About us

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Our Story

Hardware Australia is a not for profit association that represents independent hardware retailers and suppliers. We provide benefits and value to you as a member through education, association and advocating. 

Hardware Australia was formed in 2016 with the merging of state industry bodies who were already working together with a common goal, to support our industry.

In 2019 Hardware Australia formed a strategic partnership with TABMA Australia (Timber & Building Materials Association). This partnership ensures that both associations remain peak industry bodies, and strengthens our voice whilst strengthening our voice and providing greater value to members. 

Hardware Australia is run by the industry, for the benefit of the industry. Our committees is comprised of hardware retailers, key industry suppliers and national buying groups all of whom volunteer their time for the benefit of others. 

“We aim to support members with resources and skills to grow their businesses and further strengthen the independent hardware industry”


Through education, we hope to keep our members updated on current industrial relations changes, improve service standards by providing industry-specific training and secure the future of the industry by highlighting industry career pathways.


Our awards and other events provide an avenue for the industry to come together and connect with industry peers through association.


We are passionate about the independent hardware industry and will continue to fight for our future by advocating on behalf of our members. This includes lobbying against inappropriate development and legislation that may impact hardware businesses and secure government funding for industry programs and initiatives. 

Our Achievements

Certificate III Retail Hardware
Certificate III in Retail Hardware

This qualification has been designed and developed to specially meet the needs of the hardware industry and staff.

Recognising that the hardware is more complex than other retail sectors, this qualification was developed to provide participants with industry specific skills and knowledge that allows them to engage with customers, provide in-depth product and service offerings, sell to customers, organise and maintain work areas and displays, and carry out specific work responsibilities to required organisational expectations and safety.

Hardware Rising Stars
Industry Rising Star Program

Established in 2016, the Industry Rising Star program aims to support the future leaders of our industry by mentoring and guiding young people through the many career pathways the industry offers.

Our Rising Stars have gone on to become store managers, take on the family business, and are working on achieving their ultimate goals in the industry.

Hardware Rising Stars
Hardware As A Career

This is an industry wide campaign aimed at increasing the awareness and knowledge of school students, workers, and the general public about the wide variety of career opportunities, roles, and paths available in the hardware industry.

Membership Benefits

  • Three modern awards 

    • General Retail Industry Award
    • Clerks Private Sector Award
    • Timber Industry Award
  • Workplace relations advice

  • HR Documents

  • Training, development and recruitment

  • News and information

  • Access to workplace health and safety

Our Team 

Alicia Oelkers

Executive Officer

Alicia is a key member of our organisation, working for both Hardware Australia and TABMA Australia. Starting with TABMA in 2007, she has developed a passion for the timber and hardware industries, understanding that people are the key to ensuring Industry success. Servicing members is always at the forefront of her mind, she strives to ensure that both organisations are servicing their members to a high standard.

Our  Committees

National Committee

Paul Stewart (Chair) – Barrow & Bench Mitre 10

Clint Spence (Vice-Chair) – Beaudesert Mitre 10

George Demourtzidis (Treasurer) – Trio Australia 

Greg Gill (QLD) – ECI Pacsoft

Chris Lavis (NSW) – Scone/Muswellbrook Home Timber & Hardware

Brad Campbell (VIC) – Dulux Group 

Ian Cornwell (VIC) – Doncaster Mitre 10

Ian Holdsworth (WA) – Yokine Hardware 

Greg Downie – Central Purchasing Services ( WA & CPS)

Julie Murphy (Women In Hardware) – Murphy’s Mitre 10 

Karen Fahey – Independent Hardware Group (IHG) 

Mike LoRicco – Hardware & Building Traders (HBT) 

QLD State Committee

Clint Spence (State Chair) – Beaudesert Mitre 10 

Ian Gill – Loganholme Mitre 10 

Troy Pfingst – Jeays Hardware 

Ben Bourke – James Hardie

Greg Gill – ECI Pacsoft

Peter Mahon – Mayo Hardware 

SA State Committee

George Demourtzidis (State Chair) – Trio Australia 

Paul Stewart – Barrow & Bench Mitre 10 

Lyn Woodruff – Dulux Group 

Peter Higgins – Mayo Hardware 

Rod Evins – Banner Mitre 10 

Vicki Richards – Adelaide Brighton 

Vito Nocera – Independent Hardware Group 

Brenton Thain – ForestOne

VIC State Committee

Ian Cornwell (State Chair) – Doncaster Mitre 10

Brad Campbell – Dulux Group 

Paige Hastings – Diamond Valley Mitre 10 

Julie Murphy – Murphy’s Mitre 10

WA State Committee

Ian Holsworth– Yokine Hardware

Lindsay Boladeras – Notchka 

Andrew Nash – Dulux Group 

Hayley Radalj – Independent Hardware Gorup

NSW State Committee


Rod Bran – Handy Management/Bremick

Chris Lavis – Scone/Muswellbrook Home Timber & Hardware

Mike LoRicco – Hardware & Building Traders (HBT)