Cost-Benefit Analysis Workshop

Presented by Dr. Peter Abelson
9.0 am to 5.0 pm, 21-22 November
UNSW City Centre, Level 6, 1 O’Connell Street, CBD

Workshop Content

Peter Abelson will provide a comprehensive and contemporary 2-day workshop on CBA. The 8 sessions over the 2 days will include power point presentations of the core issues in CBA, discussion questions and case studies.

The presentations will cover:

  • Fundamentals of CBA including key metrics (NPV and BCR),
  • valuation principles,
  • forecasting in CBA,
  • valuation methods,
  • discount rates,
  • dealing with risk and uncertainty,
  • assessing distributional effects, and
  • comparison of CBA and other evaluation methods.

There will be discussion questions for participants for each session. Participants will also be invited to provide notice of any issues of concern to them in advance so that the presenter can ensure, as far as is feasible, that they are covered in the workshop.
The case studies will include

  • transport projects,
  • place making / urban development,
  • education,
  • health 
  • environmental issues,
  • major events / stadiums and 
  • privatisation of public assets.

Participants will be provided with full sets of power point presentations, a mini-textbook on CBA covering the 8 topics and case study materials. Food and drinks are also provided.


Dr. Peter Abelson has a Ph.D in Economics from London University. He held a Chair in Economics at Macquarie University from 2001 to 2006 and taught public economics at Sydney University from 2007 to 2012.

Peter was author of the re-drafted Commonwealth Handbook of Cost-Benefit Analysis (Department of Finance, 2006) and he peer-reviewed both the Victorian Treasury Economic Evaluation for Business Cases (2013) which recommends use of CBA and the NSW Guide to Cost-Benefit Analysis (2017).

He has regularly run 2-day workshops on CBA, for many years for the Institute of Public Administration as well as for new graduates of NSW Treasury.

Peter is a Director of Applied Economics P/L. In this capacity, he is a part-time adviser to NSW Treasury.

Registration Process

To register, you may either complete the online registration or alternatively
download a Registration Form and email to:

The standard registration fee is $990 (including GST) per participant. A discount to $800 (including GST) per participant is applied to any additional participants from one organisation.
Following acceptance of registration (subject to space availability), an invoice for payment to Applied Economics P/L will be issued.
In the event of unscheduled cancellation, any payments will be refunded.