An Introduction to Business Cases

Business Cases are used to make recommendations about commitments of resources to investments. Given increasing financial constraints, competition for funding and expectations around governance in the public sector, it is essential that Business Cases are presented professionally and address many key areas.

To this end, several frameworks exist in the Queensland Public Sector, such as the Building Queensland Business Case Development 2020, the Project Assessment Framework and the Project Decision Framework. These frameworks guide the relevant organisations through the investment decision process, and many contain templates of Business Cases. While there are differences among these, they all have a number of common sections.

Topics covered

  • Queensland public sector frameworks guiding organisations through the investment decision process
  • Aligning your business case to your organisation’s objectives, and
  • Completing sections of your business case, including the options analysis and cost-benefit analysis.

Who should attend?

This webinar provides an introduction for those new to Business Cases. Whether you are to be involved in writing the Business Case, or responsible for reviewing them, this introduction will give you an overview of some critical areas, including alignment with your organisation’s objectives, options analysis, risk and stakeholders and cost-benefit analysis.

No knowledge of the topics is assumed; participants with prior experience may find the webinar useful to refresh and extend their knowledge.

The QTC Education Program is only available to Queensland Public Sector Employees (this includes employees of the Queensland Government, Queensland government departments, local governments, statutory corporations, and other entities to the extent they have an association or are related to the State of Queensland) and QTC employees. By registering for a workshop or webinar, you acknowledge that you are a Queensland Public Sector Employee. QTC/UQ reserves the right to unenroll any person that is not a Queensland Public Sector Employee or QTC employee from any workshop or webinar in the Education Program. If you are unenrolled from a workshop or webinar you will be entitled to receive a full refund of any workshop fees paid.


After completing this introductory webinar, you will be better able to review your own organisations Business Cases and become actively involved in building and improving them.

Webinar facilitator

Dr Scott McCarthy

Senior Lecturer in Finance – UQ Business School

Scott has over 25 years experience as a finance academic. During this time he has taught across many different courses in numerous modes including face-to-face, distance, and online in undergraduate and postgraduate programs, in and outside of Australia.

He also has extensive experience in executive education facilitating programs for government organisations and private sector companies in the area of financial management.

Currently, Scott is working with UQ Business School executive education where he is the Academic Lead for the joint public sector finance program with the Queensland Treasury Corporation.

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Online On demand Complimentary 60 minutes N/A
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