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

Thursday 21 Feb 2019

Consult Australia, The Society of Construction Law Australia and Master Builders Association invite you to a breakfast

"The Fiocco Report -  Are you ready?...Are you ready?...Are you… "

Join us for a panel discussion about the potential implications to the construction industry of the Fiocco Report Recommendations on Security of Payment legislation and other related matters.   

Panellists will represent the various stakeholders in the construction industry and will give their views on what the industry needs to do to be prepared for what is likely to come.

Cost: Members - $75 (inc GST); Non-Members $85 (inc GST)
RSVP: Thursday, 14th of February

Register: via the CA website or email

Frasers Restaurant, Kings Park, Perth
Thursday 7 Mar 2019

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 for registration details.

More conference details are available on this flyer.

UNSW CBD Campus, 1 O'Connell Street, Sydney
Tuesday 12 Mar 2019

SoCLA members are able to register for this Legalwise Forum at the early bird rate until the date the conference runs.

More information is available on this flyer.

Please contact the SoCLA office for registration details. 

Parmelia Hilton Hotel, 14 Mill Street, Perth

Latest News

Monday 4 Feb 2019

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 2019 Brooking Prize

Entries must be received in WORD or PDF format by 4:00 pm Sydney time on 5 June 2019.

Further information can be found in the Rules.

Wednesday 23 Jan 2019

SoCLA is pleased to announce the 2019 National Conference will be held in Perth at The Westin on Friday 2 and Saturday 3 August 2019. 

Welcome drinks will be held on the evening of Thursday 1 August 2019.

The conference theme is “Doing it Overseas - the legal tips and tricks for taking Construction Smarts to foreign jurisdictions”.


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.

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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.

Applications close Thursday 18 April 2019.