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

Melbourne to Mildura

Funding Program:Roads of Strategic Importance
Status:In planning
Transport Mode:Road
Expected Start/Finish:Mid 2021 - Mid 2029
Estimated Project Cost:$93,750,000
Australian Government Contribution:$75,000,000
Local Council/Shire:Alexandrina Council,Brimbank City Council,Buloke Shire Council,Greater Bendigo City Council,Loddon Shire Council,Macedon Ranges Shire Council,Shire of Melton,Mildura Rural City Council,Melton City Council
Corridor:Melbourne - Mildura

Project Description

This investment will deliver targeted upgrades on the Calder Highway/Freeway corridor between Melbourne and Mildura. These upgrades are expected to address identified pinch points in the corridor to improve throughput. They are also expected to increase access for higher productivity freight vehicles, leading to an overall increase in the efficiency and safety of the corridor for all road users. Upgrades to this corridor are also expected to support local industry and the creation of local jobs.

Works in Tranche 1 include: 

- Baileys Road Intersection Upgrade, Sea Lake - The Australian Government has committed $3 million towards the upgrade of the intersection of the Calder Highway with Baileys Road at Lake Tyrrell, near Sea Lake.

- Overtaking Lanes - The Australian Government has committed $12.4 million towards the construct to three new overtaking lanes on the Calder Highway, north and southbound lanes between Marong and Bridgewater, and a southbound lane south of Hattah.

- Widecentreline treatment between Sunraysia Highway and Red Cliff - The Australian Government has committed $2.7 million towards delivery of a wide centerline treatment to remaining sections of the Calder Highway between the Sunraysia Highway and Red Cliffs.

- Development and preconstruction - The Australian Government has committed $4.3 million will undertake scoping and development to inform a future program of works for the Melbourne to Mildura corridor.


The regions surrounding the Calder Highway/Freeway corridor generate nationally significant levels of exports of agricultural produce such as grain, fruits, nuts and livestock. In addition, the Murray Basin supports a significant and expanding mineral mining industry.



The Australian Government is contributing $75 million towards this $93.75 million project.

This includes additional funding of $15 million announced in the 2021-22 Budget.

The remaining $52 million of Australian Government funding will be allocated to future priorities along the corridor. 


Scoping and development works for the corridor have begun in early 2021. Tranche 1 works for the corridor are expected to start construction in 2022.

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Project details last updated: 8/02/2022