The II Program is based on a best practice gateway assessment approach to building proposals from ideas to strategic business cases. The II Program is based on an assessment process consisting of 4 gateways. To get started, you only need to address the criteria for Gate 1.

You can find out more about the 4 step gateway process.

What does participation in the Interface Improvement Program (II Program) involve

Participation in the II Program involves the following steps:

Step 1: Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI)

In the first instance, if you have an idea that meets the objectives of the II Program you need only provide sufficient information to be assessed against the Gate 1 criteria (see Sections 1 to 4 in the II Program Gateway Road Map below). Should your idea be found to be eligible for the II Program at Gate 1, you will be assigned a business advisor to help develop your proposal through the relevant gates.

Joint submissions from multiple stakeholders are welcome.

Step 2: EOI Submission Assessment

After the close of the EOI submission window, the Department and an independent Assurance and Technical Advisor (NineSquared) will assess each submission.

To be eligible for the II Program the submission must address the Gate 1 criteria as a minimum. However, some prospective proponents may already have detailed information and analysis to support their ideas and it is possible that at the Gate 1 assessment some ideas may be considered sufficiently developed to jump to future Gates.

Please note, most ineligible proposals submitted in the round one EOI failed to adequately demonstrate how the idea would address one or more of the II Program PEP or CLIP Principles.

The assessment process will take approximately 3 weeks, after which the Minister responsible for the II Program (currently the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, the Hon Michael McCormack MP), will be advised of the outcome. Subject to the Minister's agreement, all proponents will be advised of the results of the assessment process.

Step 3: Project Planning

If your proposal is found eligible for the II Program, you will be matched with a business advisor and you will proceed to the next stage. The business advisor will initially work with you to develop a project plan that will refine the information you provided in your EOI submission. This typically takes 20 business days.

Your role in preparing project plans is to provide input and guidance to the business advisors on the scope of the proposal, work done to date, stakeholders and other aspects of the proposal to address the information requirements appropriate to the II Program gateway process.

The business advisors will draft the project plans and proponents will review the project plans prior to submission.

The project plan is then submitted to the Department and the Assurance and Technical Advisor for review. The project plan must be approved by the Departments II Program Oversight, Assurance and Governance committee before further work on the proposal can proceed.

Step 4: Proposal Development

The business advisor will work with you to undertake the research and analysis required to progress your proposal through the appropriate gateway.

Most proposals will need to progress as a pre-feasibility study to be assessed at Gate 2. This stage typically takes 3 to 4 months, with a mid-project review of progress that may further refine your proposal.

Regardless of the Gate, your proposal will be assessed against the appropriate information requirements to determine whether or not your proposal should be further developed. While certain information is mandatory at a given gateway, the Department will consider all relevant information made available by the proponent and its allocated business advisor.

The business advisor will assist you in all aspects of the pre-feasibility, feasibility and strategic business case development as relevant to your proposal. The studies will become more detailed and complex as you progress through the gateways; however, the gateway road map is designed to build on the work previously undertaken.

Also, across all Gates, the “economy of effort principle” applies. That is, the detail and robustness of the information required by the Department will reflect the complexity of the proposal.

Depending on the complexity of the proposal, it is likely to take up to 12 months to progress through to Gate 4 and a final assessment of the strategic business case. Please note that passing Gate 1 and Gate 2 does not guarantee that the proposal will ultimately be developed into a strategic business case.

While participation in the program will be at no financial cost to you, you must be able to dedicate in-kind support while working with the consultant.