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



Forthcoming events

Monday 28 Jan 2019

Our office hours in January 2019 (9:00 am - 3:00 pm AEDT) are

Monday 14 January 2019

Wednesday 16 January 2019

Monday 21 January 2019

Wednesday 23 January 2019

Tuesday 29 January 2019

Wednesday 30 January 2019

Thursday 31 January 2019

The office phone [(02) 9230 3292] and email ( will not be checked at other times during January.

Urgent enquiries outside of office hours should be directed to either or

Ground Floor, 180 Phillip Street Sydney
Thursday 7 Mar 2019

Today’s construction industry brings with it a range of complex matters that require your attention. From the significant impact of new safety and defect legislation, the new ipso facto regime and it’s game-changing implications, and the key trends and developments in disputes and claims, there’s a lot that your clients will expect you to be fully across. Gain the latest information and the tactical strategies you’ll need to prevent disputes before they arise or successfully deal with them when they do.

SoCLA members are able to register for this Legalwise Forum at the early bird rate ($770 full day  $395 half-day) until the date the conference runs.

Please contact the SoCLA office for registration details 

More conference details are available on this flyer.

UNSW CBD Campus, 1 O'Connell Street, Sydney

Latest News

Wednesday 31 Oct 2018

Our latest "Let's Connect" submission (by Maike Barton) is "The Impact of the Government Procurement Agrement to Procurement Laws in Australia".  This paper analyses the impact of the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) within the World Trade Organisation (WTO), procurement legislation in construction law in Australia. This paper proposes a study of the relationship between the entities (Australian Government and GPA) outlining how and why the GPA affects the Commonwealth Procurement Rules (CPR’s).  Members can download the paper from the Resources section.

Monday 22 Oct 2018

Our latest "Let's Connect" submission is  'Subjective objectivity - As built critical path analysis". Submitted by Tommy Wakefield-Smith, this paper looks at the different methods of delay analysis defined by the Delay and Disruption protocol 2nd edition, some of their issues, and ‘subjective objectivity’ and bias by reference to Nobel Prize winner Dr Daniel Kahneman and his work on ‘Judgement Under Uncertainty: Heuristics and Biases’. 

Members can download this document from our Resources section.

Monday 10 Sep 2018

Be sure to check out Jaclyn Masters' review of Dr Donald Charrett's newly published text "The Application of Contracts in Engineering and Construction Projects".  Further details about Dr Charrett's text can be found here and it is available for purchase here.


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Mentoring Program

Applications for our 2019 Mentoring Program are now open. Further information about our mentoring program and how to apply can be found here.