Guidance on an Investment Proposal

Definitions in the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility Investment Mandate Direction 2021 (Investment Mandate) apply in this guidance.

The Investment Proposal is considered to be a Project Proponent’s formal application to NAIF for financial assistance in relation to a Project. An Investment Proposal should address all relevant assessment considerations and provide sufficiently detailed and relevant information to enable NAIF to assess the proposal and make an Investment Decision.

An Investment Proposal should address all relevant requirements outlined in the Investment Mandate and the Northern Australian Infrastructure Facility Act 2016 (NAIF Act) and should include additional information NAIF may require to undertake due diligence and for its Board to make an Investment Decision. The due diligence process involves project, credit risk, environmental and social analysis and other considerations relevant to making an Investment Decision.

An Investment Proposal template is set out below.

The opens in a new windowDetailed Review phase information forms the basis for an Investment Proposal. The information included in the Investment Proposal should be based on finalised and, where appropriate, independently verified versions of due diligence reports prepared by acceptable independent consultants and advisors.

Should Project Proponents require further details on the required format of Investment Proposals, please Contact Us.

Investment Proposal Template

Definitions in the Investment Mandate apply in this Investment Proposal Template.

The Investment Proposal should be provided to NAIF in the format of a comprehensive information memorandum which includes, but is not limited to, the following detailed information sections.

Project Proponents should ensure that each of the relevant mandatory requirements and discretionary considerations set out in the Investment Mandate and NAIF Act are addressed. Please complete the table with cross references to the sections of the Investment Proposal where each requirement and consideration is addressed.

The following standardised Investment Proposal format is intended only to provide guidance to Project Proponents. NAIF has the discretion to accept from the Project Proponent an Investment Proposal in an amended or altered format from the template, subject to, and depending on, the circumstances of a particular Project, Project Proponent or Investment Proposal. Should Project Proponents require further details on the required format of Investment Proposals, please Contact Us.


Guidance on format of an Investment Proposal
1.       Project Introduction
2.       Project Proponents, Sponsors and Project Participants
3.       Project’s Feasibility Studies
4.       Funding Plan and Capital Structure
5.       Requested NAIF Support
6.       Requested Loan Concessions
7.       Proposed High-Level Term Sheet
8.       Project Finance Risk Analysis
9.       Project Risk Assessment
10.    Project Technical Risk Assessment
11.    Key Arrangements and Appointments
12.    Environmental and Social (E&S) Analysis and Commentary
13.    Project Approval Status
14.    Industry Assessment
15.    Compliance with NAIF Mandatory Eligibility Criteria
16.    Identified Infrastructure Need
17.    Application of Australian Industry Participation (AIP) Plans
18.    Australian Government Building and Construction WHS Accreditation Scheme
19.    Other
20.    Summary

Project proponents are encouraged to review this process page, the NAIF mandatory eligibility criteria and our Frequently Asked Questions prior to providing NAIF with information. Based on a review of this information, if you believe your project might be eligible for NAIF finance, please contact NAIF by emailing details of your project (including project scope, size and status) to the NAIF team: new email. A member of the NAIF team will be in touch with you as soon as possible.