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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.