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Deep-Dive Course

Prepare development contribution plans in Victoria
SGS Economics and Planning DCP course

Who it's for

Local government officers wanting to understand how to prepare development contribution plans in Victoria.

Overview

Delivered over one to two days, the purpose of this course is to teach local government officers in Victoria to prepare, monitor and maintain development contribution plans.

What you'll learn

Conceptual training:

  • Infrastructure funding (compare four methods)
  • DCPs: purpose, principles, pros, cons, risks, commitments, timeframes
  • Picking the right scale for DCPs
  • Municipal wide vs Precinct DCPs
  • Infrastructure Contributions Plans vs DCps and other relevant forms of contributions incl. open space contributions
  • Getting into shape for a DCP
  • Introduction to the State Government DCP Guidelines

Implementing a DCP:

  • Process for notifications within Council
  • Data collection
  • Calculating development contributions (cash flow analysis)
  • Compiling documentation for public exhibition
  • Authorisation
  • Public exhibition
  • Amendment

Implementation and monitoring:

  • Implementation
  • Ministerial reports vs in-house reviews
  • Contributions and liabilities for returns
  • Inflation and cross funding
  • Demand inputs
  • Project inputs, including cost and demand
  • Project catchments
  • Equivalence ratios

Participants will work on practical DCP exercises.

Presenters

Cost

$8,000 - $10,000 depending on class size and duration.

Deep-Dive Course

Cost-benefit analysis for the non-economist
SGS Economics and Planning business case

Who it's for

Commonwealth, state and local government officers who are involved in program or project evaluation and the development of business cases. No prior training in economics is required.

Overview

Delivered over one or two days, this course will enable participants to confidently critique cost-benefit analyses (CBA) or develop briefs for their preparation.

What you'll learn

  • Core economic concepts such as ‘willingness to pay’ and ‘welfare optimisation’ in the use of scarce resources and ‘discount rates’.
  • Various techniques for measuring and monetising externalities are explained.
  • Participants work on practical CBA examples to reinforce the theoretical frameworks developed in the course.

Presenters

Cost

$10,000 - $20,000 depending on class size and duration.

Deep-Dive Course

Infrastructure and property
SGS Economics and Planning infrastructure and property

Who it's for

Planners and allied urban policy professionals who want to improve their understanding of the land development process.

Overview

Delivered over five days, this course explores the fundamentals of land economics and the creation of value in the development process.

What you'll learn

  • The development equation
  • Value creation and capture in the development process
  • Infrastructure impacts on development feasibility and urban form
  • Governance systems to optimise infrastructure investment

Presenters

Cost

$30,000

Deep-Dive Course

Development economics and finance
SGS Economics and Planning economics

Who it's for

Urban policy professionals looking to boost their skills and impact via post graduate study. No prior training in economics is required.

Overview

Delivered over five to six days, this course gives participants a thorough introduction to urban economics.

What you'll learn

  • Introduction to micro-economics
  • Introduction to macro-economics
  • Introduction to cost benefit analysis
  • Assessing and strategically deploying city shaping infrastructure
  • Methods of infrastructure funding
  • Governance models for infrastructure
  • Land economics and development feasibility assessment
  • The role of PPPs in infrastructure planning and provision

Presenters

Cost

$30,000

Deep-Dive Course

Infrastructure funding through the development assessment system
SGS Economics and Planning dcp2

Who it's for

Local government officials involved in strategic planning for infrastructure, development contributions or asset management.

Overview

Delivered over one day, this course equips participants with a practical conceptual framework for distinguishing different types of development contributions and the best practice principles for their application.

What you'll learn

  • How to categorise development contributions across the domains of user pays, impact mitigation, value capture and inclusionary requirements.
  • Cost apportionment principles.
  • Preparing development contribution plans.
  • How to apply SGS’s propriety tool for creating and monitoring development contribution plans.

Presenters

Cost

$10,000 - $20,000 depending on class size and duration.

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