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Infrastructure Delivery: Time for a Reset

The infrastructure sector is currently experiencing some massive challenges and is in urgent need of reform regarding how major projects are delivered.

About this course

This course seeks to explore these challenges from a practitioner lens and considers the different perspectives of government, contractors, operators and investors in forging solutions across the entire lifecycle.

Course structure

The course will be delivered in either online, face-to-face or blended modes, to allow those who are unable to attend face-to-face to participate in the course. Participants can choose to complete the ten x three-hour sessions (30 hours total) in any combination of these modes.

Proposed Topics

  • How is the government seeking to reform infrastructure delivery?
  • What are the challenges facing the infrastructure pipeline and how can they be fixed?
  • How can we create a sustainable construction sector?
  • What is the future role of private finance in infrastructure from a developer’s perspective?
  • How can project management of megaprojects be improved?
  • Risk allocation and PPPs: is it broken and can it be fixed?
  • Precincts and integrated station developments
  • Investing in infrastructure projects: does it generate value?
  • Do we need to tweak or reset the model?
  • Success stories and some lessons to be learnt.

Overview of teaching activities

  • Weekly lectures delivered by Martin Locke, supplemented by guest lecturers from public and private sectors, including Sonya Campbell - Head of Infrastructure and Structured Finance Unit, NSW Treasury; Infrastructure Australia and investment companies
  • Group discussions
  • Real case studies.

Learning outcomes

As a result of undertaking this course, participants will benefit via:

  • Contribution towards an in-depth understanding of the massive challenges faced by the infrastructure sector in Australia and the need for its reform regarding how major projects are delivered
  • Increased capabilities to apply critical thinking in assessing the contrasting perspectives of investors, contractors and the community around decision-making on how infrastructure projects can be delivered to create value for money.



  • Familiarity with infrastructure projects and related development concepts is preferable.


Full price:

  • $2,500 (GST free)*

*Price subject to change. Please check price at time of purchase. 


A discount of 10% is available to UTS Alumni 

A discount of 15% is available to members of:

  • Project Management Institute (Sydney Chapter) (PMI)
  • Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM)
  • Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
  • Australian Contractors Association (ACA)
  • The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)
  • Roads Australia, as well as
  • UTS postgraduate students of DAB.

Please contact the team at with your student number or applicable membership details to obtain your discount voucher code. 

Enrolment conditions

COVID-19 response 

Who is this course for?

This course will benefit those with a familiarity of infrastructure projects and related development concepts, and is suitable for:

  • Public sector infrastructure specialists
  • Government officials (relevant personnel)
  • Investors in infrastructure projects
  • Infrastructure developers and financiers
  • Managers of infrastructure projects
  • Project and construction management consultancy officers
  • Management personnel of major contracting firms.


23 March




10 wks

Meet the experts

Martin Locke

Martin Locke
Infrastructure finance specialist

Martin is an infrastructure finance specialist with over 30 years of experience. He has closed high profile PPPs including the Lane Cove Tunnel, Gold Coast Rapid Transit and Royal North Shore Hospital Redevel- opment. He was formerly a partner of PwC, having led the infrastructure advisory practice in Sydney 12+ years and an investment banker with the Deutsche Morgan Grenfell group, focusing on infrastructure project financing. He's worked in Singapore, Sydney, London and Johannesburg.

Martin 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 and the University of Sydney Business School, council member of the International Project Finance Association, accredited gateway reviewer, member of the Infrastructure NSW panel and Infrastructure Australia’s strategic advisory panel. Martin runs infrastructure financing courses at UNSW and the University of Sydney as well as delivering professional training seminars.

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Sonya Campbell

Sonya Campbell
Executive Director

Sonya has extensive experience in reviewing, negotiating and drafting project documentation and advising on the full range of commercial, contractual and legal issues that arise during the procurement, and delivery of major projects.

Sonya has advised on major projects across numerous industry sectors, including engineering, building, water, rail, mining, telecommunications and energy and is a specialist in PPP procurement. She has a keen interest in infrastructure policy, risk management, training and development of project teams, and public speaking.

Sonya brings over 19 years’ experience working in infrastructure procurement and delivery and is known for her strong communication skills and action-oriented approach to solving complex issues, combined with her ability to lead and work as part of teams in a friendly, open and enthusiastic manner.

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Professor Shankar Sankaran

Professor Shankar Sankaran

Shankar (PhD) is a Professor of Organisational Project Management at the UTS School of the Built Environment and teaches about project leadership and project governance in the Master of Project Management.

Shankar worked as a major project manager in the industry for over fifteen years before joining academia.

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Book a session

Wed 23 Mar 2022 -
Wed 01 Jun 2022
Expert: Martin Locke, Sonya Campbell, Professor Shankar Sankaran
  • This course will you deliver as a
  • Hybrid
  • 10 sessions, 30 hours total

This course will be hosted at the UTS City Campus (Ultimo, NSW) with specific venue locations confirmed with enrolled participants closer to the start date.

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