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Business Case Approach: supporting sector capability

The Business Case Approach (BCA) is the way the transport sector plans, develops and invests in transport activities, including for the upcoming 2018–21 National Land Transport Programme (NLTP).

The BCA is a flexible, principles-based approach to developing business cases, adapted from Treasury’s Better Business Cases.

To support the sector in using the BCA, we have developed guidance and online learning modules. The aim of these resources is to identify core capabilities and skills across a range of scenarios to support people using the BCA to focus on the areas that are most relevant to them.

Business case approach guidance

In August 2017 we launched new guidance on our website about the BCA and how to use it.

The guidance is a plain-language introduction to help business case developers understand the principles and requirements so they can adapt them to their particular situation and proposed investment. It aims to clarify the flexibility of the approach and help business case developers build their case progressively. The guidance  includes supporting materials, tools and templates, information sheets and a glossary of terms.

The guidance is designed to work alongside the learning modules.

Read the BCA guidance

Online learning modules

We have developed online learning modules to build capability in and understanding of the BCA, focusing on the principles and behaviours required to develop a successful business case. They also include additional information sheets on specific topics.

Courses available are:

  • BCA introductory modules
  • Point of entry
  • Getting to know strategic cases
  • Understanding programme business cases and activity management plans
  • Activity-level business plans, which includes single-stage, indicative and detailed business cases.

Learning modules are also available about the Investment Assessment Framework (IAF).

The learning modules are available to our partner organisations. To request access to the modules, email with your name, title, organisation and manager’s name.

Find out more about the online learning modules

Next steps

We’ll continue to work closely with our stakeholders as we continue to develop and test these capability-building resources.

Need support?

Use our contact and support form to send us a question, or get in touch with your NZ Transport Agency investment advisor.

Go to the contact and support form

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