II Program Video
Unable to make it to one of our face-to-face regional sessions? Below you can watch a recording of the Interface Improvement Program session in Tottenham which happened on Thursday 10 October 2019. You can learn more about the Program and how to apply here.
II Program Q&As
Can people submit multiple proposals?
Yes. The II Program is designed to capture a broad range of proposals. There is no limitation on the number of proposals a proponent can submit.
The II Program is designed to identify opportunities to increase the productivity and connectedness to Inland Rail. Proposals that meet the Project Principals and criteria of the Program for productivity enhancement or country line improvement will be considered and can be submitted as a single proposal.
Types of projects
What types of projects can be put forward for business case consideration?
|Project Example||Project Purpose|
|Upgrading country rail line to increase Tonne Axle Load (TAL) limit||Enable heavier more productive trains to use Inland Rail/national network|
|New or improved passing loop on country rail line||Enable longer, more productive and/or faster trains to travel from country line to Inland Rail/national network|
|Upgrading country rail line to improve alignment||Enable longer, more productive and/or faster trains to use Inland Rail|
|Country rail line or junction reinstatement||Enable a greater road to rail mode shift of regional freight; connectivity to national freight network|
|Extension to rail siding at freight terminal (e.g. grain receivable silo)||Enable longer, more productive trains to use Inland Rail/national network|
|Improvement to regional intermodal freight terminal||Increase freight efficiency and access to Inland Rail/national rail freight network|
|Development of warehouse or other facility for storage and distribution of production input materials (e.g. fertiliser)||Enable additional advantages through use of Inland Rail|
|Development of grain handling/transport facilities or improvements to grain facilities||Enable greater supply chain access to Inland Rail/national rail freight network|
|Improvements to local road access points||Enable safe and efficient access to Inland Rail/national freight rail network|
|Bridge strengthening/replacement on local road||Enable safe and efficient access to Inland Rail/national freight rail network|
|Development of new regional intermodal freight terminal or freight precinct||Increase freight efficiency and access to Inland Rail/national rail freight network|
What is the application process?
The Department is running an Expression of Interest (EOI) process from 11 October to 31 October 2019. Another EOI process will be run in early 2020, potentially as early as April.
To find out more about the submission requirements and assessment process please visit our expression of interest page.
Can proponents choose/suggest the consultant that will work on their proposal?
The Department will procure business consultants through normal government procurement processes. The Department will work with proponents to get the best fit with the business consultants. There are a number of options available through the arrangements with the contracted business consultants to allow for the best working relationship. Strong communications will be a clear goal of the process.
How many projects will the II Program support?
There is no limit to the number of projects that can be submitted to the II Program. The Program has funding to support the development of business cases through to the end of the June 2021.
When will we get access to the consultants?
The Department is working through the procurement process to engage a suitable service provider to offer business analysis services to proponents. When that process is complete services can be offered to proponents.
The Department led Oversight, Assurance and Governance Committee (OAG) will assess proposals against the appropriate gateway. Where the OAG assesses the proposal as successful, business advisors will be provided.
Who owns the intellectual property?
The Commonwealth retains the IP for complete the strategic business cases.
Can you guarantee my business case will be successful?
The II Program has a staged gateway process for assessment of pre-feasibility, feasibility and strategic business case development. It is the goal of the Program that all valid proposals progress through the gateway assessment stages to strategic business case development; however the Department recognises that it is unlikely that every proposal will successfully proceed to the final gateway. The staged process calls for increasingly rigorous data analysis over successive stages to allow the government to eventually prioritise proposals according to their maturity and potential.
Will government fund my project if I successfully complete a strategic business case?
The II Program is fully funded for two years of pre-feasibility, feasibility and strategic business case development. There is no guarantee of any government capital funding beyond funds already committed under the II Program for the development of feasibility studies and strategic business cases.