II Program Gateways

Proposals submitted to the II Program are assessed through a gateway process. Proposals are initially considered against the PEP  and CLIP principles and then evaluated as per the information requirements for the four gateways. 
The information requirements at each gateway are summarised below and detailed in the:

Gate 1: Initial selection

The proponent will need to describe the proposal and the problem the proposal is attempting to address; how the proposal would achieve one or more of the PEP or CLIP Principles; stakeholders; and potential alternative solutions to the identified problem.  View the:

Gate 2: Pre-Feasibility

The proponent, with the support of its allocated business consultant, will need to further refine the problem being solved by the proposal, build the evidence base of third party support (or otherwise), and assess the relative merits of the proposal against identified alternative solutions.

Gate 3: Feasibility

The proponent, with the support of its allocated business consultant, will need to undertake a rapid Benefit-Cost Analysis and undertake an initial assessment of the potential to deliver the proposal should it be taken forward to an investment phase.

Gate 4: Strategic Business Case

The proponent, with the support of its allocated business consultant, will need to undertake a detailed Benefit-Cost Analysis and undertake a more detailed assessment of the potential to deliver the proposal should it be taken forward to an investment phase.

Key points to consider

  1. At each gateway the Department will be seeking increasingly detailed quantitative analysis of the key elements of the strategic business case, particularly in relation to the Benefit-Cost Analysis component. 

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  1. The Department and its advisors will apply the economy of effort principle - the detail and robustness of the information required by the Department will reflect the stage at which the project is being assessed (i.e. the gate) and the complexity of the project.
  2. While certain information is required at each given gateway, the Department will consider all relevant information made available by the proponent and its allocated business consultant.
  3. Passing Gate 1 and/or Gate 2 does not guarantee that the proposal will ultimately be developed into a strategic business case.
  4. The Department may assess a proposal as requiring further work at any gateway, or cease further development of the proposal should it not pass any gateway assessment.
  5. The Department does not guarantee any funding beyond Gate 4.