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Iain Davidson | Colliers | Canberra

Iain Davidson

National Director | Project Leaders & Strategic Government Leasing

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Professional Summary

Iain is a National Director within Colliers International Project Leaders and Government Property Services located in Canberra ACT.

Iain is an expert advisor in relation to the Commonwealth Government and provides expert leasing, transaction and project leadership services to key clients and Commonwealth Government entities. With this multi-disciplinary experience, Iain is excellently placed to provide the services required to successfully deliver any project.

Iain has delivered more than 133,000sqm worth of Commonwealth property projects and lease transactions in the past 5 years on both the Tenant side and the Landlord side.

Iain possesses strong skills in:

  • Strategic Planning, Project Management, Project Delivery & Project Leadership.
  • Commonwealth Property Management Framework.
  • Programming and Financial Analysis.
  • Commonwealth Procurement Rules.
  • Commonwealth Government Approvals (PWC, Budget Approvals).
  • Negotiation and management of the Agreement for Leases and Commonwealth National Leases.
  • Contract Administration and Management of Key Stakeholders (Government Client, Consultants and Landlord’s).

Iain has received recognition for his project management skills from the Australian Institute of Project Management and been identified by the Property Council of Australia for both project and individual awards.



  • Department of Immigration and Broder Protection (DIBP) Headquarters Project, value $260M. The project involved an approach to market for 90,000sqm of leased accommodation on behalf of three Commonwealth entities. Iain was responsible for all aspects of this project including preparing and negotiating the agreement for lease contracts and the Commonwealth leases, PWC preparation and referral, government approvals, financial analysis, contract management, contract administration, project planning, project resourcing, procurement,  time management, cost management and stakeholder management. 
  • Australian Quarantine and Inspection Services (AQIS) Project, Kensington, Victoria. AQIS signed an Agreement for Lease with a developer to undertake the construction of new office space in Kensington, Victoria. Iain was responsbile for the AFL process, the design phase and the procurement. Iain also provided superintendency services throughout the construction period to completion.
  • FWO National Spatial Analysis. Iain provided the Fair Work Ombudsman an overview of their property portfolio (30 properties) with options to relinquish space to achieve long-term savings.
  • FWO Executive Fitouts, Perth, Melbourne and Canberra Project Manager. Iain delivered various executive fit outs for the FWO across various capital city office locations.


  • Infrastructure and Utilities in Support of JP2008 Phase 5B2, (Satellite Ground Station East), Kapooka Military Area, Department of Defence CFI, Project Manager. The project is to provide facilities and infrastructure to support project JP2008 Phase 5B2 which will provide a remotely controlled Satellite Ground Stations to anchor Wideband Global SATCOM Satellites.
  • CIOG Deakin Decommissioning Project, Department of Defence . The project’s function is to relocate  Defence personnel, the CIOG infrastructure and significant ICT capability from an existing building and accommodate it within the existing Defence estate footprint.
  • ACT Block & Stack Project, Department of Defence. Iain was in the delivery team for the ‘Block and Stack’ project across the ACT Estate. The project’s mandate was to achieve collocation of staff within groups and to close out inefficient leases around the estate. It required the extensive planning, stakeholder communications, construction and relocation of approximately 5000 staff relocations.


  • ‘The Jamieson Apartments” Anglican Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn, Development Manager, value $50M. The Jamieson Apartments is a 9 story multi-residential apartment complex. This project required management of a comprehensive planning phase, involving multiple design and works approvals, Green Star Accreditation and a myriad coordination issues. Iain completed this project which now the first residential project along Constitution Avenue, within the capital’s Parliamentary Triangle.


  • Qantas Airways Limited, Canberra International Airport, Stage 2 Project Manager. The project was to deliver all of Qantas Operations from the Old Canberra Airport to the New Terminal including finalising Qantas’ front of house operations including, Lounges, Ticketing and Sales Offices, Customer Service and Qantas Movement Control into their long term end locations prior to full Terminal Grand Opening.

Health & Aged Care

  • Australian Medical Council Head Office Project, Canberra Project Manager. Iain managed all aspects of the Australian Medical Council’s fit-out and relocation to their new national offices in Majura Park.
  • Private Health Insurance Administration Council Fitout Project, Canberra Project Manager. Iain managed this small fit-out at the premises of Level 2, 10-12 Brisbane Avenue, Barton. This project involved an extremely tight timeframe (8 weeks, over the Christmas shutdown period) and had a very restricted budget. The project was completed successfully and was recognised by the AIPM at the Local and National Level.


  • Advanced Diploma of Civil Engineering
  • Diploma of Project Management
  • Diploma of Leadership and Management
  • ACT Registered Real Estate Sales person
  • AGVSA Negative Vet Security Clearance 
  • Certified Practising Project Manager (CPPM), AIPM

Memberships & Involvements

  • Property Council of Australia
  • Member, Australian Institute of Project Management (MAIPM)
  • Royal Canberra Golf Club
  • Canberra Yacht Club
  • United Hockey Club
  • Australian Government Negative Vetting Level 1 Defence Pass Restricted
  • Certificate IV in Government Procurement
  • ACT Construction Industry White Card
  • National Asbestos Awareness Card



Lease Advisory, Planning, Project Leasing, Consultancy Services, Property Management, Transactions Services

Service Lines

Corporate Solutions, Occupier Services, Valuation and Advisory Services, Project Management, Strategic Advisory

Property Type

Office, Hotels, Retail

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