When a proposal is approved to move to Stage 2: Detailed proposal the government will grant a proponent an exclusive mandate. This exclusive mandate means that for the duration of Stage 2 (and Stage 3 if the proposal proceeds further), government will not engage with other proponents on a comparable proposal. This means that you can confidently invest time and money in developing your detailed proposal.

The objective of the detailed proposal stage is for proponents to demonstrate conclusively how the proposal satisfies the MLP criteria, including any relevant matters raised by government. The effort required at this stage is equivalent to preparing a detailed bid during a competitive tender process.

Before starting work, we will provide you with clarity about what is required of you. This is likely to include:

  • the terms of the exclusive mandate, including when the detailed proposal must be submitted and the length of time the exclusive mandate applies
  • the terms of exclusivity, how government will engage with you during this period, and other key terms
  • the information and format the detailed proposal must take, including the nature and level of detail required by the government to inform the assessment process
  • the criteria that will be used to assess the detailed proposal. This will include the MLP assessment criteria (PDF icon 408 KB) but may also include additional criteria relevant to the proposal
  • the terms for recovery of the government’s assessment costs from you, if relevant and;
  • confidentiality, communication and probity protocols.

Who is involved

A government project team is established at this stage along with a project board to oversee the Stage 2 process. The project team and project board is made up of key stakeholders from across government and will ensure that there continues to be a holistic government approach to consideration of your proposal.

The project team will work with you to guide and facilitate the development of your proposal and will provide advice on a range of matters such as meeting the government’s criteria, investigating what legislative/regulatory changes may be required and coordinating the government’s approach.

When you submit your detailed proposal, the project team will evaluate it and make recommendations to the project board.

A brief will then be submitted to government for its consideration.

Possible outcomes

The project board will consider the detailed proposal and make a recommendation to relevant ministers that:

  • the proposal is suitable to proceed to Stage 3: Final Binding Offer; subject to any specific terms to be agreed with government
  • the proposal has not met the MLP criteria and is not suitable to proceed


  • the proposal has not met the MLP criteria but the concept has merit and will be further developed by government

Where a Market-Led Proposal does not proceed to Stage 3: Final binding contract and an alternative process is undertaken (e.g. competitive bidding process) the government will not disclose or use any genuine intellectual property provided by you without your consent.


MLP Supplementary Guidance: What to expect in Stage 2 (PDF icon 691 KB).

Get in touch

Contact the MLP team on: +61 (7) 3035 3133