Workflow diagram

The SBIP Program aims to connect the ACT Government with small-medium enterprises (SMEs) to deliver innovative solutions to complex government problems, and at the same time providing opportunities for businesses to develop and showcase their IP. Each project begins with a project owner within government with a problem to solve, who is open to considering a range of potential solutions, and has funding to enable the development of at least a prototype solution. The program has three pathways:

A. Light-touch Facilitation

A business offers a unique solution to the project owner.  The SBIP team assists the development of a business case for a single select procurement, and also with any subsequent contractual arrangements.

B. Market Sounding Brief

The SBIP team organises an engagement session with businesses and industry stakeholders in which the project owner describes the problem to be solved and a discussion on potential approaches or solutions follows. Businesses are invited to followup one-on-one discussions with the project owner as required, particularly around potential solutions that may be commercially sensitive. The engagement sessions and one-on-ones are used to inform and shape the procurement that follows.

C.  Prototype Challenge

Businesses are invited to submit a bid to provide a solution against a problem statement and an indicative budget. This differs from a traditional tender in that the project owner does not attempt to define the solution through a statement of requirements, but rather defines the problem, leaving the solution open to innovation.

Accessing Opportunities

SBIP opportunities for businesses will be published on this website, on TendersACT, and through ACT government business networks. Please note the SBIP program does not facilitate unsolicited bids.


All businesses are eligible to get involved in the SBIP program. However, as a program targeting support to SME’s, larger companies are encouraged to participate in the program in partnership with an SME. The 10% ‘Economic Contribution’ weighting under the Local Industry Participation Plan applies to all SBIP projects.