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Gateway review process

The Gateway Review process examines projects and programs at six key decision points in their lifecycle.

The six gates are:

  • Gate 1: Concept and feasibility
  • Gate 2: Business case
  • Gate 3: Readiness for market
  • Gate 4: Tender decision
  • Gate 5: Readiness for service
  • Gate 6: Benefits analysis
  • Program reviews

The process involves using an independent external reviewer team to provide timely and confidential advice about progress and likelihood of delivery success.

All high-value high-risk investments are required to undergo the gateway review process. 

Who delivers the Gateway review process?

The Gateway review process is delivered by the ICT and Project Assurance team of the Department of Treasury and Finance. 

In relation to the Gateway review process, the group is responsible for:

  • resourcing and arranging Gateway reviews;
  • training and accreditation of Gateway reviewers;
  • development, management and continuous refinement of the Gateway review process;
  • provision of best practice guidance across government; and
  • identification and sharing of best practice and lessons learnt from reviews across government.

Relationship to VGPB

The Victorian Government Purchasing Board (VGPB) will not oversight any procurement activity that is subject to the Gateway Review Process. VGPB subject matter expertise will be available to the Gateway Review Process on request.

Project Assurance Reviews

Project Assurance Reviews (PARs) complement the Gateway process and are an important element of DTF’s assurance framework.

PARs provide timely independent advice to Government, responsible department and/or agency, and DTF, on a project or program’s current progress and its objectives, governance and readiness.

PARs include bespoke terms of reference developed by DTF or the Office of Projects Victoria in consultation with project teams.

Visit the Project Assurance Reviews page for more information. 

Contact us

Infrastructure Policy and Assurance
Department of Treasury and Finance
Level 5, 1 Treasury Place
Melbourne Vic 3002

Other Gateway jurisdictions

Australian Government Gateway 

New South Wales Gateway process 

Queensland Gateway process 

Western Australian Gateway process 

New Zealand Gateway process 

Reviewed 08/11/2019
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