Improving digital access across Victoria

Digital connectivity is critical in metropolitan and regional Victoria, for households and businesses alike.

The Victorian Government is committed to improving digital access. This is being achieved by connecting regional communities and supporting enhanced digital services across the state.

With initiatives including the $45 million Connecting Regional Communities Program, the government is ensuring all Victorians are connected.

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It is estimated that telecommunications infrastructure will contribute $12.6 billion to the Victorian economy by 2031. That’s more than double what it contributed in 2011.


Projects and reforms

The Victorian Infrastructure Plan includes 5 projects and reforms under this Digital connectivity priority. These are detailed in the Digital connectivity sector plan and full edition VIP, available for download together with:

  • Government response - outlines our position and addresses 137 recommendations made by Infrastructure Victoria in its 30-year Infrastructure Strategy
  • Technical report - indicates where projects and reforms meet the plan’s four objectives

Case study

Regional Rail Connectivity Project

The $18 million Regional Rail Connectivity project will improve mobile coverage for regional rail commuters. Over 15.5 million trips are made annually on lines where passengers will soon benefit from better connectivity, including:

  • Geelong
  • Ballarat
  • Bendigo
  • Traralgon
  • Seymour

Victoria will be the first Australian state to implement in-train technology. This solution is used to boost mobile tower signals from outside the rail carriage to devices used inside. It is designed to boost in-train coverage from less than 50% to near full network coverage.

Work has already begun on pilot installations of mobile reception repeaters in VLocity trains. If successful, repeaters will be rolled out to the entire VLocity fleet in 2018.

Through an innovative partnership with leading mobile carriers, the government is leveraging Victoria’s land assets and project capability. This will enable construction of up to 69 new mobile stations, to be completed in 2018.

Regional Rail Connectivity is expected to boost productivity for regional business commuters, delivering an estimated $20 million to the Victorian economy.


The Victorian Infrastructure Plan identifies 2 other priorities within the Digital connectivity sector. They are:

Supporting use of digital technologies

Transforming state assets