Five stages of the Assessment Framework

The Assessment Framework is divided into five stages. These stages align with those that usually occur during the development of a project, and align with Gateway stages used by states and territories.

Flowchart Stages: Stage 1—problem identification and prioritisation; Stage 2—initiative identification; Stege 3—options assessment; Stage 4—business case assessment; Stage 5—benefits realisation.

THE FIVE STAGE PROCESS

In summary:

  • Stage 1—Problem Identification and Prioritisation

Nominators engage with Infrastructure Australia, to identify and prioritise evidence-based problems and opportunities of national significance. (In some instances, where a problem is identified but there is no nominator for an appropriate initiative, Infrastructure Australia may act as nominator.)

  • Stage 2—Initiative Identification

Nominators develop initiatives that could suitably address the problems and opportunities identified in Stage 1. Nominators should submit the completed Infrastructure Australia Stage 2 template to Infrastructure Australia.

Infrastructure Australia assesses initiatives for strategic fit in the context of the problems and opportunities prioritised in Stage 1. If an initiative is positively assessed by the Infrastructure Australia Board after Stage 2, the initiative is added to the Infrastructure Priority List.

  • Stage 3—Options Assessment

Nominators looking to develop a business case analyse the options available to address the problems and opportunities identified in Stage 1. Nominators should submit the completed Stage 3 template to Infrastructure Australia.

Infrastructure Australia provides feedback on the options being taken into a full business case, and arrange access to relevant case studies.

  • Stage 4—Business Case Assessment

Project proponents develop a full business case that objectively considers the potential solutions identified in previous stages. Proponents should submit the business case, together with supporting documentation and the completed Stage 4 templates (in both Word and Excel) to Infrastructure Australia.

Infrastructure Australia will assess the business case consistent with our Assessment Framework. If a business case is positively assessed by the Infrastructure Australia Board at this stage, the project is added to the Infrastructure Priority List.

  • Stage 5—Benefits Realisation

In collaboration with proponents, Infrastructure Australia will seek to understand the outcomes from the project, as well as project delivery, against the benefits and costs described in the business case. This will assist Infrastructure Australia with future project assessments and other policy work.

We encourage nominators to make early contact with Infrastructure Australia to discuss their submissions via mail@infrastructureaustralia.gov.au. This assists Infrastructure Australia to advise and support nominators during the submission development process. Project proponents which are not state or territory governments should also make early contact with their state or territory government to discuss their submission.

Who can make submissions to Infrastructure Australia

How does Infrastructure Australia assess submissions?

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