Upcoming Events

Security of Payments Update - Thursday 14 June - BOOK NOW

HiViZ - Brighton Dunes Site Visit - Wednesday 20 June - BOOK NOW

Lessons from Safe Work SA Prosecution Seminar - Thursday 21 June - BOOK NOW

Fundamentals of Building Science - Thursday June 28 - BOOK NOW

Online WHIMS, WHS and SWMS Resources Information Session - Tuesday 10 July - BOOK NOW

Online Contract Builder Session - Tuesday 14 August - BOOK NOW

Online Employment Management System Information Session - Tuesday 11 September - BOOK NOW

To find out more details about the above events, please see below.


Master Builders SA host a wide range of events throughout the year, as a member, this is the ideal opportunity to network with your peers, potential customers, and clients, as well as stay up-to-date with the latest information, technical knowledge, and expert advice.  



Security of payments Update

Security of payments Update

When: Thursday 14 June 2018

Time: 5:00pm - 6:30pm

Where: Master Builders SA - Level1, 47 South Terrace, Adelaide

Cost: FREE for members. non members $75.00 (inc GST)


Tom Grace, partner in Fenwick Elliott Grace, will present an update on several important decisions delivered in April and May of 2018. 

The Act has become widely used over the last few years in the construction industry as a means of ensuring progress payments are made on time.  The Act imposes a strict timeframe for dealing with disputed payments and accordingly has been said by some to impose a “rough and ready” justice.  

On 21 May 2018, the Federal Government released the Review of Security of Payment Laws by John Murray AM.  Tom will cover some of the main points arising from this review. 

Determinations are often made by non-lawyers and then challenged in Court by lawyers for errors of law.  The High Court has recently considered the circumstances in which such challenges might succeed in Maxcon v Vadasz and Probuild Constructions v Shade Systems.  Maxcon was a dispute arising out of an Adelaide apartment building. 

In South Australia, the Supreme Court’s decision in Westside Mechanical v R&D Airconditioning considered the issue of claims made after termination of a contract.  The court considered whether the reference date for claims exists outside of the contract terms, and whether an adjudication determination applied for in respect of an invalid reference date can be upheld on the basis of an alternative valid reference date.  Similar issues arose in NSW in Primelime (NSW) Pty Ltd v BAEC Contracting Pty Ltd.

These important issues have the potential to impact on future adjudications.  If parties consider these issues when drafting their payment claims and payment schedules, they should improve their chances of avoiding disputes.



HiViz Women Building SA - Brighton Dunes Site Tour

HiViz Women Building SA - Brighton Dunes Site Tour


When: Wednesday 20th June 2018

Time: 4pm to 6pm

Where: Minda Development Brighton

Cost: Free for HiViZ members (Member only event)

BOOK NOW - places limited

In conjunction with Sarah Constructions, we are delighted to invite HiViZ members to a site tour of the Minda development in Brighton. The site tour will be followed by drinks and nibbles and opportunity to meet the construction team and have your questions answered.

This is a great opportunity to network with your fellow HiViZ members and engage with representatives from a leading commercial builder.

This will be a fascinating experience to be on a commercial site of this scale and is an opportunity not to be missed!



Lessons from Safe Work SA Prosecution Seminar

Lessons from Safe Work SA Prosecution Seminar


When: Thursday 21st June
Time: 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Where:  Master Builders SA, Level 1, 47 South Terrace, Adelaide

Cost: FREE for members. non-members $50.00 (inc GST)


In August 2016, a 17 year-old apprentice was tragically killed when he was struck by a falling wall frame at a residential building site in Fullarton. The South Australian Employment Court has recently handed down its penalty decision, following a prosecution by SafeWork SA. 

The Seminar will analyse the decision and educate industry participants to help minimise the risk of further incidents of this kind from occurring. The seminar will cover the following topics:

  • Case summary and findings relevant to penalty;
  • Primary duty of care and duty of officers under the WHS Act;
  • Requirements under the timber framing code and accepted industry practices for timber wall frame installation (temporary bracing);
  • The importance of safe work systems for employers in the construction industry;
  • WHS systems to adequately manage safety on Housing sites, including duty of care, hazard management and industry best practice;
  • Incident response and legal professional privilege.

Don’t miss this opportunity to attend an important and topical seminar. Presented by Sam Condon (Lawyer and Manager Workplace Relations); Chris Wiltshire (Development and Technical Manager), and Chris Ginever (Safety, Quality and Environment Manager)


Fundamentals of Building Science

Fundamentals of Building Science

When: Thursday 28 June 2018

Time: 1:00pm - 4:30pm

Where: Master Builders House - Level 1, 47 South Terrace, Adelaide


We strive to build for maximum residential building energy efficiency, but how far can we push the building envelope before we create new risks and unintended consequences? Only through an understanding and the application of solid building science can we avoid negative building performance and unintended health and comfort issues.

Join us for an expert presentation covering key aspects of building science, including planning for high performing, energy efficient homes through best practice building sealing, ventilation and condensation management. The workshop will encourage discussion to share and find solutions for interesting problems encountered in design and construction.


Key Learning Outcomes

  • NCC requirements for building seals and the long-term context of international building seal standards.
  • Forces that contribute to driving moisture, heat, and air through a building as well as methods to control them.
  • Condensation and parts of a building commonly effected.
  • A comparison between optimal building sealing for energy efficiency and poorly managed sealing.
  • The requirements of mechanical ventilation.



Sean Maxwell - Technical Manager at Pro Clima Australia
Thomas van Raamsdonk - General Manager at Pro Clima Australia


This initiative is part of the Cross-Industry Skills Training Project and is supported by funding from the National Energy Efficient Buildings Project, on behalf of COAG Energy Council National Energy Productivity Plan through a project managed by the Government of South Australia. The National Energy Efficient Building Project (NEEBP) aims to support consumers, government and industry to achieve better energy efficiency in new buildings, renovations and additions.

Master Builders SA Suite Information Sessions

Contracts, Employment Management System & WHS Resources

Master Builders SA Suite Information Sessions

Where Master Builders SA - 47 South Terrace, Adelaide


To book into a session - Click here

We will be holding three one-hour information sessions that will present on the three main platforms of Master Builders SA Suite. Please see details for each session below:


Work, Health & Safety Resources
Tuesday 10 July at 4:30pm

This session will cover your Quality, Safety and Environmental management systems (all document controlled) and aligned with ISO 9001:2016 AS/NZS 4801 ISO 18001:2007 and ISO 14001:2015, including:

  • WHIMS interface to report hazards/incidents and generate reports
  • Integrated Management System (IMS) Manuals, Quality Manuals
  • Management Plans for Quality, WHS, and Environmental

All supporting QHSE (including policies, procedures, forms, WMS, SWMS, SOP’s & SWI’s)
Come to the session to understand how to build your systems from this database of industry standard documentation.


Contract Builder
Tuesday 14 August at 4:30pm

Contract Builder replaces Contracts on Disk and Contract Master. You will be able to create online contracts quickly and easily to send to your clients. These include:

  • New House Contract
  • Minor Works Contract
  • Housing Specification
  • Building Schedule
  • Commercial Lump Sum
  • Sub-contractor Agreement


Employment Management System (EMS)

Tuesday 11 September at 4:00pm
EMS is an entry level, ‘cloud-based’ single user system which helps to minimise risks for businesses by assisting with the management of workplace investigations. Including

  • misconduct,
  • poor performance,
  • complaints,
  • counselling,
  • warnings
  • termination of employment.

During the session, we will provide an overview of the program, including how the system encourages managers to adopt best practice and minimise risks in respect of unfair dismissal, adverse action, discrimination and stress claims. We will also cover accessibility, including who can access documents and how to update this.