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The Project Governance & Controls Annual Review (PGCAR)

ISSN 2652-1016 (Online)

Our annual review of interesting and practical, industry and academic papers is focused on enhancing the governance and practice of project, program and portfolio management in the Australasian region. Each annual review is published in the month following the Project Governance & Controls Symposium held in August, in Canberra; and includes papers received in the preceding year.


Academic papers published in the PGCAR are peer reviewed and relevant to our mission to improve project governance and control.  We also publish non-academic papers of a high quality; these may be submitted as part of the Symposium proceedings, or separately.  All papers approved for publication are eligible for inclusion in the Walt Lipke Award.


Selected finalists in the Walt Lipke award receive a free registration to the PGCS symposium in Canberra to present their paper, the winner also receives a trophy and a $1000 cash prize - see more on the Walt Lipke Award



2022 Key Dates

The PGCAR publication will be issued in September 2022.  Last date for the submission of a paper is 31st July 2022. 



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Page contents


  1.  Information on submitting a paper for double blind peer review and publication
         (email industry papers directly to the editor).
  2.  Information on the Walt Lipke award.
  3.  Publication index.
  4.  Papers accepted for publication in the next PGCAR.
  5.  Index of published papers sorted by title.
  6.  Index of lead authors sorted by surname.
  7. To submit a conference presentation, visit our Symposium web site.

Series Editor:
Patrick Weaver, email enquiries to 

Academic panel:
Dr. Keith Joiner, UNSW Canberra.  
Dr. Lynda Bourne, Monash University.



Publication Index

Sorted by year of publication.

2022 - see pre-press listing for accepted papers for our 2022 edition

2021 - Publication due Sept. 2021

2020 edition: The Project Governance and Controls Annual Update

2019 edition: The Project Governance and Controls Annual Update

2017-18 edition: The Project Governance & Controls Annual Update




Instructions for submitting papers to PGCAR


The Project Governance and Controls Symposium (PGCS) is a not for profit organisation focused on expanding knowledge of the management and governance of projects, programs, and portfolios in Australasia and rewarding excellence in research. Within this overall objective, our published academic papers are 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. Papers selected for publication in the PGCAR are automatically eligible for inclusion in the Walt Lipke awards and a $1000 first prize (subject to the award conditions) - see more on the Walt Lipke Award.


The Project Governance & Controls Annual Review (PGCAR) is an Australian publication, supported by PGCS and the Australian academic community, focused on improving the governance, control and delivery of protects, programs and portfolios. To achieve our aim of collecting and disseminating high quality papers and information in support of our objective, we are pleased to advise there are no charges associated with the review and publication of your paper. 


Industry papers, or questions about submitting this class of paper, should be emailed to Patrick Weaver at: PGCS is focused on encouraging participation. 


To ensure a high quality of Academic papers, this journal uses the double-blind review process, which means that both the reviewer and author identities are concealed from each other throughout the review process. The editor is the sole point of contact until after the paper has been accepted for publication. If you have any questions, email your enquiry to Patrick Weaver at: 


Our annual Symposium includes a strong academic track designed to link researchers and practitioners. There are two ways you can contribute:

1. Authors of accepted papers are encouraged to participate in the symposium, either through the Walt Lipke Award or as a registered/invited speaker. 

2. If you have a presentation you would like to share, register via the Symposium website. Presentations may have been previously presented at other conferences 
    (eg, IRNOP) and are not peer reviewed. Click through to the symposium website.



Information for prospective authors: 

This is an open publication - anyone can participate, practitioners, students, academics - the requirement is for an interesting paper of a high standard.  But in preparing your paper, remember PGCS is focused on achieving real improvement in the practice of project, program, and/or portfolio, management and/or governance. Therefore, preference will be given to innovative papers that have direct, practical value. Industry papers are accepted on merit. 

The review criteria for academic papers submitted to the PGCAR include the requirements for the paper to:
•  Be original – substantially similar papers published in other journals will not be accepted
•  Describe research that contributes to the advancement of literature of and knowledge to support the advancement of project controls or governance
•  Clearly state the research question and the nature and method of the research
•  Include a literature review identifying the theoretical concepts and research upon which this work is based
•  Demonstrate the value or significance of the research
•  Include an abstract, conclusions, and statements about the limitations of the research and next steps
•  Use American Psychological Association (APA) style of references.


Papers of 3000 - 6000 words are preferred,  papers may have been written for other purposes (eg, coursework) but not published. Papers selected for publication, on completion of the review process, will be published in the prepress section of this website as soon as practical after acceptance, and included in our annual PGCAR publication.

Please note, The Australian Research Council has now included ‘Project Management’ as a research classification in Australia and New Zealand with the code 350712, listed under Strategy, Management and Organisational Behaviour.


Academic Authors are required to download and review the following:

     -  Download general information on the publication, formatting and referencing
     -  Download information on copyright.
     -  Download information on submitting your paper for review





The Walt Lipke Award

Peter-Slay-Award.jpgThe Walt Lipke award is an annual prize awarded to the best paper received by PGCS, and accepted for publication in the PGCAR. Pictured is Peter Slay receiving the inaugural award from Walt Lipke in 2017.


For a full list of award winners, click through to our awards page


To be eligible for the award, your paper must have been:

♦  Submitted to the PGCAR journal since the close-off of the previous year's award,

♦  Accepted for publication, and

♦  Be available for presentation at the annual PGCS symposium in Canberra.


Agreeing to present your accepted paper at the annual PGCS symposium is a condition-precedent to being considered for the Walt Lipke award.  PGCS recognises this requirement may be a limitation to some people and will consider practical options, email if you feel dispensation may be appropriate. 


Three papers are nominated as finalists each year prior to PGCS, the winner is announced during the opening plenary session each year. 

♦  The winner will receive:
    - The Walt Lipke Project Governance and Control Excellence Award (Perpetual Trophy)
    -  A $1000 cash prize
    -  Complimentary attendance at PGCS, and
    -  The presentation of your paper to the PGCS plenary (Key Note).

♦  The runners-up will receive:
    -  Complimentary attendance at PGCS, and
    -  The presentation of your paper in the PGCS Academic stream.

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


Selection criteria.

Selection of the finalists and winner each year is at the sole discretion of the PGCAR academic panel and will be based on your papers:

  • ♦  Originality: a new or innovative concept
  • ♦  Practicality: the usefulness of the concept in the management of projects, programs and/or portfolios in the Australian context
  • ♦  Quality: the academic merit of the paper.  

Your availability for presentation at PGCS is a prerequisite. Decisions of the selection panel are final.