Facilities Business Case


This introductory course offers a step-by-step approach to putting together a strong Business Case for facility and infrastructure projects in Government organisations. The course includes information on how to analyse alternatives, timeframes, costs, risks and develop an implementation plan.

The course contains a number of practical exercises to reinforce attendees understanding of business case requirements and to allow them to apply their knowledge to real-life projects. Throughout the exercises, realistic considerations and issues are introduced. 

The course is ideally suited to those who are new to business case development or involved in projects with facility and infrastructure components. No prior knowledge or experience is assumed.

Note: Members of the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) attending the course can earn CPD points (2 points per hour) in the practice area of "Developing and Applying Technical Knowledge".

Likewise, members of the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) can earn CPD points (2 points per hour) in the Category of B08 – Knowledge.


  • Comprehensive course notes
  • UNSW Canberra certificate of completion/attendance
  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea
  • Masters Credit: UNSW Canberra allows students who have successfully completed a minimum of 12 days of approved professional education courses to use those courses as credit in eligible postgraduate programs


This course is for any professional, Government employees seeking to attain funding approval for facility and infrastructure projects by using business cases, including but not limited to:

  • Government Employees
  • Business Managers
  • Project Managers
  • Facility and Infrastructure Planners
  • Contract Administrators



Business Needs | Consideration of Related Projects

Facility & Infrastructure Requirements

Requirements Development | Stakeholder Engagement

Options Assessment

Identification of Options |Advantages | Disadvantages | Risks | Opportunities

Cost & Benefits

Whole of Life Costs | Cash Flow Requirements | Initial Assessment of Economic Impact on the State/Territory and National Economy


Risk Identification Techniques | Environment and Heritage Considerations | Requirements for Further Assessments

Project Delivery Strategy

Procurement Strategy | Implementation Schedule | Implementation Recommendations


Group exercises to reinforce project planning considerations

Class Test

The course ends with a multiple choice test to serve as a reminder of the key points thought during the course.


Sam Pedram is a registered project director and an urban planner with experience in a variety of planning and management roles in government and private sectors. She holds a Master’s degree in Planning, a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, and a Diploma in Project Management.

She has been an active member of several professional institutions including the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) and the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) and provides mentoring and coaching through various professional mentoring programs.

She undertakes research and advises on a range of subjects including urban and regional planning, infrastructure development, and program and project management.


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