Our story

Master Builders Association of Victoria was established in 1875 by a group of distinguished builders intent on raising standards within the industry.

Since that time the organisation has grown to become a pre-eminent industry voice with members universally renowned for their reliability, skill and professionalism.

A broad based organisation, Master Builders services the needs of the entire industry, from residential to commercial and engineering businesses, principal contractors to subcontractors, manufacturers and suppliers.

We continually assist in developing the skills of our members by providing access to a wide range of services, an impressive degree of recognition, as well as representation to government and industry. Master Builders also serves the public of Victoria by fostering best practice work standards and acting as an independent advisory service.

What is a Master Builder?

Master Builders are held to the highest industry standards. To become a Master Builder, members are required to undergo a series of stringent checks.

 We strongly encourage those members with the necessary knowledge and experience to become a Registered Building Practitioner. Only those members with Victorian Building Authority (VBA) registration can call themselves a Master Builder.

 A Master Builder is proud, respected and constantly developing their craft. They are self employed builders and building and construction companies. Master Builders are companies, big and small, residential and commercial, and subcontractors and have built many of the most well recognised buildings in Victoria.

 A Master Builder is different from other builders. A Master Builder is highly regarded by consumers reflecting high standards and professionalism.

 Is your builder a Master Builder?

Meet some Master Builders

Impresa House Specialist contractor

Every now and then a business comes along that is doing something entirely new. Impresa House is one such business.

Lyons Construction Commercial builder

You can’t talk about the Geelong building industry without mentioning Lyons Construction

Larkin and Drought Homes Housing builder

Dynamic duo Drew Larkin and Craig Drought are a fine example of Master Builders getting the most out of their membership.

Member testimonials

"You’ve just got to support the organisation that you’re a member of. Support the system that supports you. I use all the Master Builders services. You always learn something from these meetings. I find it very useful."

- Sirous Kousari, Siemens Constructions

"We looked around and found that Master Builders with all of the history that they have and the benefits that they offer, was absolutely the right organisation for us to join."

- Sean Morley, CEO, Impresa House

"The support that I received during my time at Master Builders was above what I expected. The trainers were always willing to listen to any questions and the staff were always happy to assist."

- Vanessa Borg, Certificate IV in Building student

Master Builders awards

Strategic pillars

Our strategic pillars help guide everything we do:

Knowledge

We aim to research, analyse and capture information that we can use and share with our colleagues and members. We are always following future trends and innovations and work towards continuous improvement.

Advocacy

We are a strong voice in industry round tables, working groups and committees, lobbying the government and guiding policy and regulation for our industry. Member Services: We provide advice and information, support and quality products to help our members work and develop their careers.

Member services

Our membership services are paramount to our core business. We provide advice, support and products to our full range of members from occupational health and safety and industrial relations advice through to training and builders registration advice. We also provide legal advice, awards programs and branded products and stationery plus so much more.

Education

As a registered training organisation, we provide a range award winning training, leadership development and communications to our members.

Organisational capabilities

We work towards maintaining and supporting our people and culture and strong, fair governance.

Our people

The Master Builders executive team represents decades of dedication and experience working in corporate governance and operations.

Fasham Johnson (President)

Melanie is the first female president in Master Builders 141-year history. The honour comes with a great deal of pressure and responsibility...

Hansen Yuncken (Deputy President)

Richard has 24 years building industry experience in Melbourne, Sydney and Singapore having started as a construction labourer in 1992....

Consultant (Immediate Past President)

Peter brings extensive business and general management experience to his role on the Master Builders Board of Management. He is immediate...

Cockram Construction (Treasurer)

Michael sits on the Board of Management as the chairperson of the General Contractors Committee. He is State Manager and Associate...

APA Group for Australian Gas Networks Limited

Materials Manufacturers and Suppliers (MMS) Committee chairperson Neil Grenfell takes great pride in his job and his role on the Master...

Aptum

Aptum Managing Director Ian Hawkey has worked in the building and construction industry for more than 35 years. He holds his position...

Master Menders Building Group

Housing Sector chairperson and Master Builders Board Member Steven Peluso has been pragmatic in his life and career. As Managing Director...

Glen Loddon Homes

Glen Loddon Homes Managing Director Chris Ryan has worked in the building and construction industry for 40 years. He holds his position...

Kane Constructions

Kane Constructions Director Geoff Purcell has worked in the building and construction industry for 25 years. He holds his position...

Fasham Johnson (President)

Melanie is the first female president in Master Builder’s 141-year history. The honour comes with a great deal of pressure and responsibility...

Hansen Yuncken (Deputy President)

Richard has 24 years building industry experience in Melbourne, Sydney and Singapore having started as a construction labourer in 1992....

Consultant (Immediate Past President)

Peter brings extensive business and general management experience to his role on the Master Builders Board of Management. He is immediate...

Cockram Construction (Treasurer)

Michael sits on the Board of Management as the chairperson of the General Contractors Committee. He is State Manager and Associate...

APA Group for Australian Gas Networks Limited

Materials Manufacturers and Suppliers Committee chairperson Neil Grenfell takes great pride in his job and his role on the Master Builders...

Aptum

Aptum Managing Director Ian Hawkey has worked in the building and construction industry for more than 35 years. He holds his position...

JG King Homes

Managing Director of JG King Homes. Natalie worked in Europe and Asia in Business Strategy across a number of sectors including building...

Kane Constructions Pty Ltd

Kane Constructions Director Geoff Purcell has worked in the building and construction industry for 25 years. He holds his position...

John E Robinson Pty Ltd

Philip has 40 years experience working in the building industry and is Managing Director of John E Robinson Pty Ltd.

Buildcorp Commercial Pty Ltd

Little Constructions

Little Constructions Director Mark Little has worked in the building and construction industry for more than 25 years. He holds his...

PGH Bricks & Pavers

Sam has worked in the building and brick industry for 40 years. He’s held many positions within Boral and more recently with joint...

Master Menders

Housing Sector chairperson and Master Builders Board Member Steven Peluso has been pragmatic in his life and career. As Managing Director...

Small Change Design & Construction

Sally Wills is a registered domestic builder and director of Small Change Design and Construction Pty Ltd, specialising in very small...

Aus Struct Services

Wagstaff Piling

Wagstaff Piling Pty Ltd Victorian Director Ashley Tonkin-Hill has been in the ground and foundation industry for the past 34 years....

Glen Loddon Homes

Glen Loddon Homes Managing Director Chris Ryan has worked in the building and construction industry for 40 years. He holds his position...

CEO

Radley leads our expert staff in the provision of relevant products and services to our members. He also advocates for the interests...

General Manager Member Services

Lawrie is responsible for overseeing the industrial relations, OHS, legal and membership departments ensuring the expert staff are...

General Manager Marketing, Policy and Communications

Leanne manages the direction and oversight of Master Builders’ marketing, publications, policy and communications as well as government,...

General Manager BLSC

Marc is responsible for setting the strategic direction, overseeing daily operations and managing the sustainable growth of the Building...

General Manager Commercial Operations

Viviana’s responsibilities include managing our Registered Training Organisation, overseeing our Building Services (permits & technical...

Glen Loddon Homes (Chairperson)
Little Constructions Pty Ltd
John E Robinson Pty Ltd
VR Builders
Stuart Allen Building
Hotondo Homes Mildura
Bond Homes
Kane Constructions (Chairperson)
Buildcorp Commercial
Edgecorp Constructions
Cockram Construction
Beacon Constructions
L U Simon
Watpac Construction
John Lyng Group
Built Vic Pty Ltd
Master Menders (Chairperson)
J G King
Small Change Design & Construction Pty Ltd
Metricon
Mortar Life Quality Builders
AHB Australia
Melno Homes Pty Ltd
Welsh Group
Cameron Construction
APA Group for Australian Gas Networks Limited (Chairperson)
PGH Bricks
CSR Limited
Premium Victoria
Schneider Electric
Evo Building Products
Aptum (Chairperson)
Wagstaff Piling
Professional Plumbing Contractors
Geotech
Industrial Demolition Services Pty Ltd
Byrne Construction Systems
Aus Struct Services

Kids under cover and the cubby house challenge

Master Builders has supported youth homelessness charity Kids Under Cover for more than 25 years. During that time our Board, executive team and members have supported events like the Cubby House Challenge, made donations and volunteered time. Our contribution was publicly acknowledged in 2003 when Master Builders was named a patron of Kids Under Cover.

Recognising the part we could play in effecting policy change for Kids Under Cover, Master Builders also lobbied for changes to the building planning regulations. In 2006 Kids Under Cover became exempt from building planning permits and in turn, benefited from a shorter construction lead-time.

Master Builders hosted the 2009 pilot Cubby House Challenge at the Building and Home Improvement Expo, allowing the charity to test the concept and create what has become a signature event for Kids Under Cover.

Our financial contribution has reached more than $50,000 but it is our lobbying, advice and advocacy that has been critical to the development of the charity. Without this, the team at Kids Under Cover say they would not have been able to deliver 450-plus studios and supported more than 3000 young people since they began.

More support

Master Builders regularly contributes in a range of ways to a variety of other benevolent organisations. These include:

• Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea
• Australia’s Biggest Game of Cricket
• SIDs Red Nose Day
• Charity Golf Days in Bendigo, Wodonga and Traralgon
• Sacred Heart Mission

Master Builders donated $5000 to the Sacred Heart Mission at the end of 2016, a lump sum of staff fundraising efforts throughout the year.

Every two days, an Australian builder or construction worker takes their own life. Furthermore, construction workers are six times more likely to die from suicide than an accident at work and one in five Australian workers is likely to be experiencing a mental health issue at any one time – that figure rises to one in four among construction workers.

These confronting facts are both deeply disturbing and preventable. Our members have highlighted the importance of mental health in our industry and asked for our help, compelling us to recognise our place in that support network. As a large member organisation, we have a range of ‘touch points’ with builders, enabling us to open that imperative dialogue on mental health awareness.

In response, our OHS department has launched two mental health training courses, Mental Health First Aid and Mental Health Workplace Training, plus Mental Health Toolbox meeting scripts. We have also featured a foreword by beyondblue chairman, Jeff Kennett, in our member magazine plus feature articles and builder profiles on the issue. Mental Health information has also been incorporated into our Trade Nights.
We hope that by providing information, training and opportunities for discussion, we can help address the over representation of our industry colleagues in mental health statistics.

For more information about how our OHS department can help you with mental health contact us on (03) 9411 4555.
If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health issues, contact beyondblue on 1300 224 636.

Established in 2010, the Master Builders Foundation has been instrumental in nurturing the careers of young apprentices and those in the early stages of their careers in the building and construction industry. The Foundation has awarded over 110 scholarships, providing more than $230,000 of financial assistance for training and tools.

We look forward to continuing that support.

Please contact us to find out more about applying for a scholarship or making a tax-deductible donation to the Master Builders Foundation by emailing foundation@mbav.com.au.

"If you have goals to go further in the industry, you may as well go for a scholarship because it will help you make that next step.”

"The $10,000 went a long way towards getting my license, otherwise it would have been hard to afford a diploma, get a good computer and software as an apprentice let alone get registered.”

Devin Grant, Granted Constructions (Foundation Scholarship winner 2013 and Master Builders Apprentice of the Year 2011)