This course teaches you how to apply a CFO perspective in preparing and presenting a business case. You are walked through the typical steps for developing and presenting a business case. A key step is to analyse alternative solutions to the issue you’ve identified, and this course shows you how to use various financial metrics – payback period, net present value, and risk analysis – to decide between alternative possibilities. Next, you're introduced to a template for structuring your business case for best effect. Finally, the course demonstrates how to strengthen your case by anticipating the kinds of questions that management is likely to ask.

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This online course forms part of the SkillsNet short course suite.

Please note this course is only available to CPA Australia members.

Learning objectives

  • Identify the types of activities that are involved in defining the business issue and identifying alternatives
  • Decide between investment options based on payback period technique
  • Decide between investment options based on the NPV method
  • Decide between alternative proposals based on risk analysis
  • Match types of statements to where they belong in a business case
  • Anticipate questions a CFO might ask in response to a business case presentation


Functional managers, professionals, departmental leaders, and all individuals in key roles who want to align their financial planning and management activities with CFO thinking

60 Minutes

365 Days