Key steps in the EES process

Over the past two years, we’ve been working on the technical studies needed for planning approvals, including the preparation of an Environment Effects Statement (EES).

The EES is Victoria’s most stringent and transparent impact assessment process. It gives decision makers such as the Minister for Planning and the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria, the information they need to determine whether planning approvals should be granted and what conditions should apply.

Next steps in the EES process

September - October 2019 – The independent Inquiry and Advisory Committee (IAC) panel is preparing a report of recommendations for the Minister for Planning following the conclusion of the EES public hearing on Monday 16 September.

The report will be provided to the Minister within 30 business days of the completion of the public hearing.

Late 2019 – The Minister for Planning will make an assessment on the environmental effects of the project. A decision on planning approvals is expected in late 2019.

2020 - Early works for North East Link are expected to start in early 2020.

2021 - Construction for North East Link is expected to start by 2021.

2027 - North East Link is expected to open to traffic in 2027.


Early 2018 – North East Link referred the project to the Minister for Planning. Read the project outline here.

2 February 2018 – Minister decided that an EES is required. Read the declaration here.

22 May 2018 – Minister issued draft Scoping Requirements for public comment.

24 June 2018 – Minister issued final Scoping Requirements. Read the Scoping Requirements here.

Wednesday 10 April 2019 – The EES went on display for 40 days and was open for public submissions

Friday 7 June 2019 – EES submissions closed at 5 pm

Friday 21 June 2019 – Directions Hearing held to make arrangements for and answer questions about the Public Hearing

Mid 2019 – The Minister for Planning appointed an independent Inquiry and Advisory Committee (IAC) panel to review the EES and public submissions received and make recommendations.

July - September 2019 – The thirty four day public hearing commenced Thursday 25 July and concluded Monday 16 September.