Our story

Master Builders 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, tradies, 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 imperatives

Our strategic imperatives guide everything we do:

People

Our empowered people and innovative systems deliver outstanding performance.

Influence

Our voice and leadership drive positive change.

Growth

Our members' and customers' success is our success.

Relationships

Our communication and relationships deliver value.

Our people

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

Mark Little Master Builders Victoria President Little Constructions (President)

Kane Constructions Pty Ltd (Deputy President)

Sam Cimino PGH Bricks & Pavers (Treasurer)

Hansen Yuncken (Immediate Past President)

Harmac Homes (Housing)

Built Environs (General Contracting)

Wagstaff Piling Pty Ltd (Specialist Contractor)

Stuart Allen Building (Country)

Mark Phillips Bunnings Bunnings Group Limited (Materials, Manufacturing &Supply)

Mark Little Master Builders Victoria PresidentLittle Constructions (President)

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

Kane Constructions Pty Ltd (Deputy President)

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

Sam CiminoPGH Bricks & Pavers (Treasurer)

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

Hansen Yuncken (Immediate Past President)

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

Harmac Homes (Housing)

AHB Group (Housing)

Harris HMC (General Contracting)

Built Environs (General Contracting)

Wagstaff Piling Pty Ltd (Specialist Contractor)

Industrial Demolition Services Pty Ltd (Specialist Contractor)

Newform Steel Fabrications Pty Ltd (Specialist Contractor)

Bond Homes (Country)

Stuart Allen Building (Country)

Mark Phillips BunningsBunnings Group Limited (Materials, Manufacturing & Supply)

Rebecca Casson Master Builders Victoria CEO Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Rebecca empowers the MBV team to lead a future-ready industry that builds a better world. Rebecca is an outstanding advocate for the...

Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Viviana oversees the business operations of Master Builders Victoria. This includes leading the Executive Management team to provide...

Executive Manager Corporate Services

Marc oversees MBVs compliance, risk and governance. He is also responsible for the support, maintenance and development of MBVs information...

Corrie Williams Image Executive Manager Master Builders Training Institute

Corrie provides oversight of the Master Builders Training Institute. This includes the areas of training (both RTO and BLSC), as well...

Tony Biffaro Executive Manager Member Experience: Commercial

Tony leads the team responsible for MBVs Commercial Operations and ensures that the member experience and customer service delivered...

Michaela Lihou - Executive Manager Strategy,People & Legal Executive Manager - Strategy, People and Legal

Michaela leads the development of our corporate strategy and empowers our team to live and inspire MBV's values, and consistently strengthen...

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)