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. Meet 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

Sunday 27 Dec 2020

A message from our Chair

Thursday 17 Dec 2020

The NSW Government wants your feedback on the proposed Design and Building Practitioners Regulation 2020. 

The proposed Regulation forms part of the reforms introduced by the NSW Government to improve quality and compliance in Class 2 buildings, particularly high-rise apartments. It aims to strengthen accountability across the building design and construction industry.

Now is the time to have your say on the proposed Regulation by completing the survey

Member are also invited to provide their feedback to assist the Society in the preparation of a Submission.  Please provide your feedback by 4 January 2021.

Thursday 17 Dec 2020

The SoCLA National Conference 2021 will be held in Hobart from 14 to 16 October 2021

The Conference Sub-Committee is in the early stages of planning, so please save the date for three days of learning, networking and enjoying the delights of Tasmania, with a little modern art on the side.

The Conference will be held at the Hobart Function and Conference Centre, on picturesque Elizabeth Street Pier, and the Gala Dinner will be at MONA, just a short boat ride away.

We're looking forward to welcoming our delegates to Hobart, after so long without a conference it will be lovely to see everyone.

Wednesday 9 Dec 2020

Members may be interested to attend this national webinar series arranged by ACIF exploring the current and future economic landscape for building and construction in Australia. It will cover recent developments and trends, and potential risks and opportunities in the sector, as revealed in a recent report published by ACIF in November 2020.  Please join any session that is suitable for you.  Each session will be unique and tailored for that specific state.

More information and registration is available here.

Wednesday 9 Dec 2020

Members may wish to watch our latest member resource video - Building and Construction Industry (Security of Payment) Bill 2020 (WA) – The definitive review presented by Lee Panotidis, Cathryn Greville, Deon Baddock and Bavani Rengasami.

The video is available here in the Resources section of our website.


Thursday 3 Dec 2020

Members may wish to attend  Australia Build Week Online next week, 7-11 December.

Register for complimentary tickets here.  This online/virtual event has 100+ Speakers & Sessions across 10 stages.

Thursday 3 Dec 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 2021 Brooking Prize

More information is available here.

Further information can be found in the Rules.

Forthcoming events

Thursday 11 Feb 2021

Governments are relying heavily on the construction industry to lead the economy out of recession but the industry is sick. Profitability is at an all-time low and productivity growth over the last thirty years trails that of other significant industries by 25 per cent. Women make up only 12 per cent of the construction workforce and construction workers are 6 times more likely to die from suicide than a workplace incident.

Could a global pandemic provide a long awaited catalyst for real and lasting change to how projects are procured and delivered?

Join the Australian Constructors Association’s Chief Executive Officer, Jon Davies, as he shares his thoughts on the opportunity for change, the form it could take and what it might mean for contracts.

More information is available on this flyer.


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Mentoring Program

Applications for our 2021 Mentoring Program are now open. Further information about our mentoring program can be found here.
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