Market-Led Proposals (MLPs) provide an opportunity for the private sector to contribute to the delivery of services and infrastructure to address the needs of the Queensland community. These MLP Guidelines (the Guidelines) set out the criteria for submitting MLPs, what is expected of proponents at each stage of the process, what proponents can expect from government at each stage of the process, and how proposals are to be assessed by government. From time to time the government will also publish supplementary guidance to complement these Guidelines.
A MLP is a submission from the private sector seeking a commercial arrangement with government to provide a service or infrastructure that will meet a community need. MLPs always include a role for government and, in return, are expected to provide benefits to government and/or the Queensland community. They are usually “low risk – low cost” for government and must present a clear case for direct negotiation with government so that a competitive process would not be expected to result in a better outcome for the State. Wholly or largely privately funded projects of economic or social significance to Queensland or a region, such as those that support a large number of jobs or will generate significant economic activity beyond the project, are highly regarded. A MLP could be for:
• a commercial activity, for which some government facilitation is sought
• the acquisition of, or access to, government land, assets, information, or networks
• development of public or open access infrastructure in Queensland
• delivery of services to, or on behalf of, government.
A successful MLP will result in government contracting directly with a proponent rather than offering the opportunity to the market through a competitive process. To justify this advantage, the proposal must meet robust criteria, under ‘Criteria for assessment’.