Understanding Infrastructure Mega-Projects

Understanding Infrastructure Mega-Projects

TBC 2021
Delivery options: 
UNSW CBD Campus, Level 6, 1 O'Connell St Sydney, NSW 2000

Understand the challenges in delivering infrastructure mega-projects

There is universal recognition of the huge impact of infrastructure on enabling cities to grow. How do we prioritise projects, how do we choose the right procurement and contracting strategy, how do we manage risk and where does the money come from?

This short course provides an introduction to the infrastructure tool kit and outlines what is covered in business cases, development of procurement strategies, mitigating and allocating project risks and the commercial and financial structuring of mega-projects.

Key Information


By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Identify the key principles in assessing business cases, including the difference between funding and financing, and the difference between economic and social infrastructure.
  • Identify alternative procurement models, when a public private partnership may be justified and the implications of collaborative contracting.
  • Summarise approaches to risk management and how risk allocation becomes embedded in commercial principles.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how financiers approach infrastructure projects, including the key issues faced with structuring debt and equity investment.
  • Identify shortcomings around the governance of recent PPPs and how they can be avoided.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how a Public Sector Comparator and a Risk Allocation Matrix for a PPP is developed.
Learning Strategy

Face to face delivery of a series of modules, including interactive lectures, a site visit and guest presentation, classroom workshop, with group assessment.

CPD Points

Members may be eligible to claim CPD points. Check with your relevant institute's CPD policy.

On completion of the course you will receive a statement of attendance from UNSW.


Face to face delivery of a series of modules, including interactive lectures, a site visit and guest presentation, classroom workshop, with group assessment.

$1850 excl. GST

$185 GST

$2035 incl. GST

UNSW Alumni are eligible for a 10% discount - please email shortcoursesbe@unsw.edu.au for your discount code.

If you are a UNSW staff member, please refer to the UNSW Staff Tuition Fee Subsidy Policy to see if you are eligible for a discount.

If you would like to pay by another method, please email shortcoursesbe@unsw.edu.au.

Who is this course for?

Professionals in the infrastructure development Industry such as senior project managers across government and the private sector who may wish to expand their knowledge to be better able to investigate and strengthen the robustness of the delivery of mega projects.

Course Convenor


Martin Locke

Martin Locke

Adjunct Professor, UNSW School of Built Environment

Martin is an infrastructure finance specialist with over 30 years of experience and has closed high profile PPPs in various sectors, such as the Lane Cove Tunnel, Gold Coast Rapid Transit and Royal North Shore Hospital Redevelopment. He is a Former Partner of PwC having led the infrastructure advisory practice in Sydney for over 12 years. Before that he was an investment banker with the Deutsche Morgan Grenfell group with a focus on infrastructure project financing and worked in London, Sydney, Singapore and Johannesburg. He has established an independent private consultancy, Lidunian Partners, and has a portfolio of consulting and non-executive director roles. His clients have included Cushman & Wakefield, DIF, TransGrid, Infrastructure Australia, NSW Government and Sydney Metro. He is an Adjunct Professor at UNSW (School of Built Environment) and Council Member of International Project Finance Association. He is an accredited Gateway Reviewer and member of Infrastructure NSW panel. He is a member of Infrastructure Australia’s strategic advisory panel in respect of funding and financing.

He runs infrastructure financing courses at UNSW and University of Sydney and delivers several professional training seminars.


What is our Partcipant Agreement and refund policy?

Read the full Cancellation Policy here.

Other questions about the course?

Please email shortcoursesbe@unsw.edu.au

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Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

No, the ticket name must match the individual attending. If you would like to change your registration details please contact us at shortcoursesbe@unsw.edu.au

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

If you cannot attend one of our seminars, you are able to transfer your ticket to another person from your firm. However, you must notify BE with the replacement's contact details at least 48 hours before the event.