Recognise major project leadership as a role with comparable complexity to organisational leadership

Section: 7.5. Building workforce capacity and capabilities


The following steps should be put in place to recognise the complexity of major project leadership:

  1. Develop guidance on the skill sets and appointment processes appropriate for the leaders of New Zealand’s largest projects.
  2. Establish a New Zealand Major Projects Leadership Academy based on proven international approaches and make completion a requirement for project leaders.
  3. Ensure accountability mechanisms and remuneration are aligned with the complexity and risk project leaders are managing on behalf of the government.


  • Te Waihanga | New Zealand Infrastructure Commission
  • Te Kawa Mataaho | Public Service Commission


2022 - 2031

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