Our History


The success of any organisation is measured in part by its achievements. MBT’s 125 plus year history has seen many milestones and highlights including:

  • The Builders´ and Contractors´ Association of Tasmania was formed in 1891 "to provide a solid working body for the purpose of protecting its members in the fair and proper execution of such works as they may from time to time contract to execute for their mutual protections and benefit".

  • Expansion of Hobart office to cover North-West regions in 1961 and in 1975 covering the Northern region.

  • May 1966 - Establishment of the Annual Building Trades Apprenticeship Awards which continues today and is regarded as one of the state’s premier apprenticeship awards.

  • October 1979 - Development of the MBT Group Apprenticeship Scheme. This was then taken over by the Tasmanian Building and Construction Industry Training Board (TBCITB) in 1984.

  • June 1991 - Construction of an Education Centre aimed at developing knowledge of botany and timber at the Tasmanian Arboretum at Eugenana on Tasmania’s North-West coast. The centre was wholly constructed on a voluntary basis with labour and materials supplied by MBT members.

  • 1993 founded the introduction of the MBT Awards for Excellence program which has grown to become recognised as one of the most prestigious in the Tasmanian building and construction industry. The event is one of the most successful industry dinners of its type. It facilitates the opportunity to recognise outstanding achievement in building and construction of individuals and organisations, together with high class entertainment provided by quality guest artists and fellowship of like minded people.

  • 2005 - MBT History Book Published (see link below to content) - Fundatins of a Tasmanian Industr - The History of the Master Builders' Association - 1891 to 2005.
  •  A Shareholder in MBA Insurance Services (operating for over 25 years) with ALL profits injected back into the Building & Construction Industry- your Industry, ensuring a better future for all of us. One of the unique benefits that MBA Insurance Services can provide is the depth of resources drawn from the greater Master Builders movement with respect to insurance and risk advice for business's operating in the various sectors of the building and construction industries, whether principal or developer, building contractor or sub-contractor, investor or financier, commercial or residential.
  • 2015 - A Shareholder in MBA Finance Pty Ltd. The business objectives of MBA Finance are to enhance the overall value of Master Builders Tasmania membership; provide MBT members with access to high quality, consistent and affordable finance product and services which are closely aligned with the specific needs of members; provide MBT with a central and coordinated point for advising on finance related issues, including supporting MBT lobbying with various governments and public policy issues as well as sourcing products and markets.
  • 2015 - Establishment of Master Builders Tasmania as a registered Group Training Organisation. The MBT Group Training Model is primarily focused on connecting apprentices with suitable 'host employers' for longer term placements. The MBT GTO promotes the engagement of apprentices at the same time easing the administrative burden for employers. The GTO will assist a host employer to engage an apprentice while offering flexibility, security and support to both the employer and the apprentice.
  • 2015-2016 - A considerable alteration to the dynamics Master Builders Tasmania, especially in the North, occurred due to the merger of Master Builders Tasmania and the Tasmanian Builders Association.  Operating in opposition to each other over the last forty (40) years, the Tasmanian Builders Association (formerly Master Builders Association Northern Tasmania) and Master Builders Tasmania agreed to merge operations for the betterment of the building and construction industry. 

    The new Master Builders Tasmania will be a bigger, stronger and more viable Building Industry Association which is better able to represent the interests of and provide member services to over 600 members throughout the state. With a strong presence nationally as well as at a state and regional level, the new Master Builders Tasmania will ensure that its members will have an even stronger voice on matters affecting them and their industry.  

  • 2016 - Celebrating 125 years of Building Tasmania

MBT Publication - Foundations of a Tasmanian Industry - CLICK ON PICTURE 

To view pictures of our past Presidents - Click on Years:





2006 - Current