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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, during Autumn 2021 (March and May 2021).

Proposed Topics:

1.   How is the government seeking to reform infrastructure delivery?

2.   What are the challenges facing the infrastructure pipeline and how can they be fixed?

3.   How can we create a sustainable construction sector?

4.   What is the future role of private finance in infrastructure from a developer’s perspective?

5.   How can project management of megaprojects be improved?

6.   Risk allocation and PPPs: is it broken and can it be fixed?

7.   Precincts and integrated station developments

8.   Investing in infrastructure projects: does it generate value?

9.   Do we need to tweak or reset the model?

10. 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.

Enrolment Requirements

Familiarity with infrastructure projects and related development concepts is desirable.

Fee and Discount

Full price:

  • $2,500


  • A discount of 10% is available to UTS Alumni discount
  • 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 email with your expression of interest. Once verified, you will be supplied with a voucher code to apply to your cart.

COVID-19 Information

UTS is undertaking a number of social distancing initiatives, as informed by NSW Health advice, to help reduce social interactions in support of the government’s efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. As part of this response, some of our short courses may be postponed to a later date.

Please note however, bookings are open for all courses offered by the Faculty of Design Architecture and Building (DAB). If a course needs to be postponed, participants will have the chance to transfer to a later date, a new course or request a full refund. DAB will also be offering a range of online or blended learning options facilitated via zoom video conferencing. If you have any questions in the interim, please do not hesitate to contact our team at

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.


03 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. His research covers megaprojects and he has edited and contributed chapters on megaproject leaders from Australia and New Zealand in a book being published by Edward Elgar, titled, Megaproject Leaders: Reflections on Personal Life Stories.

Shankar has also published an entry on Megaprojects in Urban Studies in the Oxford Bibliographies. He is also a lead investigator in a project management sponsored research project titled Practice-based Study of Project Portfolio Management and Strategic Alignment in the Construction Sector and is Chair of the Board of the Global Accreditation Centre of the Project Management Institute. Shankar worked as a major project manager in industry for over fifteen years before joining academia.

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Book a session

Wed 03 Mar 2021 -
Wed 12 May 2021
Expert: Martin Locke, Sonya Campbell, Professor Shankar Sankaran
  • UTS Training Centre, Building 10
  • Blended
  • 10 sessions, 30 hours total
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