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Thursday 29 Apr 2021

Monday 10 May 2021, 10.00 - 11.00am 

Members may be interested in the free Procurement webinar presented by the Industry Capability Network (ICN), the Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) and the Western Sydney Procurement Steering Committee.

Monday 26 Apr 2021

This webinar will be presented by Adam Constable QC, Lucy Garrett QC, Samuel Townend QC, Robert Fenwick Elliott and Jennie Wild of Keating Chambers

In this session, Keating Chambers will cover:

  • An overview of the law in respect of fiduciary duties, duties of confidentiality and expert duties.
  • Discussion of the UK court decision in A Company v Secretariat Consulting [2021] EWCA Civ 6.
  • The Australian position on conflicts of interest.
  • Other Australian law considerations (comparative law re dirty/clean experts and expert shopping).
  • Practical considerations (scope of expert retainers, how to contract out of fiduciary duties, injunctions etc).



Monday 19 Apr 2021

In 2017, Building Minsters authorised an assessment of the effectiveness of compliance and enforcement systems for the building and construction industry across Australia. The resulting Building Confidence Report (BCR) made 24 recommendations for a best practice model for compliance and enforcement, to strengthen the effective implementation of the National Construction Code (NCC).

The ABCB have prepared a discussion paper on the integrity of private building surveyors and their role in enforcement. SoCLA will be preparing a submission on behalf of its members to the ABCB.

Members are invited to provide their comments on the discussion paper on the integrity of private building surveyors to the Society at chair@scl.org.au by noon on 26 April.

Monday 19 Apr 2021

The ABCB has prepared a discussion paper on "Building Manuals -- A Response to the Building Confidence Report"
It covers the problems caused by building owners not having accurate and complete information about their buildings, and seeks your views on:

  • the information that should be collected in building manuals
  • where information, collected for building manuals, should be stored
  • who should oversee creation of a building manual
  • possible processes to create building manuals, and
  • the types of buildings that should require a building manual.

Members are invited to provide their comments on the discussion paper to the Society by email

Thursday 15 Apr 2021

Thursday 15 April 2021 at 12:30 pm AEST.

Online webinar presented by Kiri Parr, Tony Barry and Rob Nelson-Williams

Australia is seeing an emerging discussion about the use and adoption of standard contracts in market. This debate flows from concerns about the complexity and value of the bespoke contracts that are widely used in the Australian market and the multiple initiatives of government agencies and authorities to remodel their relationship with the construction industry to improve long term outcomes.

This webinar will examine the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) Suite of Contracts, an internationally renowned and widely used suite of contracts but which is rarely seen in the Australian market.


Wednesday 14 Apr 2021

Minimum information requirements could be applied to demonstrate the suitability of products for use on building projects whilst product technical statements could be mandated and a central information portal for building materials could be developed as part of reforms which have been proposed to prevent dangerous or unsuitable products being used in construction throughout Australia. 

The ABCB has released a Draft National Building Assurance Framework, which sets out fourteen proposed actions across five areas to improve building product compliance and to address concerns relating to use of non-conforming or non-complying products on building projects.

More information is available here.


Thursday 1 Apr 2021

The Automatic Mutual Recognition (AMR) legislation passed the House of Representatives on 25 March 2021 and the amendment to exclude construction trades was voted down along party lines.  Please see attached the full debate and how each MP voted 

Members may also be interested in this article on the AMR legislation published on 19 March 2021.
All states have signed up to implement  Automatic Mutual Recognition, except the ACT.

Monday 22 Mar 2021

This short article written by Louise McManamon of the SoCLA Mentoring Program  highlights the importance of mentoring in 2021 and beyond. If you are a SoCLA member and would like to join our program this year, please apply here.  Applications close on 16 April 2021.

Monday 22 Mar 2021

To assist when preparing your Tax Return, the ATO has published work-related expenses guides for many professions including: engineers and lawyers.

Information for those in the Mining, Building and Construction industries is available here.
For more information, or to download the guides available for other specific occupations, visit http://www.ato.gov.au/occupation21 

Information for those working from home is available here.

Thursday 11 Mar 2021

The World Building Congress is being held in Melbourne in 2022 from 27 to 30 June 2022. The call for abstracts is now open with the final date for submissions being 30 June 2021.  Members are encouraged to submit an abstract in any of the streams - further details can be found here.  



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