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Artist impression - Commonwealth Games 2026 Athlete villages

The Victoria 2026 Commonwealth Games is another step closer, with Development Victoria releasing an Advance Tender Notice to the construction sector for civil works.

The Games villages will be home to around 7,000 athletes and officials in Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong and Morwell when the Commonwealth Games get underway in March 2026.

The Advance Tender Notice outlines the general scope of works which may be required across the four village sites.

Prospective bidders will need to be able to deliver a range of civil works as well as specialist items for specific sites such as remediation.

Once the Expression of Interest process is open in March 2023, interested parties can register via the Buying for Victoria website, from which a shortlist of civil contractors will be invited to participate in a Request for Proposal process.

Civil works across the Games villages may include bulk earthworks, installation of new drains and sewers, the relocation of existing services such as power, gas and water, construction of new roads, upgrades to existing roads, and general demolition and clearing works.

Civil contractors will have the opportunity to lodge their interest in a single location or across multiple project locations.

Development Victoria’s Group Head Commonwealth Games Joanne Wandel said it’s a great opportunity for regional contractors to be involved in construction of the villages.

“We’ll work closely with the construction sector over the next three years, with significant investment being made by the Victorian Government in community infrastructure, including housing and world-class sports facilities.

“This first stage of works on the villages will lay the foundations to leave a long-lasting legacy including additional housing in regional communities,” Ms Wandel said.

An Expression of Interest is already underway inviting builders to register their interest in the delivery of the Commonwealth Games villages and closes at the end of the month.

The Victorian Government is delivering the 2026 Commonwealth Games, which is expected to contribute more than $3 billion to Victoria’s economy, and create more than 600 full-time equivalent jobs before the Games, 3,900 jobs during the Games and a further 3,000 jobs beyond the Closing Ceremony.

Updated on 21 February 2023