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Infrastructure Short Course

This course highlights the management skills required to deliver complex infrastructure projects in an increasingly challenging environment.

The objective of this 3-day short course is to provide participants with an opportunity to learn the key tasks involved in selecting and prioritising projects, developing a business case up to investment decision as well as managing infrastructure projects post-financial close and delivering an operating project. This course will highlight the management skills required to deliver complex infrastructure projects in an increasingly challenging environment.

2023 Infrastructure pipelines are being reviewed by Mike Mrdak and Ken Kanofski at the Federal and State level to see if projects can be deferred or resequenced due to fiscal constraints. The Kanofski review criteria include consideration of how transport projects impact growth of commercial and industrial land use and leveraging private investment; so how will this be reflected in the projects to be prioritised?

Kerry Schott released a critical review of Inland Rail highlighting governance failings amid huge cost blowouts. Sydney Metro is currently under review, so will improvements in governance and decision making be identified to improve risk management and mitigate cost pressures?

Allan Fels has been appointed to lead an overhaul of the toll network. The need for toll reform is a burning platform as the current arrangements are not sustainable. Will the politicians finally have the courage to embrace reform?

These topics will be discussed by experts as we explore the issues and potential solutions.

This course will appeal to junior and middle management involved in all aspects of infrastructure planning, financing, design, approval and implementation where critical thinking is needed.

The course will be delivered by the University of Sydney through the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies, together with guest contributors who have extensive experience in managing and delivering infrastructure projects in many sectors in Australia and other countries.

Topics will include:

  • Infrastructure Challenges
  • Improving Business Cases and Prioritisation
  • Shifting from Adversarial to Collaborative Contracting
  • Improving Governance and Avoiding Disputes
  • Changing Skills around Infrastructure Project Leadership and Management
  • Improving Delivery Outcomes
  • Reflections from a Project Director
  • Leveraging Private Finance
  • Managing Infrastructure SPVs
  • Embracing Sustainability
  • Delivering Smart Infrastructure

Dates | 1 October (Tuesday) to 3 October (Thursday) 2024. 9am – 5pm.

Fees | 1,800 Early Bird (until 31 Jul 2024)

            $2,000 Full Price (from August 2024)

Which includes access to learning material through our e-learning site Canvas and catering (morning tea and lunch).

The course will be held at the University of Sydney Business School CBD Campus, which is located at Level 17, Stockland Building, 133 Castlereagh Street, Sydney.

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An invoice can be arranged only for group bookings of three or more participants from the same organisation made before 1 September 2024. For further inquiries, please email us at

Cancellations: 10% administration fee will be applied to refunds for any cancellation; no refund will be available for cancellations made after 1 September 2024.

"Great variation in topics […] Amazing line up of speakers. Collaborative contracting and Managing SPVs were the standout presentations […] Open interactive dialogue was refreshing and highly informative" (2023)

"Highly recommend for anyone in the infrastructure sector […] Very valuable for people looking for personal development. Good outline of NSW approach to planning and business cases" (2023)

"Really appreciated the access to past leaders and current practitioners from across the public and private sectors"(2022)

"The breadth of topics was outstanding and eye opening"(2022)

"As an Infrastructure Advisory professional myself, I find it's really insightful […] and the guests are all full of interesting and diverse perspectives and opinions. Universities should look to add more courses like this" (2021)