Confidentiality and intellectual property

You can be confident to engage with government knowing that discussions and proposals are treated with the utmost confidentiality.

Established probity principles and protocols are applied throughout the process to ensure that:

  • proponents have confidence in the independence, transparency, fairness, confidentiality, security and accountability of the evaluation and decision making process
  • decision making follows approved frameworks and is capable of withstanding objective and independent scrutiny
  • decisions deliver the best outcomes for the government
  • public service integrity is maintained
  • commercially sensitive and confidential information (e.g. intellectual property of the proponent) is protected
  • potential for conflicts of interest, misconduct, fraud and corruption are minimised.

The MLP team and/or assessment team may engage a probity advisor at any point in the MLP process to ensure that the assessment process is conducted in accordance with these probity principles.

If the government decides to progress an idea via a competitive tendering process, the proponent will be able to participate in this process on the same terms as any other participant. In this instance legal and probity advice will be sought to ensure a proponent’s intellectual property is not compromised.

The government recommends engaging early with the MLP team to help clarify your idea and proposal and align your efforts to the government’s interest and commitment to the proposal.