The Master Builders Association is the major Australian building and construction industry association, whose primary role is to promote the viewpoints and interests of the building and construction industry and to provide services to members in a broad range of areas. This includes advice and guidance in training, legal services, industrial relations, building codes and standards, industry economics and international relations.
Master Builders is Australia's oldest industry association, having been founded in the early 1870's in Melbourne, Sydney and Newcastle. The movement quickly grew with Master Builders Associations being established in each state and territory of Australia. It was federated on a national basis in 1890.
Today, MBA's membership consists of large national, international, residential and commercial builders and civil contractors through to smaller local subcontracting firms, as well as suppliers and professional industry advisers. Membership of the
Master Builders Australia Inc is the national body of the Master Builders group. Its members include all nine State and Territory Master Builders Associations.
The Housing Industry Association regards itself as the voice of Australia's home building industry, as the only national industry association for all building professionals.
HIA represents the interests of the whole housing industry - from trade contractors, builders, and suppliers through to product manufacturers.