About us

About the AIPM

Engaging, educating, and advocating for Australian project professionals.

8,500

Members

We are Australia’s leading membership association for project professionals.

8

Local chapters

We are represented in every state and territory by chapters, made up of AIPM members.

3,700

Certified members

AIPM’s RegPM™ certification levels are the utmost recognition for project management professionals. 

Driving Australia’s project management community

The Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) engages, educates, and advocates for the project profession in Australia. We drive thought leadership and performance in the project arena by bringing people and ideas together for project success.

Vision and values

Our vision is to drive professional excellence and thought leadership in the project arena, bringing people and ideas together for Australia’s success. We exist to lead and represent the project profession in Australia; creating a community and ecosystem that enables project success and the professional advancement of our members.

Belonging

We bring people and ideas together, creating an inclusive community of connected and collaborative project professionals. 

Openness

We conduct ourselves with openness and inclusiveness, welcoming diverse voices, members and industry sectors.

Leadership

We are a voice of the profession, representing our members and driving knowledge, insights and excellence.

Drive

We are ambitious in our standards and innovative in our approach, supporting members and partners to deliver project success.

Our history

1970s

Project managers come together

The project management discipline grows in Australia across multiple industries, leading to the creation of the Project Managers’ Forum in 1976 followed by its successor, the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM).

Driven by founding chair Bruce Hovey and a group of founding members in New South Wales, Project Managers’ Forum accepted over 250 members in its first year, conducted public forums, and organised a two-day conference. The organisation extends to Victoria in 1978 and officially registers as a non-profit limited liability company and an association.

1980s

Networks form

The project management world begins to develop the standards that underpin professionalisation today, as management of megaprojects comes to the forefront with the building of the Channel Tunnel and the Hong Kong Second Harbour Crossing.

The Project Manager Forum extends across Australia with the creation of chapters in South Australia, Queensland, and the Australian Capital Territory. The development of a certification program for project managers begins in the Australian Capital Territory in 1987.

1990s

The Australian Institute of Project Management is established

Australian project managers unite under the AIPM banner as the Project Managers’ Forum becomes the Australian Institute of Project Management in 1989, with over 500 members.

Relaunching with a constitution and National Competency Standards for project management, Robin Schliebs is elected as AIPM’s first National President and a national support office is established in 1991.

The Western Australian Project Management Association (WAPMA), an independent organisation, joins AIPM in 1997, and a Northern Territory Chapter forms in 1999.

2000s

Organisational maturity and professional recognition

Project management grows and matures as a discipline, as does the AIPM, which becomes known as the peak body for project management in Australia.

During the early 2000s, project-driven organisations grow across Australia, and the rigour of project management increases with the value of competent project managers.

The AIPM introduces the Project Management Achievement Awards (PMAA) to recognise, honour and promote outstanding achievements in program and project management. The Tasmanian chapter forms in 2001, establishing the AIPM in every state and territory across Australia.

2010s

Project management is seen as a profession

The AIPM celebrates its 40th Anniversary in 2016 growing to thousands of members across Australia, and hosts the IPMA World Congress in Queensland.

No longer a sub-domain of construction, production, and IT, project management becomes a domain, with the emergence of undergraduate project management degrees in Australia. Qualification and RegPM™ certification now become essential in some industries to securing a role as a project manager.

The AIPM introduces increased digital offerings, with a magazine, Paradigm Shift, as well as live and OnDemand webinars.

The AIPM welcomes special interest groups initiatives such as Women in Project Management and Young & Emerging Project Professionals, and introduces a Mentoring Program and organisation packages.

2020s

Driving project management

The AIPM drives professional excellence and thought leadership in the project arena and brings people and ideas together for Australia’s success.

As project management becomes an essential skill in all industries, the AIPM looks to expand to a wider audience, seeking to raise the capability of project leaders with the introduction of project leadership workshops, as well as project sponsors with the introduction of a Project Sponsor Masterclass.

New branding and a new website are launched to drive the AIPM into the future as it welcomes all project people to be part of the community.

Learn more about us

Learn about our governance, check out our annual reports and catch up on our advocacy

Governance

We believe that excellence in governance goes hand-in-hand with delivering organisation results. The AIPM strives for transparency in our governance practices and policies.

Advocacy

As the voice of excellence in project management, we work on behalf of our members to drive project advocacy in Australia, tackling the professional priorities of our members.

Annual reports & AGM

Access our previous annual general meetings (AGM) as well as annual reports including strategic updated and detailed financial reports.

Our people

We’re a diverse community of passionate leaders, team members, and volunteers, who are driving project management in Australia.

What’s happening at the AIPM

News

Driving project and organisation success with a new AIPM brand

We set out to build a new brand that would drive us into the future and welcome all project people to be part of our community.

News

Report highlights current trends in project management

The fourth joint report from the AIPM and KPMG highlights the need for project management to evolve to meet the needs of today’s challenges.

News

AIPM welcomes budget initiatives to invest in skills to support the infrastructure spending boom

We welcome the budget announcements that considers the importance of developing professional skills and jobs growth.