Connecting Victoria is giving businesses and communities more reliable, better-value broadband and improved mobile coverage, including in popular shopping streets, business parks and where people live.
The program is partnering with telecommunications providers to:
- create more business-grade broadband areas
- give more residents access to high-speed fibre broadband
- increase mobile coverage
- help more places become 5G-ready
- improve access to safety information during bushfires and other emergencies
Better mobile services
We’re boosting mobile connectivity at more than 1,000 sites across the state.
Through Connecting Victoria, we are investing $300 million and partnering with telecommunications providers to provide new or improved infrastructure across 1,108 sites, 704 of which are in regional and rural Victoria.
Around 2.4 million premises across 23,500 square kilometres will benefit from increased coverage and improved service quality. In total, 1,200 suburbs and towns across the state will benefit from mobile projects.
These co-funded projects will see 309 new towers built, 492 towers upgraded to 5G, 170 towers adapted so they can be used by multiple telecommunications providers and 137 towers made more resilient during natural disasters.
Our telecommunications partners have agreed to share infrastructure at many of these sites, giving more Victorians a choice of mobile providers and improving competition.
Read more about services available in your area through our partner’s websites:
- For Optus services, consumers should visit www.optus.com.au/mobile while businesses should visit www.optus.com.au/business/mobile.
- For Telstra services in these locations, please visit www.telstra.com.au/coverage-networks/our-coverage
- For TPG Telecom services in these locations, please visit www.tpgtelecom.com.au/about-us/our-brands.
Faster broadband access
Faster broadband is coming to more than 180 Victorian suburbs and towns – with 150 of these in regional Victoria.
More than 130,000 businesses and households will benefit from digital upgrades through the $250 million Connecting Victoria broadband program, thanks to partnerships with NBN Co, Opticomm and Swoop, with most of these upgrades delivered by NBN Co.
Over 3,000 kilometres of new fibre infrastructure – about the distance from Melbourne to Cairns will be installed.
All broadband upgrades funded through the Connecting Victoria program are expected to be rolled out by mid-2025, with some locations being able to connect from mid-2023.
These upgrades will lead to faster internet speeds, making it easier for people to do things like sharing large files, streaming content, joining meetings or lessons online, and capturing real-time data.
For businesses, it will speed up tasks like processing payments through EFTPOS, using cloud-based software such as Xero or MYOB, or sharing information. It will also help businesses looking to expand internationally, using the internet to expand their networks and reach customers across the globe.
In August 2021, the Victorian Government announced that up to 10,000 Victorian businesses across 12 locations can access faster and more reliable fibre internet through Enterprise Ethernet services.
Those locations are Hamilton, Portland, Wonthaggi-Inverloch, Warragul, Colac, Benalla, Dromana, Pakenham North, Pakenham South, Lara and Cranbourne South.
In March 2022, we added five more locations to the list: Alfredton, Buninyong, Loch Sport, Rockbank-Mount Cottrell and Tarneit.
In October 2022, we added more locations to the list:
Beaufort, Cobram, Delacombe, Echuca, Inverleigh, Koroit, Marong, Mortlake, Pearcedale (incl. Langwarrin, Langwarrin South, Somerville), Port Fairy, Research, Tooradin (incl. Blind Bight, Warneet, Cannons Creek), Warracknabeal, Warrandyte, Wedderburn.
Read more about the Enterprise Ethernet services and coverage areas through NBN Co’s website.
Fibre to the premises
The Victorian Government is funding NBN Co and Opticomm to run fibre along streets past homes and businesses in over 100 locations.
In March 2022, the Victorian Government announced that households and businesses in the following locations would have access to faster broadband services:
Alfredton, Bairnsdale, Balnarring, Balnarring Beach, Bandiana, Beaconsfield, Belmont, Churchill, Corio, Craigieburn, Doreen, Drumcondra, East Geelong, Elmore, Geelong, Geelong West, Grovedale, Highton, Horsham, Kangaroo Flat, Kennington, Kyneton, Leongatha, Marshall, Mernda, Merricks Beach, Mirboo North, Mornington, Mount Martha, Myrtleford, Nagambie, Nhill, North Geelong, Ocean Grove, Officer, Ouyen, Pakenham, Rippleside, Rochester, Roxburgh Park, Sale, Seymour, Somerville, Tatura, Traralgon, Wangaratta, Warragul, Warrnambool, Wendouree and Wodonga.
In October 2022, the following locations were added to the list: Adams Estate, Alexandra, Allansford, Ararat, Ascot, Baromi, Beechworth, Bendigo, Bunyip, Cabarita, Cape Woolamai, Casterton, Castlemaine, Charlemont, Cobden, Colac, Corryong, Cowes, Dimboola, East Bendigo, Edenhope, Euroa, Flora Hill, Garfield, Grantville, Heywood, Ironbark, Kerang, Korumburra, Lorne, Lynbrook, Lyndhurst, Macedon, Maffra, Mallacoota, Mansfield, Merbein, Mildura, Moe, Monbulk, Moorooduc, Morwell, Mount Macedon, Newhaven, North Bendigo, Numurkah, Pioneer Bay, Portland, Red Cliffs, San Remo, St Arnaud, Stawell, Stratford, Strathdale, Torquay, Werribee, White Hills and Woodend.
Read more about the fibre to the premise services through NBN Co’s website.
For Cardinia, Clyde, Curlewis, Devon Meadows, Dunolly and Wallington read more about fibre to the premise services on Opticomm’s website.
On 12 October 2022, it was announced that the following locations will have access to fixed wireless services for the first time. These include:
Alma, Barkly, Beaufort, Berriwillock, Burnbank, Cann River, Carisbrook, Castella, Casterton, Clunes, Culgoa, Daisy Hill, Eurobin, Gobur, Kinglake, Landsborough, Lexton, Majorca, Maryborough, Merino, Morwell, Mount Baw Baw, Mount Glasgow, Navarre, Porepunkah, Raglan, Red Lion, Sandford, Skipton, Talbot, Toolangi, Waterloo, Woomelang and Yarck.
Read more about the fixed wireless services through NBN Co’s website. For services in Morwell and Mount Baw Baw read more on Swoop’s website.
Fixed wireless upgrades were also announced in October 2022, to be delivered in partnership with the NSW Government and NBN Co in Beverford, Murraydale, Nyah, Nyah West, Piangil, Vinifera, Wood Wood and Woorinen South. Read more on NBN Co’s website.
How we selected places
Connecting Victoria has partnered with telecommunications providers to fast-track improvements to mobile coverage and broadband access in outer suburban Melbourne and regional Victoria.
When selecting locations, we considered where Victorians told us there were connectivity gaps and where infrastructure improvements would make the biggest difference for communities and businesses, particularly in terms of economic opportunities, safety and inclusion.
Find out more about our engagement with Victorians in our Engagement Report. We will continue to engage with the community and businesses throughout the delivery of the program.
The role of the Commonwealth Government
We’re encouraging the Commonwealth Government and telecommunications providers to co-invest in the delivery of new infrastructure.
The Commonwealth Government has primary responsibility for ensuring the adequacy of telecommunications services in Australia, however the Victorian Government has invested significantly into regional telecommunications infrastructure to address gaps.
We know that Victorians need better connectivity now, to help productivity for businesses, create jobs and boost economic growth.
The Commonwealth Government runs several national mobile and broadband improvement programs. Connecting Victoria has directed some of its investment towards co-funding projects through these Commonwealth programs.
The Connecting Victoria program is also now in a great position to use the feedback and information we have gained through our engagement with Victorians to advocate for more Commonwealth investment into Victoria’s connectivity.
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Page last updated: 1 December 2022