About The ASA
The Australian Subcontractors Association (ASA) is a member organisation open to any subcontractor operating in Australia. ASA provide support, information and fairness to subcontracting business in all areas.
Often the subcontractor is at the end of the line in terms of a business process or project, and through unfair contracts often carry all the risk.
With our collective voice we work together with Head/Principal Contractors, Builders, Architects, Engineers and other Industry Associations, to promote fairer business practices. This will allow smaller businesses to prosper, which ultimately strengthens the Australian economy.
We work closely with several stakeholders
- Small Business Commissioner
- South Australian Office Of The Industry Advocate
- Parliamentary Round Table
- Other Industry Associations like the Master Builders Association & Housing Industry Association
- ACIF – Australian Construction Industry Forum
Issues we are trying to resolve on behalf of our members:
- Security of payments, to increase cashflow of smaller businesses
- Retentions to be held in a third-party Trust
- Upfront payments for goods purchased
- Time frame QS adjustments
- Unfair contractual arrangements and amendments, so contracts are beneficial to all parties
- Payment terms
The objectives of the Australian Subcontractors Association are:-
- To promote the interests of Subcontractors throughout the State of South Australia and the Commonwealth of Australia and further the standards, goodwill, ethics, efficiency and the reputation of Subcontractors
- To develop Subcontracting as an efficient, productive and valuable form of business.
- To promote and support Members’ businesses by providing advice, information, advocacy, technical guidance, training, mentoring, networking and any other form of support (except for financial support).
- To lobby (crusade, canvass, stand for) on Members’ behalf on matters affecting or incidental to Members or Subcontracting.
- To promote fair, reasonable and harmonious business relationships in South Australia and the Commonwealth of Australia.
- To safeguard the interests of Members, their businesses and Employees
- To engage in, support and promote the training of persons who conduct Subcontracting businesses, or persons to work in or provide supporting services to Subcontractors.
- To promote such other businesses, industries, agencies and events as the Association may deem
- Enter into arrangements with any Government or authority, supreme, municipal, local or otherwise (Agency); and to obtain from any such Agency any rights, privileges and concessions; and to carry out, exercise and comply with any such arrangements, rights, privileges and concessions;
- Subscribe, to become a member of and co-operate with any other Association or organisation, whether incorporated or not, whose objects are altogether or in part similar to those of the Association.
- Do all such other things as are incidental or conducive to the attainment of the objects and the exercise of the powers of the Association.
Aside from representing the interests of subcontractors, we offer many benefits such as discounted legal services, PPSR, recruitment, insurance, WHS and training.
Building Great Relationships
ASA align with associations and organisations we can collaborate and work with to improve the conditions for sub-contractors
Some of these include;-
- Office Of The Industry Advocate
- The Small Business Commissioner
- Specialist Contractors SA Association
- Construction Industry Forum (CIF)
- Apprentice Training – TAFE SA
- Master Builders Association – Subcontractors Committee
- Aligned with Civil Contractors Federation – CCF