AIPM Summit gathers experts to navigate unprecedented disruptions

Simon Kaleski, Acting CEO of Australian Institute of Project Management
Simon Kaleski, Acting CEO of Australian Institute of Project Management

The Australian Institute of Project Management hosted its 2023 National Summit and Project Management Achievement Awards (PMAA) at the Sofitel Sydney, Wentworth on Friday 24 March. The day saw a community of project management professionals gather to hear from the industry’s best speakers and the NPMAA later in the evening.

What did the summit explore this year?

The summit’s theme of ‘Leading through disruption’ explored challenges facing the profession including disrupted supply chains, constrained labour markets, inflation and interest rates, cyber security concerns and the rapidly growing focus on sustainability.

The summit’s featured speakers include Alisa Camplin-Warner, Winter Olympic Gold Medalist and Resilience & High Performance Consultant, Paul Gleeson,  Sustainability & Managing Director, Energy, Aurecon, Lizzie Allen, General Manager, Right Management and Chris Deeble AO, CSC, Deputy Secretary, CASG, Department of Defence.

“The AIPM 2023 National Summit aimed to band together a community of project leaders who have been navigating unprecedented disruption to debate best practices and share different perspectives to help the profession adapt, learn and grow.” says Simon Kaleski, Acting Chief Executive Officer of Australian Institute of Project Management.

“This one-day event was empower and equip leaders with the tools and tactics to help ignite change and drive success, whilst reconnecting them with a talented network of project management professionals from around Australia,” Simon continues.

Curated on AIPM’s ‘The State of Project Management in Australia’ report in December 2022 and conducted in conjunction with KPMG Australia. It identified the key issues in the workforce that 73% of respondents experienced staff shortages, 62% expected government intervention to influence their future projects, and 44% had supply chain disruption.

Guests were also invited to the National Project Management Achievement Awards Dinner at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth at 6:30pm that evening. PMAAs exist to recognise, honour, and promote outstanding achievements in program and project management. Each year, project teams across Australia submit their projects for assessment by a judging panel of experts. Winners of  were awarded in two levels: State and National at the event ceremony.

What awards were contested for at the summit?

 Individual Awards

  • Senior Project Professional
  • Project Professional
  • Future Project Leader (under 35 years)

 Project Awards

  • Construction/Engineering Projects
  • Government Projects
  • ICT/Telecommunications Projects
  • Transformation Projects
  • Small Projects
  • Regional Projects
  • Sustainable Projects
  • Professional Services Projects
  • Project Management Office (PMO)

PMAAs is the premier project management awards in Australia, recognising project professionals, organisations, and outstanding projects across industries. With over 10 award categories, it offers opportunities for professionals to be recognised for their successes.