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Market–led proposals

Market-led proposals provide an opportunity for Government and the private sector to work together to meet Victoria’s infrastructure and service needs.

The Market-led Proposals Guideline defines market-led proposal as one made by the private sector to government to build infrastructure and/or provide services. It originates within the private sector and involves proponents developing a project or service specification and then approaching Government for approval and support of the proposal.

While market-led proposals are covered under this guideline and are therefore separate from other government procurement practices, there are many complementary principles from the Government’s Investment Lifecycle and High Value High Risk (HVHR) Guidelines and procurement practices that are relevant to these proposals.

Market-led Proposals Guideline

The Market-led Proposals Guideline (the guideline) was updated in November 2017. The updated guideline reaffirms Government’s commitment to a transparent process for considering whether market-led proposals are in the public interest, represent value for money and are consistent with Government policy and priorities.

Well-developed proposals are assessed through a five-stage process. Innovative ideas are assessed through a separate two-stage process outlined in Appendix 1 of the guideline.

The Treasurer is the responsible Minister for the guideline and all proposals and innovative ideas must be submitted to the Department of Treasury and Finance (DTF).

Market-led Proposals Guideline (PDF 1.43 MB)

Market-led Proposals Guideline (WORD 317.11 KB)

Market-led proposals currently under assessment

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:

DTRS Probity Plan Stage Four (PDF 294.27 KB)

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

West Gate Tunnel

Finalised: Contract awarded on 11 December 2017

Proponent: Transurban

The West Gate Tunnel Project includes the Monash Freeway Upgrade and the Webb Dock Access Improvement Works.

The West Gate Tunnel Project is an important opportunity to deliver real improvements to Melbourne’s transport network by enhancing transport performance in the heavily used M1 corridor and building an alternative to the West Gate Bridge.

It will expand travel choices for motorists and reduce travel times across one of Melbourne’s main cross-city road corridors, providing faster and more direct access to the Port of Melbourne and regional centres and communities. 

The project is expected to cost $6.7 billion with construction on the West Gate Tunnel having commenced in 2017 and expected to be completed in 2022.

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
  • over 14km of new cycling and upgraded cycling and walking paths
  • 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

Further information:

West Gate Tunnel Project Agreement (PDF 15.71 MB)

West Gate Tunnel Project Summary (PDF 1.1 MB)

West Gate Tunnel Project Summary Value for Money Report.pdf (PDF 171.5 KB)

Amended CityLink Concession Deed (PDF 3.56 MB)

Exhibit VV to the CityLink Concession Deed Variation-Principles (PDF 100.03 KB)

Exhibit XX to the CityLink Concession Deed Assumed Transport Network Enhancements (PDF 18.78 KB)

Exhibit YY to the CityLink Concession Deed Minimum Requirements for Toll Road Operator Debt Recovery Arrangements (PDF 25.91 KB)

West Gate Tunnel Project Bill (PDF 698.17 KB)

West Gate Tunnel Project

Port Phillip Ferries

Finalised: Contract executed 27 June 2017

Proponent: The Little Group (trading as Port Phillip Ferries)

The Victorian Government has entered into an agreement with The Little Group (trading as Port Phillip Ferries) to support an exclusive three year trial of a new ferry service between Portarlington and the Docklands (Victoria Harbour).

The ferry service will be operated by Port Phillip Ferries supported by up to $5.04 million in Government fund ing 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 Bellarine Peninsula attractions, thereby helping to support the local Bellarine economy. 

Port Phillip Ferries will operate two return services per day between Portarlington and the Docklands from Monday to Sunday and public holidays.

Port Phillip Ferries has commenced operation of the service.

Further information:

Port Phillip Ferries Project Summary (PDF 96.65 KB)

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:

Victoria Police Centre Project Summary (PDF 911.33 KB)

CityLink–Tulla Widening

Finalised: Contract awarded on 6 October 2014 and Financial Close was achieved on 30 April 2015 with completion in 2018

Proponent: Transurban

The CityLink–Tulla Widening project has been completed and included the widening of the CityLink and Tullamarine Freeway and introduced a Freeway Management System. 

The CityLink–Tulla Widening project wasself-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 was over $1 billion. Construction on the project  commenced in 2015 and was completed in 2018.

Further information:

Project Overview

X’Trapolis High Capacity Metro Trains

Finalised ­- did not progress to stage three (September 2019).

Proponents: MetroDevRail consortium

Proposal submitted in July 2017 to deliver 113 7-car X’Trapolis High Capacity Metro Trains (XHCMTs) through a 30-year public private partnership arrangement.

Proposed works included:

  • construction of 13 new 7-car XHCMTs;
  • upgrading and life extending 100 existing 3-car X’Trapolis trains with the integration of four newly constructed intermediate cars to produce upgraded 7-car XHCMTs; and
  • the provision of whole-of-life maintenance for the XHCMTs.

Next Generation Power Supply to the Melbourne Metropolitan Rail Network 

Finalised ­– did not progress to stage four (July 2019).

Proponents: AusNet Services and Metro Trains Melbourne   

Proposal submitted in July 2016 to deliver improvements to the electricity supply to Melbourne’s rail network by directly connecting to the transmission network. The direct connection points would supply a new dedicated 22 kilovolt alternating current ring main along the entire metropolitan rail network with dual feeds to direct current rail traction substations on the metropolitan rail corridor.

Southern Cross Station Upgrade 

Finalised - did not progress to stage four (April 2019). 
Proponents: Civic Nexus 

Civic Nexus is the concessionaire to the Southern Cross Station public private partnership. 

Proposal submitted in June 2016 to undertake capital works at Southern Cross Station to increase the capacity, amenity and function of the station precinct and to address the expected impacts of future patronage growth. Proposed works included construction of a new elevated concourse, enhancements to the coach terminal and upgrades to facilities including customer service interfaces. 

Development of a unique disease surveillance system and production of disease prevention products for the State of Victoria

Finalised – did not progress to stage three (June 2018) 

Proponent: Apiam Animal Health 

Proposal submitted in June 2017 to purchase and upgrade the government operated Pig Services Centre at Epsom. 

Accelerating the Victorian Government's Customer Engagement Strategy

Finalised – did not progress to stage three (March 2018)

Proponent: Australia Post

Proposal submitted in January 2017 to deliver a multi-channel customer engagement solution that provides accessibility for Victorian citizens to Government through both physical and digital channels.

Emerald Hill Wellbeing Precinct and Housing Development

Finalised – did not progress to Stage Three (February 2017)

Proponent: Australian Unity

Proposal submitted in November 2015 to build replacement public housing and aged care accommodation in South Melbourne

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.

West Gate Direct

Finalised – did not progress to stage three (December 2015)

Proponent: Cintra Developments Australia Pty Ltd      

Proposal submitted in October 2015 to build a new freeway standard road connection from CityLink to the West Gate Tunnel and expand the West Gate Freeway with full connectivity to the M80.

Moolap Saltworks Urban Renewal

Finalised – did not progress at Stage Three (June 2015)

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 2015)

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. 


To request a pre-submission meeting, submit a proposal or make enquiries regarding the market-led proposals process, please contact:

Market-led Proposals Secretariat
Commercial Division
Department of Treasury and Finance
Level 5 / 1 Treasury Place
Melbourne VIC 3002

Reviewed 30/11/2020
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