The Society of Construction Law (Australia) is a single national organisation of members drawn from all professions involved with construction, industry representatives and the legal profession who share an interest in construction law. The 16 founding members were drawn from all mainland states as are the current directors.
The Society will encourage the widest possible involvement of all its membership and encourage discourse across the broad spectrum of issues which comprise the subject of construction law. It will be as concerned with "front end" issues and avoiding disputes, as well as all forms of dispute resolution.
The object of the Society of Construction Law Australia as stated in the Constitution is:
'… to promote the education, study and research (and publication of the useful results of such research) in the field of construction law and related subjects both in Australia and overseas for the benefit of the public and the construction industry.'
The inspiration for the Australian Society is the exceptional contribution to the subject made by the SCL founded in the UK in 1983. SCL UK has provided enthusiastic support and encouragement for its antipodean off-spring. There are similar organisations in Europe, Hong Kong, Singapore, United Arab Emirates and New Zealand, with organisations mooted for South Africa and other countries.
The SCL in the UK provides an excellent template for us in Australia. Its success can be gauged from its 2000+ members, including a number of members from Australia. It is well supported by the judiciary and construction law professionals.
The Society awards the Brooking Prize on an annual basis.
The various SCLs around the world cooperate in holding a biennial high-quality international conference on construction law. Our Society was honoured to hold the fourth such conference in Melbourne in May 2012. The conference attracted over 200 delegates from countries around the world.
The founding principles of SCL UK of an organisation open to members of all professions interested in any aspect of construction law, and reliance on members’ voluntary work to keep running costs low are guiding principles for SCL Australia.
In line with keeping membership costs low, e-mail and the Internet will be the primary means of communication with members. It is intended that the papers presented at meetings anywhere in Australia will be readily accessible to the entire membership via the Internet in written and audio/video format. SCL are negotiating with the UK for Australian members of SCL to be e-members of SCL UK, with electronic access to the extensive range of material on their website.