The Andrews Labor Government of Victoria has taken a significant step towards delivering the Commonwealth Games villages across regional Victoria by opening the Expression of Interest (EOI) process for civil works in the construction sector. The Games villages, which are expected to house approximately 7,000 athletes and officials, will be located in Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, and Morwell, and will be fully operational by March 2026.

This EOI process provides an opportunity for regional contractors to participate in construction, supporting hundreds of local jobs. The civil works required for each Games village may vary, but they could include bulk earthworks, installation of new drains and sewers, the relocation of power, gas and water, road construction, general demolition, remediation and clearing works.

Civil contractors can express their interest in a single location or across multiple project locations. Early works are expected to commence later this year at each location, with village designs for each site currently under development.

In addition to hosting a world-class sporting event, Victoria 2026 aims to create a legacy of high-quality housing and new and upgraded sports infrastructure that will attract future major events to the region. It is estimated that the Games will contribute more than $3 billion to Victoria’s economy, creating over 7,500 jobs before, during, and after the Games.

Interested parties can register their interest in the project via the Buying for Victoria website A shortlist of contractors will be invited to participate in the Request for Proposal process. The EOI will close at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, 28 March. This is a significant opportunity for the construction sector in Victoria to contribute to a world-class event while supporting local employment and infrastructure development.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Commonwealth Games Delivery Jacinta Allan
“It’s our biggest summer of Victoria’s Big Build with more than 19,000 jobs on the ground pushing to get vital road and rail upgrades done in the coming months.”

“We’re upgrading every regional passenger line and delivering major projects including the Metro Tunnel – making it quicker and easier to get where you need to go, no matter where you live.”

Quote attributable to Minister for Public Transport Ben Carroll
“Whether you’re travelling by rail or road, if you’re heading into Melbourne, or just passing through, over the next few months it’s essential you plan ahead to avoid delays.”