Major Project Status
At a glance
Major Project Status recognises the strategic significance of a project to Australia, and provides coordination and facilitation support as well as a single entry point to a coordinated approvals process.
Who can apply:
The project must have an estimated investment of $50 million or more, be of strategic significance to Australia and require Australian Government approval(s). The project proponent must have the financial resources to complete the approvals process and the project must have reasonable commercial viability.
Major Project Status is the Australian Government's formal recognition of the national strategic significance of a project, through its contribution to economic growth, employment, or contribution to regional Australia.
1. The project is of strategic significance to Australia
- The project's estimated investment exceeds AU $50 million; and
- makes a significant contribution to economic growth, exports, employment and/or infrastructure development; or
- the project will have significant net economic benefit for regional Australia, taking account of a region's investment needs.
In certain cases, the size of the project will mean that this criterion will be readily satisfied. The value of land and capitalised lease payments are excluded and the major elements of total capital expenditure should be provided. The major items of capital equipment in the project need to be identified and cost estimates from relevant pre-feasibility or feasibility studies submitted. Employment numbers for various phases of the proposed project should also be included.
2. The project requires Australian Government approval(s) administered under Australian Government legislation; or the project has significant Australian Government involvement, including through government programmes
Australian Government approvals that may be required include:
- environmental and heritage approvals;
- customs and biosecurity approvals;
- approvals under the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006 and related Acts;
- foreign investment approval;
- import tariff concessions.
Government programmes may include:
- employment and training programmes; and
- immigration programmes.
As projects are typically awarded Major Project Status for a period of three years, proponents will normally be expected to be ready to complete the Australian Government approvals process within this three year period. Arrangements may differ depending on the project - proponents should contact the Major Projects Facilitation Agency for further information.
3. Has sufficient financial resources and support to: complete the Australian Government approval(s) process; and have reasonable commercial viability
Proponents seeking Major Project Status need to demonstrate the extent of financial support for the project; sufficient at least to carry it through the approvals processes. The Agency will seek information to show that the project has demonstrated early engagement with relevant state or territory governments, attracted adequate funding and other support, including experience and proponent history to sustain it through the approvals processes.
Evidence of adequate funding and support to enable the project to successfully complete approvals processes and the project's general viability may take many forms. These may include:
- Evidence of early engagement with state or territory governments;
- Demonstration of engagement with or support from local government organisations and communities;
- Resolutions of support from the Board of a parent company, or a letter of support from a parent company, financial organisation or other investor;
- Letters of Intent, Heads of Agreement or other commercial documents, offtake and supply agreements, audited company accounts etc; and
- Feasibility studies, business case or financial viability assessments.
How to apply
Contact should be made with the Major Projects Facilitation Agency to discuss the project. The Agency will provide information on how to apply.
How we assess applications
The Major Projects Facilitation Agency will assess your application against the Major Project Status criteria and make a recommendation to the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology.
If your applications is successful
The Minister for Industry, Science and Technology will formally advise you about the granting of Major Project Status and the Agency will be in contact to discuss the assistance it can provide.
How we treat your information
As an Australian Government Agency, the Major Projects Facilitation Agency (the Agency) is bound by the Australian Privacy Principles in the Privacy Act 1988, which regulates how agencies collect, use, disclose and store personal information, including sensitive information, and how individuals may access and correct records containing their personal information.
We will treat the information you give us as sensitive and therefore confidential if it meets all of the following conditions:
- you clearly identify the information as confidential;
- disclosing the information would cause unreasonable harm to you or someone else; and
- you provide the information with an understanding that it will stay confidential.
The MPFA may disclose confidential information to:
- our Commonwealth employees and contractors, to help us deliver services to you effectively;
- other Commonwealth or state or territory government departments and agencies;
- the responsible Minister or Assistant Minister;
- a House or a Committee of the Australian Parliament; or
- any organisation for any authorised purpose with your express consent.
The MPFA may also disclose confidential information in circumstances where:
- we are required or authorised by law to disclose it;
- you agree to the information being disclosed; or
- someone other than us has made the confidential information public.
If you would like to discuss the confidentiality of your information, please contact the Major Projects Facilitation Agency.
Current major projects
View a list of current major projects around Australia.