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Free wi-fi pilot for Ballarat and Bendigo


The Victorian Government has launched a pilot of free public Wi-Fi in central Melbourne, central Ballarat and central Bendigo, aimed at developing tourism, education, social inclusion, encouraging new business models, and creating a consistent Wi-Fi experience for residents and visitors.

The Wi-Fi project is funded for five years with a one-off $6.7 million grant provided to iiNet to build, manage and maintain the network. The free Wi-Fi pilot will deliver more than 1000 access points in the three cities.

With Victoria’s free public Wi-Fi, users will:

  • be able to access the network outdoors, at street level
  • be able to download up to 250MB per day
  • have no time limits
  • not have to provide personal emails or log-in details
  • not be ‘pushed’ extra advertising from the service

The first Regional hotspot locations

Wi-Fi will start in three locations; central Ballarat and central Bendigo and central Melbourne, with more being rolled-out throughout 2015.

Wi-Fi is now available at the following locations:

  • Central Melbourne: Queen Victoria Market, Queen Street/Victoria Street entrance area
  • Central Ballarat: Sturt Street at Queen Victoria Square, opposite Ballarat Town Hall
  • Central Bendigo: View Street Arts Precinct (Bendigo Art Gallery)

More hotspots will become available within the pilot areas.

How to connect to the Network

Connecting to the Victorian free public Wi-Fi network can be done in four easy steps:

  1. Locate your nearest Wi-Fi hotspot
  2. Go to the Wi-Fi settings on your mobile device and select VicGovFreeWiFi
  3. Follow the prompts on the screen to connect
  4. Start using Wi-Fi.

No details such as email, passwords, or other personal data, need to be provided to use the free outdoor public Wi-Fi.

Customer support

For help with using the Victorian free public Wi-Fi network, please contact iiNet on 1300 668 847.

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