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By 2026, connectivity in Victoria will look very different. Through the $550 million Connecting Victoria program, the Victorian Government is fast-tracking better mobile and broadband connectivity across the state to transform how we live, study and work.

Work is happening now through Connecting Victoria’s partnerships with telecommunications providers to:

  • create more business-grade broadband zones
  • give more residents access to high-speed 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 working now with telecommunications partners to improve mobile connectivity through more than 1,200 projects across Victoria, with more than 700 in regional and rural areas. This will benefit more than 2 million premises, help businesses grow and create local jobs.

Between now and 2026, our co-funded projects will see new towers built and existing towers upgraded to 5G for faster connections and lower latency. Other towers will be adapted so they can be used by multiple telecommunications providers, and many will be 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 in your area through our partner’s websites:

Use our interactive map to see where these projects are happening. The pins on the map only represent Victorian Government-funded projects, and don’t show their precise location.

Faster broadband access

Work is underway to bring faster broadband 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, via partnerships with NBN Co, Opticomm and Swoop.By mid-2025, most broadband upgrades funded through the Connecting Victoria program are expected to be completed.

This is a game-changer for households. Faster connectivity means Victorians can access the internet more easily - for work, study and in their daily lives. They can share large files more easily, stream content, join meetings or video call with loved ones.

For businesses, it will speed up tasks like processing payments through EFTPOS, using cloud-based software and sharing information. It will also help businesses looking to grow beyond their own towns and suburbs, using the internet to expand their networks and reach more customers.

Use our interactive map to see where these projects are happening. The pins on this map only represent Victorian Government-funded projects, and don’t show the precise locations of projects.

Read below about the different project types - fibre to the premises, fixed wireless and business fibre zones.

Business fibre zones

The Victorian Government is giving businesses across 31 locations access to fast and reliable fibre internet through Enterprise Ethernet. NBN Co will build infrastructure for improved fibre connections, which will give businesses access to internet speeds of up to almost 10Gbps. These speeds will support businesses to share information and use cloud-based software such as Xero or MYOB with ease.

There’s no cost to the businesses in these areas - they will only need to pay to connect to the service.

Read more about business fibre services and coverage areas on NBN Co’s website .


The locations for these business fibre zones are Alfredton, Benalla, Beaufort, Buninyong, Cranbourne South, Cobram, Colac, Delacombe, Dromana, Echuca, Hamilton, Inverleigh, Koroit, Lara, Loch Sport, Marong, Mortlake, Pakenham North, Pakenham South, Pearcedale (including Blind Bight, Warneet and Cannons Creek), Portland, Rockbank-Mount Cottrell, Tarneit, Warracknabeal, Warragul, Warrandyte, Wedderburn, and Wonthaggi-Inverloch.

Fibre to the premises

We’re funding NBN Co and Opticomm to run fibre along streets in more than 100 locations. This will provide fibre to the premises technology, which connects directly to homes and businesses, and gives users access to faster and more reliable speeds.

Use our interactive map to see where these projects are happening. The pins on this map only represent Victorian Government-funded projects, and don’t show the precise locations of projects.

Read more about services in your area through our partner’s websites:

Fixed wireless

A fixed wireless connection uses data transmitted over radio signals to connect a premises to the NBN network. It helps to connect people in regional and remote areas – who may have previously been serviced by satellite – to the NBN.

Now, many places in Victoria 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 will also 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 Australian Government

We’re encouraging the Australian Government and telecommunications providers to co-invest in the delivery of new infrastructure.

The Australian 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 Australian Government runs several national mobile and broadband improvement programs. Connecting Victoria has directed some of its investment towards co-funding projects through these national 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 Australian Government investment into Victoria’s connectivity.

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Page last updated: 1 June 2023