Department of Treasury and Finance

Unsolicited Proposals


What is an Unsolicited Proposal?

When a business or a not-for-profit organisation approaches the government with a proposal that hasn't formally been requested and does not fit into existing procurement processes, it’s known as an unsolicited proposal.

The Government of South Australia welcomes unsolicited proposals from the community. We know we don’t have all the ideas and we want to work with the private sector to identify new and innovative ways to drive our state’s development.

Unsolicited proposals can cover a wide range of areas, including:

  • the delivery of services to or on behalf of government
  • the provision of infrastructure
  • access to government assets
  • requests for government support (financial, regulatory or other) to undertake an activity

To ensure the government’s assessment process is transparent and protects the intellectual property rights of applicants, a set of Guidelines for the Assessment of Unsolicited Proposals has been developed. To submit an unsolicited proposal, please refer to the guidelines first then complete the online form which can be found here .

The current composition of the Committee is:

  • Jason Schell, Chair of the Committee and Chief Procurement Officer, Department of the Premier and Cabinet
  • David Reynolds, Chief Executive, Department of Treasury and Finance
  • Chris Gray, Chief Commercial Counsel, Crown Solicitor’s Office

Unsolicited proposals currently being assessed in Step 2 (Exclusive Negotiations and Business Case)

ProjectProponentLocation Assessment status
Adelaide Creative Industries Precinct University of South Australia Adelaide City West Department of State Development leading Step 2 assessment
Bolivar Greenhouse Project Australian Food Systems Northern Adelaide SA Water leading Step 2 assessment
Port Adelaide Car Park Neville Smith Group Port Adelaide Renewal SA leading Step 2 assessment
Power Generation Project Nexif Energy Australia Pty Ltd Outer Harbor Department of State Development leading Step 2 assessment

Unsolicited proposals currently in Step 3 (Contract Negotiation)

ProjectProponentLocation Assessment status
Craft Distillery/Microbrewery Bickfords Australia Kingscote Wharf Precinct Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources leading
Step three assessment
Detonator Manufacturing Facility Australian Explosive Technologies Leigh Creek Department of State Development leading
Step three assessment


Unsolicited Proposals Team

Department of Treasury and Finance

Telephone: (08) 8429 0586



+61 8 8226 9500