At a time when it’s more important than ever to celebrate success, we take a look at the top 10 most successfully managed projects in Australia.

These outstanding projects are based on the 2021 Project Management Achievement Awards (PMAAs) winners.

The PMAAs were announced in February 2022, and recognise the talent and commitment of project leaders across Australia. “These awards not only celebrate project successes, but it’s also a way to show appreciation for the outcomes these project leaders have delivered to the Australian economy and community,” said Sid Gokani, CEO of the Australian Institute of Project Management.

Congratulations to all the winners. Here are the 10 best managed projects in Australia.

1. Project of the year

Jemena-Kendall Bay Remediation Project


Also winning best sustainable project, the Jemena-Kendall Bay Remediation Project can be seen above in the main picture. Operations from the former Mortlake Gasworks resulted in contamination of sediment within Kendall Bay. Contamination in certain areas of the bay posed potential ecological and human health risks. The project objective was to address the contamination risks while minimising disturbance to the marine environment and surrounding community. A triple bottom line approach was adopted to ensure the project was sustainably delivered with social, financial, and environmental perspectives in mind. This led to development and implementation of an innovative world-first design that delivered a successful outcome, within the sensitive and dynamic marine environment while limiting impacts to the adjacent residential community.

2. Best construction/engineering project

Collins Place – Repositioning

Turner & Townsend

Collins Place is an enduring Melbourne icon. In 2017, most of the building services infrastructure at Melbourne’s Collins Place was identified as beyond its operational life, inefficient and in need of replacement. Turner & Townsend, as the external project manager, on behalf of AMP Capital, helped create a better future by delivering a $100m+ 10-year capital works program to upgrade equipment including; critical life safety services, electrical switch boards, mechanical and electrical equipment. The completed upgrades have increased the sustainability and efficiency of the site, all whilst maintaining occupancy with little to no disruption to tenants.

3. Best government project

Digital Transformation Agency

The Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) is responsible for the development and improvement of digital and ICT sourcing arrangements so that Australian Public Service (APS) agencies have broad access to industry partners who provide cost-effective, innovative and contemporary solutions. combines all DTA whole-of-government procurement services into a single platform. Comprised of 14 panel arrangements and agreements, enables a cohesive experience for customers. It also supports the rapid deployment of new marketplaces and the continual enhancement of services through the regular release of customer centric features. makes buying and selling simple, clear and fast.

4. Best ICT/telecommunications project

Westpac Branch Network Transformation

Westpac Group

The Westpac Branch Network Transformation (BNT) was a $25m ICT program which replaced the Westpac Group branch switch/routers and wireless access points to 944 branches and remediated a significant End of Support (EoS) risk by December 2020. The project deployed a Software Defined Network (SD-WAN) solution which removed current technology constraints, introduced Regional Performance Hubs (RPH) to improve performance by delivering breakout to internet and cloud services and moved away from the traditional Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) based network connectivity. The SD-WAN solution provided to branch sites a significantly higher network bandwidth at a lower cost with carrier diversity.

5. Best transformation project

Transforming the Portfolio Management Capability within Unitywater


In 2019, the Unitywater executive teamed up with Deloitte Touché Tohmatsu to explore an enhanced Enterprise Portfolio Management Office (EPMO) capability with the key objective to deliver a single source of portfolio performance data that enabled more effective executive decision-making to drive strategy execution. This transformational project was delivered in three phases:

  1. establish the foundation
  2. evolve EPMO
  3. embed EPMO.


The new enterprise-level functionality is underpinned by a suite of modern and contemporary tools and techniques coupled with a desire to invest in change and continuous improvement.

6. Best small project

Western Sydney Green Gas Project

Jemena Pty Ltd and Zinfra Pty Ltd

Jemena and their project services partner Zinfra, supported through co-funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, successfully completed the Western Sydney Green Gas project. The project involved demonstrating power-to-gas technology by converting renewable electricity into hydrogen and was one of the most comprehensive hydrogen demonstration projects in Australia. It was undertaken to identify and understand barriers to the commercialisation of hydrogen technology and the application within the gas distribution network. It will also provide insight into hydrogen’s role in the renewable energy future through the application of hydrogen storage, electricity generation and supply for fuel cell electric vehicles.

7. Best regional project

Mater Private Hospital Townsville – Mercy Centre

Resource Co-ordination Partnership (RCP) Pty Ltd

Mater Health Services embarked on the redevelopment of their private hospital in Townsville to provide residents in North Queensland with contemporary medical facilities and industry-leading treatment and care services. This stage of the hospital’s master plan, named the Mercy Centre, included the development of a new four-storey clinical services building delivering modern x-ray facilities, digital operating theatres, a new day surgery unit, and a new hospital entrance. RCP project managed the development from commencement to completion with minimal interruption to the hospital’s daily care of patients, and that was achieved during COVID and a major flood event in Townsville.

8. Best community service and/or community development project

Melbourne City Mission – Hester Hornbrook Academy

Turner & Townsend and Melbourne City Mission

Run by Melbourne City Mission (MCM), the Hester Hornbrook Academy (HHA) is an independent school which provides youths with a better education facility. Responding to the growing need for an alternative approach to education for youths, MCM decided to open its largest and most ambitious HHA facility in Sunshine, Victoria. Turner & Townsend has supported MCM’s projects since 2018 and have built a strong relationship with MCM. The team successfully project managed the HHA Sunshine facility from inception through to completion to enable greater results for Melbourne’s disadvantaged youths.

9. Best professional services project

Services Australia 500 Site Network Refresh

Telstra Purple

Services Australia, formerly the Department of Human Services, is an executive agency of the Australian Government responsible for delivering a range of welfare, health, child support payments and other services to the Australian public. Telstra was contracted to uplift and future proof Services Australia ICT network, enabling Services’ Australia to enhance their ability to serve the Australian public. A dedicated Telstra Purple Project team completed the national ICT infrastructure rollout project ahead of schedule, under budget and without interruption to customer business. The rollout was not only successful but seamless despite significant challenges.

10. Best project management office (PMO)

Inland Rail Program Management Office (IR PMO)

Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC), Turner & Townsend and SNC Lavalin

Inland Rail was a once-in-a-generation project that will enhance mostly agricultural and retail supply chains between inland Australia, major cities and ports by unlocking economic value through upgrading capacity in selected brownfield areas and creating new infrastructure in missing links, ultimately to make rail the preferred choice for freight transport. Turner & Townsend was appointed by ARTC as Program Management Office (PMO) provider, to improve existing internal PMO services, enhance reporting and assurance on project and program controls. To ensure local capability and capacity, Turner & Townsend and SNC Lavalin jointly submitted a service offer which was accepted late 2018.

Best project professionals

Individual winners of the PMAAs were also selected, and we couldn’t miss giving them a special mention and congratulations. The winners were:

  • Future Project Leader – Tarini Pathak
  • Project Professional – Luke Osland
  • Senior Project Professional – Trevor Cooper.

Stand out from the crowd with a Project Management Achievement Award

The Project Management Achievement Awards (PMAAs) recognise, honour and promote outstanding achievements in program and project leadership. In its 22nd year, the 2022 PMAAs will celebrate project management excellence and innovation across 12 award categories for both organisations and individuals. Find out more about the project management awards.

By entering the PMAAs, you and/or your organisation are benchmarking your outstanding achievements and innovations in project management against your peers and demonstrating your commitment to achieving project excellence. This is your year to be recognised and rewarded for your achievements within the project profession. Is your project one of the next upcoming most successful projects in Australia?