Workshop: Introduction to Cost Benefit Analysis


From: Tuesday June 4, 2024, 8:45 am

To: Tuesday June 4, 2024, 4:30 pm

Introduction to Cost Benefit Analysis

Cost Benefit Analysis ('CBA') is the preferred tool to support government decision-making for major projects, policy proposals and, in many cases, a mandatory requirement for expenditure approval.

Introduction to Cost Benefit Analysis is an in-person one-day course that provides a grounding in CBA principles and tools for anyone writing, reading, reviewing, or commissioning CBAs.

No prior knowledge of CBA or economics is required. A brief pre-reading pack and participant pre-survey will be sent out beforehand to ensure course content is tailored  to attendees' needs. The day will build participants' competency with worked examples, hands-on exercises and contemporary case studies. Click here to see the agenda.

All are welcome to register for the course, you do not need to be an existing member of ESA Victoria Branch

Event Details

Date: Tuesday 4 June 2024

All day event, registration from 8.15am (ending approx 4.30pm)


RMIT University, Melbourne City Campus, 124 La Trobe St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Cost: $275 for ESA Members, $350 for Non-Members (you can join or renew your membership). 

Spots are extremely limited so please register as early as possible to secure your place. Registrations close 28 May 2024. 

This course will be delivered in-person at RMIT City Campus with morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea provided. Please indicate if you have any dietary requirements on the registration form. 

Course Facilitator


Robert Smith has over 30 years’ experience as an economist with public, private sector and not-for-profits organisations covering management consulting, transport, energy, utilities, banking and finance. A long-term council member of the Economic Society of Australia (ESA) New South Wales, Robert organises of the society’s annual CBA Forum and has helped shape sector, State and national CBA guidelines.

He provides not only theoretical knowledge but also practical insights into the creating, reviewing and presenting of CBAs across different sectors and levels of government. As facilitator, Robert gives participants a comprehensive introduction to CBA principles, methodologies, and practices, enriched by his real-world experience and involvement in policy-making.



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RMIT University, Melbourne City Campus

124 La Trobe Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

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