The state-based winners of the Project Management Achievement Awards (PMAAs) have been announced during October and November, and here we highlight those projects taking the honours of Project of the year.

The PMAAs recognise outstanding project management across industries in Australia, so a huge congratulations to all our winners for their success, and for what they have produced for Australian communities.

Here are Australia’s projects of the year 2022.


ACT Project of the year

Department of Defence – Joint Health Command Garrison Health Facilities Upgrade


The Department of Defence provides comprehensive health care support to 55,000 Australian Defence Force (ADF) members and ensures the health preparedness of ADF personnel for operations and deployments. Joint Health Command (JHC) has overall responsibility for garrison health services. In line with Defence’s new model of health care delivery, the Garrison Facilities Upgrade Project involved the consolidation of 22 facilities into 12 comprehensive health centres. The seven new and five refurbished health facilities were to meet current Australian health guidelines and Defence’s new model of care. Future stages are intended to be undertaken over the next 15 years.


NSW Project of the year

Powering Sydney’s Future


The purpose of Powering Sydney’s Future Project (PSF) was to alleviate an increasing risk of power outages in the supply of electricity to the Sydney CBD and surrounding suburbs. Existing high voltage electrical cables built in the 1960s and 1970s were reaching end of life and a new solution was required. Working jointly with Ausgrid, Transgrid identified the installation of new 330kV cable as the most economically viable option to ensure a reliable future power supply. Transgrid delivered the project, completing works ahead of time and under budget, and secured a long-term reliable power supply to Sydney CBD and suburbs.


NT Project of the year

RAAF Darwin – Banksian House Refurbishment


RAAF Darwin is located on 1,278 hectares, approximately 4.5km northeast of the Darwin central business district. RAAF Darwin is steeped in World War II history. In 1942, Japanese forces mounted two air raids on Darwin, the second of which was a high-altitude attack on the base. The commanding officer’s residence, Banksian House, survived the raids. The residence is heritage-listed and part of an historic precinct. The project’s aim was to restore Banksian House to its former glory and update and improve the facilities so that it could serve as a venue for meetings and events and accommodate VIP guests.


QLD Project of the year

Future Drought Fund Regional Drought Resilience Planning in Queensland

The Yellow Company, the Rural Economies Centre of Excellence, and the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

The key objective of the Regional Drought Resilience Planning (RDRP) program was to develop and publish drought resilience plans across all Queensland agricultural regions. Based on evidence and collaboration, the identified actions aim to guide an implementation process to build the region’s resilience to future drought. The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) partnered with the Rural Economies Centre of Excellence (RECoE) and The Yellow Company (Yellow) to deliver drought resilience planning in five pilot regions as part of the program’s foundational year. The program is jointly funded through the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund and the Queensland Government.


SA Project of the year

Adelaide Festival Plaza Redevelopment

Mott MacDonald

The Adelaide Festival Plaza Redevelopment was a large and complex program of works delivered across multiple private and public sector agencies. As an integral part of the Government’s vibrant city agenda, it was essential that all elements of the project were reflective of the opportunity to create an exemplar public space while staying sensitive to existing culture and heritage of the place. The key objective of the redevelopment was to transform the area between the Adelaide Festival Centre, Parliament House, Adelaide Railway Station, and the River Torrens Footbridge, into a world-class destination at the heart of Adelaide’s Riverbank Precinct.


TAS Project of the year

New Bridgewater Bridge – Major Project Planning Approval Assessment

Department of State Growth

The New Bridgewater Bridge project secured planning approval for Tasmania’s largest ever investment in a single transport infrastructure project as the first to use the Tasmania’s new Major Projects assessment pathway. The project pursued a flexible outcomes-based approach from the process to support the iterative nature of the procurement and design processes. Although the legislation would accommodate such an approach, the regulators chose a more prescriptive approach that needed more time for the required information to be provided. The project responded by minimising planning approval delays through time efficient submissions and mitigating project delays by adapting its procurement strategy.


VIC Project of the year

Grampians Peaks Trail

Parks Victoria and Ontoit

The Grampians Peaks Trail project is a world-class natural and cultural walking experience showcasing the stunning Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park. The complex undertaking involved constructing the walking trail over 160km and building 11 new hike-in campsites in remote and rugged mountainous terrain. Opened in November 2021, the project was delivered with extensive stakeholder consultation and through working closely with the Traditional Owners. As a result, the trail will bring visitors closer to the rich Aboriginal culture of the region. The $33m project will generate significant economic benefit for the region and strengthen the social wellbeing of the local community.


WA Project of the year

Project Sundew


Through collaborative delivery, the Australian Federal Police and RPS, as the engaged project manager, accomplished the design, fitout, commissioning, and relocation of a new WA AFP State Office. Code-named ‘Project Sundew’, the difficult project constraints and requirements reflected the complexities and confidentiality of a national policing agency, all within the environment of a global pandemic. The new premises included the installation of significant physical security enhancements, specialist equipment, technical ICT driven spaces while achieving a comfortable and safe space for staff to meet the current and future focussed operational, cultural, and public needs of Australia’s federal policing agency.


Are you working on the next Project of the year?

If you would like to be recognised in the future for your achievements in project management, enter the Project Management Achievement Awards (PMAAs) in 2023. 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.


Visit our PMAAs page to see the full list of state-based winners. The national winners will be announced in 2023.