An Introduction to Net Present Value

Business Cases allow companies to form recommendations about the commitment of resources, and a Cost-Benefit Analysis is a crucial part of this process.

Within this analysis, a financial evaluation of projects is required, with most frameworks in the public sector stipulating that Net Present Value (NPV) is the best model to use.

This webinar presents an introduction to the topic for those who have little or no understanding of NPV or the concepts behind the model.

Topics covered

  • Whole of life costs and the time value of money
  • Discounting and the cost of capital
  • Interpreting the meaning of the value and some complications

Who should attend?

The webinar is designed to assist those responsible for project evaluation and business case development and review, including board members, chief executive officers, finance and treasury managers, and professional officers.

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 participating in this webinar, you will have an introduction to the Net Present Value concept and how it contributes to the Business Case recommendation.

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 Free 70 minutes N/A
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