Connecting Victoria is focused on improving mobile coverage and broadband across the state.

The Victorian Government will partner with industry telecommunications providers to help deliver new infrastructure in as many places as possible, as quickly as possible.

The first locations to receive upgrades or new infrastructure are expected to be announced later this year, with more to come throughout the program.

How places will be selected

Help us identify where mobile and broadband improvements are most needed.

Have your say through the government’s Engage Victoria platform.

When selecting locations, we will also consider existing gaps in connectivity and where infrastructure improvements will make the most difference for communities and businesses, particularly in terms of economic opportunities, safety and inclusion.

Connectivity projects

Connecting Victoria builds on the state’s $130 million investment in connectivity projects since 2014 and will bolster the state’s economic recovery.

Victorian Mobile Project

Map of Victoria showing with text mobile coverage improved in 200 places

Since 2014, $56 million has been invested to improve mobile coverage around the state.

More than 200 places around the state are now better connected, with new mobile base stations planned to be rolled out in towns such as Ararat, Winchelsea South and Tarwin Lower before the end of 2022.

This project has upgraded mobile coverage in hundreds of areas across Victoria and has also improved safety by allowing people to contact emergency services in more locations.

A further $300 million will be delivered through Connecting Victoria for new mobile infrastructure to connect more places across the state.

Enhanced broadband in Morwell and Horsham

Businesses in or moving to the Latrobe Valley and Horsham have access to a world-class local broadband network.

Fixed wireless towers in and around Morwell provide coverage to the Gippsland Hi-Tech Precinct and Innovation Centre, the Gippsland Logistics Precinct, Morwell CBD, the emerging Food and Manufacturing Precinct, and the Aerospace Precinct at Latrobe Regional Airport in Traralgon.

Horsham’s fixed-wireless service covers all of Horsham including the CBD, Horsham enterprise park, aerodrome and freight terminal.

Free WiFi services

Free WiFi services have been delivered in partnership with industry and local councils in Ballarat, Bendigo, Melbourne CBD and Shepparton. Work is underway to connect free WiFi services to Geelong, Ararat and Latrobe soon.

Page last updated: 25 June 2021