The Society of Construction Law Australia


The Society of Construction Law (Australia) is a single national organisation of members, at all stages of their professional career, who share an interest in construction law.  The 16 founding members were drawn from all mainland states as are the current directors.

The Society encourages the active involvement of all of its members and discourse across the broad spectrum of issues relating to construction law, including matters of policy and legislation, "front end" issues, dispute avoidance, and all forms of dispute resolution.

To view the Society's Objects and Vision please click here



Latest News

Thursday 26 Mar 2020

The ATO has published a brochure to assist those in the building and construction industry when preparing their tax return which we have uploaded to the Society of Construction Law website here.

For those working in allied profession the ATO has also work-related expenses guides for many professions including: engineers, tradespeople and lawyers.
For more information, or to download the guides available for other specific occupations, visit

Thursday 26 Mar 2020

SoCLA members have free access to the ACIF Dashboard and SCL International website. 

You will need to log in to the Society’s website to access the registration details using this link.

Wednesday 25 Mar 2020

The Government is enhancing the Boosting Cash Flow for Employers measure it announced on 12 March 2020. The Government is providing up to $100,000 to eligible small and medium-sized businesses, and not for-profits (NFPs) that employ people, with a minimum payment of $20,000. These payments are intended to help businesses and NFPs with their cash flow so they can keep operating, pay their rent, electricity and other bills and retain staff.

Small and medium-sized business entities with aggregated annual turnover under $50 million and that employ workers are eligible. NFPs, including charities, with aggregated annual turnover under $50 million and that employ workers will now also be eligible. This will support employment at a time where NFPs are facing increasing demand for services.

For more information please click here

Wednesday 25 Mar 2020

The Victorian Bar has provided the attached information on Government and other financial measures that may apply.

Monday 23 Mar 2020

SoCLA has received communication from NSW Treasury and NSW Infrastructure regarding the impact of COVID 19 measures on the construction of NSW Government infrastructure.  

Please see the email and letter we have received. 

We will continue to advise members of any developments we receive regarding the impact on the building and construction industry of Government measures in response to COVID 19.

Monday 9 Mar 2020

On 4 March 2020, the Building and Development Certifiers Regulation 2020 (the Regulation) was finalised and published on the NSW legislation website.  The Regulation has been developed to support the Building and Development Certifiers Act 2018 (the Act), which was passed by Parliament on 24 October 2018.

The purpose of the Regulation is to set out the requirements for the registration of registered certifiers including classes, qualifications, experience and knowledge, to provide Code of Conduct standards, to establish contract requirements for certification work and to create a new accreditation framework. It also contains applicable fees and penalties.

The Act and Regulation will both commence on 1 July 2020. Upon commencement, the Act and Regulation will replace the Building Professionals Act 2005 and the Building Professionals Regulation 2007.

Thursday 5 Mar 2020

Members in Melbourne may be interested to attend the Resolution Institute seminar "Modernisation of Resolution Institute Arbitration Rules: What you need to know?"  presented by Toby Shnookal QC on Monday 16 March 2020 at 5:30 pm at Baker McKenzie, Melbourne.  More information and booking details are available on this flyer.

Forthcoming events

Friday 24 Jul 2020

Our National Conference has been postponed to early 2021. 

SoCLA National Conference "Getting Risk Right".

Further details will be provided in due course.

Hobart Function & Conference Centre, 1 Elizabeth Street Pier, Hobart, Tasmania
Friday 24 Jul 2020

The SoCLA Gala Dinner has been postponed to early 2021. 

Watch our conference page for more information.

Wednesday 4 Nov 2020

SCL (New Zealand) will host the 9th International Society of Construction Law Conference in Auckland on 4-6 November 2020.

More information is available on this postcard or at

Registrations are now open.  Click here to register and to take advantage of early bird rates.

Auckland, New Zealand

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National Conference

Our 2020 National Conference has been postponed until early 2021. Further details will be provided in due course. Click here for further information

Mentoring Program

Applications for our 2020 Mentoring Program close on Friday 17 April 2020. Further information about our mentoring program can be found here.
Click here to apply.