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 28 May 2020

Members are advised that the webinar papers presented by Andrew Downie and Joel Silver are available for download in our Resources section.

Thursday 21 May 2020

The NSW Government has provided its first response to the First Report (Report No. 4): Regulation of Building Standards, Building Quality and Building Disputes

Thursday 21 May 2020

The Queensland Economics and Governance Committee  is inviting written submissions from all interested parties on any aspect of the Queensland Government’s economic response to COVID-19, as informed by the inquiry terms of reference (see inquiry webpage). 

Wednesday 20 May 2020

Register now for this online webinar.  Our four speakers from Melbourne TEC Chambers Martin Scott QC, Laina Chan, Andrew Downie and Joel Silver, will discuss online mediations, online courts, delay costs and force majeure.

Chaired by Sean Brady, SoCLA Director and Chair of the Events Subcommittee.

More information is available here.

Click here to register 


Wednesday 20 May 2020

The Society offers the Brooking Prize annually for the best essay submitted in the field of construction law.

It is named after The Hon Robert Brooking AO QC in recognition of his Honour’s pioneering contribution to the study and practice of construction law in Australia.

Papers are now invited for the 2020 Brooking Prize

Entries must be submitted in Microsoft Word or .pdf format and received by 4.00pm Sydney time on Wednesday 27 May 2020.

Further information can be found in the Rules.

Thursday 14 May 2020

Members in Western Australia are advised that the WA Small Business Development Corporation have set up a dedicated page of the latest information dealing with coronavirus which is relevant to small businesses in WA.  The site will be updated regularly as new information becomes available.

Thursday 30 Apr 2020

Members may be interested in the Australian Women's Leadership Symposia which are a national series of events focused on the experiences of women leaders in the contemporary workforce.

Due to COVID-19, the first three of these events will be delivered as both a one-day online event (over the next few months) and a one-day face-to-face networking session (much later in the year).

An attendance discount of 25% is currently available.

For more information and to book:

Forthcoming events

Friday 24 Jul 2020

Our National Conference and Gala Dinner have 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
Wednesday 3 Nov 2021

SCL (New Zealand) will host the 9th International Society of Construction Law Conference in Auckland.

The original dates of 4-6 November 2020 have been postponed to 3-5 November 2021.

More information is available here

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