Master Builders has a proud legacy as Australia's oldest industry association. Founded to stand up for the rights of builders, Australia's first Master Builders Association was established in Sydney in 1873. The movement quickly grew with Master Builders Associations being established in Newcastle (1874), Victoria (1875), Queensland (1882) and South Australia (1884).
Eleven years before Australia became a nation with the federation of the states, these four Associations met as a federation to establish Master Builders Australia as the national voice of their members and the building and construction industry. They were joined a year later by Master Builders Tasmania (1891) and subsequently by Master Builders Western Australia (1898), Master Builders ACT (1925) and Master Builders NT (1950).