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 20 Jun 2019
The Sydney and Perth venues are now at capacity.

The Society is pleased to present an interactive panel discussion on ‘Standard Form Construction Contracts – Key Issues and Developments in Australia and Overseas.’

The Society has arranged for a number of prominent speakers to contribute to this event (in person at their location and via video conference for all other venues) - it promises to be an informative and interesting evening.

Confirmed speakers and topics are as follows:

  • Dr Donald Charrett (Melbourne) - FIDIC – Recent Developments and Key Tips and Traps
  • Steven Evans (Brisbane) - NEC Suite of Contracts – Recent Developments and Key Tips and Traps
  • Professor Ian Bailey AM SC (Sydney) - AS11000 – Status update
  • Donna Charlesworth (Perth) - Australian Standard forms of contracting – key trends in Western Australia

More information, including time, location and rsvp details are available on this flyer

Please note the SoCLA online registration system is only for the Sydney event. 


Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney
Wednesday 3 Jul 2019

NAWIC, WGE and SOCLA invite you to a social evening of speed networking around the theme of ‘Building your Personal Brand’.

This event is open to men and women working at all levels within the industry.

Tickets: $20, members and non-members welcome

Tickets available from

Contact: for further information

More information is available on this flyer.

Wood & Grieve Engineers, 226 Adelaide Terrace, Perth
Thursday 1 Aug 2019

Our 2019 National Conference will commence with welcome drinks on Thursday 1 August 2019.


Latest News

Thursday 13 Jun 2019

The recent paper "Defects on large-scale construction projects – what you need to know following recent cases including Opal and Lacrosse" presented by Michael Whitten QC and Andrew Downie is now available to download from our Resources.  Members will need to be logged in to access the paper.


Wednesday 5 Jun 2019

For the past eight years, the School of International Arbitration at the Queen Mary University of London has conducted a major empirical survey into International Arbitration.  Previous QMUL surveys are available here
This year's survey focuses on efficiency in international construction arbitrations and aims to identify the causes of inefficiency in resolving international construction disputes, suggest practical steps forward, and challenge perceptions.  The QMUL media release and recent Kluwer Arbitration Blog post providing further information about the survey are available here and here
Members are invited to share their experience by completing the survey here.  The survey will remain open until Friday 26 July 2019.

Thursday 30 May 2019

Members in Melbourne may be interested in attending the MLS Alumni Breakfast Seminar with Phillip Greenham on Tuesday 4 June 2019 from 7.00am - 8.30am.

Location: Slate Restaurant Bar, 9 Goldsbrough Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000.  Please click here to register.

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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 Election

Members of SoCLA are asked to vote for up to three of the 9 candidates standing for the Society's Board. Please read about the candidates and vote here