Project Milestones

Throughout 2018, we’re working on a reference design for North East Link, working on specialist studies for planning approvals and talking to communities.

The reference design will be used to assess the project through an Environment Effects Statement (EES), Victoria’s most stringent and transparent planning approvals process.


Selecting the project corridor

We conducted specialist engineering, environmental and social investigations and had conversations with communities and stakeholders to identify where North East Link would be built. We also started work on the project business case. Learn more about the corridor options.

In November 2017 we reported back on what we heard so far from communities and announced the North East Link corridor with an early map with key project highlights.

Read a summary of the feedback in our August to October 2017 Report. PDF, 1.5 MB


Business case

In May 2018, the North East Link business case was publicly released.

Planning studies, project design and community engagement

Throughout 2018 we’re designing North East Link and working on the specialist studies required for planning approvals. Planning approvals for North East Link will be through an Environment Effects Statement (EES) – Victoria’s most stringent planning process.

April 2018 – design and EES update #1

In April 2018 we released an update on early project design work, an online map and held eight community drop ins between Saturday 21 April and Tuesday 1 May. Online feedback was open until 5 June, 2018.

Read a summary of the feedback in our April to May 2018 Community Engagement Report.

September 2018 – design and EES update #2

In September 2018 we released a second design update to provide more information about the project, including how community feedback has informed changes and our planning studies.

North East Link out to market

In November 2018, North East Link went out to market. Currently, we are seeking expressions of interest from builders for the $200 million early works package and the $7-9 billion primary package.


Planning approvals

The project Environment Effects Statement will be submitted to the Minster of Planning and put on public display in early-mid 2019. We expect a decision regarding planning approvals to be received towards the end of 2019.

We'll also release the project to market so we can select a preferred builder.


Subject to planning approvals, construction for North East Link is expected to start in 2020.