Project and Program Management Symposium Industries


2017 Project and Program Management Symposium
Tuesday 2nd & Wednesday 3rd May 2017
- Plus Workshops & Masterclasses -

Better Management - Better Projects
Location - UNSW Canberra at ADFA

Monday 1st May - Pre-Symposium Workshops

Tuesday 2nd & Wednesday 3rd May - Symposium

Thursday 4th May - International Masterclasses  


 PGCS 2017 is open for business. You can:

- Offer a paper for presentation in the practitioner tracks: see more on submitting a practitioner presentation.
- Offer a paper for inclusion in the academic track: see more on the academic call for papers



Symposium Overview - Why you should attend!

This year's PGCS project and program management symposium features several keynote speakers extending on the project performance issues and importance of project management raised by last year's speakers and participants.

Last year the Secretary of the Department Finance, Ms Jane Halton, AO, PSM urged public service attendees to heed the Australian Government report by Professor Shergold AC (2015).  This year, he (Professor Shergold bio) is presenting the opening senior executive keynote to the symposium. Professor Shergold’s review looked at why there has been so many public policy implementation difficulties in Australia recently and found among many aspects, that risk planning and implementation was not based on realistic early trialling to appreciate the full consequences of failure (The Shergold Report).

Similarly last year, speakers highlighted the complexity of projects in “systems-of-systems” suggesting that such complexity was not necessarily about scale, but the oftentimes unpredictability of project or system environments.

Professor Keating is the second senior executive keynote as the head of the U.S. National Centres for System of Systems Engineering (Professor Keating bio). Professor Keating will be presenting on emerging discipline of complex system governance. His research has looked afresh at what is complexity in projects and systems engineering and has proposed a fresh structure and process to appropriately govern complexity, one that is not reliant on either the purely system engineering approaches for governing system complexity (i.e., increased modelling & simulation) or project management approaches for governing project complexity like P3O. Professor Keating comes from Old Dominion University in the major Naval town of Norfolk, Virginia and often applies his research to ship and submarine building, which is very relevant for Australia's Defence investment plan issued last year for the coming decade.


PGCS Essay Competition - Now Open


$1500 in prizes plus complimentary registrations to PGCS 2017 for essays of 2000 - 3000 words.

Topics for the PGCEPC 2017 must be of an interesting and/or thought-provoking nature that has project, program or portfolio governance and/or control (or a related issue) as its central focus. All essays received will be considered for presentation or publication.

See more on this exciting competition.  



PGCS 2017 Registration

Register for PGCS 2017 by clicking the blue button below.  

  Register your interest


PGCS is unique in Australia

PGCS is the only event focused on enhancing an organisation's ability to govern its projects and programs by improving the capability and integration of both its project controls and governance functions. We achieve this in three ways:

A unique focus on project managment, governance and controls

PGCS is simultaneously a major event for Australia's project management professionals and for their senior managers responsible for organisational governance. 

The Symposium is designed to provide a unique learning experience - see more

Our corporate structure is deliberately light - see about us

We are not-for-profit, all surpluses will be invested in education and research in Australasia.  


Working to develop Australian skills

- Bringing international thought leaders from Europe and the USA to participate in the symposium.

- A strong focus on Australian academic developments including an academic stream.

- Organising one-on-one meetings between our visiting keynotes and Australian leaders.

- Publishing the symposium materials, for public access, in our library.

- Including masterclasses from international experts in the program (see this year's masterclass). 


Providing an open forum for the exchange of ideas

We do not seek to compete with member based organisations, PGCS policy is to network with and support all organisations focused on developing the profession of project management world-wide. See below.

Networking and an open forum for discussion are essential elements of PGCS - to stay in touch follow our
News Page or join our Linked-In group.

To read more about the PGCS objectives and mission, see our 'About Page'  

Latest News


A new paradigm for governing complex projects

Prof. 'Chuck' Keating's keynote presentation is a unique opportunity to hear from and meet a world-leading expert on the effective governance of complex projects.  This is a once-only Australian opportunity.

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Project management recognised as a profession in the UK

The Privy Council considered the application by the Association of Project Management (APM) at its meeting on 12 October 2016 and has now issued an Order of Grant, which has triggered a process which will see the association awarded a Royal Charter. 

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Jane Halton 2016 Keynote Speach 

Ms Jane Halton, AO PSM Secretary of the Department of Finance highlighted the importance of the need to improve project management, governance and controls at PGCS 2016. Click here to access her speech.

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Prime Minister highlights the need for effective project governance and controls!

His address to the APS in the Great Hall of Parliament House highlighted the need for effective project governance and controls.

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The Shergold Report calls for better governance and better project controls!

PGCS is uniquely placed to help Departments deal with the challenges of implementing this report.

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Australian Defence White Paper requires a major increase in project delivery capability.

PGCS is well positioned to provide a forum for discussion and learning.

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GAO Schedule Assessment Guide

Final version published and available for download.

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Moves on Standardisation

Standards Australia and ISO are working to enhance the standardisation of the ‘management of projects’

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