Expressions of interest

The assessment process

The EOI is the first step in identifying potential projects for inclusion in the II Program.

Projects put forward through the EOI process will initially be assessed against how well the proposal addresses the relevant principles for the Productivity Enhancement Program (PEP) or Country Rail Lines Improvement Program (CLIP) to determine their eligibility.

Eligible proposals that meet the Gate 1 requirements will be matched with a specialist service provider who will work with the proponent to further develop the business case and gather information as required for Gates 2, 3 and 4. The purpose of the business case is to inform the Australian Government’s further consideration of Inland Rail connectivity.

II Program projects will be developed and assessed through a best practice infrastructure planning process that includes pre-feasibility and feasibility studies and strategic business case development gateways. Details of the information requirements across the entire program are outlined in the following:

Submission requirements

Expressions of interest must contain all information required to assess a proposal against the initial program gateway (Gate 1).

The information requirements at each gateway are summarised below.

At a minimum, potential proponents will need to describe:

  • their proposal and the problem and/or opportunity they seek to address
  • how the proposal would achieve the program principles
  • the stakeholders involved or affected.

The information requirements at each gateway are summarised below.

Gate 1: Initial selection

The proponent will need to describe the proposal and the problem the proposal is attempting to address.

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.

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.

An EOI can be submitted via email to IIProgram@infrastructure.gov.au by post to:

The Inland Rail II Program
Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications
GPO Box 594
Canberra ACT 2601

Feedback and advice

The Department will acknowledge the receipt of all submissions.

Once the Expressions of Interest period has closed, the Department will assess the submissions and advise applicants of the assessment outcome.

Where a submission is unsuccessful in passing Gate 1, and the Department determines it worth further consideration, we will provide you with advice on how the proposal may be improved.

Privacy and Commercial in-Confidence information

Where required, specific information and/or data provided in your EOI should be clearly marked “Commercial in-Confidence”. Details of a project, the name and location of a proponent may be subject to FOI or publicly communicated by the Australian Government.

If you do not want the details of you submission made public, you should mark your submission “in-Confidence”. By providing the expression of interest you are indicating that you accept the information is to be assessed for the purposes of the II Program.

Assistance

To determine your eligibility for the II Program, use the EOI template provided below for:

The template includes a resource document that provides further information that will assist you in developing your submission.

If you require further assistance in developing your submission, please email IIProgram@infrastructure.gov.au