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                                                                                    Regional Victoria
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SEPTEMBER 2010                                                                                                                                        LiveInVictoria.vic.gov.au




                                                                                                                               World famous 12 Apostles, Grampians National Park, Bendigo Town Hall clock tower.



Five Reasons why you will                                            Victorian Regional Skilled                                           Did you know about the
Love Living in Regional Victoria                                     Migration Coordinators                                               Regional Sponsored
1.   It’s a great place to raise a family with first class           There are Regional Skilled Migration Coordinators in
                                                                                                                                          Migration Scheme?
     education and health services                                   each of the different regions of Victoria who can provide
                                                                     information about employment opportunities, work                     The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme
2.   If you are thinking of buying a home, regional Victoria         preparation training and post-employment support.                    (RSMS) allows employers in regional areas
     offers fantastic value for money and affordable living                                                                               to sponsor skilled migrants for permanent
                                                                     These services are available to recently arrived skilled             residency.
3.   Unique lifestyle opportunities - seaside and country.           migrants, who hold a permanent residency or temporary
                                                                     (pending permanent) General Skilled Migration visa,                  To register your interest in living and working
     Become part of a community and enjoy the relaxed
                                                                     including Skilled-Graduate (subclass 485) visa holders.              in regional Victoria send your resume to
     lifestyle with great opportunities to take part in sport,                                                                            skilledregional@liveinvictoria.vic.gov.au
     the arts and cultural activities
                                                                     Recently arrived migrants falling under other categories
                                                                     may also be eligible for assistance, subject to their                The Regional Coordinators can access these
4.   Because of Victoria’s size, everything is within easy           qualifications and willingness to seek employment in                 resumes and link them with potential employers
     reach by road, rail and air between regional cities             regional Victoria.                                                   in their area.
     and Melbourne
                                                                     See inside for contact details for each region.                      For more information on the RSMS visa visit
5.   There are extensive job opportunities in diverse                                                                                     www.immi.gov.au/skilled/skilled-workers/rsms/
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                                         5                       4                   5    Goulburn Murray Region              11   Grampians Pyrenees
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                                                                                                                                     Geelong Region
                                                                                                                                                                                                Accordingly Geelong is eager to attract
                                                                                                                                                                                            health and allied health professionals to keep
                                                                                                                                     Victoria’s Premier                                     up with demand for the services. There are
                                                                                                                                                                                            also rewarding opportunities in the region for
                                                                                                                                     Coastal Destination                                    scientists, teachers and engineers.
                                                                                                                                                                                                Geelong has a highly capable knowledge
                                                                                                                                                                                            and research sector that employs some
                                                                                                                                     Geelong is the largest regional city in Victoria. It
                                                                                                                                                                                            15,000 people. It is also home to Deakin
                                                                                                                                     combines the best elements of a cosmopolitan
                                                                                                                                                                                            University, which has established the Geelong
GEELONG REGION




                                                                                                                                     city with some of the world’s most magnificent
                                                                                                                                                                                            Technology Precinct - a base for leading
                                                                                                                                     surf beaches just a stone’s throw away.
                                                                                                                                                                                            research, proof of concept and innovation in
                                                                                                                                         A strong economy, great employment
                                                                                                                                                                                            textiles, aerospace, intelligent systems and
                                                                                                                                     opportunities, diverse educational resources,
                                                                                                                                                                                            new medical technologies.
                                                                                                                                     state-of-the-art health-care services, quality
                                                                                                                                                                                                Australia’s leading research organisation,
                                                                                                                                     housing, broad recreational choices and a
                                                                                                                                                                                            the CSIRO, has a division in Geelong which
                                                                                                                                     vibrant multicultural community are just part
                                                                                                                                                                                            focuses on animal health, materials science
                                                                                                                                     of the picture.
                                                                                                                                                                                            and engineering.
                                                                                                                                         Only an hour’s drive from Melbourne,
                                                                                                                                                                                                Kathy Timmins who migrated from the UK
                                                                                                                                     Geelong offers a range of lifestyle choices -
                                                                                                                                                                                            in 2005 with her husband and two small boys,
                                                                                                                                     inner city, suburban, waterfront, coastal and
                                                                                                                                                                                            is employed by the City of Greater Geelong as
                                                                                                                                     rural - with greater value for money than
                                                                                                                                                                                            a Major Project Development Facilitator. She
                                                                                                                                     equivalent properties in the capital nearby.
                                                                                                                                                                                            couldn’t be happier with the move.
                                                                                                                                         The city’s vibrant retail heart is alive with
                                                                                                                                                                                                “We chose Victoria for the climate. The sun
                                                                                                                                     cafes and restaurants and cinemas. And
                                                                                                                                                                                            shines for nine months of the year so you can
                                                                                                                                     overlooking Corio Bay, with its backdrop of
                                                                                                                                                                                            live in tee-shirts and in July/August you can
                                                                                                                                     ships and yachts, is the pier and waterfront
                                                                                                                                                                                            drive to the ski slopes!
                                                                                                                                     precinct which has been transformed to
                                                                                                                                                                                                “We have never been big city people so we
                                                                                                                                     accommodate stylish new eateries, beautiful
                                                                                                                                                                                            headed for Geelong as it is near to the beaches
                                                                                                                                     landscaped gardens, fantastic public art
                                                                                                                                                                                            and the international airport. We can’t believe
                                                                                                                                     encircled by walking, cycling and skating
                                                                                                                                                                                            our luck, we seem to have really fallen on our
                                                                                                                                     paths.
                                                                                                                                                                                            feet.
                                                                                                                                         It is also the jumping off point for the
                                                                                                                                                                                                “Everyone is so friendly and they really know
                                                                                                                                     spectacular Great Ocean Road and a range
                                                                                                                                                                                            how to throw a barbie! We have everything we
                                                                                                                                     of surf beaches including the world famous
                                                                                                                                                                                            need for work, education and entertainment
                                                                                                                                     Bells Beach where international surfing
                                                                                                                                                                                            and Melbourne is only an hour away.
                                                                                                                                     championships are held.
                                                                                                                                                                                                “We live on 16 acres so the boys have
                                                                                                                                         Geelong is the leading commercial and
                                                                                                                                                                                            plenty of room to run about. We have even
                                                                                                                                     industrial centre for Victoria’s south-west.
                                                                                                                                                                                            planted our own vineyard. We have no regrets
                                                                                                                                     It showcases more than 10,000 business
                                                                                                                                                                                            about the move and feel very settled.”
                                                                                                                                     enterprises with a multi-skilled work force
                                   Top: Torquay Foreshore Middle: Geelong Waterfront Above: Skilled migrant resident Kathy Timmins
                                                                                                                                     of 100,000 people in an economy boasting
                                                                                                                                     comprehensive infrastructure and extensive                CRITICAL SKILL
                                                                         For more information about Geelong Region’s skills
                                                                         shortages and employment opportunities visit
                                                                                                                                     transport links.                                          SHORTAGES
                                                                         www.geelongaustralia.com.au/business/migration
                                                                                                                                         Over the past decade Geelong has
                                                                                                                                     transitioned itself from an economy with a              1 Sonographers
                                                                         Geelong Region Skilled Migration Project                    strong reliance on big manufacturing, such as               General Practitioners
                                                                         Email: skilledmigration@geelongcity.vic.gov.au              Ford, Alcoa and Shell, to one with a heavy focus
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Maternal and Child Health Nurses
                                                                                                                                     on knowledge based sectors such as retail,
                                                                         Please include your resume and contact details              hospitality, health, research, biotechnology,               Midwives
                                                                                                                                     education and tourism. These sectors are now                Critical Care (ICU) Nurses
                                                                                                                                     Geelong’s largest employers.                                Theatre (Anaesthetic) Nurses
                                                                                     Bannockburn                                         Growth in the manufacturing sector has
                                                                                                                  Geelong                                                                        Emergency (A&E) Nurses
                                                                                                                                     been more focused on expanding capabilities
                                                                                                             Queenscliff             in aerospace and heavy aircraft maintenance                 Experienced Aged Care Facility
                                                                                                                                     with Avalon Airport nearby. Niche markets                   Managers-Clinical Services Managers
                                                                                                                  Ocean Grove
                                                                                                               Torquay               in food - wine making, olives and related
                                                                                                                                     products - are also opening up.                         2 Youth Support Workers (Mental
                                                                                                         Anglesea                                                                                Health Psychosocial Rehabilitation)
                                                                                                                                         Seafood processing is expanding and more
                                                                                                                                     recently, the city has hosted a number of                   Support Workers Intensive Home
                                                                                                                                     innovative aquaculture businesses producing                 Based Outreach (Mental Health
                                                                                            Lorne                                                                                                Rehabilitation)
                                                                                                                                     squid, mussels and abalone.
                                                                                                                                         The health and community services sector,               Support Worker Adult Outreach
                                                                    Victoria                                                                                                                     (Mental Health Rehabilitation)
                                                                                                                                     which currently employs almost 14,000
                                                                                                                                     people, is one of the region’s fastest growing
                                                                               Geelong Region                                        industries.                                             3 Automotive Engineers
                                                                                    Melbourne
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Construction and Fabrication
                 Geelong Bollard                                                                                                                                                                 Engineers
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Automation/Control and Electrical
                 COMMUNITY FACT BOX                                                                                                                                                              Engineers
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Boilermakers/Welders
                 Population (est)             263,279        Learning & Education                        Transport/Accessibility
                 Borough of Queenscliffe          3,318      Deakin University, Geelong                  Easy commute to Melbourne with trains running every 15-20 minutes
                 City of Greater Geelong        216,330      Medical School, Gordon Institute            in peak time and every hour off-peak. Buses travel regularly within                 4 General Management in Food
                 Golden Plains Shire             18,173      of TAFE. Geelong Grammar                    the region. Airport shuttle provides access to Melbourne Airport and                    Manufacturing
                 Surf Coast Shire                25,458      School, Geelong College, Kardinia           Avalon Airport.                                                                         Food Product Development
                 Location                                    International College. Over 220                                                                                                     Practitioners
                                                             pre-school, primary schools and
                                                                                                         Property Prices
                 75kms South West of Melbourne                                                           Median Housing Cost (AUD)                        House                 Unit             Sales and Marketing (Food Products)
                                                             secondary colleges.
                 Main Industries                                                                         City of Greater Geelong                        $287,000            $240,000
                 Knowledge, Education and                    Leisure & Recreation Centres                Surf Coast Shire                               $471,500            $480,000         5 ICT – SAS Analysts
                 Research, Health, Advanced                  Geelong Art Gallery, Geelong
                                                                                                         Golden Plains Shire                            $220,000            $209,000             ICT Senior Business Analysts
                 Manufacturing, Tourism and Food.            Performing Arts Centre, Balmoral
                                                             Galleries, National Wool Museum,            Borough of Queenscliffe                        $530,000            $375,000             Project Managers
                 Hospitals                                   Village Cinema, Reading Cinema              Average Weekly Rental (AUD)                       House                 Unit
                 Barwon Health (includes Geelong             and a comprehensive array of                                                                  3bdrm               2bdrm         6 Chefs
                 Hospital and Grace McKellar                 health, fitness, sporting and leisure       City of Greater Geelong                            $270                $220
                 Centre), St John of God Hospital,           facilities.                                 Surf Coast Shire (Torquay)                         $340                $220         7 Agricultural Technical Officers
                 Geelong Private Hospital and a                                                          Golden Plains Shire (Bannockburn)                  $260                $190             (Piggery)
                 comprehensive range of health               Average Temperatures
                                                             Summer                        13-23°C       Borough of Queenscliffe                             N/A                $300
                 services.
                                                             Winter                         7-14°C
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Bendigo Region
                                                        The colourful history of adventurers and
A City Built on                                     entrepreneurs lives on in the independent spirit
                                                    of dynamic national businesses founded in
Drea ms                                             Bendigo, such as Bendigo and Adelaide Bank,
                                                    Fernwood Fitness Centres, Myer and Jimmy
Bendigo has a rich heritage dating back             Possum Furniture. The owners of Fernwood
150 years when vast reserves of gold were           and Jimmy Possum were awarded Australian
discovered in the region.                           Businesswoman of the Year in 2005 and 2006




                                                                                                                                                                                                                    BENDIGO REGION
    The wealth generated by the gold rush           respectively.
produced a city of opulence and grandeur.               Bendigo and Adelaide Bank is the only
The city has beautiful, richly detailed and         Australian bank to position its head office
historically significant Victorian architecture.    outside of a capital city. These widely
    This combined with the city’s manicured         recognised Australian businesses are part of
gardens are all symbolic of Bendigo’s               the 4000 strong business community that                                                                                             Bendigo night streetscape
prosperous tradition.                               offers diverse career opportunities in the            Bendigo is also home to La Trobe University,
    The largest inland regional city in Victoria,   region.                                            Monash University Medical School, vocational
Bendigo is located in the geographical heart of         Bendigo has excellent food and shopping,       educational institutions, Girton Grammar
Victoria.                                           celebrated wineries, art galleries, theatre,       School and Catholic College Bendigo.
    It has a vibrant economy and a rapidly          cosmopolitan restaurants, informal cafes and          The region hosts a network of world class
growing population of more than 100,000                                                                health services. Bendigo Health is the largest
which is growing at 1.6 per cent each year,
                                                    boutique hotels. Bendigo Art Gallery is one                                                                 CRITICAL SKILL
                                                    of the oldest regional galleries in Australia.     regional public hospital in Victoria and St.
making it one of the fastest growing centres in     It recently hosted the Golden Age of Couture       John of God hospital is a division of St John            SHORTAGES
inland Australia.                                   from London, attracting people from all over       of God Health Care, one of Australia’s largest
    Comprising the City of Greater Bendigo,         the southern hemisphere.                           private health care providers.
                                                                                                                                                                1 Design Engineers especially
Mount Alexander and Loddon Shires the                   And the region hosts outstanding major            There is a strong and steady demand for                      heavy mechanical
region includes the historic communities of         events throughout the year such as the             skilled professionals and tradespeople in a              2      Welders
Castlemaine and Wedderburn and many other           Bendigo Easter Festival - Australia’s oldest and   region which welcomes hundreds of skilled
smaller hamlets.                                    longest running festival.                          migrants each year.
                                                                                                                                                                3      Medical specialists and
    Bendigo is only a 90 minute drive from              There are more than 300 sporting clubs,             Bendigo’s achievements as a popular                        allied health
Melbourne, and is well served by frequent,          beautiful parks and recreational reserves, lakes   regional centre for skilled migration were               4      Building Professionals and
fast train services and buses linking it to other   and playgrounds plus networks of bicycle and       aired in a French television documentary in
regional centres.                                                                                                                                                      associated trades
                                                    walking trails.                                    February 2009. The France 2 Network profiled
    Manufacturing delivers the highest                  The region has a Mediterranean style climate   Bendigo’s migration program and a family who             5      Automotive experienced
proportional contribution to the Bendigo            with warm dry summers, cool winters, sunny         moved from Mauritius. Richard Tranquille and                    trades people (panel
economy, followed by health, community              springs and mild autumns. Average maximum          his wife Joelle migrated to Bendigo in 2007
services, finance, mining, property and                                                                                                                                beaters, mechanics)
                                                    temperatures are 29°C during summer and            based on a job offer from a local boutique
professional services.                              12°C in winter.                                    flour mill for Richard’s specialist skills in flour      6      Refrigeration mechanics
                                                        To complement its comprehensive                milling. The couple and their three children
                                                    educational infrastructure, Bendigo is currently   love Bendigo and have applied for permanent
                                                    building four, new state-of-the-art secondary      residence of Australia and are building their
                                                    schools based on world’s best practice in          dream home.
                                                    learning communities.
                                                                                                                               Herald Sun Tour Cycling Event                                   Bendigo dining




                                                                                            COMMUNITY FACT BOX
                            Wedderburn
                                                                                            Population                100,054      Hospitals                               Average Travel Time to
                                           Bendigo                                                                                 Largest regional public hospital in
                                                                                            Demographics                                                                   Melbourne
                                                                                            1 - 14 years               20.64%      Victoria. Private Catholic hospital.    Km                 Travel Time
 Bendigo                     Castlemaine                                                                                                                                   from Bendigo 150km    1hr 30m
 Region                                                                                     15 - 24years               14.82%      Learning & Education
                  Victoria
                                                                                            25 - 44 years              25.30%      La Trobe University, Monash             Median Housing Price (AUD)
                Melbourne                                                                   45 - 64 years              24.86%      University Medical School,              House                   $216,500
                                                                                            65+                        14.39%      Vocational Institutions, over 120       Unit                    $186,250
                                                                                            Main Industries                        accredited pre-schools, primary
                                                                                                                                                                           Weekly Rental Cost (AUD)
                                                                                            Manufacturing, Health, Community       schools and secondary colleges
For more information about living and working in the Bendigo region contact:                                                                                               House                        $205
                                                                                            Services, Finance, Mining and          Average Temperature                     Unit                         $160
Skilled Migration                                                                           Professional Services                  Summer            Av temp:     29°C
Tel: +61 3 9938 0556                                                                                                               Winter            Av temp:     12°C
Fax: +61 3 9938 0561
Email: skilled@LiveInVictoria.vic.gov.au
or visit www.LiveInVictoria.vic.gov.au
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          Wodonga
          A Great Place for a
          New Beginning
          When Clement Oguche decided to uproot                     Wodonga is home to well established
          his family from Nigeria to Australia his goal         companies, such as Mars Petcare, Woolworths
WODONGA




          was greater prosperity and security for his           regional distribution, Moore Australia, Shorko,
          children.                                             Wilson Transformers, BAE Systems, Linfox,
             He wanted his son and daughter to receive          Regional Infrastructure, Norvic Foods, Parker
          a good education and for his family to enjoy a        Hannifin, National Foods Vitasoy, Visy Board
          quality health system.                                and Visy Foods and ANI Bradken.
             When he learnt that Australia, and                     It is also a recognised transport and logistics
          particularly Wodonga, could make use of his           centre due to its location on the national
          professional training as a pharmacist, it was a       rail network. Located in North East Victoria,
          bonus. He decided to take the leap of faith.          Wodonga is seeking health professionals, with
             “I wanted to give it a go and see if I could get   vacancies for experienced nurses, GPs and
          a better life by getting out of Nigeria. I wanted     allied health professionals.
          a good education and standard of living for my            The city has access to quality health and
          family so I thought I should give it a try.”          medical facilities including two hospitals,
             For Clement, who arrived in Australia just         retirement accommodation options and
          over 18 months ago Wodonga is suiting him             nursing facilities. Albury Wodonga Health’s
          just fine.                                            obstetrics unit is considered one of the best
             He began work as an intern pharmacist              in regional Australia. It will soon be involved
          at the Amcal Pharmacy, Wodonga Plaza, last            in an estimated 1600 births a year. Excellent
          November and his wife Elizabeth, daughter             follow-up care is also available through the
          Christine, 3, and son Frank, 2, joined him in         city’s maternal and child health services.
          December.                                                 The health network also offers specialist
             “I’ve learnt a lot of things since I came here;    and diagnostic services, oncology, midwifery
          there’s so much knowledge that I’ve taken on          services, family counselling and youth
          and there’s still room for a lot of development,”     services. A special care nursery with advanced
          he said                                               equipment for babies born past 32 weeks                   CRITICAL SKILL
             Clement is one of more than 100 migrants           gestation who may require specialised care is
          who have found positions through the                  also available.
                                                                                                                          SHORTAGES
          Victorian Government and Wodonga Council’s                 The Murray Valley Private Hospital, owned
          skilled migration program over the past four          by Ramsay Health Care, offers comprehensive,              1 Experienced Division 1
          years.                                                high quality care to oncology, acute medical,                 Nurses & Midwives
             When Wodonga businesses identify a skills          post surgical and palliative care patients of             2   Welders & Boilermakers
          shortage they are unable to fill, the skilled         North East Victoria and southern NSW.
          migration officer finds a suitable candidate.                                                                   3   CNC Press Brake Operators
          She then helps the migrant, and their family,         Text supplied courtesy of Midweek Xpress,                 4   Allied Health Professionals
          find a home and settle into life on the border        Wodonga (March 2009).
                                                                                                                          5   Medical Specialists
          of Victoria and New South Wales.
             It is no surprise that skilled migrants                                                                      6   Dentists
          are attracted to Wodonga. It has enjoyed
          significant growth in the past 25 years.
             Wodonga has a young population compared
          to the rest of Victoria. The median age is 34,                                                                For more information about living
          with 38.1 per cent of the residents being under                                                               and working in the Wodonga region contact:
          this age. This is 5 per cent higher than the
          state average.                                                                                                The Wodonga Skilled Migration Officer             Top: North East snowfields Middle: Woolworths Logistics
             In Wodonga, 9.4 per cent of residents were                                                                 Tel: +61 2 6022 9267                                          Above: Outdoor recreation, image courtesy of
                                                                                                                        Mob: +61 403 607 590                                                          Destination Albury Wodonga
          born overseas and most have come from the
                                                                                                                        Fax: +61 2 6022 9346
          UK and New Zealand.                                                                                           Email: skilled@wodonga.vic.gov.au
             Manufacturing, retail trade, health                                                                        or visit
          and community services, government                                                                            www.wodonga.vic.gov.au/business/skilled
          administration and defence, property and                            New residents Clement Oguche, daughter
          business service and education are the major                                          Christine & son Frank                                                                       Wodonga
          industry employers.


                                                                                                                                                               Victoria
                                                                                                                                                                     Wodonga
                                                                                                                                                                             Melbourne
          COMMUNITY FACT BOX
          Population                   35,733       Hospitals                                  Leisure & Recreation Centres             Average Temperature                       The wine regions of the area are
          Demographics                              Albury Wodonga Health                      A huge range of top-class sporting       Summer:                       31°C        within about 30 minutes from
          The median age is 34, with 38.1%          Murray Valley Private Hospital             facilities which include Australia’s     Winter:                       13°C        Wodonga. The snow fields are within
                                                                                               largest regional tennis complex                                                    an hour’s drive.
          of the residents being under this         Learning & Education                                                                Average Travel Time to
          age. This is 5% higher than the state     Three secondary colleges and two           with 30 grass courts and 22 hard                                                   Median Housing Price (AUD)
                                                                                                                                        Melbourne
          average.                                  denominational colleges,quality            courts; the YMCA Wodonga Sports                                                    Median price for a house: $ 255,000
                                                                                                                                        Melbourne is 300kms from
                                                    primary schools. Educational               and Leisure Centre with heated                                                     Median price for a unit: $180,000
                                                                                                                                        Wodonga and is an easy 3.5 hour
          In Wodonga, 9.4% of residents were        facilities for adults and children         indoor pools, gymnasium, netball                                                   Vacant block:             $114,000
                                                                                                                                        drive.
          born overseas. Most came from the         with special needs, an acrobatic           and basketball courts, aerobic and
                                                                                               exercise facilities; high-standard       Average Travel Time to                    Weekly Rental Cost (AUD)
          UK and New Zealand.                       school, The Flying Fruit Fly Circus;                                                                                          House                              $235
                                                    the Albury Wodonga Community               outdoor sporting facilities;             Neighbouring Town
          Main Industries                                                                      Wodonga’s 18-hole championship           Albury, a major regional city, is         Unit                               $180
          Manufacturing, retail, health and         College, Wodonga Institute of TAFE
                                                    and the Wodonga campus of La               golf course. Motorcycle track,           separated from Wodonga by a river.
          community services, government                                                       go-karting and skate board facilities.   It has excellent shopping, health and
          administration, defence and               Trobe University. Neighbourhood
                                                    houses and community centres               Water skiing, sailing, fishing and       ancillary services.
          property, business service and                                                       camping at Lake Hume and
          education are some of the higher          which deliver adult education.
                                                                                               skiing at Falls Creek and Mt Buffalo
          industry employers.                                                                  are a short drive.




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Goulburn Murray Region
The Food Bowl of a Nation
The Goulburn Murray region has earned itself             These     projects     have      created     a
a dual reputation as Victoria’s ‘inland water        strong demand for engineering and
playground’ and the ‘food bowl of Australia’.        construction workers and technicians, along
   One of the region’s historic towns, Echuca,       with the region’s general need for health sector
was once the nation’s busiest inland port and        workers.




                                                                                                                                                                                                          GOULBURN MURRAY REGION
today the town’s Murray River waterfront                 While the early settlers found the soils of
docks the world’s largest fleet of                   the Goulburn and Murray Valleys ideal for
paddlesteamers.                                      stone fruit they also discovered them ripe for
   The region’s Lake Mulwala on the Murray           wine growing. Accordingly, they established
River and Lake Nagambie on the Goulburn              some of Victoria’s - and Australia’s - oldest
River are famous for water sports including          and best vineyards.
rowing regattas, water skiing and fishing.               The Goulburn Murray region is now famous
   Located nearby are several of the nation’s        Australia-wide for its award winning boutique
finest golf courses at Rich River, Yarrawonga,       wineries.
Cobram and Shepparton which attract                      The region has cellar doors and good
thousands of visitors each year.                     restaurants that source excellent local
   Bordered to the south by the Great Dividing       produce. Events include the World’s Longest
Range and the mighty Murray River in the             Lunch held in March and the Great Australian
north, the region comprises the municipalities       Shiraz Challenge in October.
of Greater Shepparton, Campaspe and Moira                Goulburn Murray’s growing reputation
with a combined population of almost 125,000         as a leading centre for intensive agriculture,
people.                                              manufacturing, business and professional
   The major commercial and industrial               services, and tourism based industries
centre is Shepparton. Other surrounding              convinced 35 year old Joanna Foulkes to move
towns include Echuca, Cobram, Yarrawonga,            to the region from the UK.
Murchison, Kyabram, Mooroopna, Nurmurkah                 Coming from Glasglow in Scotland, the
and Rochester.                                       engineering graduate accepted a position at
   Major industries relate to food processing,       SPC Ardmona, in Shepparton, and then a new
manufacturing and transport. Other important         job at the international food processing
agricultural activities include wool growing         company, Unilever, where she is now
and cropping.                                        responsible for 35 staff as the plant
   Growing businesses in food processing,            maintenance manager.
manufacturing and associated services add                Joanna says she enjoys the region and
to job possibilities; while retailing, education,    chose Shepparton for both lifestyle and job
and community and health services provide            opportunity reasons.
further opportunities for employment.                    “I am only a short, two hour drive from
   Goulburn Murray’s rich agribusiness sector        Melbourne. I can afford to buy a house and the
in dairy farming, beef, sheep and wool, pigs,        area has everything I need from entertainment
poultry, fruit and vegetables, grains, viticulture   to shopping.”
and wine production also offer strong                    Joanna believes regional cities can offer
employment opportunities.                            quality career opportunities and better
   It is one of the nation’s most productive         lifestyles compared to metropolitan areas.
and intensively farmed areas under irrigation            “Sometimes you find boundaries in
with around 25 per cent of the total value of        metropolitan areas, whether it be where you
Victoria’s agricultural production generated in      live compared to where a decent job is, or how
the region.                                          a job is advertised in the city. Travel to work is
   A number of Australia’s largest food              a huge barrier in cities, unlike here where you
processing companies have their home in the          can be anywhere in 20 minutes.”
region. SPC Ardmona, Tatura Milk Industries,
                                                                                                                         Top: Goulburn Ski Club Above: Local Produce
Unilever, Snowbrand and Campbell’s Soups
are some of the big companies consolidating
                                                                                                                                     Below Left: Goulburn Golf Course
                                                                                                                                                                         CRITICAL SKILL
their operations.                                                                                                                                                        SHORTAGES
   Major infrastructure projects include the                                                                For more information about living
$2 billion Irrigation Renewal Project, the                                                                  and working in the Goulburn Murray                           1 Registered Nurses
                                                                                                            region contact:
Goulburn Valley Freight and Logistics Centre
                                                                 Echuca                 Cobram
                                                                                                                                                                         2 Registered Psychiatric
development and other retail and commercial
developments designed to support a growing
                                                                                                            Goulburn Murray Region Global Skills                             Nurses
                                                                           Numurkah                         for Provincial Victoria Program
region.                                                              Kyabram                                Deb Quin
                                                                                                                                                                         3   Physiotherapists
                                                                Rochester                                   Tel: +61 3 5832 9710                                         4   Occupational Therapists
                                                                          Shepparton
                                                             Mooropoona                                     Mob: +61 439 388 976                                         5   General Practitioners
                                       Victoria                                                             Fax: +61 3 3831 1987
                                                                              Murchison                     Email: deb.quin@shepparton.vic.gov.au                        6   Irrigation Engineers
                                      Goulburn Murray                                                       or visit www.gmlifestyle.com.au
                                                     Melbourne


                                                                                   COMMUNITY FACT BOX
                                                                                   Population                               Learning & Education                        Average Temperature
                                                                                   Estimated                  125,355       There are 40 pre-schools, 40                Summer Av max temp:      29.7°C
                                                                                   Campaspe Shire          37,437 est.      primary schools, 20 secondary                      Av min temp:      14.3°C
                                                                                   Greater Shepparton      59,972 est.      schools, TAFE Colleges,                     Winter Av max temp:      14.1°C
                                                                                   Moira Shire             27,946 est.      Melbourne and La Trobe                             Av min temp:       3.9°C
                                                                                   Demographics                             Universities.                               Average Travel Time to
                                                                                    0 - 4 years                  6.8%       Leisure & Recreation Centres                Melbourne
                                                                                    5 - 11                        11%       Football, soccer and netball,               Km                  Travel Time
                                                                                   12 - 17                       9.6%       indoor and outdoor swimming                 from Shepparton 231km 2hr 15m
                                                                                   18 - 24                       8.3%       pools, water slides, spas, saunas,
                                                                                                                                                                        Median Housing Price (AUD)
                                                                                   25 - 34                      12.3%       fully equipped gyms, skate parks
                                                                                                                                                                        House                 $225,000
                                                                                   35 - 49                      21.8%       and national parks within easy
                                                                                                                                                                        Unit                  $185,000
                                                                                   50 - 59                      12.7%       reach for bushwalkers. Fishing,
                                                                                   60 - 69                       8.2%       boating, golf and lawn bowls,               Weekly Rental Cost (AUD)
                                                                                                                            walking and cycling trails.                 House                     $186
                                                                                   Hospitals
                                                                                                                                                                        Unit                      $158
                                                                                   Six hospitals - and a full range of
                                                                                   health services.
  06


                 Mildura Region
                                                                        It produces most of Australia’s dried fruit,          Salt production in the Mildura region is a
                 The Grape Escape                                    as well as table grapes and citrus.                  developing industry. It is extracted from saline
                                                                                                                          groundwater for agricultural, industrial and
                                                                        The area also grows most of the country’s
                 Skilled migrant, Dr Petrus Usmanij, moved           almonds, pistachios, olives, carrots, asparagus,     food products and has a positive environmental
                 from Indonesia to regional Victoria to further      wheat and is a hub for wine production.              impact on salinity in the region.
                 his academic career, but after eight years in          It is no surprise then that agriculture is one        Mineral sands mining is an emerging
MILDURA REGION




                 the Sunraysia region he has achieved far more       of the region’s biggest industries, employing        industry after major deposits were located
                 than professional fulfilment.                       15.1% of the population.                             nearby.
                     A certified management accountant, Petrus          Positioned near the borders of three states,          Retail employs 16.3% of Mildura’s
                 chose Mildura, a regional hub in north western      on the crossroads of transport links between         workforce compared to 15.3% for regional
                                                                     three capital cities and near the meeting point      Victoria. The recent expansion of the larger                              New resident Dr Petrus Usmanij
                 Victoria, as the place to live and work as a
                 lecturer and researcher at La Trobe University.     of Australia’s two great rivers, the region’s        chain stores has reinforced the city’s role as a
                     Highly regarded by his colleagues and           strategic location fosters development.              major shopping centre.
                 students, Petrus was recently nominated for            The major industries include retail,                  Tourism is a significant contributor to             CRITICAL SKILL
                 the title of Lecturer of the Year and made a        manufacturing, and health and community              the regional economy. Mildura lies at the               SHORTAGES
                 shortlist of 10 finalists in the Australia-wide     services.                                            confluence of Australia’s two great river
                 competition.                                           Most manufacturing businesses in the              systems – the Murray-Darling River system.              1    Registered Nurses
                     “I enjoy it here so much. The people are far    region service or add value to the agriculture       It also offers some of the most hauntingly
                 friendlier than those who live in the big cities.   industry. This includes a major processing           beautiful national parks in Australia at historic
                                                                                                                                                                                  2    Midwives
                 The streets aren’t crowded and I enjoy riding       sector directed towards packing of premium           Lake Mungo to the north and at Hattah-Kulkyne           3    Medical Officers
                 my bike by the river.”                              fruit and vegetables, the sun drying of grapes       to the south.                                           4    Physiotherapists
                     Petrus is one of many skilled migrants who      and the crushing of fruit and vegetables for             Served by four airlines Mildura is just a one
                 call Mildura home. The thriving regional city in    table juice.                                         hour flight from Melbourne.
                                                                                                                                                                                  5    Social Workers
                 north west Victoria is nestled on the Murray           There is also a major bottling plant servicing        Major upcoming projects such as the                 6    Occupational Therapists
                 River, which is the region’s economic and           the local wineries and emerging opportunities        Mildura Marina, development of a solar power            7    Podiatrists
                 social backbone.                                    around crushing operations for olive oil, fruit      station and the development of the riverfront
                     The river supports an astonishing array of      and nut confectionary, sun dried vegetables,         will guarantee future economic growth and
                                                                                                                                                                                  8    Dentists
                 vegetation and wildlife and provides irrigation     specialty cooking and pickling, and semi             create diverse employment opportunities.                9    Allied Health Professionals
                 for Mildura’s famous agricultural sector. The       prepared food packs.                                     With labour shortages in the areas of               10   Diesel Mechanics
                 fertile land throughout the region generates           Mildura is the third largest transport            registered nurses, general practitioners,
                 hundreds of millions of dollars in export           distribution centre in Victoria and provides an      health professionals, school teachers, motor
                                                                                                                                                                                  11   Accountants/Finance
                 revenue through sustainable, clean and green        important link between Melbourne, Adelaide           mechanics, metal fitters and machinists, along          12   Marketing Professionals
                 horticulture.                                       and Sydney.                                          with various other trades there is sure to be a
                                                                                                                          position for you!



                                                                                                                                                                                   COMMUNITY
                                                                                                                                                                                   FACT BOX
                                                                                                                                                                                   Population
                                                                                                                                                                                   Mildura Region                       52,972
                                                                                                                                                                                   Demographics
                                                                                                                                                                                   Male                                 24,382
                                                                                                                                                                                   Female                               25,433
                                                                                                                                                                                   0 - 4 yrs                             7.6%
                                                                                                                                                                                   5 - 19yrs                            22.6%
                                                                                                                                                                                   20 - 44yrs                           33.6%
                                                                                                                                                                                   45 - 64yrs                           55.2%
                                                                                                                                                                                   65+ yrs                              13.7%
                                                                                                                                                                                   Hospitals
                                                                                                                                                                                   Mildura Base Hospital (Ramsay
                                                                                                                                                                                   Health Care), Mildura Private Hospital
                                                                                                                                                                                   Mallee Track Health and Community
                                                                                                                                                                                   Services
                                                                                                                                                                                   Learning & Education
                                                                                                                                                                                   11 Pre-schools, 25 Primary Schools
                                                                                                                                                                                   8 Secondary Schools, Sunraysia Institute
                                                                                                                                                                                   of TAFE, La Trobe University
                                                                                                                                                                                   Leisure & Recreation Centres
                                                                                                                                                                                   Major sporting grounds and state of
                                                                                                                                                                                   the art recreation facilities for Football,
                                                                                                                                                                                   Netball, Basketball, Soccer, Hockey,
                                                                                                                                                                                   Baseball, Softball, Volleyball, Tennis, Golf,
                                                                                                                                                                                   Motor Sports, Water skiing, Cricket and
                                                                                                                                                                                   more.
                                                                                                                  Above: Murray River Paddlesteamer Bottom Left: Local Vineyard    Average Temperatures
                                                                                                                                             Images courtesy of Mildura Tourism
                                                                                                                                                                                   Mean annual Min                      10.3°C
                                                                                                                                                                                   Mean annual Max                      23.6°C
                                                                                     For more information about living
                                                                                     and working in the Mildura region contact:                                                    Average Travel Time to Melbourne
                                                                                                                                                                                   Km                             Travel Time
                                                                                     Global Skills for Mildura                                                                     550                 6 hr drive or 1hr flight
                                                                                     Catherine Kelly                                                                               Median Housing Price (AUD)
                                                                                     Tel: +61 3 5018 8266                                                                          Average House Price               $190,000
                                                                                     Mob: +61 428 143 869                                                                          Average Unit Price                $150,000
                                                                                     Fax: +61 3 5021 1899                                                        Mildura
                                                                                     Email: catherine.kelly@mildura.vic.gov.au                        Merbein                      Weekly Rental Cost (AUD)
                                                                                                                                                                                   Average house 3 bdm                    $200
                                                                                     or visit www.liveworkmildura.com                                  Red Cliffs                  Average unit 2 bdm                     $150
                                                                                                                                                              Ouyen


                                                                                                                         Mildura Region
                                                                                                                          Victoria
                                                                                                                                       Melbourne


                                                                                                                                                                                         LiveInVictoria.vic.gov.au
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   07


The Great South Coast
Warrna mbool and District
The ‘Great South Coast’ region flows from the              Tourism        and     Hospitality   provides
rugged mountainous charm of the Grampians              significant employment across the Great
in the north across fertile plans to a                 South Coast which boasts one of the world’s




                                                                                                                                                                                                                               THE GREAT SOUTH COAST
spectacular coast where the Twelve Apostles            most scenic drives - the Great Ocean Road.
stand like sentinels in the Great Southern             This winds its way around peaks and bluffs,
Ocean.                                                 passing the world-famous Twelve Apostles.
    The region encompasses the south-                  Beyond is South Australia’s famous Limestone
west Victorian municipalities of Moyne,                Coast and the Grampians National Park.
Corangamite, Warrnambool, Glenelg, Colac-                  Community enterprise businesses that
Otway and Southern Grampians running from              service people seeking to improve their
the South Australian border in the west to the         education and skills, those who work with the
wooded magnificence of the Otways National             aged or people with disabilities, and those who
Park in the east.                                      aim to improve or protect the environment
    And lining its rolling hills that overlook         operate across the region.
Bass Strait are giant electricity generating               All of this is great news to Kevin Bennett and
wind turbines – an alternative energy source           his family who came to Australia from Quaker’s
that has created its own local industry.               Yard in Wales. They chose Warrnambool
    More than 123,000 people choose to                 after evaluating work and life in Sydney and
call this verdant region of Victoria, home.            Melbourne. Kevin is now South West TAFE’s
Covering about 12 per cent of Victoria, the            Manager Organisational Excellence Australia
region’s major population centres include              and Monique is a Registered Nurse with St
Warrnambool (33,800), Hamilton (10,000),               John of God Hospital.
Portland (10,000), Colac (10,900) and                      “Everyone took the time to get to know us
Camperdown (3,500).                                    and make us feel welcome, while at the same
    While industry flourishes, agribusiness is         time showing us exactly why Warrnambool is
the backbone of the Great South Coast. It is           a great place to live. We walk, cycle, surf and
Australia’s second largest dairy region, with          fish, visiting features such as Lake Pertobe and
21 per cent of the nation’s milk production.           Tower Hill for great family days out. Sunsets
It is also a growth area for many new                  along Lady Bay Beach are fantastic and whale
food producers and processors who are                  watching at Logan’s Beach is something not
diversifying land use with innovative                  to be missed.
products.                                                  “My wife Monique and I both have great
    Key manufacturers include dairy, meat              jobs and find we have more family time than
processing, energy, aluminium smelting,                we have experienced before. Our kids have
timber, mineral sand production and                    grown and matured greatly within their first
specialised industries such as fishing,                12 months here in Warrnambool. We look
pharmaceuticals and bluestone quarrying.               forward to setting firm roots in the region
    A series of reports on the future                  and becoming permanent members of the
development of the region have predicted               Warrnambool community.”
unprecedented investment levels. They identify
direct investment of more than $8 billion,
4000 construction opportunities and 800 full-
time employment positions over the next five
years. Projects in the pipeline are: wind farms,
pulp and woodchip mills, mineral sand mining,
major retail and housing developments, gas
exploration and gas power generation, port
                                                                                                                                            Top: Southern Grampians Middle: Warrnambool Streetscape Bottom: Great Ocean Road
and national park re-development.
    Retail is a critical part of the business in the                                                                                                                 For more information about living and
Great South Coast. There are six major retail                                                                                                                        working in the Great South Coast region
centres - Colac, Camperdown, Warrnambool,                                                                                        Hamilton                            contact:
                                                                                                                                                     Colac
Port Fairy, Portland and Hamilton. And                                                                          Portland                     Camperdown
                                                                            New residents: the Bennett family
there are many smaller centres such as the                                                                                    Port Fairy                             Great South Coast: Growth
picturesque Apollo Bay and Port Campbell and                                                                                        Warrnambool                      Through Skilled Migration
the rural towns of Heywood, Dunkeld, Terang,                                                                                                                         Phil Hoggan
Cobden, Timboon, Koroit and Macarthur.                                                                                                                               Tel: +61 3 5559 4956
                                                                                                  Victoria
                                                                                                                                                                     Mob: +61 419 156 821
    Trade services are thriving on the back                                                           The Great                                                      Fax: +61 3 5559 4900
of regional growth and a skills audit has                                                                South Coast                                                 Email: phoggan@warrnambool.vic.gov.au
identified strong demand for people skilled in                                                                  Melbourne
                                                                                                                                                                     or visit www.warrnambool.vic.gov.au
a trade.                                                                                                                                                                        www.greatsouthcoast.com.au


                                                         COMMUNITY FACT BOX
                                                         Population                                 Learning & Education               Average Temperature                         Median Housing Price
    CRITICAL SKILL                                       Great South Coast region                   41 Preschools, 66 Primary          Summer:                         23.6°C      House          $165,000 - $310,000
    SHORTAGES                                            123,416 est.                               Schools, 25 Secondary Colleges     Winter:                         13.3°C      Lowest           Corangamite Shire
                                                         Main Industries                            TAFE Colleges, Glenormiston        Average Annual Rainfall                     Highest              Warrnambool
                                                                                                    Agricultural College,RMIT
    1 Health Professionals                               Transport/automotive, aluminium
                                                                                                    (Hamilton) and Deakin
                                                                                                                                       725 mm                                      Median Unit Price (AUD)
                                                         smelting, building, childcare,                                                                                            Unit           $163,000 - $290,000
    2 Farm Managers /                                    community services, construction,          (Warrnambool) Universities         Average Travel Time to
                                                                                                                                                                                   Lowest                Glenelg Shire
                                                                                                                                       Melbourne
      Technicians                                        dairy and meat production, timber          Leisure & Recreation Centres
                                                                                                                                       Km                Travel Time
                                                                                                                                                                                   Highest               Moyne Shire
                                                         plantation/harvesting, cattle              The Great South Coast region
    3 Engineering Professionals                          grazing and wool production.               boasts a number of enviable
                                                                                                                                       190km Camperdown     2hr 15m                Weekly Rental Cost (AUD)
                                                                                                                                       260km Warrnambool          3hr              House                 $150 - $320
    4 Metal Trades including                             Hospitals                                  sports complexes catering for
                                                                                                                                       300km Hamilton       3hr 20m                Unit                  $135 - $280
                                                                                                    aquatic sports, gym, athletics,
      Diesel Mechanics and                               12 Hospitals, doctors, nurses,
                                                                                                    indoor tennis and cricket,
                                                                                                                                       360Km Portland       3hr 40m                Lowest           Corangamite Shire
                                                         dentists, child and maternal health                                           290km Port Fairy     3hr 15m                Highest          Warrnambool City
      Fitters                                            centres, pharmacies, alternative           basketball, world-rated coastal
                                                         health practitioners.                      golf courses, horse, harness and
                                                                                                    dog race courses, speedways and
                                                                                                    go-kart facilities
  08


                 Wimmera Mallee

                 Wine, Wilderness, and Bustling Cities
WIMMERA MALLEE




                 Acclaimed as Australia’s premium rock                 The Little Desert National Parks and the              While the Wimmera is growing, like many
                 climbing district, Mount Arapiles presides        towns of the Wimmera attract 1.2 million              other regions across Victoria, it is ageing. The
                 over the plains of the Wimmera Mallee,            visitors a year, contributing $220 million to         region needs skills to make sure business and
                                                                                                                                                                                      CRITICAL SKILL
                 a region of Victoria renowned for its             the economy.                                          industry can grow.                                           SHORTAGES
                 spectacular wilderness, historic wineries and         Horsham is the region’s major shopping                Accordingly, the district has sought to
                 entrepreneurial spirit.                           centre - almost 30 per cent of the city’s             attract skilled migrants. Take Janice Chalmers,              1 Scientists Molecular Plant
                     Nearby is the Little Desert National Park     workforce is employed in retailing or                 who is a native of Scotland. Janice has worked                  Breeding
                 - but don’t expect sand dunes and rocky           wholesaling. A further 19 per cent work in the        all over the world before finally choosing the
                 landscapes. This hub of hiking and four wheel     health or community services. More than 100           Wimmera as her home.                                         2 Hospitality
                 driving is dominated by unique flora and fauna    new houses have been built each year for the              She lives in Horsham and works as a nurse                3 Metal, Engineering Trades
                 which has thrived in dry soils, creating a        past 15 years.                                        manager for the emergency and dialysis                       4 Senior Journalists
                 diverse but arid landscape.                           Horsham has a new hospital, new research          departments of Wimmera Base Hospital.
                     While the Wimmera Mallee is an                facilities at the Victorian Institute for Dryland         “I came to the Wimmera because I wanted                  5 Podiatrists
                 outdoor sunny paradise it is also a               Agriculture, an upgraded racecourse, new golf         to settle in a country area but I couldn’t decide            6 Division 1 Nurses
                 sophisticated export orientated place where       clubrooms, new grain storage and processing           on a country. My friend actually comes from                  7 Case Managers
                 life bustles in urban cities.                     works, new saleyards and new housing                  this area and she suggested I apply to come
                     It is regulated by the municipalities of      estates.                                              here so I did and I couldn’t be happier.                     8 HR Managers &
                 Buloke, Hindmarsh, Horsham Rural City, West           The Art Gallery has been refurbished and              “I think the people here are really friendly,               Coordinator Accreditation
                 Wimmera and Yarriambiack.                         extended and a new Performing Arts Centre             that’s one thing I notice. Living in the cities                 & Quality
                     Major road and rail networks intersect        has been built underscoring the region’s              you could fall over and people would walk over
                 the region and private airports offer charter     cultural identity.                                    you,’’ she said.                                             9 Technical Officers
                 flights, allowing quick and easy access to both       The installation of the $688 million                  People who come to the Wimmera are well                  10 Bank Managers
                 Melbourne and Adelaide.                           Wimmera Mallee Pipeline Project has meant             served by state-of-the-art health, educational
                     Agriculture, mining, health, education,       a flow on to the regional economy of over             and service facilities. It is well known for its
                 government, manufacturing and business            $150 million and created more than 270 job            cultural events, impressive art galleries and
                 are the major industries that operate across      opportunities in engineering and hydrology.           annual program of touring musicians.
                 the Wimmera but employment opportunities              The $3.8 million Horsham Regional                     There are 154 sports clubs ranging from
                 exist in health services, nursing, engineering,   Livestock Exchange broke all estimates in             tennis, golf, yachting, volleyball, tenpin
                 technical services and trades, hospitality and    its first year with a throughput of 485,000           bowling, walking, equestrian, motor cycling,
                 horticulture.                                     sheep and lambs. An export abattoir is needed         rock-climbing, rogaining, gymnastics, karate
                     Agricultural production in the Wimmera        and a $12 million rail/road freight hub under         and aviation plus a state-of-the-art aquatic
                 contributes more than $600 million each year      new construction will move exports more               centre.
                 to the Victorian economy.                         efficiently.




                                                                                                                Left: Horsham Cafe, image courtesy of Daryl Wisely Middle: New resident Janice Chalmers Right: Horsham Community Festival




                          COMMUNITY FACT BOX
                          Population                     44,787
                          Average temperature                      Recreation Centres
                          Summer     Av max temp:        29.8°C    There are 98 recreational clubs
                          Winter     Av max temp:        14.2°C    ranging from bird watchers, choirs,
                          Summer     Av min temp:        11.2°C    film and book groups, embroiderers,
                          Winter     Av min temp:         3.4°C    dance, cake decorating, art, brass
                          Main Industries                          bands, wood turning, angling and a
                                                                   foreign wives club.                                                                                                                        Horsham Aerial Streetscape
                          Agriculture, Mining, Health,
                          Education Government,                    Average Travel Time to
                          Manufacturing, Business                  Melbourne
                                                                   Km                    Travel Time                                                                                          For more information about living and
                          Hospitals
                                                                   300km                         3 hr                                                                                         working in the Wimmera Mallee region
                          There are 15 health centres.                                                                                                 Warracknabeal                          contact:
                          Learning & Education                     Median Housing Price (AUD)                                                        Nhill
                          There are 25 pre schools, 19             House                   $190,000                                                        Donald                             Wimmera Mallee
                          primary schools, 11 secondary            Unit                    $173,000                                       Natimuk
                                                                                                                                                          Horsham                             Skilled Migration Program
                          schools, TAFE colleges, Ballarat         Weekly Rental Cost (AUD)                                                                                                   Janet Heard
                          university (Horsham campus) and          House                       $160                           Victoria               Edenhope                                 Tel: +61 3 5381 6505
                          Longerenong College.                     Unit                        $138                    Wimmera Mallee                                                         Mob: +61 419 570 273
                                                                                                                                   Melbourne                                                  Email: jheard@wda.org.au
                                                                                                                                                                                              or visit www.wda.org.au
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      09


Swan Hill Region




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   SWAN HILL REGION
                                                                                                                                   Left: Pyap paddlesteamer, image courtesy of Tourism Victoria Right: Swan Hill Racing Carnival




Welcome to the Heart of the Murray                                                                                                                                           CRITICAL SKILL
Located within the economic heartland of                 There are also great opportunities for               Swan Hill has many festivals and events
south-east Australia, the sunny Swan Hill            general practitioners, nurses, midwives and          such as the Australian Inland Wine Show and                        SHORTAGES
region feeds off the waters of the great Murray      health specialists. Diesel and motor mechanics       the Swan Hill Racing Carnival, along with an
River.                                               are in demand and the region is crying out for       abundance of restaurants, theatre and sports                       1 Registered Nurses
    One of Australia’s most diverse and              civil engineers and accountants.                     clubs. It has an excellent reputation for                             & Midwives
productive rural areas, it boasts up to 300              Brian Kelly, a podiatrist from the UK, has       gourmet food and wine.
days of sunlight a year and is home to more          lived in Swan Hill since July 2008 and works at          The region’s art galleries and cultural
                                                                                                                                                                             2 Medical Practitioners
than 20,000 people.                                  the Swan Hill Health Service, and has nothing        events are highly regarded and the Pioneer                         3 Podiatrists
    Though still focused on primary production       but praise for his new home.                         Settlement, Australia’s first outdoor museum,                      4 Diesel & Motor
and supplying the needs of people and                    “I love living and working in Swan Hill. It      depicts stories of the lives of settlers to the
                                                                                                          region between 1830 and1930.
                                                                                                                                                                                Mechanics
businesses in the area, Swan Hill has broadened      offers great sporting opportunities and the
its activities in commerce, manufacturing and        weather is fantastic. I am involved in coaching          The idyllic climate in the Swan Hill region                    5 Physiotherapists
tourism.                                             a local soccer team and play golf at Murray          allows sports lovers to indulge their passion                      6 Civil & Design Engineers
    Key industries include agricultural services,    Downs Golf Course.                                   for basketball, cricket, football, netball, motor
health and education services, hospitality and           “The other great aspect is the friendly          sports, swimming, tennis and water sports.
                                                                                                                                                                             7 Social Workers
tourism, retail, manufacturing and a thriving        atmosphere of the town. You feel very                Golf is one of the most popular pastimes, with                     8 Occupational Therapists
wine and grape industry.                             welcome and you can get around the city with         the region boasting one of the best courses                        9 Farm Managers
    Swan Hill is a major agricultural service        ease - and great public transport allows me to       along the Murray River – the challenging
and retail centre for the Murray Valley, the         get to Melbourne when needed,” he said.              and award winning Murray Downs Golf and
                                                                                                                                                                             10 Registered Mental Health
Mallee and the Western Riverina – servicing              Education is one of the region’s highest         Country Club. Relocate to the Swan Hill region                        Nurses
more than 40,000 people.                             priorities. Facilities include pre-schools,          today and you wont be dissapointed.
    Catering to the diverse needs of primary         primary and secondary colleges, an
                                                                                                                                                                        For more information about living
producers, it is involved in irrigation and dry      International College and tertiary and further
                                                                                                                                                                        and working in the Swan Hill region contact:
land crops and stock. Many national rural            education institutions.
suppliers of agricultural services, machinery            The Swan Hill region is serviced by first                                                                      Swan Hill Region Global Skills Program
and equipment have outlets in Swan Hill and          class health services including hospitals that                                                                     Nathan Keighran
together with ‘locally grown’ firms provide a        provide the full range of surgical, palliative and                                                                 Tel: +61 3 5036 2453
‘one stop’ location for regional agricultural        midwifery care, together with health promotion                                                                     Mob: +61 459 163 577
services.                                            and allied health services. The region is well                                                                     Fax: +61 3 5032 3032
    Many major retail chains and franchises          catered for with dental and medical clinics.                                                                       Email: nkeighran@swanhill.vic.gov.au
                                                                                                                                                                        Email: ecodev@swanhill.vic.gov.au
have recognised Swan Hill as a strategic                 The city itself combines the relaxed lifestyle
                                                                                                                                                                        or visit www.swanhillonline.com
regional shopping centre and have established        and community spirit of traditional rural life,
here.                                                with the facilities and conveniences of a much
    On the employment front opportunities            larger urban centre.
exist for allied health professionals, such as           It is often referred to as the Mediterranean                                                                                       Robinvale
podiatrists, physiotherapists, social work and       of the outback with lush golf courses, world-
occupational therapists.                             class tennis courts and sandy river beaches.
                                                     The Murray River is also great for water skiing,
                                                     swimming, kayaking, fishing and camping.

                                                                                                                                                               Swan Hill Region                                 Swan Hill
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Lake Boga
                                                                                                          New resident Brian Kelly, Podiatrist                    Victoria
                                                                                                                                                                                Melbourne



                                                                                   COMMUNITY FACT BOX
                                                                                   Population                                Health                                       Main Industries
                                                                                   Swan Hill Rural City Council              The region has several hospitals,            Key industries include agriculture
                                                                                   20,750. Swan Hill is a service            medical centres, nursing                     services, health and education
                                                                                   centre for a population of 40,500         homes, doctors clinics, dentists,            services, hospitality and tourism,
                                                                                   people.                                   pharmacies, allied health                    retail, manufacturing and
                                                                                   Distance from Melbourne                   professionals and vets.                      viticulture.
                                                                                   Melbourne is a 3hr 30m drive              Education                                    Leisure & Lifestyle
                                                                                   from Swan Hill. V/Line operates           Pre-schools, primary and                     Swan Hill has an extensive range
                                                                                   two daily train and bus services          secondary schools both private               of recreational, sporting and
                                                                                   between Swan Hill and Melbourne.          and public together with an                  entertainment options including
                                                Swan Hill streetscape              Median House Price (AUD)                  International College and a tertiary         vibrant arts and culture scene,
                                                                                   $250,000                                  and further education facility.              numerous festivals and events
                                                                                                                             Climate                                      such as the Australian Inland Wine
                                                                                   Average Weekly Rental (AUD)                                                            Festival and the Swan Hill Racing
                                                                                   House                          $250       Summer Av                    28.5°C
                                                                                                                             Winter Av                    15.7°C          Carnival, restaurants, theatre and
                                                                                                                             Average annual rainfall is 345mm.            sports clubs.
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                      North East Victoria
                                                                               Nearby Mount Hotham, Falls Creek and                  With chestnut and walnut groves, cheese,                     Wangaratta is officially known as “Australia’s
                      Kelly Country                                        Mount Buffalo and surrounds are a skier’s
                                                                           delight, while in summer they are a paradise
                                                                                                                                  asparagus, olives, citrus and stone fruits,
                                                                                                                                  persimmons, berries, mustard seeds,
                                                                                                                                                                                               Capital of Jazz”, due to the hugely successful
                                                                                                                                                                                               Festival of Jazz which is held annually on the
                      The North East region’s bushland, rolling            for bushwalking, fishing, cycling or four-             lamb, farmed trout and Murray Cod, honey,                    weekend before the Melbourne Cup - the first
                      pastures and steep alpine slopes of the Great        wheel driving and camping. The mountains               preserves and chutneys in abundance, you                     Tuesday in November each year.
                      Dividing Range were once the stamping ground         can be easily accessed from the picturesque            can tour the area, meet the makers and sample                   And nearby in the historic hamlet of
                      of Australia’s most famous bushranger, Ned           township of Bright, an old gold mining town            their goods.                                                 Glenrowan, the life and times of Australia’s
                      Kelly, and his gang.                                 and popular tourist haunt.                                Wangaratta is the region’s major                          most well known bushranger, Ned Kelly, is
                         Now the richly historic area is one of                The north east also boasts one of the largest      commercial and manufacturing centre with                     documented around the township – the site of
NORTH EAST VICTORIA




                      Victoria’s finest agricultural, timber and textile   deep, recreational waterways in Australia near         a population of more than 28,000. There are                  Ned’s capture and his gang’s last stand.
                      producing regions laced with a network of            Mansfield, Lake Eildon, which is stocked with          strong recreational, commercial, educational,                   About 40 kilometres south across the
                      thriving commercial and manufacturing                fish and ideal for swimming, water skiing,             tourism and health facilities and modern                     Warby Ranges is the city of Benalla, a town
                      centres such as Wangaratta, Benalla and              house boating and sailing.                             private and public hospitals. The rural city                 well known for its warm and benign climate.
                      Mansfield, Myrtleford and Beechworth.                    Its rich agricultural land also yields gourmet     is also the regional headquarters for several                There are more than 125 clear days a year with
                         Today, residents of the North East enjoy a        produce and world class wines. Legend has              Victorian Government agencies.                               daily maximum and minimum temperatures
                      great quality of life with vibrant cultural events   it that Ned Kelly assisted the famous Bailey              Growing industrial, retail and tourism                    hovering around the 22°C and 8.7°C mark.
                      and outdoor activities ranging from skiing and       family to plant their first grapevines!                industries make Wangaratta one of Victoria’s                    As a result, Benalla is home to the Gliding
                      snowboarding in the Alps to fishing in the King          The region is also home to many wineries,          most progressive provincial centres.                         Club of Victoria and Winton Motor Raceway as
                      and Ovens Rivers.                                    such as those in the King Valley and the                  While its traditional industries are textile              well as sporting some beautiful parklands and
                         The great Murray to Mountains Rail Trail,         excellent ‘Milawa Gourmet Region’ gourmet              production, agriculture, wine and wood                       outdoor facilities.
                      one of the State’s most extensive bike and           food trail. The La Dolce Vita Fair and the             and timber products, there are significant
                      walking tracks, and the spectacular Great            Rutherglen Winery Walkabout are among                  skill shortages in construction, hospitality,
                      Alpine Road, also radiate from here.                 several unique festivals celebrating the Italian       transport and storage, manufacturing,                           CRITICAL SKILL
                                                                           influence of the region.                               agriculture and allied health services, which                   SHORTAGES
                                                                                                                                  provide opportunities for overseas migrants.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  1 Registered Nurses
                                                                                                                                                                                                  2 Registered Midwives
                                                                                                                                                                                                  3 Registered Mental
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Health Nurses
                                                                                                                                                                                                  4 General Medical
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Practitioners
                                                                                                                                                                                                  5 Dentists
                                                                                                                                                                                                  6 Podiatrists
                                                                                                                                                                                                  7 Surgeons
                                                                                                                                                                                                  8 Aged Care Nurses
                                                                                                                                                                                                  9 Child Care Coordinators
                                                                                                                                                                                                  10 Teachers




                                                                                                                                                             Above: Wangaratta Jazz Festival
                                                                                                                                                                    Left: Alpine Countryside   For more information about living and
                                                                                                                                                                 Right: Wangaratta Hospital    working in the North East region contact:
                                                                                                                                                                                               North East Victoria Global Skills Project:
                                                                                                                                                                                               Charles Halter
                                                                                                                                                                                               Tel: +61 3 5722 0772
                                                                                                                                                                                               Mob: +61 427 315 594
                                                                                                                                              Wangaratta               Beechworth              Email: c.halter@wangaratta.vic.gov.au
                                                                                                                                                                       Myrtleford
                                                                                                                                                                                               or visit www.northeastvictoria.com
                                                                                                                                                 Benalla
                                                                                                                                                                  Bright

                                                                                                                  Victoria
                                                                                                                                                           Mansfield
                                                                                                                      North East
                                                                                                                                    Melbourne




                      COMMUNITY FACT BOX
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Benalla Gardens
                      Population                   62,500     Hospitals                              Average Temperature
                      Demographics                            Each Town/Shire has a public           Summer Av temp:                  30°C
                      Male                         48.6%      hospital with the major facilities     Winter Av temp:                  14°C
                      Female                       51.4%      based in Wangaratta.                   Average Travel Time to
                      1 - 17 years                 24.9%      Learning & Education                   Melbourne
                      18 - 24 years                 7.2%      Both Private and Public Education      Km                         Travel Time
                      25 - 49 years                  32%      facilities are available throughout    236Km                         2hr 25m
                      50 - 69 years                23.8%      the region. Along with two
                                                                                                     Median Housing Price (AUD)
                      70+                          12.2%      universities and three technical
                                                                                                     House                       $ 268,000
                      Main Industries                         and further education colleges.
                                                                                                     Unit                        $ 217,000
                      Health and Allied Health, Light         Leisure & Recreation Centres
                                                                                                     Weekly Rental Cost (AUD)
                      Engineering, Agribusiness,              Each town/shire has swimming
                                                                                                     House                            $200
                      Textiles, Construction, Tourism.        pools and leisure centres.                                                                                                                                              Craig’s Hut
                                                                                                     Unit                             $195

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                                                          Grampians Pyrenees




                                                                                                                                                                                                                            GRAMPIANS PYRENEES
                                                                                           Top: New resident Norman Prueter Left: Stawell Streetscape Right: The Pinnacle, Grampians National Park


Gateway to the Mountains
In the heart of western Victoria lies the              “I really enjoy working in the Grampians              Over the next seven years, the wine industry
Grampian Pyrenees, a region rimmed by              Pyrenees. Having a job that not only utilises          is expected to create extra jobs in associated
majestic peaks, rolling hills, tranquil villages   my skills but also allows me to work in                areas such as tourism, one of the area’s fastest
                                                                                                                                                                               CRITICAL SKILL
and busy commercial centres.                       different fields on a daily basis is rewarding.        growing sectors.                                                     SHORTAGES
   The major cities of Ararat and Stawell are      And the landscape, community and lifestyle                The region boasts the largest wind farms
gateways to the Grampians Wine Region which        are icing on the cake.”                                in Australia with new developments planned.                          1 General Practitioners
produces some of Australia’s most prestigious          The Grampians Pyrenees economy is based            And the discovery of new mineral sands
wines on the slopes of a magnificent valley.       largely on rural production, manufacturing,            deposits has earmarked this industry for a
                                                                                                                                                                                  (minimum five years)
   The Grampians National Park, with its           health, education and training, retail and public      sustainable future.                                                  2 Nurses
network of hiking trails, the striking Pyrenees    service.                                                  Construction of a new 350 bed medium                                 (Division 1 & Division 2)
Ranges and the region’s haunting box ironbark          There      is   demand       for     general       security prison and a 40 bed transitional
forests are magical places.                        practitioners, nurses, occupational therapists,        prison in Ararat will commence in 2010. A new                        3 Aged Care Nurses
   Thanks to its gold rush heritage, the           physiotherapists and radiographers. For                $10 million police station is also being built                          (Division 1 & Division 2)
Grampians Pyrenees region is a mix of tradition    those who are interested in pursuing a                 and a new health precinct will be completed
and progress, historic and modern buildings,       health career in this region you can visit             this year in Stawell.                                                4 Podiatrists
quiet villages and thriving commercial             the Grampians Health Alliance website                                                                                       5 Sonographers/
centres.                                           www.grampianshealthalliance.com.au and if                                                                                      Radiographers
   Soon after gold was discovered in 1854          you are a general practitioner you can visit the
a party of Chinese miners found the fabled         WestVic Division of General Practice website                                                                                6 Health Information Officers
treasures of the Canton Lead, now the site of      www.westvicdiv.asn.au                                                                                                       7 Welders & Boilermakers
the Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre which              Mechanical engineers, civil engineers,
highlights the region’s multicultural tradition.   accountants, social workers, counsellors and                                                                                8 Dental Therapists
   The region now boasts several modern            a number of trades are also in demand.                                                                                      9 Optometrists
commercial centres at Stawell, Ararat,                 Rural production covers more than 913,000                                                                               10 General Surgeons
St Arnaud and Beaufort which are two hours         hectares of grain, broad acre crops, vegetables
from Melbourne. The beaches of the scenic          and fruit growth as well as sheep and lambs,
south west coast lie just 90 minutes to the        pigs, cattle and some dairy.
south.                                                                                                       The Stawell Gift, the richest professional footrace in the
   The region forms at the junction of                                                                          world Image courtesy of Southern Grampians Shire
the Western Highway, Pyrenees Highway,               For more information about living
Sunraysia Highway and Glenelg Highways.              and working in the Grampians Pyrenees region contact:                                                                                   St Arnaud
Melbourne is also reached by train and an
excellent network of bus routes.                     Grampians Pyrenees Regional
   The combined benefits of lifestyle,               Development Board Global Skills Program
affordable housing, proximity to work and            Celia Tucker                                                                               Grampians                               Stawell              Avoca
                                                                                                                                                Pyrenees
excellent job prospects make the Grampians           Tel: +61 3 5355 0271                                                                                                                    Great Western
Pyrenees a desirable destination for a “tree         Mob: +61 458 583 752                                                                                     Victoria
change.”                                             Email: ctucker@ararat.vic.gov.au                                                                              Melbourne                 Ararat
   Indoor heated swimming pools, basketball          or visit www.grampianspyrenees.com                                                                                                      Beaufort
stadiums, gymnasiums, netball courts,
and soccer, football and cricket grounds
underscore the region’s sporting tradition.          COMMUNITY FACT BOX
Modern velodromes helped launch the career
of Olympic medallist and world champion              Population                  30,755       Hospitals                                      Leisure & Recreation Centres               Average Travel Time to
Shane Kelly.                                         Demographics                             Four major hospitals with                      Three indoor leisure and aquatics          Melbourne
   The region is home to the world-famous            Male:                        50.4%       emergency facilities and a range of            complexes with well equipped               Km                  Travel Time
Stawell Gift, the richest professional footrace      Female:                      49.6%       high-level medical care including              gymnasiums, spas, saunas,                  from Ararat 205km       2h 15m
                                                     Average Age:                     43      pathologists, radiologists,                    basketball, fitness classes, squash        from Avoca 180km        2h 05m
in the world, Moonambel’s Sparkling Affair
                                                     1-15 years                   18.6%       physiotherapists, surgeons, youth              courts and outdoor swimming                from Beaufort 160km     1h 45m
Fireworks, Ararat’s Jailhouse Rock Festival,
                                                     15 – 25 years                10.2%       services and community based                   pools. Two velodromes, 11                  from Stawell 235km      2h 45m
the annual Festival of St Arnaud and Beaufort’s                                               health education and support                   golf courses, bowling greens,
                                                     25 – 45 years                22.8%                                                                                                 from St Arnaud 245km    2h 50m
Up The Garden Path, an event for all discerning                                               services. A range of agencies also             petanque, tennis and hockey.
garden-lovers.                                       45 – 65 years                29.9%                                                                                                 Median Housing Price (AUD)
                                                     65+                          18.5%       provide aged care and maternal                 Average Temperature
   Norman Prueter came to the region from                                                                                                                                               Ararat                  $145,000
                                                                                              and child health services.                     Summer Av max temp:               27.2°C
Germany in 2006 with a degree in public              Main Industries                                                                                                                    Beaufort                $126,000
administration and a diploma in economics.           Health and community services            Learning & Education                                  Av min temp:               16.1°C   Halls Gap               $260,000
                                                     and agriculture each employ              Twelve pre-schools, 31 primary                 Winter Av max temp:               12.4°C   Stawell                 $146,000
   Norman was appointed the Coordinator of
                                                     about 20% of the workforce.              schools, six government and                           Av min temp:                4.4°C   St Arnaud               $106,000
the Beaufort Community Resource Centre.                                                       private secondary schools, TAFE
    “I received a sponsorship from the Victorian     Manufacturing 12%, retail 14%                                                                                                      Weekly Rental Cost (AUD)
                                                     and education 7%.                        Colleges, University of Ballarat
Government and I was granted a temporary                                                                                                                                                Ararat Rural City:
                                                                                              (Ararat and Stawell campuses) and
Regional Skilled Migration Visa. This allows                                                                                                                                            3bdm House                   $140
                                                                                              NMIT Australian College of Wine.
me to live, study and work in regional Victoria                                                                                                                                         2bdm House                   $130
but not in the metropolitan area of Melbourne,                                                                                                                                          Northern Grampians:
which was fine with me.”                                                                                                                                                                3bdm House                   $150
                                                                                                                                                                                        2bdm House                   $100
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                  Ballarat Region
                  The Elegant Metropolis
                      Ballarat is one of inland Australia’s fastest      Tourism, health and community services,
                  growing regional centres.                           education and retailing are also the keys to
                      It is an elegant metropolis with a distinct     Ballarat’s ongoing economic success.
                  advantage – the infrastructure of a capital city       Banking and finance and government
BALLARAT REGION




                  with the lower cost base of a regional centre.      services strengthen the city’s role as a regional
                  Around 90,000 people call Ballarat home, and        service provider.
                  that figure is growing every year. Ballarat West       The information technology sector is
                  is a key growth corridor within the region with     emerging as a significant industry with the
                  a projected 14,000 new homes and 40,000             region hosting a modern communications
                  people by 2030.                                     network that provides easy data exchange
                      Money flowed into Ballarat with the             worldwide.
                  discovery of gold in the mid-19th century              Strategic partnerships with the information
                  and with that wealth came stylish Victorian         technology sector and tertiary institutions are
                  architecture, majestic tree lined boulevards        adding to Ballarat’s status as one of the most
                  and cultivated European gardens.                    important “knowledge centres” of Victoria.
                      Thanks to this illustrious heritage, Ballarat      Like the rest of Victoria, Ballarat’s population
                  has the best of both worlds – a captivating         is ageing with the number of people over the
                  history and a contemporary urban lifestyle          age of 65 projected to grow by 60% over the
                  with a diverse range of outdoor activities.         next 20 years. This has significant implications
                      Grand period homes line the city’s broad        for services, jobs, the type of residential
                  avenues, while a range of new subdivisions          accommodation which is being provided and
                  offer a variety of new home styles. And it          Ballarat’s social mix.
                  costs less to live in Ballarat. Based on average       It also has repercussions for economic
                  prices, buyers can expect to pay almost             growth. If the right people with the right set
                  $250,000 less for a home compared to the            of skills cannot be found then business and
                  nearby capital.                                     industry will not be able to grow to its full
                      Ballarat is located in western Victoria         potential.
                  and at the centre of some of Victoria’s                As a result Ballarat depends on skilled
                  most important freight, tourist and                 migration to fill skilled employment
                  commuter transport routes. The express              vacancies.
                  rail trip is now 64 minutes from Ballarat              In 2005, Mona Hatwal moved from India
                  thanks to the Fast Rail Project.                    having chosen Ballarat as the place to start
                      Ballarat is a major international and           her new life.
                  domestic tourist destination attracting millions       “Ballarat is a welcoming community, rich in
                  of visitors each year who contribute at least       generosity and is one of the best lifestyles to
                  $139 million annually to the local economy.         work, play and live.
                      It is home to the acclaimed Sovereign Hill         My hospitality and tourism qualifications
                  – a huge open air museum that showcases life        were recognised by Australian employers and
                  in an 1850s gold township. Some of the city’s       I was fortunate to find employment quickly.
                  residents are employed to dress up in period        I have settled in quickly and already feel as
                  costume to make this historical theme park a        though Ballarat is my home.”
                  world class attraction.
                      The region hosts more than 11,000
                  registered businesses that service the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Daylesford
                  domestic and export markets. The city’s major
                                                                                                                                                                                            Victoria
                  employers include retail, manufacturing,
                                                                                                                                                                                             Ballarat Region                                     Bacchus Marsh
                  health and community services, education and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ballarat
                  property and business services.                                                                                                                                                                Melbourne
                      Traditionally, Ballarat has prospered on
                  minerals and agriculture but this has changed.
                                                                                                                                                        For more information about living
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Bannockburn
                  The region is now home to almost 200
                  manufacturing businesses producing a wide                                                                                             and working in the Ballarat region contact:
                  range of products for local and international
                  markets.                                                                                                                              Ballarat Region                                                      CRITICAL SKILL
                                                                                                                                                        Frances Salenga
                                                                                                                                                        Tel: +61 3 5320 5180                                                 SHORTAGES
                                                                                                                                                        Mob: +61 438 018 227
                                                                                                                                                        Email: skilledmigration@ballarat.vic.gov.au                          1  General Medical
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Designed by adz@work (03) 5562 0155
                                                                                                                                                        or visit www.ballarat.com.au                                            Practitioners
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             2 Medical Specialists &
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Allied Health Professionals
                     COMMUNITY FACT BOX                                                                                                                                                                                      3 Structural Steel & Welding
                     Population                  90,000     Leisure & Recreation Centres           Learning & Education                                  An airport shuttle bus also operates                                   Trade Workers
                                                            Ballarat boasts an array of            Ballarat is home to 57 education                      providing easy access to Melbourne’s
                     Main Industries
                                                            attractions including the Art          institutions including schools at all                 Tullamarine Airport.                                                4 Engineers
                     Retail trade (18%); manufacturing
                     (14.9%); health and community          Gallery of Ballarat, Her Majesty’s     education levels, two universities                    Average Temperature                                                 5 Architectural, Building &
                                                            Theatre and Sovereign Hill. It is      and several other adult learning
                     services (15.3%); education (9.9%)
                                                            also home to a comprehensive           organisations.
                                                                                                                                                         Summer                                        24°C                     Surveying Technicians
                     and property and business services                                                                                                  Winter                                        11°C
                     (8%).                                  array of health, fitness, sporting     Transport/Accessibility
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             6 Urban & Regional Planners
                                                                                                                                                         Average Travel Time to
                     Hospitals
                                                            and leisure facilities including 147   Ballarat is easily accessible by road
                                                                                                                                                         Melbourne
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             7 Computer Programmers
                                                            neighbourhood parks, 45 sporting       and rail. By road Ballarat is serviced
                     Two major hospitals, a day             grounds and an abundance of                                                                  Km                  Travel Time                                     8 Registered Nurses
                     procedure complex and more than                                               by four major highways and it is an
                                                            walking and cycle paths.                                                                     from Ballarat 110km         75m                                     9 IT Software Developers
                     100 general practitioners.                                                    easy commute to Melbourne with
                                                                                                   regular train and bus services                        Median Housing Price (AUD)                                          10 Primary & Secondary
                                                                                                   available within the region.                          House                                  $235,000
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                School Teachers

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