PGCS Annual Essay Competition

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Project Governance and Control 
Essay and Presentation Competition (PGCEPC 2018)

The Project Governance and Controls Symposium (PGCS) is focused on expanding knowledge of the management and governance of projects, programs, and portfolios in Australasia and rewarding excellence in research. Our annual 'essay competition' is designed to encourage practitioners, academics, and students to creatively think about the challenges our profession faces, suggest innovative solutions and offers a platform for disseminating your ideas to a wide audience.  


♦  This is an open competition - anyone can participate, practitioners, students, academics - the requirement is for an interesting essay, not an academic paper.

♦  Key dates:
    -  Closing date for entries; 8:00 AM Australian Eastern Standard Time on Monday 2 July 2018.
    -  Winners notified to all participants no later than Monday 30 July 2018.
    -  Symposium dates: 14 - 16 August 2018. 

♦  Essays of 2000 - 3000 words are required:
    -  Essays may have been written for other purposes (eg, coursework) but not published;
    -  Any innovative or interesting topic related to project/program/portfolio governance or management will be welcome. 

♦  The winner will receive:
    - The Walt Lipke Project Governance and Control Excellence Award (Perpetual Trophy);
    -  A $1000 cash prize;
    -  Complimentary attendance at PGCS 2018; and
    -  The opportunity to present your paper.

♦  The runner-up will receive:
    -  A $300 cash prize; and
    -  Complimentary attendance at PGCS 2018.

♦  All essays deemed of a sufficient standard will be considered for presentations and/or publication,
    complimentary invitations to PGCS may be offered.

♦  Your essay 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 submissions must comply with the Terms and Conditions of Entry and include a signed Declaration.

♦  All submissions and correspondence to




- Download the 2018 essay competition information.

- Download the Declaration (PDF format)

- Download the Declaration (Word format)

- All submissions and correspondence to



2017 Winners now available for downloading!

Winner, $1000 prize: Mr. Peter Slay
Failure of Public Sector Programs - A Framework to Manage Success Criteria

Runner-up, $300 prize: Dr. Raymond Young
Implementing Strategy through P3M and Benefits Management


Full details of the winners are archived in our library