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Unsolicited proposals to government

Businesses and not-for-profit organisations sometimes approach government with a proposal that hasn't been formally requested. This is known as an unsolicited proposal.

An unsolicited proposal can cover a wide range of areas and may include:

  • delivery of services to or on behalf of government
  • provision of infrastructure
  • access to government assets
  • seeking government support to undertake a specific activity.

There is a set framework under the which government will consider such proposals. The framework provides a transparent and easily-navigated process for bringing innovative ideas to government that protects your intellectual property rights and provides value for money and probity.

Before you begin

Read the guidelines and ensure you have the information required to complete the lodgement form.

Guidelines for the Assessment of Unsolicited Proposals (187.5 KB DOCX)

Guidelines for the Assessment of Unsolicited Proposals (514.2 KB PDF)

Before lodging a submission, you are encouraged to meet with the executive officer for unsolicited proposals in the Department of Treasury and Finance. This is not compulsory but is helpful in deciding whether the proposal is likely to meet the criteria before you commit significant resources to developing a full proposal.

How to lodge an unsolicited proposal

1. Complete the form

Follow the process outlined in the guidelines. Appendix 1 contains a form to complete.

2. Lodgement

Email the completed proposal to

Assessment process

Proposals are assessed in three stages.

1. Initial proposal

The initial proposal stage allows a proponent to provide a high level outline of the unsolicited proposal enabling the government to consider whether it meets the criteria.

Once the Department of Treasury and Finance has sufficient information, the proponent will be advised within 45 days whether their proposal has advanced to the next stage.

2. Detailed proposal

This stage involves the government and proponent working together to assess the feasibility of the proposal in greater detail, including how it will be delivered and whether it represents value for money for government.

Once this assessment is complete, advice will be prepared for Cabinet, and the proponent will be told whether the proposal will proceed to the next stage.

3. Contract negotiation

Here all parties negotiate the final legal and commercial terms. Once these terms are mutually agreed, formal project documentation is prepared and executed.


All questions relating to the guidelines, pre-lodgement meetings or a potential unsolicited proposal should be forwarded to:

GPO Box 1045
Adelaide SA 5001

Phone: 8429 0586

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