Project Delivery Functional Standard

The standard sets expectations for the direction and management of portfolios, programmes, and projects in government.


Project Delivery Functional Standard

This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Request an accessible format.

If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.


The Project Delivery Functional Standard is a reference for all government departments and arm’s length bodies, and is designed to be applicable to all types of government projects.

It contains 7 main elements:

  1. The purpose and scope of the standard
  2. Principles for directing and managing portfolios, programmes and projects
  3. Overview of portfolio, programme and project management
  4. Governance and roles of portfolios, programmes and projects
  5. Portfolio management
  6. Programme and project management
  7. Practices which support project delivery

The Standard is published alongside the Project Delivery Capability Framework, which sets out the career paths, competencies and development opportunities for the government project delivery profession.

For more guidance on project delivery, refer to the guidance on project and programme management.

To connect with others in the profession, register on our Knowledge Hub network and join the ‘Government Project Delivery Community’ (GovPDC), the social network for project delivery professionals.

Published 10 October 2018