Funding and Investment Instruments for the Public Sector

Funding and Investment Instruments for the Public Sector is designed to give you insights into funding (debt) products and investment opportunities available for your organisation, including those offered by QTC. This course will also help you improve financial sustainability by linking your organisation’s credit worthiness (both as borrower and lender) with different debt and investment products.

This course combines class discussions with practical exercises where you will be able to apply theory learned to a real-life context. The material is presented in a concise manner and contextualised for the public sector.

Topics covered

  • Introduction to funding (borrowing) and investment options
  • Funding instruments
  • Investment instruments
  • QTC’s client products
  • Credit Risk Analysis
  • Credit assessment framework

Who should attend?

This course is designed for those responsible for financial, funding, or surplus cash management. This can include:

  • board members
  • chief executive officers, and
  • finance and treasury managers.

No prior knowledge of the topics is assumed, however participants with previous experience in these fields may benefit from the course to refresh and extend their understanding.


Upon completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Identify, compare and select the most appropriate funding and investment instruments available to your organisation
  • Identify internal and external drivers of credit risk
  • Analyse the credit worthiness of your organisation and relate it to funding availability
  • Understand the role of QTC in managing Queensland’s debt and explore debt and investment products it offers to the public sector

Practical exercises

Participants will work individually and in small teams on exercises to gain real-life insight by evaluating different funding and investment products. The exercises will give participants an opportunity to discuss and apply newly learned techniques in a practical context.

Delivery structure

This course is delivered in a format that provides multiple touchpoints and reflective activities to apply the learnings in your work context.

Note: Delivered on non-consecutive days. Refer to calendar for delivery dates.

  • Day 1: Full-day, in-person, UQ Brisbane City campus
  • Self-paced online learning activity (approximately 3-4 hours)
  • Day 2: 3-hour virtual session

Commitment to all sessions within this course is essential for an optimised learning experience.

Course facilitators

Ihtisham Malik (PhD, UQ)

Lecturer in Finance | Academic Lead QTC Education Program

Ihtisham is a Lecturer in Finance at The University of Queensland (UQ), also having earned his PhD in finance from UQ in 2020. Ihtisham has vast experience in facilitating capacity building courses for Queensland’s public sector and is also the UQ Executive Academic Lead for the joint public sector finance program with the Queensland Treasury Corporation (QTC).

Upcoming courses

Date Duration Location Cost Register now
30 July 1.5 days UQ Brisbane City $1125 (50% off at checkout)

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"The hard-earned experiences of the public servant presenters offers the advantage of a learning experience tailored to the unique culture, challenges and practices of work within the public service."

Jared Johnson

A/ Senior Strategy & Risk Officer, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services