What we're working on


North East Link will finally fix the missing link in Melbourne's road network between an upgraded Eastern Freeway and the M80 Ring Road.

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).

An 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.

On 5 December 2019, The Minister for Planning released the committee’s recommendations together with his assessment on the environmental effects of the project. The Minister’s assessment considers the committee’s recommendations as well as the information presented in the EES, public submissions and evidence presented during the public hearings.

North East Link reviewed the assessment in detail and submitted a revised Planning Scheme Amendment to the Minister for Planning.

The revised Planning Scheme Amendment (GC98) was approved by the Minister for Planning on 23 December 2019 and gazetted on 3 January 2020. A copy is available on the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website here.

The Environment Management Framework has been approved by the Minister for Planning, following the Minister’s assessment and the Inquiry and Advisory Committee recommendations made during the Environment Effects Statement process, to ensure environmental values are protected and statutory requirements met.

The Environmental Management Framework aims to keep North East Link Project and its builders accountable in managing the environmental effects of the project.

EPA Victoria is expected to make a decision on the Works Approval Application for the construction and the operation of the tunnel ventilation structures soon.

In addition to receiving planning approval in Victoria through the EES process, the project received approval from the Commonwealth Government in December 2019 under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act. More information about the Commonwealth approval process is available here.

Separate to the EES process, a Cultural Heritage Management Plan was approved on 17 February 2020 under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006.

The Cultural Heritage Management Plan is required to assess the potential impacts to Aboriginal cultural heritage and manage how that heritage can be best protected.

To identify Aboriginal heritage in the project area, investigations were undertaken together with Aboriginal Victoria and Traditional Owners Groups, including the Registered Aboriginal Party, the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation.

2020 - Early works for North East Link are starting in 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.

How has community input helped shape North East Link so far?

We've had lots of feedback from communities living in the project area and from people interested in North East Link.

  • May-July 2017 we asked people how they travel in and through the north-east, what they value about their neighbourhoods and their views on improving transport infrastructure. What we heard helped inform what outcomes North East Link needs to achieve and what impacts need to be minimised. You can read a report here.

  • August-October 2017 we shared four potential road corridors for North East Link and information about how each was performing against outcomes and impacts. We asked if our technical studies so far were looking at the right things, and if we were missing anything important. You can read a report here.

  • November 2017 the project corridor was announced. We held a short series of information displays and an online survey to understand how people wanted to be involved next.

  • February and March 2018 we held workshops to help shape early 'big picture' planning for urban design, walking and cycling, and the environment. You can read a report here.

  • April 2018 we released an update on early project design work and information about planning studies for an Environment Effects Statement (EES). We asked communities to give us feedback to help refine the design and to tell us about issues or concerns they would like considered in the EES. You can read a report here.

  • September 2018 we released a second design update to show communities how their feedback had helped refine the design. We also released an update on studies for the EES and how issues and opportunities raised by communities are being considered. You can view the update online

  • The EES was on display for public comment from 10 April - 7 June 2019. A public hearing was held from Thursday 25 July - Monday 16 September 2019 at The Veneto Club, 191 Bulleen Road, Bulleen.

  • A draft Public Environment Report (PER) to inform Commonwealth approval was on display for public comment from 16 April - 30 May 2019. The final PER is now being prepared and will be submitted to the Australian Government later this year.

  • September 2019 - North East Link Project reviewed all submissions, finalised the PER and submitted it to the Department of Environment and Energy in September 2019. The final PER includes a summary of how we have addressed submissions. A copy of the final PER is available here.

  • September - October 2019 – After the public hearings the independent Inquiry and Advisory Committee (IAC) prepared a report of recommendations and submitted it for the Minister for Planning following . The report was provided to the Minister within 30 business days of the completion of the public hearing.

Where can I find out more about North East Link?

Sign up to receive our email updates or visit northeastlink.vic.gov.au


North East Link will finally fix the missing link in Melbourne's road network between an upgraded Eastern Freeway and the M80 Ring Road.

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).

An 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.

On 5 December 2019, The Minister for Planning released the committee’s recommendations together with his assessment on the environmental effects of the project. The Minister’s assessment considers the committee’s recommendations as well as the information presented in the EES, public submissions and evidence presented during the public hearings.

North East Link reviewed the assessment in detail and submitted a revised Planning Scheme Amendment to the Minister for Planning.

The revised Planning Scheme Amendment (GC98) was approved by the Minister for Planning on 23 December 2019 and gazetted on 3 January 2020. A copy is available on the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website here.

The Environment Management Framework has been approved by the Minister for Planning, following the Minister’s assessment and the Inquiry and Advisory Committee recommendations made during the Environment Effects Statement process, to ensure environmental values are protected and statutory requirements met.

The Environmental Management Framework aims to keep North East Link Project and its builders accountable in managing the environmental effects of the project.

EPA Victoria is expected to make a decision on the Works Approval Application for the construction and the operation of the tunnel ventilation structures soon.

In addition to receiving planning approval in Victoria through the EES process, the project received approval from the Commonwealth Government in December 2019 under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act. More information about the Commonwealth approval process is available here.

Separate to the EES process, a Cultural Heritage Management Plan was approved on 17 February 2020 under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006.

The Cultural Heritage Management Plan is required to assess the potential impacts to Aboriginal cultural heritage and manage how that heritage can be best protected.

To identify Aboriginal heritage in the project area, investigations were undertaken together with Aboriginal Victoria and Traditional Owners Groups, including the Registered Aboriginal Party, the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation.

2020 - Early works for North East Link are starting in 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.

How has community input helped shape North East Link so far?

We've had lots of feedback from communities living in the project area and from people interested in North East Link.

  • May-July 2017 we asked people how they travel in and through the north-east, what they value about their neighbourhoods and their views on improving transport infrastructure. What we heard helped inform what outcomes North East Link needs to achieve and what impacts need to be minimised. You can read a report here.

  • August-October 2017 we shared four potential road corridors for North East Link and information about how each was performing against outcomes and impacts. We asked if our technical studies so far were looking at the right things, and if we were missing anything important. You can read a report here.

  • November 2017 the project corridor was announced. We held a short series of information displays and an online survey to understand how people wanted to be involved next.

  • February and March 2018 we held workshops to help shape early 'big picture' planning for urban design, walking and cycling, and the environment. You can read a report here.

  • April 2018 we released an update on early project design work and information about planning studies for an Environment Effects Statement (EES). We asked communities to give us feedback to help refine the design and to tell us about issues or concerns they would like considered in the EES. You can read a report here.

  • September 2018 we released a second design update to show communities how their feedback had helped refine the design. We also released an update on studies for the EES and how issues and opportunities raised by communities are being considered. You can view the update online

  • The EES was on display for public comment from 10 April - 7 June 2019. A public hearing was held from Thursday 25 July - Monday 16 September 2019 at The Veneto Club, 191 Bulleen Road, Bulleen.

  • A draft Public Environment Report (PER) to inform Commonwealth approval was on display for public comment from 16 April - 30 May 2019. The final PER is now being prepared and will be submitted to the Australian Government later this year.

  • September 2019 - North East Link Project reviewed all submissions, finalised the PER and submitted it to the Department of Environment and Energy in September 2019. The final PER includes a summary of how we have addressed submissions. A copy of the final PER is available here.

  • September - October 2019 – After the public hearings the independent Inquiry and Advisory Committee (IAC) prepared a report of recommendations and submitted it for the Minister for Planning following . The report was provided to the Minister within 30 business days of the completion of the public hearing.

Where can I find out more about North East Link?

Sign up to receive our email updates or visit northeastlink.vic.gov.au