Practical Skills Day Course: Planning & Designing Successful Developments

$499.00 includes GST

4 x fortnightly payments of $124.75 learn more


Sat 6th February, 2021 – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm FULLY BOOKED

Sat 20th March, 2021 – 9:00am to 4:00pm FULLY BOOKED

Sat April 24th, 2021 – 9:00am to 4:00pm FULLY BOOKED

Sat May 22nd, 2021 – 9:00am to 4:00pm FULLY BOOKED

Sat Aug 21st, 2021 – 9:00am to 4:00pm 

Sat October 16th, 2021 – 9:00am to 4:00pm 

We will contact you after purchase to confirm which date you wish to enroll in.


Quest east Perth 176 Adelaide Terrace, East Perth WA 6004

A full day property development course to give you the practical skills and technical expertise needed to make an expert assessment of a property’s development potential and overall project feasibility. This course will help you to:

  • learn about common pitfalls and key feasibility considerations to avoid costly mistakes in your own developments and subdivisions.
  • Learn where to look and what you are looking for in a good site.
  • learn how to structure and assess deals that actually make money.
  • Know what is required by state government, local government and and utility providers.
  • Acquire the technical expertise to properly analyse a sites development potential, risks, constrains and costs.
  • Learn how do feasibility studies yourself to remove uncertainty, and facilitate the ability to make informed decisions.


Course Syllabus

Part 1. Principles and Strategy

  • Understand the concept of property development and the concurrent or staged use of subdivision, refurbishment and/or dwelling construction in the development strategy matrix.
  • Understanding of different types of subdivision titling instruments – Built Strata, Green Title and Built Strata and their impact on design and funding of development.
  • Understand of the importance of market research and comparative market analysis to guide design and feasibility.
  • Understanding of profitable design principles and how to incorporate these into overall development planning.

Part 2. Feasibility Considerations

Gain a detailed understanding of site data considerations that will impact a potential developments cost and design, inclusive of:

  • Site features/shape/geography/location
  • Soil classification and bearing capacity and the impact this will have on drainage and earthworks
  • ASS (acid sulphate soils) and the impact on earthworks costs
  • Site slope and contours and the impact on retaining, drainage and earthworks
  • Restrictive easements and covenants
  • Bushfire Prone Areas and their impact on planning and design (AS3959)
  • Utility headwork’s scope and access costs (Western Power and Watercorp)
  • Retained dwellings in subdivisions

Part 3. Planning and Statutory Compliance

  • Understanding of the process of a WAPC subdivision, including application process, planning and delivery for Survey Strata and Green Title developments.
  • Understanding of how to interpret Performance Requirements and apply Deemed to Comply Provisions in the Residential Design Codes (SPP7.3 vol 1).
  • Understand the impact of Local Government Scheme text Provisions and Planning Policies, including Dual Coded areas and their effect on development potential, design and costs.
  • Understanding of how to apply the various design concessions and variations available to a subdivision or development proposal

Part 4. Feasibility Studies and Analysis

  • Understand and comprehend non-physical cost considerations inclusive of Market Conditions, Cost of Capital, Tax Considerations and Holding costs, and incorporate them into overall project design and feasibility.
  • Understand the concept of residual land value and be able to derive this from a completed feasibility excel spreadsheet.
  • Understand how to assemble a feasibility study, including the collation and manipulation of input data to provide an indicative ROI for a Project Feasibility Study.

Course-book, Morning and Afternoon tea provided.


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