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Gateway Decision Points

The Gateway Review Process examines projects and programs at key decision points throughout their lifecycle.


Gate 0: Strategic Assessment

Gate 0 investigates the direction and planned outcomes of a program, policy or organisational change investment against the wider departmental and whole of government goals and needs.

This review is normally performed once the strategic assessment or preliminary business case has been substantially completed, but prior to formal submission to funding bodies for final consideration.


Gate 1: Funding Readiness

This review is performed at the completion of the final business case and prior to submission for funding. This review confirms that the proposed way forward meets the business needs, is affordable and likely to obtain value for money.


Gate 2: Market Readiness

This review is generally performed after Expressions of Interest are released, but before Request for Proposals or Tenders are issued to the market.

This confirms the project’s viability, potential for success, value-for money and the proposed approach for achieving delivery of its objectives is appropriate prior to approaching the market.


Gate 3: Investment Decision

The Gate 3 review is performed after the preferred contractor has been selected, but prior to contract sign-off.

This review confirms the suitability of the recommended investment decision prior to contract award and ensures the department is prepared and appropriately resourced for delivery. It confirms that the required statutory and procedural requirements were followed and that the recommended contract decision is likely to deliver the specified outcomes on time, within budget and provide value for money.


Gate 4: Service Readiness

The Gate 4 review occurs once the asset or service is ready for delivery. This review ensures that the business is ready to take the transition from the solution to implementation and confirms operational (post handover) ownership of the project's deliverables is clearly identified.


Gate 5: Benefits Realisation

Gate 5 reviews typically occur 6-18 months after project completion and examine whether the benefits as defined in the business case are being delivered. The review aligns with the project close out report and finalises the Lessons Learnt.