At initial proposal stage you will be asked to expand on the information provided during the informal discussions. The Market-Led Proposals: Stage 1 submission guidance note (PDF icon 383KB) sets out what will be required in your short proposal (around 10 pages).

Once submitted, the MLP team will bring together subject matter experts from across government to form a tailored assessment team. This assessment team will undertake an initial assessment of the proposal against the criteria and make a recommendation to the MLP panel about whether the proposal should progress to Stage 2: Detailed Proposal. During Stage 1 you may be asked for further information or possibly to make a presentation to the assessment team.

Once the MLP Panel has reviewed the recommendation/s made by the assessment team, a brief will be submitted to the Treasurer and any other relevant minister/s.

All information, including the nature of the proposal, is treated by government as confidential.

Possible outcomes

The MLP panel may recommend that:

  • the proposal is suitable to proceed to Stage 2: Detailed Proposal; subject to any specific terms to be agreed with government
  • the proposal does not meet the MLP criteria but is considered to have merit and so the concept will be further developed by government


  • the proposal does not meet the MLP criteria and is not suitable for further consideration.

You will be advised in writing about the outcome of the assessment once the relevant minister/s have approved the MLP panel’s recommendations. If the proposal is not progressed as an MLP, you will be offered the opportunity for detailed feedback from the MLP team.


Stage 1 submission guidance note (PDF icon 383KB)

Get in touch

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