Strategic Asset Planning Unit

A course of study at the graduate level, designed to assist the participants to effectively and strategically contribute to managing an organisationís asset portfolio.


Government agencies and private sector organisations that have responsibility for or involvement in the management of asset portfolios, need to develop a strategic approach to asset planning in a way that links the procurement, maintenance, refurbishment and disposal of assets to the actual delivery of service.

Strategic asset management models have been developed which assist in approaching the task in a systematic way. Generic management models are presented which can be adapted to suit the particular requirements of an organisation. The models can be implemented in a manner which is consistent with the overall business plan and requires the application of selected tools and the involvement of key stakeholder input in a timely manner.

Many organisations lack staff with the requisite skills, knowledge and experience to strategically manage the asset portfolio. This course in Strategic Asset Planning has been specifically designed to provide staff with the necessary competencies to enable them to develop a model, adapt it to suit the business objectives and to implement it.

Effective asset management is a priority for all levels of government as well as the private sector. The course provides participants with additional competencies which are specific to the role of the strategic asset manager. They can be used directly within the organisation to help improve the management and utilisation of assets.

Course Objective

To provide managers with the skills and knowledge in strategic thinking, strategic asset planning and implementation of strategic asset plans to enable them to make cost-effective use of physical assets in the support of service delivery.

Course Content

The course will cover:

  • strategic thinking and strategic planning concepts;
  • a range of approaches to service planning;
  • models and processes for asset strategic planning and strategic facility planning;
  • how to prepare capital investment, maintenance, property disposal strategies, facility management, plans and budgets;
  • essential analytical and decision tools such as economic appraisal, financial appraisal, value management, risk management, life costing;
  • best practice in issues such as information systems, valuations, heritage property management etc;
  • how to implement strategic plans.

Distinguishing Features of the Course

The course is a hands-on program which is designed to assist the participant to implement their learning. It includes:

  • workshop format with relevant case studies and many examples of real situations;
  • a preparatory phase involving pre-reading and exercises;
  • an application phase incorporating guided implementation of strategic asset planning within the organisation;
  • participants from a range of organisations who bring a range of perspectives and experiences to the learning situation;
  • course presenters who are leading practitioners in their field.


Participants have reported:

  • immediate value to their organisation;
  • long term change in their approach to strategic issues;
  • improved utilisation of assets;
  • improvement in the identification of service delivery.

Who will benefit from attending?

All staff who have responsibilities related to the procurement, operation, maintenance, or disposal of assets, including:

  • Executive Managers
  • Asset Managers
  • Facility Managers
  • Planning Managers
  • Administrative Officers
  • Policy Officers and Advisors
  • Project Managers
  • Property Officers

Whilst possession of a first degree is a normal requirement for entry to a graduate program, participants who can demonstrate extensive experience over a number of years may apply for admission to the award. Other staff who have responsibilities in the area may also participate in the course and receive a certificate of attendance.

It is recommended that a mentor be identified within the organisation, who can assist the learner to apply their skills within the organisation. Advice to the mentor on their role and how they are able to benefit from the experience, is provided.


  • Mark Neasbey, ACVM
  • Jeff Powys, Jeff Powys & Associates

For further information contact ACVM

Strategic Asset Management