This 3-day practitioner-led course in Melbourne on 9-11 September is designed for experienced practitioners from other disciplines as well as finance specialists who wish to better understand the current and more challenging issues in project finance and PPPs.

Understanding Project Finance & PPPs provides an introductory perspective to the Australian project lifecycle covering procurement, risk management (from government and private sector perspective) interpreting the cashflows, independent reports and the finance structure. No prior knowledge is required.

Overview of the Course

The programme covers concepts structured in a way to help experienced participants understand:

  • Project contractual structures, and risk management techniques used in Project Finance and PPP projects
  • Australian PPP procurement process and current trends
  • How risks are managed and allocated in a PPP project
  • The commercial structuring of PPPs
  • The role of the SPV and counterparties
  • Basic cashflow interpretation and debt term sheets.

Delegates will be able to hear about and explore the following areas in greater detail:

  • Understanding PPP and Private Financing
  • Assessing Independent Forecasts
  • Risk Allocation
  • Finance structure and Interpreting Cash Flows
  • Public Procurement Process
  • Commercial Structuring
  • Project Finance Risk Management tools
  • Commercial Contracts
  • Counterparty failure and replacement
  • Evolution of Private Financing and PPP

Who Should Attend?

The Understanding Project Finance, PPPs and Private Financing training course in Melbourne is designed for Infrastructure and energy professionals, who are:

  • New to the industry wanting an understanding of the overall process
  • Involved in a specialist role and want to understand the broader aspects of the PPP process
  • Experienced practitioners who are new to PPPs or seeking a refresh


Course details

Date: 9-11 September 2024

Location: Melbourne

Hosted by: Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Melbourne office is Level 25, 567 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

Format: In-person group training led by 2 practitioners

Duration: 3-days



Registration: 8.30am – 9.00am
Course Starts: 9.00am
Course Finishes: 5.00pm

DAY 2 & 3 (Day 3 will finish at 5.00pm)

Registration: 8.45am – 9.00am
Course Starts: 9.00am
Course Finishes: 5.00pm
Networking: 5.00pm – 6.00pm

CPD Verified: 18 points


This course is also available in-house.

In House Training

IPFA Learning also delivers in house training courses which can be tailored to the needs of your organisation, in global locations.

If you are planning team training for 2024/5, find out more about how we can help you:

  • We tailor the content and case studies to focus on the topics and issues relevant to your organisation
  • Your team can learn together, at a convenient time that suits you
  •  A cost-effective option if you have multiple employees needing to attend a course

Contact our Learning team for more details.

Meet our Trainers

Our courses are delivered by experienced practitioners, chosen for their relevance to the country and sectors involved.

Ian Greer                                                    Martin Locke
Director                                                     Independent Consultant 

Ian has over 24 years project finance experience. His experience covers PPP/PFI, transportation, resources, and energy.

Martin is an infrastructure finance specialist with over 30 years of experience and has closed high profile PPPs in various sectors, such as the Lane Cove Tunnel, Gold Coast Rapid Transit and Royal North Shore Hospital Redevelopment.


Ian Greer

Ian has over 24 years project finance experience. Until July 2014 he was Managing Director at Standard & Poor’s, holding positions including: Asia-Pacific Analytical Manager Infrastructure and Project Finance and Global Analytical Coordinator Project Finance.

He was the key architect and lead author of Standard & Poor’s revised project finance criteria. Prior to this he was a project finance banker for seven years based in Australia.

His experience covers PPP/PFI, transportation, resources, and energy. In addition Ian has worked on traditional infrastructure concession financings and M&A across global debt markets. Ian’s early career in the mining industry as project coordinator for a major mining exploration project in West Africa resulted in the grant of a mining lease and investment by the IFC.

Ian has delivered project finance training programs in many global centers, including Tokyo, London, Sydney and Singapore and has lectured on finance for Kaplan, Melbourne University, Commonwealth Secretariat, and Bond University where he is an adjunct professor. Ian is a regular speaker at premier infrastructure conferences throughout Asia.


Martin Locke

Martin is an infrastructure finance specialist with over 30 years of experience and has closed high profile PPPs in various sectors, such as the Lane Cove Tunnel, Gold Coast Rapid Transit and Royal North Shore Hospital Redevelopment. He is a Former Partner of PwC having led the infrastructure advisory practice in Sydney for over 12 years. Before that he was an investment banker with the Deutsche Morgan Grenfell group with a focus on infrastructure project financing and worked in London, Sydney, Singapore and Johannesburg.

He has established an independent private consultancy, Lidunian Partners, and has a portfolio of consulting and non-executive director roles. His clients include Cushman & Wakefield (asset manager), DIF (European PPP equity investor), Urban Growth (NSW Government). He is an Adjunct Professor at UNSW, member of the Board of Advice of Sydney University’s Institute of Transport and Logistic Studies and Council Member of the IPFA.

Course Fees

IPFA Member / Public Sector Rate: A$2,625 AUD

Non-Member Rate: A$3,150 AUD

Multiple Delegate Discount

Delegate discounts are available for group bookings.

This course is also available in-house.


Payment Terms:

Please complete the online booking form to register for this course. Once your registration has been approved by the IPFA Learning Team, an invoice will be raised and sent to you via email. All invoices will need to be settled prior to the course date. A joining instruction containing all course information will be sent 2 weeks before the start date. By registering for this training course, you are confirming that you are authorised by your organisation to attend. Please note IPFA is not responsible for obtaining your organisation’s internal approvals.


What our learning attendees think

‘It was a privilege to have attended this insightful course led by the brilliant Alex Yew who provided a fantastic insight into PPPs, Project Finance, and current market developments. Delving into the insights via first-hand case studies and networking with peers in the industry was particularly rewarding.’

Kahema Mungili, Clyde & Co

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