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The NZ Transport Agency’s Stage 1 Assessment Criteria for unsolicited proposals are given in the table below.

All unsolicited proposals must satisfy the uniqueness criterion in order to be considered further against the other criteria. Proposals that are judged not to be unique may be given further consideration for procurement through a competitive process.

<tdtop">Does the proposal require Government funding?Is this funding available or budgeted and if not, what source would be proposed?Is this affordable as compared with other projects/priorities?

Criteria/Attribute Expectation Key assessment questions
Uniqueness (required) Demonstration of the unique benefits of the proposal

Can the proposal be delivered by competitors, and if yes, what would be gained by not conducting a competitive tender process?

Are the benefits and outcomes unlikely to be obtained via a standard competitive procurement process?

Does the proponent have any competitive advantages which would limit award to a competitor?

Are there any attributes which, when considered collectively, may make the proposal unique?

Value for money Demonstration of the proposal to deliver a value for money outcome

Does the proposal deliver value for money?

What are the net economic benefits of the proposal?

Does the proposal provide time and/or financial benefits/savings that would not otherwise be achieved?

Alignment with Government outcomes/priorities Demonstration of the proposal to meet the Government's outcomes and assist with the delivery of priorities

Does the proposal meet a need?

What is the overall strategic merit of the proposal?

What is the opportunity cost to proceed?

Does the proposal have the ability meet planning approval?

Does the proposal contribute to meeting local and central Government objectives?

Does the proposal impact of the re-prioritisation and re-allocation of funding?

Capability and capacity of proponent Demonstration of the Proponent's ability to carry out the proposal

Does the proponent have the experience, capability and capacity to carry out the proposal?

What reliance is there on third parties?

What New Zealand referees exist to verify ability to deliver?

Affordability Demonstration of the affordability of the proposal

Does the proposal require Government funding?

Is this funding available or budgeted and if not, what source would be proposed?

Is this affordable as compared with other projects/priorities?

Acceptable risk allocation Demonstration of the proposal to appropriately allocate risks

What risks are borne by the Government as compared with the proponent?

Are these risks appropriate?

Social, environmental, economic or financial benefits Demonstration of the proposal's ability to offer additional benefits Does the proposal have the ability to deliver additional benefits?
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