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PGCS Commended  by Assistant Minister Andrew Gee


We were delighted to have the Hon. Andrew Gee MP, Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister participate in PGCS 2019 and 2021
- See a recording of the ministers opening address in 2021
- see more on the Ministers involvement in PGCS.  

Following an exchange of correspondence, we were even more delighted to receive a letter from the Minister commending our achievements - read the letter




2020 Symposium website is live! 


The Symposium theme and outline program for PGCS 2020 has been released.

Built on the proposition that foresight is more valuable then hindsight!  PGCS 2020 is designed to help project and program managers, and their sponsors and senior managers, develop the skills and understanding needed to deliver projects success in the next decade.   

The program will showcase 5 streams: 


  • Major Project stream - this stream focuses on managing the systemic difficulties and complexity of delivering major infrastructure, engineering and business projects.
  • IT and Business stream - this stream covers the range of skills and methodologies needed to manage the complexities of IT projects, including agile and adaptive approaches to project delivery.
  • Defence stream - crafted in consultation with the Department, this stream will focus on case studies highlighting the special challenges associated with successfully delivering defence projects.   
  • Academic Steam - PGCS is becoming the premier forum for the advancement of academic research into project, program and portfolio management in the Australian context - Watch this space! 
  • Education stream - three "double sessions" in this stream will offer everyone the chance to refresh their knowledge and capabilities.


We are also actively seeking expressions of interest and presentation proposals.

Visit the 2020 Symposium website





PGCS 2019 voted the best ever!!

PGCS 2019 saw 200+ people enjoy: 2 international keynote plenary presentations, 5 Australian keynote plenary presentations, 27 stream presentations spread across 5 streams, and 2 panel sessions; making PGCS 2019 one of the busiest and best symposiums ever!

One highlight from the 2 days was the opening address, and presentation of the Walt Lipke award, by the Hon. Andrew Gee MP, Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister. This year’s award recipient was Professor Shankar Sankaran from UTS.



Our international speakers then conducted two outstanding Master Classes on day 3: A Practical Guide to Implementing Complex Systems Governance Concepts on Projects, and Integrating Systems Engineering and Project Management. The Match Made in Heaven Which Increases the Probability of Project Success.

We are now working on uploading all of the presentations and workshop notes to the PGCS website – project managers are good at multi-tasking and time management, but no-one can be in five rooms at the same time…… These papers will also form part of the PGCS library and can be accessed by anyone interested in improving their project management knowledge.

Planning for PGCS 2020 is already underway, the Symposium will be on the 18th and 19th August 2020, followed by Masterclasses on the 20th. Watch this space for more information.


PGCS Launches the PGCAR Journal


The Project Governance & Controls Annual Review (PGCAR - ISSN applied for) is our annual, double-blind peer reviewed journal focused on interesting and practical academic papers dealing with enhancing the governance and practice of project, program and portfolio management in the Australasian region.

Papers for the 2019 edition are being accepted now!




A Fresh Look at What Makes Projects Complex and How to Deal With It

Keating, Charles (Better Pic).JPGProfessor Charles B. (Chuck) Keating is a Professor in the Engineering Management and Systems Engineering Department at Old Dominion University located in Norfolk, Virginia, USA.

His 2017 keynote presentation on complex system governance topic is highly relevant to developing strategies which can be implemented to improve project delivery outcomes in an environment of ever-increasing project complexity. Complexity is unavoidable in most major projects and programs and traditional modes of governance and management have been proven to be ineffective - a new paradigm is needed to effectively govern and manage complex projects and programs. 

Chuck's research has looked at what makes projects complex. And he uses these insights to propose a fresh structure and processes to appropriately govern complexity which is not reliant on either a purely system engineering approach or exclusively on project management approaches.

Click here to view Chuck's keynote presentation:  Complex Systems Governance, What it is and What it Offers for improving project performance.  




The Profession of Project Management is one step closer!

Project management has taken another significant step towards becoming a profession.  After several years of debate and decisions in the UK High Court, 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 Charter.


This process combines a modern assessment of the ‘worth’ of an organisation and the members it represents, their value to society, with the traditions of the UK Crown going back centuries. In keeping with history, the Charter will be printed on vellum and have the Royal seal attached.  In keeping with the modern age the APM will then need to reconfigure its structure, and how it qualifies project managers.


Once the Charter has been sealed APM will implement the procedural, legal and accounting transition to re-constitute itself as a Chartered body during 2017 including transferring the assets and liabilities of the existing charity to a new Chartered Body Corporate. The new body will then conduct a public consultation on the criteria for admission to its planned register of Chartered project professionals, placing project managers on the same professional level as other professions in the UK.


Achieving Chartered status on behalf of the project management profession is expected to:

  • raise standards through a robustly assessed register of project professionals who are committed to professional development and a code of conduct;
  • enhance the status and recognition of project management as a means of delivering effective change that improves our economy and society;
  • facilitate continued collaboration and research with other professions to develop the practice and theory of delivering successful change across sectors and industries.


Whilst this process is very UK centric, and based on the traditions of the Royal Courts, it has much wider implications. When the transition is complete in 2017, project managers, or at least the newly designated Chartered Project Managers will be on the same professional standing as Architects, Engineers and Surveyors. 


Whilst there will still be on-going debate of the nature of ‘professionalism’ in the 21st century in at least one major jurisdiction the concept of placing project management in the same frame as other ‘modern professions’ is close to becoming an accepted fact.  The challenge will be to drive the change in behaviours needed to allow project managers to live up to the code of behaviour and ethical standards expected of a professional – one of the themes PGCS is focused on. 




Halton, Jane.JPGMs Jane Halton, AO PSM Secretary of the Department of Finance highlighted the importance of improving project management, governance and control!

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


Click here to download her speech.






Prime Minister’s address to the APS in the Great Hall of Parliament House highlighted the need for effective project governance and controls!

The Prime Minister’s address focused on his commitment to digital transformation and the huge benefits this will bring to citizens and to the government. But achieving this transformation needs leadership backed up with effective project governance and controls capabilities. As a consequence of both this address, and the Shergold Report, programme management and project management disciplines should be of great interest to all SES officers involved in policy implementation or digital transformation. 


For a report on the Prime Minister’s address see:





The Shergold Report calls for better governance

and better project controls!

The ‘just released’ Shergold Report emphasises the critical importance of effective governance and controls in the delivery of major projects and programs. The PGCS is the first forum to explore and provide insights to the challenges of effectively governing projects and programs. And, to offer practical options and solutions to the shortcomings identified in the report; particularly for “Part D” which is focused on enhancing project (and program) management and the underlying project governance and control arrangements.


Our program for May 2016 is taking shape: see Program Page


Resources from previous symposiums focused on project governance and controls are available from our Library Page (no registration needed). 


Download: Learning from Failure: Why large government policy initiatives have gone so badly wrong in the past and how the chances of success in the future can be improved’ (the Shergold Report)




GAO Schedule Assessment Guide

Final version published and available for download

On the 22nd December, Karen Richey, GAO Assistant Director, and former PGCS Keynote released the USA government's Schedule Assessment Guide: Best Practices for Project Schedules (GAO-16-89G), which is available on-line. this final version is the result of five years work and presents 10 best practices for developing and maintaining a reliable, high-quality schedule.

For more information and to download the schedule see: