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

Tuesday 28 May 2019

This presentation will provide a refresher on the law surrounding defects and rectification issues on large-scale construction projects with a focus on lessons learned from recent case studies such as the cladding issues on the Lacrosse building in Melbourne and structural issues on the Opal building in Sydney.

More information is available on this flyer.


Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Level 25, 567 Collins Street, Melbourne
Wednesday 5 Jun 2019

SoCLA's Young Constructors Committee and Consult Australia's FutureNet are presenting a panel event on 5 June 2019.  It will provide in-depth insights and lessons learned regarding disaster recovery in Victoria and elsewhere from public policy, engineering and legal perspectives.

Capacity is stricly restricted to the first 40 registrations. 

Registrations close on Wednesday, 29 May 2019.

More information is available on this flyer.


Clayton Utz, Level 18, 333 Collins Street, Melbourne
Wednesday 12 Jun 2019

The NSW Government Construction Leadership Group (CLG), a forum of leaders from all the key NSW Government agencies engaged in the delivery of the large, long term pipeline of infrastructure investment in NSW, has been established to drive reform across government in the development, procurement and delivery of infrastructure and building projects. In June 2018, the CLG published the NSW Government Action Plan which recognises that the NSW Government can only achieve its infrastructure objectives in partnership with the private sector.

Sonya Campbell will discuss the work being done by the CLG to turn the 10 commitments in the Action Plan into a program of specific measures to be rolled out progressively by the CLG, including development of the NSW Infrastructure Pipeline and Portal, Procurement Method Guidelines, Guidance on Security for Construction Projects and Interactive Tendering Process Guidelines. 

More information is available on this flyer.



Minter Ellison, Level 40, Governor Macquarie Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney

Latest News

Friday 17 May 2019

Nominations for the SoCLA Board are now open

The notice calling for nominations can be found here and nomination form can be found here.

The notice calling for nominations provides further information in relation to the Society and the role of the Board.

Nominations close on 30 May 2019 at 5 pm (AEST).
Any enquires regarding the process should be directed towards and

Monday 13 May 2019

Members are advised that the following new texts have been published which may be of interest:

  1. The Application of Contracts in Developing Offshore Oil and Gas Contracts, 1st Edition, by Philip Loots and Donald Charrett.   SoCLA members can receive a 20% discount on this text.   Please email for details.
  2. Contract and the Australian Consumer Law, by John W Carter and Laina Chan.  

If you would like further details of these texts or to purchase please click (1) here and (2) here.   

Monday 13 May 2019

Several new papers have been added to the SCL International website in recent weeks.

You can access these at and will need to be logged in first.

Please email  if you have any questions regarding registering on the SCL International website.  Registration is free for SoCLA members.

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National Conference

Our 2019 National Conference will be held in at The Westin Hotel, Perth, WA from 1-3 August 2019. Click here for further information

SoCLA Call for Board Nominations

Nominations for the SoCLA Board are now open. The notice calling for nominations can be found here and the nomination form can be found here. Nominations close on 30 May 2019 at 5 pm (AEST).