The SCCA was established in May 1998 by a small group of major shopping centre owners and managers who decided they needed an association specifically focused and devoted to their industry needs.

Initially operating as a division of the Property Council of Australia, the SCCA separated from the PCA and incorporated as a company limited by guarantee on 30 October 2005 and is governed by a Board of Directors, elected annually by the members.

Since its establishment the following people have chaired the SCCA:

2015 – Current: Peter Allen, CEO Scentre Group

2011 – 2015: Steven Sewell, CEO and Managing Director, Federation Centres

2008 – 2011: Robert (Bob) Jordan, Managing Director Australia, New Zealand and United States, Westfield Group

2001 – 2008: Andrew Scott, CEO, Centro Properties Group

2000 – 2001: Laurie Brindle, Head of Global Real Estate, QIC

1998 – 2000: Jack Ritch, Managing Director, AMP Capital Investors

Since its formation, the SCCA has expanded to 25 members and includes all of Australia’s 20 largest shopping centre owners and the two major independent shopping centre managers.