Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts

Ballarat to Ouyen

Funding Program:Roads of Strategic Importance
Status:In planning
Transport Mode:Road
Expected Start/Finish:Mid-2021 - Mid-2029
Estimated Project Cost:$68,750,000
Australian Government Contribution:$55,000,000
Local Council/Shire:Ballarat City Council,Buloke Shire Council,Mildura Rural City Council,Northern Grampians Shire Council,Pyrenees Shire Council,Yarriambiack Shire Council

Project Description

The Sunraysia Highway is a key north-south route in western Victoria that connects the Western Highway near Ballarat to the Calder Highway near Ouyen. It serves a number of important industries in the region such as agriculture, viticulture, food processing and winemaking, linking these industries to markets and ports in the south of Victoria and South Australia via corridors such as the Henty and Calder Highways.

 The Tranche 1 of works includes: 

  • Ballarat to Ouyen - Birchip-Rainbow Road - McLoughlans Road Intersection Upgrade - The Australian Government is committing $2.3 million towards the upgrade of the intersection of the Sunraysia Highway with Birchip-Rainbow Road and McLoughlans Road, Birchip.

  • Ballarat to Ouyen - Scoping and Development - The Australian Government is committing $1.9 million to undertake scoping work to develop a prioritised program of future projects along the Sunraysia Highway corridor.



These upgrades are expected to improve access for high productivity freight vehicles, leading to an overall increase in the efficiency of the corridor. Upgrades to this corridor are expected to support local industry and the creation of local jobs. It is also expected to increase safety for all road users.


The Australian Government is contributing $55 million towards this $68.75 million project.

This includes an additional $45 million towards the corridor in the 2022-23 Budget. 

The remaining $50.8 million in Australian Government funding will be allocated to future priorities along the corridor. 


Scoping and development works for projects along the corridor commenced in mid-2021. Tranche 1 construction works are expected to commence in early 2022 and to be completed by mid 2022.

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Project details last updated: 29/03/2022