Project and Infrastructure Finance Masterclass

Delivery of infrastructure and construction projects play a vital role in shaping our future cities and communities, but how are they structured from a commercial and financial perspective?

Real projects are used as case studies in the course. Sydney Light Rail will be highlighted in 2018. 



The course enables attendees to understand how funding risks/benefits influence stakeholder design decisions over the project lifetime.

Resilient and sustainable infrastructure is critical to economic growth and social progress.

This unique two-day masterclass provides participants with a sound understanding of how infrastructure projects are structured from a commercial and financial perspective. This affects a wide range of consultants involved in shaping infrastructure projects from a planning, design and management perspective.  As evolving trend is for Government to focus on contracting to buy infrastructure services rather than the built form, the approach to planning and procurement needs to change. This is why is it important to focus on output specifications, key performance indicators and understand what mechanisms Government should and should/will have in place to protect itself from project failure. Significant consultancy work relates to due diligence from technical, legal and financial perspectives. Whilst covering a variety of areas, the program is designed to highlight the changes in infrastructure finance, indicating how the PPP model is evolving and what the emerging concept of value capture entails. 

  • Introduction to Project Finance
  • How Government Works
  • Business Cases
  • Procurement Strategy Workshop
  • Risk Allocation
  • Commercial Structuring
  • Financial Structuring
  • The Tendering Process
  • The Evolution of PPPs
  • PPPs in Practice







Adjunct Professor, UNSW- Martin Locke is an infrastructure financing specialist. Martin is a former Partner of PwC having led Infrastructure Advisory practice in Sydney over the period 2001-2014 after 23 years in investment banking with Deutsche Morgan Grenfell. Provide financial and commercial advice on large infrastructure projects including PPPs. He has advised on all aspects of the project life cycle from feasibility/business case, through to procurement, financing and financial close. Independent consulting roles, peer reviewer, expert panels, steering committees, board directorship.


“A highly relevant and very professionally delivered course that also provided a great opportunity to network with professionals across both the public and private sector.”  


Paul A Ward, General Manager – Strategic Project Delivery 

Laing O’Rourke 


“I highly recommend this course for anyone looking to get an understanding of infrastructure finance.”



Ben Cohen, Associate Director, Planning & Technical - NSW Health Infrastructure 

“The two day course was extremely useful, stringing together the basic concepts and ideas with real-world examples.”



Emily Staniforth, Strategic Communication Manager - Sydney Motorway Corporation 


“The course clearly outlined the various project funding structures, risk allocation and financing options. As a sustainability consultant, this knowledge has enabled me to understand how funding risks/benefits influence stakeholder design decisions over the project lifetime.”  

David Fox,  Principal Consultant  -AECOM 

"This Masterclass delivers in-depth materials using an easy-to-understand language. The instructor is of the highest calibre and the class offers significant practical insights as well as theoretical considerations. I will highly recommend this Masterclass to anyone who has an interest in infrastructure finance."   

YY Liu, Assistant Director, Infrastructure Investment Division 

Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development 

“Fast paced, interesting and relevant- definitely worth attending.”  


Elly Chapman, Project Manager  -MI Associates 


“A very good experience, a mix of discussion aided the learning. Course materials are very extensive. Martin is very generous at sharing his experience and his style encourages open discussion.”

Project Manager -Transport for NSW 

“Very interesting course, learnt a lot on the financing of PPPs.”  


James Cahill- Department of Roads and Maritime services  





Infrastructure Finance Masterclass

Contract Law Fundamentals

Effective Contract Management

Business Finance for Managers

Commercial Negotiation Essentials 

Strategic Planning for Impact


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