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New Melton Hospital

Location 245A Ferris Road, Cobblebank, Victoria, 3338, Australia

The Victorian Government has committed more than $900 million to deliver a new Melton Hospital in 2029.

The brand-new hospital will support the growing and diverse communities of Caroline Springs, Rockbank, Melton, Bacchus Marsh and Gisborne. It will ensure the people of Melbourne's west get the care they need, close to home.

The Melton Hospital will include a 24-hour emergency department, at least 274 beds, an intensive care unit, maternity and neonatal services, mental health services, radiology services and ambulatory care.

Once completed, Melton Hospital will have the capacity to treat 130,000 patients each year and see almost 60,000 patients in the emergency department.

The hospital will be Victoria’s first all-electric hospital.

Construction is expected to start in 2024 and be finished in 2029.

A new hospital for Melton

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$900 MILLION
$900 MILLION

INVESTMENT

APPROX 130,000
APPROX 130,000

PATIENTS TREATED EACH YEAR

24/7
24/7

EMERGENCY CARE

CONSTRUCTION COMPLETE
CONSTRUCTION COMPLETE

2029

The new Melton Hospital will include:

  • a 24-hour emergency department
  • at least 274 beds
  • an intensive care unit
  • maternity and neonatal services
  • mental health services, radiology services and ambulatory care
  • a new education and training hub for doctors and nurses in Melbourne’s west.

The new Melton Hospital aims to achieve the following benefits:

Treating more patients

The hospital will support the growing and diverse communities of Caroline Springs, Rockbank, Melton, Bacchus Marsh and Gisborne. It will ensure the people of Melbourne's west get the care they need, close to home.

With at least 274 beds, the new Melton Hospital will have the capacity to treat 130,000 patients each year and see almost 60,000 patients in the emergency department.

Local jobs

The new Melton Hospital project will create more than 700 direct jobs and 1,700 indirect jobs during construction.

The hospital is expected to generate 3,975 direct jobs on-site in its first full year of operations. This includes medical and nursing staff, allied health professionals, technicians and administrative and facilities management staff. It will also generate 2,485 indirect jobs in surrounding health-related services and other businesses.

The new hospital will help turn the Cobblebank Metropolitan Activity Centre into a major hub and gateway for healthcare, education, training and job creation in the outer west.

Reduced wait times

The new hospital will ease the pressure and reduce waiting times at other busy Melbourne hospitals. It will provide an essential link with services at the public hospitals in the western region – including Sunshine Hospital and the $1.5 billion new Footscray Hospital.

Supporting the health of the outer west

Melton is one of the fastest growing areas in Australia. As the population grows and ages, demand for healthcare services continues to increase. The new Melton Hospital will help meet the changing and growing health needs of Melbourne’s outer west.

It takes a lot of planning and many conversations to work out what the right hospital for your community will look like.

The Victorian Health Building Authority (VHBA) and Western Health are committed to providing community and stakeholders with meaningful opportunities to provide input into this significant project for the outer west.

To ensure the voice of the community is part of the planning for the new hospital, VHBA has sought and considered feedback on a range of topics via an extensive engagement process, including:

  • community vision and aspirations
  • accessibility and wayfinding (safety, precinct connectivity, use of technology, signage and layout)
  • cultural safety and creating a welcoming space for all (use of colours, symbols, multilingual signage and spaces for cultural and spiritual activities)
  • design and look and feel of the hospital (indoor spaces, public artwork, outdoor spaces and landscaping).

Community feedback has been captured via:

  • surveys
  • information sessions
  • targeted workshops
  • the new Melton Hospital Community Consultative Committee.

Throughout consultation we heard over 1,000 ideas and priorities from the community. These have been captured in the 'New Melton Hospital Community Consultation Report'.

The report was provided to shortlisted bidders when preparing proposals to design, construct, finance and maintain the new Melton Hospital. This gives the opportunity for these ideas to be reflected in the final design of the hospital.

Through understanding the views and aspirations of the local community, the successful consortium will have the best opportunity to design and build a hospital for Melton and the surrounding areas that reflects the community it serves.

Find out more in the New Melton Hospital Community Consultation Report.

A community consultative committee was established to support the development of the new Melton Hospital.

The committee provides a forum for members of the local community to participate in the project’s ongoing planning through open dialogue and consultation.

The role and purpose of the community consultative committee is to:

  • provide advice on local community health and social needs
  • represent the community’s diverse views
  • provide advice on emerging issues, opportunities and priorities of the local community.

Chaired by Steve McGhie MP, Member for Melton, committee members met regularly between September 2022 and May 2023. The committee provided input into the community consultation report.

The committee will continue to be consulted on an as needs basis as the project progresses.

Why does Melton need a new hospital?

Melton is one of the fastest growing communities in Australia. The new Melton Hospital is being built to meet the growing demand for health services in Melbourne’s outer west. This demand is being driven by population growth and increasing use of hospital services.

Will the hospital be a public hospital? Who will operate the new hospital?

The new Melton Hospital will be a public hospital. This much-needed project is being delivered in partnership with Western Health, who will operate the hospital.

What will the new hospital deliver?

The new hospital will be Victoria’s first fully electric hospital. It will include:

  • a 24-hour emergency department
  • at least 274 beds
  • an intensive care unit
  • maternity and neonatal services
  • mental health services
  • radiology services
  • outpatient care.

Once completed, Melton Hospital will have capacity to treat 130,000 patients each year and see almost 60,000 patients in the emergency department.

Why has this site been selected?

The new hospital will be built at 245A Ferris Road, Cobblebank, within the future Cobblebank Metropolitan Activity Centre. Benefits to this site location include:

  • close to the Cobblebank train station and Western Freeway
  • ease of access to retail, sports and school zones
  • opportunity for future expansion and development of the site
  • local access to services for the residents of Melton and surrounds.

It will provide an essential link with services at other public hospitals in the western region – including Sunshine Hospital and the new Footscray Hospital.

How can the community continue to be involved in the project?

We value community input and are committed to keeping the local community up to date as the new Melton Hospital project progresses. This may be through construction notices, further information sessions or a project newsletter distributed at key milestones.

Our website and VHBA social media channels will continue to be updated regularly as the project progresses.

Subscribe to our mailing list to get the latest news about the new Melton Hospital project delivered straight to your inbox.

How will the new Melton Hospital be delivered?

The new Melton Hospital will be delivered as a public private partnership (PPP) under the Partnerships Victoria Framework.

This involves bringing together a private consortium to design, construct, finance and maintain the new facility for a period of 25 years. The new hospital will be a public hospital operated by Western Health.

Who is building the new Melton Hospital?

Exemplar Health has been announced as the preferred consortium to enter into exclusive negotiations with the Victorian Government.

The Exemplar Health consortium includes:

  • Capella Capital as sponsor and investor
  • Lendlease Infrastructure Investments and Invesis as investors
  • Lendlease as builder
  • Honeywell and Compass Group as facilities and maintenance managers.

The contract is expected to be awarded later this year.

Melton Hospital will be a public hospital, with all clinical health services operated and provided by Western Health.

When will construction begin?

Construction of the hospital is expected to begin in late 2024. 

Site establishment works are expected to commence following contract award, paving the way for major construction works to get underway.

Melton City Council and utility providers have already undertaken some activities to ensure the site has the necessary power, stormwater drainage, road access (including Bridge Road, Coach Street and East Road), and other utility infrastructure to support the delivery of the new hospital.

VHBA understands Melton City Council is on track to complete construction of the Bridge Road extension in mid-2024.

When will designs be released?

We've released artist impressions which provide a first look at the hospital's exterior, inspired by the local landscape and ecosystems. The artist impressions can be viewed in the gallery section below.

What is a public private partnership (PPP)?

The PPP model brings together a private consortium to design, construct, finance and maintain the new facility. Western Health will operate the hospital.

Previous hospital PPP projects in Victoria include:

  • the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre
  • the Royal Women’s Hospital
  • the Royal Children’s Hospital
  • Casey Hospital
  • Bendigo Hospital.

The new Footscray Hospital currently under construction is also being delivered as a PPP.

What are the benefits of a PPP model for the Melton Hospital?

The PPP model will deliver the best possible outcome for Melton and the people of Melbourne’s west. This model allows for innovation, best practice design and long-term asset management. It provides the necessary resources to enable the building of a world-class hospital for the local community that is maintained to very high standards.

How many jobs will the project create?

The new Melton Hospital project will create more than 700 direct jobs and 1,700 indirect jobs during construction.

The hospital is expected to generate 3,975 direct jobs on-site in its first full year of operations, including medical and nursing staff, allied health professionals, technicians and administrative and facilities management staff. The hospital will also generate 2,485 indirect jobs in surrounding health-related services and other businesses.

How can I stay up-to-date with the project?

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This project is being delivered by the Victorian Health Building Authority in partnership with:

  • Western Health
  • Exemplar Health.

The project will be delivered as a Public Private Partnership (PPP) under the Partnerships Victoria framework.

The Victorian Government is working closely with Western Health to ensure the best health outcomes are achieved for the community in Melbourne’s outer west.

The new hospital is being delivered as a public private partnership (PPP). This involves bringing together a private consortium to design, construct, finance and maintain the new hospital over 25 years.

Exemplar Health has been announced as the preferred consortium to enter into exclusive negotiations with the Victorian Government.

The consortium includes:

  • Capella Capital as sponsor and investor
  • Lendlease Infrastructure Investments and Invesis as investors
  • Lendlease as builder
  • Honeywell and Compass Group as facilities and maintenance managers.

The contract is expected to be awarded later this year.

News

Artist impression of an aerial view of the exterior of New Melton Hospital, seen in the evening with lighting turned on

18 July 2024

Preferred consortium named for new Melton Hospital

The new Melton Hospital is moving closer to construction – with the preferred bidder announced to deliver the project and artist impressions released.
News
Illustration of people being surveyed under a tent

03 November 2023

New Melton Hospital - Djerriwarrh Festival pop up

Community members were invited to come along to the Djerriwarrh Festival and visit the new Melton Hospital stall.
Get involved
Three women sitting and talking at the Melton Hospital Community Consultative Committee meeting

07 August 2023

New Melton Hospital: Community Consultation Report

The report provides a snapshot of community and stakeholder engagement captured during an extensive engagement process.
News
Aerial artist impression shows hospital building with solar panels and green spaces

28 June 2023

Consortia shortlisted for new Melton Hospital

Two consortia, including construction companies, sponsors, and facilities management providers have been shortlisted to deliver the new Melton Hospital.
News
Members of the Melton Hospital Community Consultative Committee sitting around a table talking

24 March 2023

New Melton Hospital: Community has their say

The community consultative committee plays a vital role in making sure the community has a say in the development of the new Melton Hospital.
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08 March 2023

Building a gender equal future

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Illustration of male construction worker holding a wooden beam on his shoulder

01 February 2023

Expressions of interest: New Melton Hospital

We’re seeking qualified and experienced consortia to design, construct, finance and maintain the new Melton Hospital.
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26 October 2022

 Community helps shape new Melton Hospital

Take a look at what the new Melton Hospital will mean for those who live and work in and around Melton.
Video
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20 September 2022

New Melton Hospital: Info session - 8 Oct

We held a community information session for your new Melton Hospital.
  • 11.00 am - 1.00 pm
  • Cobblebank
Past event
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20 September 2022

New Melton Hospital: community info sessions

Join us at a community information session to learn more about your new Melton Hospital and have your say!
News
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19 September 2022

New Melton Hospital: Info session - 6 Oct

We held a community information session for your new Melton Hospital.
  • 5.00 pm - 7.00 pm
  • Cobblebank
Past event
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15 September 2022

New Melton Hospital community survey

The local community is invited to have a say on key indoor and outdoor spaces, and what it means to build a hospital for the outer west.
  • 14 September 2022 - 16 October 2022
  • Survey closed
Survey
Aerial artist impression shows hospital building among green spaces

15 September 2022

Building a new hospital for Melton

The Victorian Government has committed more than $900 million to deliver a new Melton Hospital in Cobblebank.
Fact sheet
Aerial artist impression shows hospital building among green spaces

08 September 2022

Meet your new Melton Hospital CCC

A community consultative committee has been formed to help shape the development of the new Melton Hospital.
News
An illustration of construction workers in hard hats looking at plans on a table

23 August 2022

New Melton Hospital Project industry briefing

The major infrastructure industry was invited to attend a virtual briefing on Thursday, 6 October 2022 to learn more about the New Melton Hospital Project.
  • 10.00 am - 11.15 am
  • Online Event
Past event
Aerial artist impression shows hospital building among green spaces

24 June 2022

Melton Hospital: Join the community committee

Calling all locals from Melton and surrounds! Join the new Melton Hospital community consultative committee.
News
Aerial artist impression shows hospital building with solar panels and green spaces

06 May 2022

A new hospital for Melton

A 24/7, fully renewable hospital will be built in Melton, providing more health services for the local community.
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Aerial map of the site location of the new Melton Hospital

06 July 2021

Site identified for the new Melton Hospital

A preferred site at 245-267 Ferris Road, Cobblebank has been identified for the new Melton Hospital.
News
Melton hospital community consultation meeting

24 November 2020

More funding to kickstart new Melton Hospital

The Victorian Government has announced $75 million in this year’s state budget to secure a site and progress critical planning for a new Melton Hospital.
News
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24 November 2020

New Melton Hospital: Community survey report

A summary of the community engagement survey report findings for the new Melton Hospital.
Report
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26 February 2020

Melton Hospital planning progresses

Planning for a new Melton Hospital is progressing with tenders shortlisted for the appointment of a principal consultant.
News
Nurses

03 December 2019

Western Health to run the new Melton hospital

The new Melton Hospital will be managed by Western Health, the Victorian Government announced today.
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Location

New Melton Hospital
  • Location
  • 245A Ferris Road, Cobblebank, Victoria, 3338, Australia

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Last updated: 18 July 2024