Developing Transport Investment Proposals

Governments are demanding more effective use of resources and delivery of desired outcomes, particularly when funding is constrained.  Transport professionals therefore need to be able to develop and present robust and compelling business cases for investment proposals.  


The purpose of this course is to provide transport professionals with conceptual and applied aspects of developing transport investment proposals.

This course will enable professionals to gain knowledge and concepts; understand what it means by building on their experience; then apply these concepts to practical case scenarios.

This course will provide attendees with the opportunity to acquire or enhance the professional skills required for them to prepare business cases for investment proposals.

The primary approach enables the development of skills and knowledge of leading practice in the Australasian context.

This is a blended learning course with notes and reflection exercises, an intensive short course.

What can I expect from this course?

This course will provide transport professionals with the opportunity to acquire or enhance the professional skills required to prepare business cases for investment by being able to:

  • Know and understand the context of transport problems and how to ensure proposed solutions are couched in terms of desired outcomes
  • Demonstrate understanding of current and emerging practices and key concepts in transport investment proposals
  • Apply required assessment frameworks and best practice business case processes to the delivery of a transport project proposal
  • Consider the different perspectives of partners and key stakeholders
  • Present transport project appraisals using practical and leading practice methods and tools 
  • Know where to obtain best practice guidelines.

This course will enable transport professionals to:

  • develop professional capability and increase competence
  • satisfy professional development requirements of their employer and professional association
  • increase productivity – know what to do, and how to do it successfully
  • enhance career opportunities by building key skills and knowledge

Who should take this course?

This course is for professionals working in any area of transport developing business cases for solutions to transport challenges. This includes government staff, contractors and consultants and is also suited to those new to transport or wanting a refresher or broader understanding of transport business case development.

A pathway to a transport graduate qualification for this course is under consideration by the University of Southern Queensland.


  1. Introduction: purpose of a business case
  2. Context: establish the context to plan and guide the appraisal, identify
    emerging trends and challenges, service need and base case
  3. Results Focus: develop a focus on results to achieve desired transport
    outcomes, and outline the strategic case
  4. Stakeholders: involve partners to achieve desired outcomes, using
    influence and negotiation, governance and market sounding
  5. Resourcing: develop and assess options, identify preferred option
    using a multi-criteria approach, identify costs, benefits and risks, economic case, non-quantifiable impacts, optimism bias and financial case
  6. Communication: employ effective means to present the case for
    investment to stakeholders and decision-makers
  7. Monitor: manage the appraisal process and identify the approach
    to realise intended benefits
  8. Learning: identify lessons from previous cases and best practice resources.

A series of group exercises will be undertaken during the course to enable issues presented to be discussed, analysed and applied to real world scenarios. 

How is the course provided?

This is a blended learning course, which involves pre-work notes and reflection exercises – prior to attending an intensive one-day short course – with presentations, discussions, and group exercises. Learning means gaining knowledgeunderstanding what that means for professionals, then applying these concepts in practical situations.

When and where is the course being held?

Date: Thursday 12 and Friday 13 September 2019, 0830 to 1630
Venue: Cliftons, Level 3, 288 Edward St, Brisbane 

How is this course presented?

This is a blended learning course, which involves an intensive two-day short course – with presentations, discussions, and group exercises.

Learning involves gaining knowledge, understanding what that means for you, then applying these concepts in practical situations.

This course works like this … you read the notes, and in some cases additional readings, and/or case studies (knowledge) – then do a reflection exercise to understand what this means for you (understanding) – and then translate what you have just learned in an exercise (in the short course there are group exercises) (application).

Who presents this course?

Phil Charles has extensive experience in transport covering the public, private and academic sectors. He challenges different perspectives, uses best practice, applies policy directions, ensures practicality and acceptability, looks for innovative concepts and value for money. He is the founder of the Transport Futures Institute and was Professor of Transport at the University of Queensland for twenty years.

See Phil’s LinkedIn profile  

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