The Australian Institute of Project Management National Conference 2012 “People, Places, Projects… A New Frontier” was held 7 – 10 October 2012 in Melbourne, Victoria. The Conference attracted over 700 delegates.

This conference website is an archived copy of the original that has been sponsored by the project management and construction team, Vati Projects. We would like to thank all attendees to the conference for their support at this highly anticipated and successful event. We hope to see you all again at our next Australian Institute of Project Management National Conference.

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Project Managers from government, energy, IT, mining, oil and gas, land development, construction, education, manufacturing and a range of other industries converged on the crown promenade hotel in Melbourne to listen to international and Australian speakers in discussions on the theme of project managementpeople, places, projects.

On behalf of the Australian Institute of Project Management, it was our pleasure to welcome Institute Members, Conference Delegates, local and overseas guest and Industry Partners to Melbourne, awarded the world’s most liveable city in 2012. We have a diverse range of Keynote speakers for 2012 including Mark Bouris – Executive Chairman, Yellow Brick and host of ‘The Apprentice’, Inspirational Speaker – Li Cunxin, Mao’s Last Dancer, Hisham El-Ansary – Director Strategy and Commercial Development, Bupa Australia Group, Chris Jenkins – CEO Thales Australia and many more outstanding keynote speakers. I am pleased to advise that a large number of high quality abstracts were submitted covering key aspects of project management. In addition we allowed for interactive sessions to allow delegates to exchange and share experiences and actively engage. The Conference offered the opportunity for Senior Management, Project Managers and those working in projects to up skill, knowledge share, and network. The three day program featured a variety of speakers and a social program allowing delegates, sponsors and exhibitors the opportunity to mix in both a professional and social environment. The Conference theme this year was: People, Places, Projects…

We are extremely thankful for the amazing response we have had from a hardworking team of solar industry specialists with the offer to help maintain this archived version of the site. Their commitment to bringing solar panels to the commercial sector is their key business goal as outlined in their conference presentation. Brisbane is one of leading areas in the nation for solar panel installation and as such has brought about a boom in solar panel development geared towards residential developments as well as commercial. This increase in the solar related sales doesn’t stop at solar panels, it has spawned a multibillion dollar industry with huge project management potential. Solar lighting and solar hot water systems are leading the charge with many project managers in the housing development sector offering both as standard on new projects.

We’d also like to extend our praises to another group of dedicated supporters of this website archive who are seen as pioneers of the plumbing and drainage sector of project management. Without the innovation and hard work of our drainage manufacturers and cleaners, we would still be facing major issues still seen in other projects around the world. But instead, innovation has prevailed and their cutting edge strip drains and stainless steel drainage is now commonplace on all major industrial projects. There is no better way to become an industry leader than by reshaping your industry!

Along with those in the plumbing and drainage industry, we’d also like to extend our gratitude to all the other industry professionals who were involved in the projects which we oversee. Electricians, construction and renovation workers, government departments, commercial pest controllers, miners, and architects to name a few are all extremely highly valued and necessary to the success of these projects.  The public can sometimes not understand the high level of effort and sometimes, high level of disappointment that can sometimes come with project management so it’s always nice to know what we can achieve when we work together. We look forward to seeing everyone again at the next Australian Institute of Project Management conference in Perth in 2013.