The Queensland Government seeks value for money use of its resources in the delivery of infrastructure, provision of services and application of public assets. That is why, in most circumstances, government undertakes competitive tendering processes to procure infrastructure and services to ensure it achieves the best balance of risk, cost and outcome.
When considering MLP proposals the government needs to be certain that it couldn’t achieve a better outcome by undertaking a competitive tendering process than by engaging with the proponent exclusively. That is why, when considering a MLP in the pre-submission stage, the key elements that are sought are:
Once the government is satisfied that these key criteria are met, other criteria must also be considered.
If you’re looking for ideas for a MLP, familiarise yourself with the government’s overarching priorities and those in your industry or sector. You can do this by keeping abreast of public statements, looking at the strategic plans of government departments and reviewing published government documents, such as:
- Advance Queensland programs
- State Infrastructure Plan
- Building Queensland’s Infrastructure Pipeline Report
- Advancing education: An action plan for education in Queensland
- My health, Queensland’s future: Advancing Health 2026
Value for money represents a balance of cost, need, risk and benefit. Benefits, costs and risks include money and non-monetary factors. It’s about finding the ‘right’ solution to meet a need. To successfully address the MLP’s value for money criteria it’s essential to understand government’s appetite for your idea and put forward a proposal that offers the government a fair economic and commercial return for the support you are requesting. Talking to the MLP team before you invest significant time and effort is key.
Because proponents are seeking an exclusive commercial arrangement with government, it is necessary for proponents to demonstrate to government the benefit of engaging with them exclusively rather than procuring the service or infrastructure via a competitive tender process. To demonstrate this a proponent must be able to show the government that they have a competitive advantage which would make it difficult or unlikely for a competitor to be able to deliver the proposed project/service at all or within a reasonable timeframe.
Proponents can demonstrate unique competitive advantage through some or all of the following:
- credentials (experience, expertise, company structure, etc)
- capacity (financial strength, geographic reach, cost profile, risk profile, partnerships, legal rights, ability to deliver quickly, etc)
- existing contractual arrangement with government
- location or proximity
- intellectual property (technology, data, design, etc).
In addition to demonstrating that a unique competitive advantage, a MLP must also:
- propose an acceptable allocation of cost and risk between the proponent and the government
- demonstrate that the proponent has adequate financial and technical capacity and capability to successfully deliver the proposal
- be feasible and acceptable to government on a technical, commercial and practical basis.
The government must also be satisfied that no proposals addressing the same or similar need are under imminent, active or advanced consideration by government.
Government may also consider any potential benefits to government of the proponent’s initial investment in the proposal.
MLP assessment criteria