Project Management

Codarra Project Management Services is a Division within Codarra Advanced Systems that provides professional programme and project management services, training, certification, consultancy and support services to assist clients to develop their expertise in the efficient organisation and profitable delivery of programmes and projects.

We provide organisations with training, consulting and contracting services in programme and project management that will improve the performance of their projects by reducing costs and reducing the chances of project failure caused by management process failure.

We provide project management services and training in the PRINCE2 method. 

We provide programme management services and training based on the AXELOS Limited’s “Managing Successful Programmes” method. Our range of programme and project management services includes:

  • Programme and project management consulting to improve operational performance and control.
  • Programme and project audit and recovery services.
  • Establishment of corporate Programme and project methodologies based on MSP and PRINCE2 models tailored to particular business requirements.
  • Training for senior executives, senior management, project managers, project teams and project support staff.
  • Programme and project support office (PPSO) establishment.
  • PPSO operations outsourcing.
  • Provision of qualified interim project mangers and project staff on a contract basis.

Capability Overview

Codarra has built its strong reputation on the quality and breadth of its Project Management expertise. Our project management specialists range from Project Directors capable of driving multiple client project to success, senior project managers that have managed complex projects up to one hundred million dollars value, junior and mid range project managers and specialist project support staff. No matter how large or complex your project is, Codarra’s specialists will be capable of supporting your needs.

Our project management specialists have either achieved or are undergoing Australian Institute of Project Management accreditation.


Headquarters Joint Operations Command (HQJOC)

The HQJOC Project was a major capital equipment project delivering a complex capability. The aim of this project was to integrate the agencies responsible for planning and executing military operations in a state-of-the-art headquarters equipped with world’s best practice command and control systems (together, referred to as the “Headquarters Joint Operations Command” or “HQJOC”). This project, announced by the Prime Minister in October 2001, gives the Chief of the Defence Force a much more effective means of commanding the operational capability of the Australian Defence Force.

The new HQJOC is a Commonwealth-owned, high-tech and state-of-the-art facility that brings together existing headquarters, agencies and staff in one place, enabling more effective command and control of the Australian Defence Force.

A number of separate communication and information systems are required to support the staff in the facility. These systems in the main, were extant, and were required to be connected to the Defence Wide Area Communications Network by way of dedicated fibre optic cables together with access to fibre optic cables provided through arrangements with commercial carriers. There was little reuse of communications and information systems hardware located at other pre-existing facilities.

The individual communications and information systems were required to have a high level of availability depending on how critical they are to HQJOC functions. This resulted to an expectation of less than two hours unplanned downtime per year (99.98% availability) for the external communication systems and services on the main operational networks (Defence Secret Network and the Top Secret Networks) and less than 24 hours unplanned downtime per year for all other systems (99.7% availability).

Defence contracted Codarra Advanced Systems as the C4I Systems Project Management and Systems Engineering Contractor – essentially providing the Defence Project office function for C4I Systems for the HQJOC.

The C4I systems component of HQJOC refers to the command, control, communications, computing and intelligence systems that will be contained in the Headquarters and was comprised of:

  • passive systems such as the cable plant, data centres accommodation which will be delivered by the Contractor providing the HQJOC infrastructure and services – delivered by the Special Purpose vehicle (Praeco Pty Ltd);
  • the unclassified voice network to be delivered by Praeco Pty Ltd;
  • the telecommunications infrastructure which will connect the C4I systems to the external world, comprising commercial carrier infrastructure and dedicated fibre, which was delivered by the SP; and
  • active systems which included some stand alone intelligence, operational and support systems, Defence Restricted and Secret Networks, various Top Secret networks, secure voice and video teleconferencing networks, audio visual systems and visual display systems, which will be delivered by the C4I Prime Systems Integrator (PSI) and a number of government agencies.


Headquarters Joint Operational Command (HQJOC (T))

This project successfully achieved the objective of providing the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) capability required for the transitional Headquarters Joint Operational Command (HQJOC (T)). The creation of that Headquarters was Chief of Staff Committee (COSC) tasked and Vice Chief of Defence Force (VCDF) directed for the establishment of a new ADF higher command and control (C2) transitional arrangement. This Project enabled the transitional organisation to be housed in new and existing buildings in Canberra and existing buildings in Sydney so that during the transitional period the new HQJOC could be established, tested and refined. The importance of this project to the C2 of the ADF and the need for the HQJOC(T) to be established, tested and refined in a very short timeframe, implied a need for the project to be more flexible and acceptable to requirements changes and subsequent Exception Reports than would normally be the case. The project closely involved the C4I Team for HQJOC Bungendore and passed on lessons learned which will benefit the ICT provisioning for the Bungendore location.

The Chief of Defence recently commended the whole team on the implementation of the HQJOC(T) asking that the acting Chief Information Officer (CIO) to

‘ …please pass on my thanks to your Group staff for their excellent work. In particular, I would like to single out the small project team led by Ms Juanita Strachan, and including Mr Les Boag of Codarra, whose drive, determination and professionalism were crucial to the successful installation and accreditation of the many systems required in the new Headquarters.’