The Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) has honoured medical insurance newcomer Bupa Australia as the Project of the Year for its change program, which saw the company replace three major health insurers—HBA, MBF and Mutual Community—without undermining a collective 3.1 million clients. Bupa also won the Change Management category.
“The calibre of entries into the 2012 PMAA [Project Management Achievement Awards] was extremely high and demonstrates the strength of the highly skilled talent and teams across some of Australia’s prominent businesses and organisations,” said David Hudson, AIPM national president.
“The PMAA covers all aspects of project management in 13 categories and identifies the innovation, skills, time management, leadership, capability, creativity, cost effectiveness, community input, social and economic outcomes within each project.”
Other winners from the awards include Queensland Rail’s South Brisbane rail project in the competitive Construction & Engineering ($100 million or less) category and repeat winners NSW Public Works, whose major multi-purpose health program across regional areas of Eugowra, Coonamble and Balranald received the top award in Community Service and Development.
Hudson chose the night of celebration to remind guests of the importance of good project management. “There is a skill shortage in top resource industries and these organisations need to be mindful that major projects are failing the overall business. It is important for businesses to engage and up skill their employees to receive outcomes for not only their business but their employees work satisfaction,” he said. “It is all about community and building a model within the business or project that produces a good social and economic result.”
The awards night is a fixture of the AIPM’s annual conference, this year held in Melbourne’s Crown Promenade, and had more than 650 project managers and CEOs from organisations across all industries in attendance.