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South East Victoria

A misty river near Bairnsdale in South East Victoria


  • Horticulture and agriculture
  • Timber
  • Retail
  • Hospitality
  • Tourism and service industries
  • Education
A small fishing boat near Sale in South East Victoria


  • Health
  • Education
  • Oil and gas services
  • Retail
A golfer teeing off on a green in Traralgon in South East Victoria


  • Education
  • Health
  • Retail
  • Service industry
  • Manufacturing
  • Government administration

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Working in South East Victoria

If your occupation features on our Occupation Lists, you may be eligible to apply for Victorian Government nomination for a Skilled Migration visa and migrate to South East Victoria. 

Aerial view of the Latrobe Valley in South East Gippsland

Victoria’s South East region

Victoria’s South East has rich soil and dependable rainfall, supporting a strong dairy industry.

Industries include timber processing, paper product manufacturing, agriculture, horticulture, fishing and tourism as well as the major source of Victoria’s electricity in the Latrobe Valley.

Victoria's South East is a nature-lover’s paradise with more than 20 national parks, rugged mountains and long sandy beaches and home to the nightly fairy penguin parade at Phillip Island.

Major towns in South East Victoria

Major Towns Population Key facts Major industries and employers



Bairnsdale is the gateway to two of Victoria's most rugged and untouched regions: the Victorian High Country, and the vast Gippsland Lakes. The town is the main commercial centre for the region's wool, dairy, agriculture and timber industries.

The major vegetable growing area of the Mitchell Valley and the surrounding sheep, cattle and dairying districts. Timber is also an important industry in the area. Retail, hospitality, tourism and service industries and education are major employer sectors in Bairnsdale.



The green, rolling hills around Drouin support some of Victoria's finest boutique food and wine producers. Set in the heart of Gippsland's 'Gourmet Country', the town is a key service centre for the nearby pastoral, agricultural and dairy-farming community.


Centre of significant dairy industry, with strong manufacturing including food manufacturing, education and retail sectors.

Lakes Entrance


Lakes Entrance is located at one end of the magnificent Ninety Mile Beach. It is famous for its fishing and watersports, and is a great base from which to explore Gippsland's vast network of lakes.

Tourism and commercial fishing are the main industries in Lakes Entrance. The town has been a favourite holiday destination for Victorians for more than 100 years.




Moe is a gateway to Gippsland's snowfields at Mt Baw Baw, and is one of the region's major service centres. Once a key stopping point for miners on their way to the goldfields at Walhalla, Moe is surrounded by beautiful natural landscapes, and historically significant landmarks.

Moe is mainly a dormitory area with retail, education and call centres. Service industries and a small manufacturing component round out its economy.



Morwell has been critical to Victoria's energy industry for decades. A rich source of brown coal, and the site of one of the state's biggest power stations, Morwell also plays an important role as a service centre for surrounding farming communities.

A majority of workers in Morwell are technicians and trades workers. Within the town of Morwell, the major industry is retail trade.



Originally developed as a port, Sale is a great base for discovering the magnificent lakes, mountains and coastline of the Gippsland region. The recently revitalised port is now home to myriad great cafes, restaurants and shops.

Sale has strong health and education industries underpinned by a large heavy oil and gas service sector and an RAAF base. It also has a large retail industry sector.



Traralgon is a bustling commercial centre, surrounded on all sides by some of Victoria's most scenic untouched countryside. The town offers fine outdoor dining and excellent shopping during the day, and great entertainment in the local pubs and clubs by night.

Traralgon has a large education, health and retail sector with a large service industry base supported by a small but significant manufacturing industry base. The public payroll makes up a significant proportion of its economy.



With its easy access to Melbourne and beautiful green landscape, Warragul is quickly becoming a sought-after residential area. The region around the town is famous for its dairy production, and its small, gourmet food and wine producers.

Warragul has a strong manufacturing and horticulture sector with a significant health, education and retail presence.



Although the region is one of Victoria's biggest sources of coal, Wonthaggi is just as famous for its beautiful beaches. The town is perfectly situated for Gippsland's magnificent coastline, including Phillip Island, Inverloch and Wilson's Promontory.

Wonthaggi has strong education, retail and health sectors and a small manufacturing component.