Fixing the Construction Industry With Project Management

Construction industry failures and how project management is part of the cure


Our speakers will share with you the current poor outcomes being achieved in the Construction Industry in Australia, explore the drivers behind these outcomes and the emerging challenges the industry is facing. Kiri and Heidi will examine what trends are emerging that can lead to improved outcomes, with a focus on how they relate to project management.


  • A broader perspective on the construction industry and the challenges it faces
  • Why procurement structures influence what project managers do, achieve and influence
  • The key issues project managers can engage in to drive improved outcomes

Members $30 | Non Members: $60
CPD: 3 points


Kiri Parr Kiri is a Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne law school lecturing in the master’s course “Major Projects – the Legal Interfaces” and is actively involved in the Queensland Law Society Ethics Committee and the FIDIC Contracts Committee.  Kiri spent more than 20 years’ as a construction lawyer, followed by 15 years as the Regional General Counsel for Arup, a large international professional consulting company.  During this time, Kiri was involved in numerous large projects in the region including Airport Link, Gold Coast Light Rail and Marina Bay Sands.Kiri was on the board of Consult Australia, the industry body for consultants in the built environment for 6 years and was President from 2017 to 2019. In 2014 and 2015, Kiri was named in Australia’s most powerful part-timers list published by Women’s Agenda and from 2015 to 2019 Kiri has been included in Doyle’s Leading In-House Construction Lawyers in Australia.
Heidi Schweikert Over the past 25 years, Heidi has managed teams of legal, technical and technology specialists in large and complex construction and resources claims. Heidi recognises the importance of project management skills and tools in managing claims and uses them to ensure our large disputes are run efficiently and delivered cost effectively. Heidi also brings those skills and experience to major projects, working with clients to identify and manage risk throughout the project to improve delivery and to identify and minimise commercial risk and claims. Where it is not possible avoid risk altogether, we work to tailor creative dispute resolution and management solutions early with a view to maintaining commercial relationships. In 2018 Heidi won the Lexology Client Choice Construction Award for Australia and she has appeared regularly in Doyles Guide for construction and commercial litigation since 2012.

Kiri Parr

Heidi Schweikert