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

Tuesday 11 Aug 2020

Members are reminded that the Society's Annual General Meeting will be held today, Tuesday 11 August 2020 at 5.00 pm. (AEST) at Piper Alderman, Level 23, Governor Macquarie Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney NSW 2000.
Members who are unable to attend in person are invited to dial in to the AGM:

Monday 10 Aug 2020

Members in Victoria may find the following links useful

  • Sector guidance for construction business under Melbourne's Stage 4 restrictions is available here
  • A high-risk COVID-safe plan template can be found here
  • Victorian Government Stage 3 and 4 Restrictions Information and Resources from the Federal Department of Industry available here
Wednesday 5 Aug 2020

Members are advised that the Victorian Government’s Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions have advised the Federal Department of Industry that businesses seeking to understand their status under Stage 4  restrictions should refer to:


o   Hotline:  132215

This document also provides an overview of the restrictions for each industry.  


Wednesday 5 Aug 2020

Members may be interested in the results of the recent survey conducted by ACIF of construction industry constituents on current trends and Covid impacts.

The survey results can be accessed here.

Monday 3 Aug 2020

Webinar - Thursday 6 August 2020 - 12:30 pm AEST

We know that every sector needs to be constantly reinventing itself and innovating. We also know that clients expect their representatives to be resourceful, creative thinkers. Contrary to popular belief, the most creative ideas are not unique or random. They have a template which makes them learnable, robust and applicable to any sector. What is more, they are used not outside but inside the box. In this webinar, Rachel Audigé will share some of the templates and the principles of Systematic Inventive Thinking that apply to them and work with the group to explore their value for Legal and Construction Professions.

More information is available here.

Please click here to register.

Wednesday 29 Jul 2020

The 2020 Brooking Prize winning paper "For Fetter Or Worse: The Fettering Doctrine And Government Building Contracts" by Paul Tamburro is now available for members to download from the Resources section of our website.
We encourage you to check our Resources page regularly.

Monday 27 Jul 2020

Members may be interested in registering for an online symposium held in collaboration between the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Academy of Law.

What are the differences between scientific evidence and legal proof—and how do we navigate different types of evidence in Australian courts?

Join a panel of experts from scientific and legal fields, chaired by The Hon Justice Virginia Bell of the High Court of Australia, as they explore the challenging topic of scientific proof and legal proof.

Please register by 14 August 2020 on the Australian Academy of Law website for this free event


Forthcoming events

Tuesday 18 Aug 2020

Our three speakers from Melbourne TEC Chambers will be speaking on:

  • “What’s happened to quantum meruit claims following Mann v Paterson Constructions Pty Ltd [2019] HCA 32?” – Nick Gallina
  • “A new approach to quantum meruit claims” – Laina Chan
  • “Pleading Unjust Enrichment Claims” – Dr Richard Manly QC

Please click here to register

More information is available here.

Online webinar
Tuesday 1 Sep 2020

This webinar will be presented by Veno Panicker of Blackstone Waterhouse, Pedram Danesh-Mand  of KPMG and Julian Hemms of ConnellGriffin.

Many major projects often suffer from poor risk assessment and allocation whereby the Clients tend to ‘pass down’ the poorly assessed risk to its Contractor/s through various standard disclaimer (exculpatory) clauses. Notwithstanding the current volatile market with COVID-19, we have seen many examples of such consequences of poor risk allocation over the past decade and the corresponding fallout to all parties and the public.

More information is available on this flyer.  

Please click here to register.

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