The trial of the man accused of raping and murdering Louth woman Jill Meagher will start on 30 September.

Adrian Ernest Bayley, 41, appeared in Victoria Supreme Court via video link from a Melbourne prison for a brief hearing this morning.

He has pleaded guilty to raping Ms Meagher, but is fighting a murder charge and two other counts of rape.

Ms Meagher, who worked for Australian broadcaster ABC, went missing in the Brunswick area of Melbourne during a night out last September.

Mr Bayley allegedly raped and strangled the 29-year-old in a lane before going home to get his car, and then returning to place her body in the boot.

Her body was discovered six days later in a shallow grave on the outskirts of the city.

The trial is expected to run for between two and three weeks, with up to 25 witnesses to be called.