VIC to NSW Interconnector West

VNI West is a major infrastructure project to build a vital new transmission line between Victoria and NSW.

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What's coming next?

Minister confirms Environment Effects Statement required for VNI West

Transmission Company Victoria (TCV) is required to prepare an Environment Effects Statement (EES) for the VNI West project as confirmed by the Victorian Minister for Planning in April 2024.  

The EES is Victoria’s most rigorous assessment of potential environmental impacts for major projects, overseen by the Victorian Department of Transport and Planning (DTP).

As part of the EES process, TCV will undertake a program of expert studies and assessments on a range of matters, which are likely to include cultural and historic heritage, economic benefits, social and community considerations, health and the environment.

Further information regarding the VNI West EES process can be found on the Environment Effects Statement webpage.

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What's coming up?

TCV recently hosted a series of community drop-in sessions in Kerang, Charlton and Stawell

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Project Updates

Keep informed about VNI West with our regular project updates

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Fact Sheets

Get the facts on important issues like farming or fire safety and transmission

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Find the latest news and press releases for VNI West here

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Field Survey Activities

TCV is undertaking a range of field surveys across the VNI West draft corridor

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What is TCV?

Transmission Company Victoria (TCV) is a new company created by AEMO Victorian Planning to progress the VNI West transmission project.

TCV is currently in the process of applying for a transmission licence in Victoria, which is a normal step for providers of electricity transmission infrastructure in the state.

A transmission licence enables the holder to transmit electricity and operate the transmission infrastructure, and will also support the land access, planning and environment approvals work.

TCV will discuss the VNI West transmission project with landholders, Traditional Owners and the community to understand local concerns and ensure that commitments made in the early stages are captured and honoured across the life of the project.

TCV will provide early project updates and will work with the community on this important transmission line.

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Traditional Owner


We proudly acknowledge the Barapa Barapa, Wamba Wemba, Wotjobaluk, Jaadwa, Jadawadjali, Wergaia, Jupagalk and Dja Dja Wurrung peoples as the Traditional Owners of the lands on which VNI West is to be delivered and pay our respect to their Elders past, present and emerging.

TCV recognises the deep connection of First Peoples to Country and values their contribution to caring for, and managing the land, water, natural and built landscapes, and their profound knowledge systems.

We are committed to pursuing genuine and lasting partnerships with First Peoples to learn about and understand their culture and connections to Country in the way we plan for and manage the delivery of this project.

We also extend our acknowledgement to all First Peoples and Torres Strait Islander communities and their rich Culture, and pay respect to their Elders past, present and emerging. 


The project commenced meeting with Traditional Owner groups in late 2022.

Meetings and consultation sessions were facilitated with a range of Traditional Owners throughout the assessment of options for VNI West, leading up to the release of the Option 5a broad area of interest for the project.

Since the publication of the Option 5a area of Interest in May 2023, TCV has been consulting with four Traditional Owner groups.
Barapa Barapa and Wamba Wemba Traditional Owners, including elders and family representatives attended a number of small group workshops as well as a series of On Country days.

Barengi Gadjin Land Council staff and members have also contributed via small group workshops, On Country Days and targeted meetings with TCV’s planning team. Prior to the announcement of the narrowed 2km corridor in August 2023, TCV commenced consultation with Djaara, including initial meetings with staff and representatives and preliminary On Country Days.

TCV is committed to building our relationships with all Traditional Owner groups within the project area and acknowledges that Registered Aboriginal Parties and Traditional Owner groups must engage with their broader communities, which is important work that takes time.

The route refinement process will continue throughout 2024, and we will work with all Traditional Owners to enable meaningful input into this process.