From left to right: Coras Co-Founder & Managing Director Phil Cutts, Aero PM Founder and CEO Emily Frizell, Team Downer General Manager Chris Lovejoy, ICCPM Managing Director & CEO Collin Smith, and ICCPM Director, Industry Liaison and Member Services Naomi Mathers.

ICCPM awarded SADI grant to upskill defence SMEs

International Centre for Complex Project Management (ICCPM) has been awarded $498,280 from the Skilling Australia’s Defence Industry (SADI) Grants Program for its project Skilling Australia’s Defence SMEs to Manage Complex Projects.

This project will deliver specialist training in complex project management to 227 project managers, engineers, and other project professionals from ICCPM’s Organisation Members. In turn, this project will support the improved performance of complex defence projects.

This is the first time that project management has been included in the list of skills eligible for SADI funding, reflecting a growing awareness within Defence of the need for highly skilled project professionals to achieve the objectives outlined in the Defence Industrial Capability Plan.

ICCPM is thrilled to be able to help Australian SMEs build their organisational capability in the delivery of complex projects and position themselves to deliver higher value projects.

– Collin Smith, ICCPM Managing Director & CEO

The project is being delivered in collaboration with Team Downer MSP. Through its Corporate Partnership with Team Downer MSP, ICCPM will support the organisational development of a number of defence sector SMEs during and beyond the SADI funding, and support the application of skills to defence projects.

Team Downer values our partnership with ICCPM, and we are very pleased that we were able to collaborate on the grant application to facilitate access to a range of ICCPM member benefits to refine and expand the capability of the defence sector SMEs that we work with.

– Chris Lovejoy, Team Downer General Manager

The Skilling Australia’s Defence SMEs to Manage Complex Projects will deliver specialist training in complex project management to 227 senior project professionals from a number of defence sector SMEs including:
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JLB-Yaran is very appreciative of Team Downer and ICCPM’s partnership to deliver professional development opportunities for Australian SMEs. Their commitment to ensuring Team Downer’s trusted supply chain benefits from the Federal Government’s SADI grant is a testament to Team Downer’s continuing support of Australian SMEs. JLB-Yaran’s Consultants will attend ICCPM events throughout 2021 which will strengthen our capability to support complex CASG Programs and ensure our workforce is developing for Defence’s future requirements.

– Hayden Surrao, JLB-Yaran Managing Director

The participating companies include 3 SMEs servicing defence from the Australian space sector. Building skills in complex project management within these companies will not only support the improved performance of defence projects, but it will support the growth of Australia’s emerging space economy.

The following ICCPM courses have been made available under the project:

  • Certificate IV in Responding to Project Complexity (10916NAT)
  • Identify and Respond to Complexity in Project Environments (NAT10916001)
  • Effective Stakeholder Engagement for Improved Project Management in Complex Defence Projects

Essential Skills for Navigating Project Complexity (includes complex project simulation)

Contact for more information on this project.

International Centre for Complex Project Management (ICCPM)

The International Centre for Complex Project Management (ICCPM) is the international peak body for complex project management. It was established in 2007 by the Australian Department of Defence with support from the UK and Canadian Departments of Defence in response to an identified need to improve the performance of complex projects, and the realisation that foundational project management methodology is insufficient in complex projects and programs.

ICCPM maintains the Complex Project Manager Competency Standards on behalf of the Commonwealth of Australia (Department of Defence) and delivers training, communities of practice and thought leadership in line with these standards. ICCPM is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO #41394) offering a range of accredited and non-accredited training programs.

ICCPM is an independent, not-for-profit, member-based organisation.

Team Downer MSP

Team Downer is a Major Service Provider (MSP) for the Department of Defence’s Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG). It is a consortium with Downer as the prime, and Providence Consulting, DXC Technology, and Systra Scott-Lister as member companies. It is one of four MSPs that provide above-the-line services for CASG including workforce planning and management, program and project delivery, supply chain management, and more. Team Downer works with Australia’s small-to-medium enterprises to contribute to the nation’s sovereign defence industry capability.

Full list of participating SMEs:

  • Aero PM
  • ArcBlue
  • BMT Defence and Security
  • Chatham Square
  • Coras Solutions
  • Crown Management Consultants
  • DDLS Australia
  • Dunbar Logistics Consulting
  • EBA Solutions
  • Frazer-Nash Consultancy
  • GAP3 Engineering & Management Solutions
  • Goal Group Australia
  • Geospatial Intelligence
  • Gilmour Space Technologies
  • GSA Management Consulting
  • Guava Project Consulting
  • Infosense
  • JLB Yaran
  • Lanitics
  • Logistic Engineering Services
  • Pacific Aerospace Consulting
  • Phoenix ICT Solutions
  • Providence Consulting Group
  • Saber Astronautics Australia
  • Supacat
  • Sypaq Systems
  • Systra Scott Lister Australia
  • Towers Group