What we're working on

We started by looking at all possible links between the M80 Ring Road and the Eastern Freeway or EastLink and narrowed the options down to four potential corridors.

After extensive technical studies and conversations with local communities we've identified the project corridor for North East Link. Now we're moving ahead on Victoria's biggest transport project.

Our work so far includes:

  • Reassessing previous studies and looking at new ideas
  • Developing a high level indication of benefits and challenges
  • Completing technical studies to see what corridor options are possible
  • Testing how well the corridors do (or don't) perform based on our project objectives and principles
  • Identifying a project corridor and getting ready to start planning and approvals in 2018

Project timeline


We conducted expert engineering, environmental and social investigations and had conversations with communities and stakeholders to identify where the project will go.


Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Referral

As part of the planning for North East Link, the North East Link Authority submitted a referral to the Commonwealth Department of Environment and Energy (DoEE) in January 2018. This referral seeks a decision from the Minister for the Environment as to whether North East Link requires assessment under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act.

The EPBC Referral assesses if the project could have a significant impact on matters of national environmental significance as defined by the EPBC Act.

The EPBC Referral for North East Link is now available on the Department of Environment and Energy website for public comment. The Referral reference number is 2018/8142.

Learn more about the EPBC Referral process.

Business case

We'll submit the project business case to Government in 2018 and ask communities to provide more input to help shape key areas of the project.

We'll also start the formal planning and approvals process. This will be through an Environmental Effects Statement.


We'll release the project to market and select a preferred builder.