Major Contract

North East Link – Secondary Package – South

North East Link – Secondary Package – South

The proposed North East Link project will connect the Metropolitan ring road (M80) and Eastern Freeway (M3) completing a ring road around Melbourne which includes the Monash Freeway (M1).

As part of the project there will be upgrades to the M3 and M80, which will be delivered through Secondary Packages.

The South Package – one of the two secondary packages – will widen the Eastern Freeway between Hoddle Street in the west and EastLink in the east. The Package scope includes:

  • an interchange with the Primary Package
  • a full freeway to freeway interchange with the Eastern Freeway
  • additional lanes to the Eastern Freeway, including express lanes
  • construction of the Doncaster Busway along the Eastern Freeway
  • civil infrastructure, noise walls and urban design features, and
  • new and upgraded cycling infrastructure.

Key Dates

Sep 2021 ROIs Open
Nov 2021 ROIs Close
Nov 2021 EOIs Open
Dec 2021 EOIs Close


Procuring Agency: North East Link Project


May 2018 The North East Link Business Case indicated there would be two secondary packages - northern and southern packages.
Sep 2018 The Victorian Government released the proposed project packaging at an industry briefing. The project packaging includes the primary package PPP and four secondary packages. The Victorian Government estimated that Package 2 will cost between $2 billion and $3 billion, depending on the final design.
Nov 2018 The Expression of Interest document for the Primary Package indicated a further refinement of packaging. This included North and South Packages as secondary freeway packages.
Sep 2021 The Victorian Government issued an advanced notice announcing the Registration (ROI) of Interest process for the North and South Packages. The two packages were expected to be procured as two Alliance contracts. Bidders were invited to register for an industry briefing, as well as the electronic data room where ROI documents were to be published by 27 September.
Nov 2021 The Victorian Government opened Expressions of Interest for the construction of the project's North and South Freeway packages, closing on 17 December. Both packages will be procured and delivered separately as Alliance contracts.
Oct 2022 The Nexus consortium, comprised of Laing O’Rourke Australia Construction Pty Ltd, Symal Infrastructure Pty Ltd, WSP Australia Pty Ltd and Arcadis Australia Pacific Pty Ltd, was announced as the preferred bidder for the first part of a major overhaul of the Eastern Freeway.
Procurement approach
Alliance |
Victoria | National |
Infrastructure Australia status
High Priority Project (medium-term, 5-10 years)
Media releases
Tender notices