Our role


A  joint Inquiry/Advisory Committee was appointed to consider the Environment Effects Statement, a draft planning scheme amendment and public submissions associated with the Melbourne Metro Rail Project in accordance with the approved Terms of Reference (PDF, 1.2 MB).

The committee considered the Melbourne Metro Rail Project that included the following key components:

  • Twin nine kilometer rail tunnels between  South Kensington and South Yarra, following the alignment of Swanston Street,  through Melbourne's Central Business District (CBD) and linking the existing  Sunbury and Cranbourne/ Pakenham railway lines.
  • New CBD North and CBD South stations providing direct interchange with Melbourne Central and Flinders Street stations respectively.
  • New stations at Arden, Parkville and Domain,  with new train/tram interchanges at the latter two stations.

Terms of reference

View the Terms of Reference (PDF, 1.2 MB).

Committee members

  • Kathy Mitchell  (Chair)
  • Geoff Underwood (Deputy Chair)
  • Craig Barker
  • Jenny Donovan
  • Mandy Elliott
  • Elizabeth Hui
  • Helen Lardner
  • Kate Partenio.


Exhibition Period The EES was on public exhibition from 25 May to 6 July 2016
The period for making a submission has closed.
Directions Hearing The Directions Hearing was held on Tuesday 26 July 2016 at the Mercure Hotel, Treasury Gardens, 13 Spring Street, Melbourne.
Public Hearing The Public Hearings commenced on 22 August 2016 and closed on Friday 7 October 2016
In closing, the Chair of the IAC indicated that no further correspondence will be entered into regarding this project and no further material may be received by the IAC.
Report The report was submitted on 21 November 2016.  The Report and the Minister for Planning's Assessment of the project is available here (PDF, 3.2 MB).

More information

If you have any questions regarding the Inquiry Process, Melbourne Metro Rail Project or EES Project, the contact details are below:

Page last updated: 19/08/21