or databases. Log in using your DEC username and password.


Business Source Complete

Computers and Applied Sciences Complete

Gale Databases

Login to Gale databases or to one of the examples using your DEC username and password.


Click the link to ProQuest or one of the selected journals. Log in using your DEC username and password.



Log in to eBooks on EBSCOhost or one of the examples using your DEC username and password.


TAFE learning resources and training toolboxes

Electrotech toolbox (2009)

Flexible learning toolbox - electrotechnology (sustainable energy) (2004)

Monitor a safe workplace

Training packages which contain tutorials, quizzes and resources for your course. Log in using your DEC username and password. You can view or download these resources. CD-ROMS of the packages may be available at your TAFE library.


Standards and rules

Australian Standards Online Subscription Service

Australian Standards Online provides current students and staff with access to over 6,500 Australian standards. Log in using your DEC username and password to obtain a PDF copy of the relevant standard. It is a Condition of Use of this service that all use of Australian Standards must be in accordance with the licencing requirements specified by SAI Global.

Please note that electronic copies of downloaded standards expire after 5 days and will have to be downloaded again.

Selected Standards:

  • AS/NZS 3000:2007 (Incorparating Amdt 1 & 2) Electrical installations (Wiring rules) - Frequently asked questions and application
  • AS/NZS 3008.1.1:2009 (Incorporating Amdt 1) Electrical installations - Selection of cables - Cables for alternating voltages up to and including 0.6/1 kV - Typical Australian installation conditions
  • AS/NZS 5033:2012 (Incorporating Amdt 1 & 2) Installation of photovoltaic (PV) arrays


Service and installation rules for NSW

NSW Government Trade and Investment provide the Service and installation rules for NSW as well as the Code of Practice - Service and Installation Rules for NSW.


Online videos


Login to vLearn via Equella to view any of these streaming videos. Use your DEC username and password to logon.




   Databases covering electrotechnology subjects

Here is a selection of subject specific databases provided. For the full list of general databases and regarding instructions go to the eResources Portal.

Name Description Access


Provides an A to Z listing, and the ability to search, for eJournal titles that are available from our eJournal database providers EBSCOhost, Gale and ProQuest.

To view the entire list of databases included, see the Databases A-Z tab within the eJournal A-Z product. eJournal titles can be accessed by clicking the link of the available database provider listed under the title.

No authentication is required to access the index. You will need your DEC username and password when accessing journal titles.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) website. Includes statistics and some analysis of information from the National Census and other sources. Allows for the creation of local area profiles. http://www.abs.gov.au/

Freely available

Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre - EBSCO's searchable database provides full text, and index access to many local and international magazines, newspapers and reference books. Most general subjects are covered, including electrotechnology.

DEC username and password required.

This subscription service provides NSI students and staff with access to over 6,500 full-text Australian Standards (conditions apply). Please note: Downloaded standards expire after 5 days. This service is provided only for course-related research and private study by current NSI students and staff. Use of the service indicates that users agree to adhere to the SAI Global Terms and Conditions for usage.


Only for NSI students & staff.

DEC username and password required.

Please Log off as soon as you're finished to free up licences for other users.


BCA Illustrated

Building Code of Australia


BCA Illustrated is an online version of the Building Code of Australia (BCA) but also includes explanations and over 3000 illustrations. It contains both Volumes 1 and 2, and is updated frequently including the most current Building Code of Australia data from the ABCB (May of each year).

Only for NSI students & staff.

DEC username and password required.

Hard copies of the BCA are available at Hornsby, Meadowbank, St Leonards, Northern Beaches & Ryde.

Environment Complete offers deep coverage in areas of energy, renewable energy sources, natural resources, environmental technology, environmental law and more. The database contains full text for more than 680 journals and 120 monographs.

DEC username and password required.

This multi-disciplinary database provides more than 1,750 general reference publications with full text information. Covers virtually every subject area of general interest. It also includes nearly 500 full text reference books.

DEC username and password required.




Student Portal


Staff Portal

Contains over 1,500 high quality online courses teaching creative and business skills on about 1,600 subject areas such as MS Office, Adobe programs, digital media, social media, web development, programming, design, smart phones, tablets and computers. These comprehensive courses are available in all levels from beginners to advanced.

Only for NSI students & staff.

NSI Students: log in to the Student Portal with DEC username and password. Then go to the My Learning tab and click "More" option.

NSI Staff: log in to the Staff Portal with DEC username and password and click the "My training" tab.


ProQuest Central provides access to a set of databases containing more than 125 billion digital pages covering arts, literature, social science, general reference, business, science, technology, and medicine. ProQuest includes the world's largest digital newspaper archive including ANZ Newsstand and periodical databases comprising the output of more than 9,000 titles.

DEC username and password required.

vLearn via Equella

150 vLearn videos are now available via Equella.
Subject areas covered are business, career development, hospitality & food services, anatomy, beauty services, child studies, customer service, English language, health & safety, history, HRM, nursing, nutrition, sport & recreation, tourism and more.

Only for NSI students & staff.

DEC username and password required.



   Library catalogue

The NSW TAFE Library catalogue lists all the resources held in NSW TAFE libraries. You can search by keyword, author, title and subject and also limit searches to specific types of materials and specific college libraries. The catalogue has links to, and the addresses and contact details of, all individual NSW TAFE Libraries.

Subject headings

Catalogue links to some electrotechnology subjects and availability through NSI Libraries are listed below. Please note: the search results are limited to items available in NSI Libraries. Do a new search if you want to find items held by your local library or to get results for all TAFE NSW Libraries.


Computers -- maintenance and construction

Electricity -- safety measures


Electrical engineering

Electrical injuries -- prevention


Electric circuits

Solar energy


Electric wiring

Solder and soldering





Electronic systems






Revised by EJD : 01.04.2014

Last updated EJD :   30.4.2014