New Bricklaying Qualifications

Brendan Coyle, MCA President, has been working with TAFE and the Government for over 3 years regarding the new Bricklaying Qualifications.

Brendan Coyle is also on the Masonry Structures Committee working with Standards Australia regarding proposed changes to the Elements and Performance Criteria to:

  • CPCCBL3002 Carry Out Masonry Veneer Construction
  • CPCCBL3003 Construct Masonry Structural Systems
  • CPCCBL3003A Carry Out Cavity Brick Construction

All Members – 2020 MCA Annual Awards for Excellence

As you are aware the current business environment is one that hasn’t been experienced in our lifetime.  The business community worldwide is reeling under immense pressure from the unprecedented circumstances arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic and knock on effects.

MCA Members have had to adjust their work practices to remain operational.  While many businesses have work at present the forward outlook later this year looks very uncertain.

Under these circumstances the MCA Executive was consulted and the difficult decision was made to postpone the 2020 Annual Awards Dinner.  The decision was taken reluctantly, though we felt that there was little option considering the health, wellbeing of all involved and commitment under contract for the event.  We only had a small opportunity to respond without incurring significant financial risk and penalties.

We understand the importance of the Awards for Excellence for the Masonry Contractors Membership including the Awards Dinner to all and look forward to the Awards Event in 2021 which will be open to projects completed over the 2-year period.

We value the support of all of our Members and thank you for your ongoing support and understanding.


Brendan Coyle


The Masonry Contractors Association (MCA) advises that due to COVID-19 and Government guidelines currently placed on gatherings of large numbers, regrettably the MCA Breakfast and General Meetings scheduled for:

  • Novotel Brisbane on 29 April 2020 has been postponed until 21 April 2021
  • Novotel Sydney on 10 June 2020 has been postponed until 23 June 2021

Members and Guests will be kept informed by email of the current COVID-19 restrictions with regards to large gatherings.  Once the current Government restrictions have been lifted MCA will be in contact with Members and Guests to advise of the final meeting arrangements.

In the meantime, MCA appreciates your understanding.


MCA Member Resources

Masonry Contractors Association (MCA) are currently adding new resources to the Website for our Members to download.  Please click on the below link and type in your email address and password:

“MCA Excellence in Brick and Blocklaying Awards and Dinner 2019” 

Photos Available here!


Please don’t forget to review Artibus Brick & Block” – Review


Minimum wage increase – make sure you are paying the right rate

New minimum wage increases apply from the first full pay period after 1 July 2019.

Who do the new rates apply to?

Employees who get their pay rates from:

  • the national minimum wage
  • a modern award, or
  • an enterprise agreement (if the base rate is below the modern award rate).

We are here to help

For help understanding your wages obligations in the building and construction industry, visit wages and entitlements page or call on 1800 003 338.

You can also find out more about the new rates through the Pay and Conditions Tool on the Fair Work Ombudsman website.


Australian Apprenticeships

Federal Budget 2019 – AA website fact sheet

What is the Additional Identified Skills Shortage Payment? Find out here

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Brochures are available here: Page 1 (Download)Page 2 (Download)

For further information Tel. 1300 136 547 or or Buy Online


The MCA Executive has reviewed this product and believe it to be of benefit to the industry and would encourage you to utilise this product and the company’s services as they are an MCA Sponsor.

Disclaimer:  The MCA Executive does not warrant or guarantee any product, or service that we endorse.  Persons using such products or services assume responsibility for their use in accordance with current directions of the manufacturer.

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