Find out about Market-led proposals that are currently under assessment or have been finalised.

Proposals currently under assessment



Port Phillip Ferries

Stage five: Award Contract

Proponent: Little Group (trading as Port Phillip Ferries)

In January 2016, Port Phillip Ferries submitted a Market Led Proposal (Proposal) for a three year trial of a new ferry service between Portarlington and the Docklands.

Government has now approved the Proposal proceeding from a simultaneous Stage Three and Four assessment to Stage Five under the Market-led Proposals Guideline.  Final contract terms have been considered with the view to executing a contract. This includes providing Government funding of up to $5.04 million over the next three years to facilitate the trial.

The trial will provide the first regular passenger ferry service operating from Portarlington to Melbourne. The trial will also provide additional travel options for visitors to the Bellarine Peninsula and will encourage both Melbourne, interstate and overseas visitors to visit the various Peninsula attractions thereby helping to support the local Bellarine economy.

Port Phillip Ferries is uniquely positioned to deliver the Proposal.

Further information:

Probity Plan for Port Phillip Ferries (PDF 122kb)


Digital Train Radio System Upgrade


Stage Four: negotiation and assessment of final offer

Proponent: Vodafone and Nokia Networks   

The proposal to upgrade the existing Digital Train Radio System (DTRS) primarily used by Metro Trains was submitted in April 2015 and was approved to move to Stage Four in November 2016.

The proposal involves installation of a new Long-Term Evolution (LTE) 4G network on VicTrack assets, providing an option for the State to transition to an updated communications system.

The upgraded network will also improve Vodafone’s mobile phone coverage  along metropolitan Melbourne’s train lines. 

If the proposal is successful, the upgraded network will provide the core components for a future 4G Digital Train Radio System (DTRS), and has the potential to enable other rail network projects to be deployed onto a 4G network.

Both Nokia and Vodafone are uniquely positioned to deliver the proposed DTRS upgrade.

The market-led proposal will be considered in the context of planning for the end of the current DTRS contract which expires in 2018.

Further information:

Media release: 7 December 2016


Western Distributor


Stage Four: Negotiation and assessment of final offer

Proponent: Transurban

Proposal submitted in March 2015 to expand capacity on the West Gate Freeway and provide a new connection from the West Gate Freeway to CityLink. Government progressed the proposal to Stage Four in December 2015.

The $5.5 billion Western Distributor Project includes the Monash Freeway Upgrade and upgrades to Webb Dock.

Key features include:

  • Widening the West Gate Freeway from 8 to 12 lanes between the M80 and Williamstown Road
  • A tunnel under Yarraville and a second river crossing over the Maribyrnong
  • An elevated road along Footscray Road with direct links to CityLink, the Port of Melbourne and the western edge of the CBD
  • The longest managed motorway system in Australia from Geelong to Pakenham
  • 4.5km of new cycling and pedestrian paths including completion of the Federation Trail
  • Widening the Monash Freeway from 8 to 10 lanes between EastLink and South Gippsland Highway, and from 4 to 6 lanes to Clyde Road in Berwick

A full business case was released for the Project in October 2015.

The Government will continue negotiations with Transurban  at Stage Four, with a view to Transurban presenting a final offer for Government consideration, consistent with the requirements of the Market-led Proposals Guideline.

Stage Four involves negotiation of key commercial, technical and planning issues for the Project with Transurban, commencement of downstream procurement for the Project and ongoing assessment of the Transurban proposal under the  Market-led Proposal Guideline.

Further information:

Government's media release

Transurban's proposal overview 

Probity Plan Stage 3 - Western Distributor

DEDJTR Western Distributor  

Finalised proposals (for proposals that proceeded to Stage 3 and beyond)




Victoria Police Centre


Finalised: Contract executed 19 January 2017

Proponent: Australia Post and Cbus Property

Australia Post and Cbus Property will fund and develop a new Victorian Police Centre on land owned by Australia Post at 311 Spencer Street, Melbourne.  The Victorian Government will enter into a long term lease with the proponents for use of the facility.

The site will allow connection to the adjacent City West Police Complex at 313 Spencer Street, Melbourne, creating a consolidated police precinct and will also provide the appropriate security required for police headquarters.

Construction is due to commence in 2017 and completion is expected in 2020.

Further information:

Project Summary (PDF 911kb)

Media Release


CityLink - Tulla Widening 


Finalised: Contract awarded on 6 October 2014 and Financial Close was achieved on 30 April 2015

Proponent: Transurban

The CityLink-Tulla Widening project will widen the CityLink and Tullamarine Freeway and introduce a Freeway Management System.  It will build capacity, boost performance and improve safety on one of Melbourne's busiest roads.

The CityLink-Tulla Widening project is proceeding under the Market-Led Proposals Interim Guideline and will be self-funded by Transurban.  When combined with the widening of the Tullamarine Freeway to Melbourne Airport, which is partly funded by the State and Commonwealth Governments, the total cost of the project is around $1.3 billion. Construction on the project will commence in 2015 and be completed in 2018.

Further information:

Transurban Project Overview

Project Overview

Media Release


Anchorage on the Sea


Finalised – did not progress to Stage Three (May 2016)

Proponent: Fortan Holdings Pty Ltd

Proposal submitted in September 2015 to build and operate a marina tourist and convention development in Port Phillip Bay.


Moolap Saltworks Urban Renewal


Finalised – did not progress at Stage Three (June 15)

Proponent: Ridley Corporation

Proposal submitted in March 2014 to purchase Crown land and redevelop the former Moolap Saltworks site located in the City of Greater Geelong.       

Cranbourne- Pakenham Rail Corridor project

Finalised – did not progress at Stage Four (March 15)

Proponents: Consortium sponsored by MTR, John Holland Construction and UGL Rail Services

Proposal submitted in October 2013 for an integrated package of infrastructure including trains, maintenance depot, high capacity signalling and level crossings to increase capacity on the Cranbourne- Pakenham rail corridor.