In 2012, the NSW Government launched its Unsolicited Proposals Guide for Submission and Assessment (Guide), in order to encourage the best ideas and solutions from the non-Government sector, and a greater level of non-Government sector investment and participation in projects.
The Guide outlines a transparent and streamlined process to facilitate the NSW Government and non-Government sectors working together to develop and deliver innovative ideas, services and new infrastructure.
Its key objective is to provide consistency and certainty to non-Government sector participants seeking to deal directly with the Government. The Guide sets out how unsolicited proposals will be assessed within a transparent framework. The key criteria are uniqueness, value for money and strategic fit with Government objectives.
In 2014, the Guide was enhanced as a result of an extensive review that included feedback from industry.
The August 2017 update incorporates the recommendations from two Performance Audits conducted by the Audit Office of NSW (Managing Unsolicited Proposals in NSW, 2016 and NorthConnex, 2017) and the most recent periodic review (2016), providing greater clarity and public reporting.