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Improving the Outcomes of Major Projects Through Gateway Reviews

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Issue Date:28/12/2016
Review Date:28/12/2018

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From 1 January 2017, the following types of projects must undertake a Gateway Review:

  • infrastructure projects valued at $100 million (inclusive of GST) and above;
  • ICT projects valued at $10 million (inclusive of GST) and above;  and
  • other projects identified by the Department of Treasury.

Agencies with projects that fall within these categories are required to contact the Department of Finance Gateway Unit at the earliest opportunity in the project life cycle, and at the latest before business case approval.

The Department of Finance will discuss the Gateway process with the agency and recommend the most appropriate gates for the review. The Gateway Unit will tailor the review to the needs of the agency.

This Premier's Circular does not apply to Government Trading Enterprises, though Gateway is still recommended for these bodies.

Parameters for exemption from mandatory review

There is an exemption application process for projects that demonstrate low risk or lack of benefit from the review. Application is through the Department of Finance Gateway Unit.

Non-mandatory reviews

Agencies can request a review for a project that does not meet the value thresholds but are considered high risk.


The Gateway Review methodology is a project assurance methodology designed to support the effective development, planning, management and delivery of major projects and programs. Gateway Reviews are managed by the Department of Finance.

Gateway is a proven, cost-effective, confidential, assurance process which provides independent advice to improve project outcomes. There are six key 'gates' at which reviews can take place. Each type focuses on the key issues for a project at the time of review:

  1. Strategic Assessment
  2. Business Case
  3. Readiness for Market
  4. Tender Decision
  5. Readiness for Service
  6. Benefits Evaluation

Reviews are tailored to the needs of individual organisations and projects. The Department of Finance's Gateway Unit offers advice, support and leadership in meeting requirements and achieving benefits from reviews.


Colin Barnett MLA


For enquiries contact:

The Gateway Unit:
Department of Finance

Other relevant Circulars:Nil
Circular/s replaced by this Circular:Nil

Acknowledgement of Country

The Government of Western Australia acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.