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.
The five stage process
Stage 1—Problem Identification and Prioritisation
Proponents identify evidence-based problems and opportunities and complete the Stage 1 template for submission. Proponents are encouraged to engage with Infrastructure Australia during this process, to support the submission.
Infrastructure Australia assesses and prioritises problems and opportunities based on their national significance and strategic fit. Infrastructure Australia may also act as a proponent of a Stage 1 Initiative if there is no proponent for a particular problem or opportunity. If a problem or opportunity is positively assessed by the Infrastructure Australia Board after Stage 1, the problem or opportunity is added to the Infrastructure Priority List as an Initiative—Identified Problem/Opportunity
Stage 2—Initiative Identification and Options Development
Proponents develop initiatives that could potentially address the problems and opportunities identified in Stage 1. Proponents should undertake an options assessment process to generate a shortlist of potential options for consideration in a business case, and complete the Stage 2 template for submission.
Infrastructure Australia assesses whether the range of options is appropriate and the options assessment is robust. If the initiative is positively assessed by the Infrastructure Australia Board, the initiative is added to the Infrastructure Priority List as an Initiative —Shortlisted Options Identified.
Stage 3—Business Case Development
Proponents advise Infrastructure Australia that business case development is underway. There is no Stage 3 template, however, proponents are encouraged to review the Stage 4 template, as well as the Stage 3&4 checklist, during the development of the business case. This helps to ensure the business case is ready for a future Stage 4 submission.
Infrastructure Australia does not complete any formal assessment at this stage. If Infrastructure Australia is notified that business case development is underway, the initiative is added to the Infrastructure Priority List as an Initiative—Business Case Development.
Stage 4—Business Case Assessment
Proponents submit a business case, and any other relevant information, for formal evaluation by Infrastructure Australia. Proponents can either complete the Stage 4 template or use their own business case template. Regardless of format, proponents should check their submission against the Stage 3 & 4 checklist to ensure the submission contains the appropriate information and analysis.
Infrastructure Australia undertakes an assessment of the business case and works with the proponent to clarify content in the business case and seek supplementary information where required. If a business case is positively assessed by Infrastructure Australia at this stage, the project is added to the Infrastructure Priority List as a Project.
Stage 5—Post Completion Review
Proponents undertake a Post Completion Review to understand the outcomes from the project, as well as project delivery, against the benefits and costs described in the business case. Proponents should consider the Stage 5 checklist when undertaking this review.
Infrastructure Australia encourages proponents to engage and collaborate with Infrastructure Australia during this process. Infrastructure Australia is currently developing further guidance on Post Completion Reviews to assist proponents.
Contact Infrastructure Australia
We encourage proponents to make early contact with Infrastructure Australia to discuss their submissions. This assists Infrastructure Australia to advise and support proponents 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.