Overview

The Victorian Government is fast-tracking better mobile coverage and broadband across the state through the $550 million Connecting Victoria program.

It’s never been more important to be connected – for family, community, work and safety – and the Victorian Government is asking Victorians to help identify where mobile and broadband improvements are most needed.

Connecting Victoria will enable more businesses to take advantage of digital opportunities with more reliable, better value broadband in more places, including popular shopping streets and business parks.

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

The program will focus on getting more Victorians access to business-grade broadband and upgrading mobile coverage, improving 4G mobile coverage, helping more places become 5G ready, and improving access to safety information during bushfires and other emergencies.

The first locations to receive upgrades or new infrastructure are expected to be announced later this year, with more to follow across the state.

The Victorian Government will encourage the Commonwealth Government and telecommunications providers to co-invest in the delivery of new infrastructure.

New mobile and broadband infrastructure will mean more jobs and a boost for local businesses and will help Victorians stay connected to loved ones. It will give more Victorians the opportunity to participate in the online world, with better mobile coverage at home and when out and about.

Your insights will help deliver better connectivity in more places across regional Victoria and outer suburban Melbourne.

How to participate

Have your say about connectivity issues where you live or work, and when you are out and about.

Next steps

Your insights will help us to better understand where mobile and broadband improvements are needed across the state.

We will continue to engage with community and businesses throughout the program.

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.

For more information and to keep up-to-date visit the Connecting Victoria website.

Collection Notice

The Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR) is collecting your location data and survey responses as part of the Connecting Victoria program. The information you provide about your connectivity issues will be used by DJPR to sense check our existing data to help us deliver better connectivity services in more places across regional Victoria and outer suburban Melbourne.

Any personal information collected, held, managed, used, disclosed or transferred will be held in accordance with the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 and other applicable laws. DJPR is committed to protecting the privacy of personal information. You may contact us to request access to your personal information, or for other concerns regarding the privacy of your personal information, by emailing the Department’s Privacy Unit at privacy@ecodev.vic.gov.au.

The Department’s privacy policy is also available by emailing the Department’s Privacy Unit.