East West link impact assessment

Proponent: Linking Melbourne Authority

Project description

The East West Link is a proposed cross-city road connection extending across Melbourne from the Eastern Freeway to the M80 Ring Road.

Planning and approvals are underway for the eastern section of the East West Link from the Eastern Freeway to the port area with a six kilometre section in a tunnel connecting the Eastern Freeway with CityLink. 

Designated Project Area

The Major Transport Projects Facilitation Act 2009 requires the Minister for Planning to designate the area of land to which any approval decision relates. Linking Melbourne Authority (LMA) provided plans signed by the Surveyor-General and lodged at the Central Plan Office.

On 30 July 2014, notice of the designation of the project area (PDF, 196.3 KB, 2 pp.) was published in the Government Gazette.

The designation of the project area enables the project proponent to use the project delivery powers (including land acquisition) under the Act.

Following a request from LMA, an increase to the project area (PDF 1.0 MB) was published in the Government Gazette on 2 October 2014. 

Controls under the Planning and Environment Act 1987

The Minister for Planning amended the Melbourne, Moonee Valley, Moreland and Yarra Planning Schemes in June 2014 to enable the use and development of the land for the purposes of the East West Link (Eastern Section) Project. The requirements are included in the incorporated document, which was amended in September 2014.

Assessment process

Minister's decision

Variation to approval decision

On 2 October 2014, notices of the granting of variations to the Minister for Planning's approval decision (PDF 125.4 KB) were published in the Government Gazette. 

Approval decision

On 30 June 2014, the Minister for Planning announced his determination on the East West Link (Eastern Section).

As the determination is a large document it is provided as a complete report:

and divided into smaller parts:

Assessment Committee and Environment Protection Authority Reports

The Assessment Committee's Report:

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) documents:

Assessment Committee

Further information about the Assessment Committee is provided on the East West Link (Eastern Section) Project Assessment Committee page

Establishment of Assessment Committee

The Minister for Planning appointed an Assessment Committee to assess the content of the Comprehensive Impact Statement (CIS), review and hear public submissions, and advise the minister as to whether the project approvals should be granted.

Terms of Reference

The Minister for Planning issued Terms of Reference, under which the Assessment Committee will assess the CIS and submissions in response.

CIS Public Exhibition

LMA released the CIS for public exhibition for a period of 30 business days, from 31 October to 12 December 2013.

Notification of public exhibition of the CIS is provided in the attached document.

The CIS documentation can be downloaded here.


The Assessment Committee held a Preliminary Hearing on 14 January 2014.

The Public Hearing was held from 3 March to 16 April 2014.

Assessment Committee Recommendations

The Assessment Committee provided a recommendation report to the Minister for Planning as to whether the minister should agree to grant any, some or all of the necessary approvals for the project (or part thereof) under applicable laws, including whether these approvals should be subject to any conditions.

CIS review determination

The Minister for Planning determined that the CIS be exhibited for a period of 30 business days.

On 15 October 2013, the department's Deputy Secretary - Planning, Building and Heritage, determined, under delegation, that the CIS is adequate to be released for exhibition.

Scoping directions

On 27 May 2013, the Minister for Planning published Scoping Directions for the CIS, which set out the range of matters that are to be addressed in the CIS.

Assessment pathway

On 14 May 2013, the Minister for Planning determined that a CIS assessment process should apply to the project.

Project proposal

On 10 May 2013, LMA submitted the East West Link (Eastern Section) Project Proposal to the Minister for Planning for a decision on the assessment pathway.



The project was declared on 20 December 2012 by the Governor in Council. The project was declared for the purpose of applying the assessment, approvals and delivery powers under the Major Transport Projects Facilitation Act 2009. As Project Minister for the project, Terry Mulder, Minister for Roads, appointed LMA as Project Proponent.

For more information, read the summary diagram on how the Major Transport Projects Facilitation Act works (PDF, 68.7 KB, 1 p.) , or visit the Major Transport Projects page

Further information

Questions relating to the project and the CIS documentation should be directed to Linking Melbourne Authority:

Questions relating to the Assessment Committee should be directed to Planning Panels Victoria - Phone: (03) 8392 6396.

Questions relating to the CIS assessment and approvals process should be directed to the department's Environment Assessment Unit - Phone: (03) 9223 5309.

Page last reviewed on 5 December 2014

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