Australia's Premier Project Management Conference / 27 - 28 May 2019 / Gold Coast


What does winning a PMI Award mean?!?

Know it first hand from an Award winner from PMIAC 2017.


 Young Project Manager of the Year: Matthew Beales at Aurecon.

Here is what he had to say;

How did winning an award change your professional career?

Increased Responsibilities!!

Winning the PMI Young PM of the Year has enabled a range of opportunities within current projects including leadership roles and opportunities leading larger project teams in the Health Sector. It has enabled me to have important conversations with clients in relation to the benefits of Project Management and the unique skillset we can bring to a project. Clients are often inquisitive as to why and how PM’s influence the project outcomes? The award brings to the forefront of the conversation the benefit we can bring to the project and the skills required to be successful in the industry.

How did this award change your role at work and in your project team?

Mentoring Opportunities!!

Wining an award definitely increased my motivation in all aspects. It has also allowed me to reflect on how I can transfer the skills I have developed to the younger PMs in our team. I have been able to display the improved project outcomes when we co-design the future state with our clients and take them on the journey rather than just inform. This has been able to improve the client relationships of our younger brigade and we have been able to deliver improved outcomes on projects at all levels.

How did winning an award help you at an organisational level?

Become an Influencer!!

Internally the PMI Award has been able to raise the discussion to a strategic level where I have been able to influence the direction, principles and goals of the Health PM Team within Aurecon. It has accelerated my opportunities for growth, exposure to other sectors which have been beneficial for my career development.”


 PMO of the Year: Information Technology PMO, Reserve Bank of Australia

Here is what the PMO of the year 2017 had to say on their journey after winning an award last year:

1.Share your experience at the time of / on winning an Award?

PMI is the acknowledged leading association in the project world. To receive the national PMO of the Year Award by the PMI was both an honour and a privilege. It was a great feeling to have the experts in the project world and peers recognise our contribution and hard work. The Gala Awards night was a very special occasion with our PMO team, Assistant Governor, senior leaders of our IT and business departments joining us – along with PMI members from across Australia. It was an auspicious moment for all of us celebrating the success and will remain one of our career highlights.

2. Did Winning an award change any specific aspect of your life?  If Yes, How?

As a team, we are certainly more confident and inspired to strive towards delivering excellence and quality.  The award reinforced our goal of continuously raising the standard and repute of the RBA IT Portfolio Management function (that includes our Project Management and Business Analysts community). For me personally, it has raised the bar of expectation for future achievements. I set new goals and challenges that may sound impossible now, but persistently work towards achieving them

3. Did this award help in achieving you career goals? What goals were you able to achieve?

It certainly raised our profile and opened a new window of career opportunities. One of our goals was to form a Central Bank PMO network across the globe and we have been able to share our experiences and knowledge with this group. We have also been invited to mentor the PMO establishment at several private sector companies. In addition, we shared our journey and lessons at the Australian Public Sector PMO Conference.

4. What do you think of this initiative of PMI Australia – Yearly Project Professional Awards?

The PMI Australia is doing a magnificent job in recognising and raising the profile of project professionals across the country. These professional awards not only recognise success, they highlight hard work, persistence and passion on a public platform. This initiative empowers our youth, particularly in Australia, to understand the benefits and pursue careers in Project Management.

Moreover, the PMO of the Year award highlights the dedication and perseverance of the PMOs that generally stay behind the scenes when a project or programme is delivered successfully.

5. Why do you think project professionals should nominate themselves for these awards? What would you like to say to them?

To our fellow project professionals – the PMI awards are a prominent way to celebrate your years of hard work in producing outstanding results worthy of recognition by your peers. Winning or losing is just one aspect; your nomination at such prestigious national platform acknowledges your valued contributions towards project management. It makes you focussed on what to improve on and articulate what could be best for your team and organisation. This will inspire you and your peers, open new career opportunities, and above all celebrate your success.

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