Major infrastructure projects

North East Link

The proposed North East Link would provide a new road link between the Metropolitan Ring Road at Greensborough and the Eastern Freeway. The proposed project includes twin tunnels travelling under the Yarra River, two tunnel ventilation structures, and upgrades to Eastern Freeway including Doncaster Busway.

The North East Link Project (NELP) is responsible for all aspects of the project including developing the business case, stakeholder and community engagement, and procurement.

North East Link open for public submissions

EPA has received and accepted a works approval application for the construction of the tunnel ventilation system required as part of the NELP. As the project’s tunnel ventilation system is scheduled (per the Environment Protection (Scheduled Premises) Regulations 2017), a works approval is required under the Environment Protection Act 1970.

The works approval application is included as Attachment VI of the North East Link Environmental Effects Statement and can be viewed and downloaded.

To make a submission on the works approval application please follow the steps set out on the North East Link Engage Victoria webpage. Please note that the works approval application is being jointly advertised with the EES and a draft planning scheme amendment, between Wednesday 10 April and 5pm on Friday 7 June 2019. Please note that as all submissions will be collected and shared by Planning Panels Victoria, a submission on the works approval should be made as a submission on the EES.

For questions about the Works Approval Application process, please call EPA Victoria on 1300 372 842 or view

Environment effects statement

On 2 February 2018, the Victorian Minister for Planning declared the works proposed for the NELP as ‘public works’ requiring an environment effects statement, including community consultation and an independent panel review to inform the Minister’s assessment and decision-making. Read the Minister’s reasons for the EES decision under the Environment Effects Act 1978.

The EES process provides for the analysis of potential effects on environmental assets and the means of avoiding, minimising or managing adverse effects. It also includes public involvement and the opportunity for an integrated response to a proposal. Read more information on the EES process.

EPA’s role

During the preparation of the EES, a technical reference group (TRG) with members from government agencies, local government and statutory authorities was appointed by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) at the request of the Minister. The role of the TRG for the North East Link EES is to provide advice to NELP and DELWP on the preparation of the EES. As a member of the TRG, EPA provided a review of EES documentation including technical reports for the project, to ensure potential impacts to the environment and human health are properly addressed.

Page last updated on 10 Apr 2019