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:

  • Nicolle Rantanen, Chair of the Committee and Chief Operating Officer, Department of Treasury and Finance
  • David Reynolds, Chief Executive, Department of Treasury and Finance
  • Chris Gray, Chief Commercial Counsel, Crown Solicitor’s Office

Caretaker Period for the 2018 State Election

From 17 February 2018, the government will enter caretaker mode in anticipation of the state election. During this period decisions on unsolicited proposals will not generally be made until the new government has been appointed and their policy agenda has been confirmed. The Department of Treasury and Finance as well as other government agencies will continue to work with proponents to understand and progress unsolicited proposals where considered to be consistent with normal government administrative practice.

Further details regarding the caretaker period can be found at

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

ProjectProponentLocation Assessment status
Adelaide Creative Industries PrecinctUniversity of South AustraliaAdelaide City WestDepartment of State Development leading Step 2 assessment
Bolivar Greenhouse ProjectAustralian Food SystemsNorthern AdelaideSA Water leading Step 2 assessment
Viterra Acquisition or Lease of Interstate Mainline SitesViterra Operations Pty LtdSouth Australian interstate mainline railway lineDepartment of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure leading Step 2 assessment
Port Adelaide Car ParkNeville Smith GroupPort AdelaideRenewal SA leading Step 2 assessment
Power Generation ProjectNexif Energy Australia Pty LtdOuter HarborDepartment of State Development leading Step 2 assessment

Unsolicited proposals currently being assessed 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 CreekDepartment of State Development leading
Step three assessment


Unsolicited Proposals Team

Department of Treasury and Finance

Telephone: (08) 8429 0586



+61 8 8226 9500