2016 Tradeshows and Events


Make new contacts, score a new job and stay ahead of the competition by accessing new products, technology and insight into your industry at these tradeshows and events. Some will also earn you CPD points.

Adelaide Tradie MATE: Adelaide 27-29 May 2016

This three-day event is targeted at tradies and serious DIYers and focuses on Machinery, Automotive & Tools. It is described on their website as “a huge sales event for commercial vehicles, excavating machinery, tools and a host of professional & service based providers”. The $5 entry fee is donated to charity.

ACE Victoria:  Melbourne: 2017 (Date TBA)

The long-running Australian Construction Equipment Expo (ACE) showcases construction equipment and heavy machinery and brings together the construction, civil engineering, public works, earthmoving, demolition and forestry industries along with State and Federal Government. The show is run by The Construction Industry and Mining Group (CMEIG).

CTME: Perth: 14 April 2016 (2017 dates TBC)

Held in Geelong, Victoria in 2015, the second year of the Construction Trade and Mining Exhibition (the first year – 2014 –  was in Perth) showcasing Construction, Industrial and Mining related products.  Entry was free with pre-registration.

Design BUILD: Sydney 4-6 May 2016

In 2015 DesignBUILD moved away from catering for tradies and contractors to focus on a show for builders, specifiers, engineers and architects.  The 3-day event focused on Green Building, Sustainability and Green Design. There have traditionally been around 200 exhibitors while attendees to seminars and lectures at the event have qualified for CPD points.

HIA Homeshows:  Melbourne: 21-24 April 2016 | Sydney: 26-29 May 2016 | Perth: 3-6 March 2017 | Brisbane: 10-13 March 2016

Finished for 2015 (except for Brisbane which is starting three days from publication) with 2016 dates as yet announced. While predominantly for the DIYer, HIA events do attract plenty of tradies with paid events like the building and business seminars, designed for small and medium builders and tradespeople. These have a business management focus and will collect you up to 8 CPD points.

The shows themselves showcase many of the industry’s latest products and innovations while exhibitors can reach plenty of potential customers.

National Manufacturing Week: 11-13 May 2016

NMW enables around 200 suppliers to showcase the latest manufacturing technology and equipment to those working in the industry. Exhibitors range from welding, electrical and machine tools to digital manufacturing. Free with pre-registration.

National Skills Week:  Melbourne: 29 August – 4 September 2016 

With the fifth year of National Skills Week wrapping up at the end of August, this is an event that has a strong future. A combination of hundreds event around the country, the week is about promoting opportunities and career pathways through Vocational Education and Training (VET).

Perth Tradie Expo: 17-19 June 2016 

Another Perth show, the Tradie Expo was held in June 2014 under the motto “Work, Drive, Play, Save”. As that suggests they have a mix of tools on sale, a range of commercial vehicles from multiple manufacturers, expert advice and ‘big boys toys’ catering to both tradies and DIYers. Entry by gold coin donation to charity.

Sydney Build Expo: 10-11 March 2016 

The new kid on the block for 2016 this construction event caters exclusively to Sydney and NSW markets. With free conferences and workshops the event will span a range of construction sectors, from residential to commercial, environmental and heavy civil. With PrefabAus, the new peak body for prefabrication in construction  signing on as event partners, you can bet there will be plenty of info on new construction techniques. Free entry with pre-registration.

Traders Electrical: National  (2016 Dates TBC)

Traders Electrical is put on by the electrical wholesaler Lawrence and Hanson (L&H) and was held  May to August 2014 at Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth and Melbourne. L&H describe it as the biggest of its kind in the country with cheap deals, the latest tech, leading suppliers and industry contacts. Free entry.

World Skills Australia: Melbourne: 6-8 October 2016

This three-day event is designed to promote excellence in skills and showcases the skills of young apprentices, trainees and student who have won their respective regional competitions among the 50 categories, including 13 in building and construction. Winners of the national categories can then compete on the international stage at World Skills International.

The careers expo and Try’aSkill programs enable those considering an apprentice to try their hand at trades like carpentry and bricklaying.


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Tom is the founder and publisher of Tools Trades Toys. He has been working as an editor and producing content for the trades for around five years. He loves to tell a good story.

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