Project management reaches beyond construction, IT and defence, and enters the finance, law and government sectors. The importance of the discipline grows in Australia, culminating in the birth of the Project Managers' Forum (PMF) followed by its successor, AIPM.

National Executive

The formation of the Victorian Chapter in 1978 initiates the formation of the NSW Chapter and the establishment of a national office and the National Executive.


National Presidents

     1976 – 1977    Ron Woodhead
1978 – 1979   Bruce Hovey


Chapter Presidents


         1978  1979
1979 – 1981
    Bruce Hovey
Marton Marassezky
             1978 – 1981
    Paul Hinkley            


Interviewee: Alan Stretton, PhD, Life Fellow

Alan Stretton, one of the founding members of the PMF (which went on to become AIPM), explains its inception and the huge contribution of founding chair Bruce Hovey.

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Notable Events

  • PMF forms in New South Wales followed by a chapter in Victoria in 1978.
  • In the first year (Sept 1976 – Nov 1977), PMF:

          - accepted over 250 members, including 28 corporations and 90
          - conducted four public forums in Sydney
          - circulated five newsletters
          - affiliated with PMI and Internet – this affiliation allowed Australian
             project managers reciprocal visiting rights, technical papers
             prepared overseas to be published by PMF, joint research projects
             and joint international symposiums
          - organised a two-day conference in February 1978, called 'Fast
             Tracking at the Westmead Hospital – Achievements and Problems',
          - registered as a non-profit limited liability company.

  • PMF officially registers as an association.
  • The first PMF conference is held in Sydney in 1978.