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West Victoria

A view of a winery near Ararat in West Victoria


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The main street of Ballarat in West Victoria


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A cafe in the main street of Horsham in West Victoria


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Living and Working in West 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 West Victoria.

A view of the Grampians in western Victoria

Victoria’s West region

The spectacular Grampians and Mount Arapiles rise above the vast plains of sheep and wheat in this part of Victoria.

The Grampians provide a diverse array of native wildlife, picturesque walking tracks, and breathtaking scenic attractions.

Gold is still being mined at Stawell, while Sovereign Hill at Ballarat brings the history of gold mining to life.

Major towns in West Victoria

Major Towns Population Key facts Major industries and employers



Ararat serves a region renowned for its production of wool, wine and crops.

The area is noted for its spectacular scenery, with the Grampians, Mt Langi Ghiran, Mt Cole and Mt Buangor all within easy reach of Ararat.

Ararat’s flourishing economy is largely due to its central location, burgeoning manufacturing industry, agriculture, high quality wool production and its well established wine industry.

Added to this is a vibrant retail industry and an expanding housing and construction sector.

Bacchus Marsh


Bacchus Marsh is among the first areas in Australia to be connected to Australia’s superfast National Broadband network.

One of the earliest settlements in Victoria, Bacchus Marsh is a great starting point for exploring some of Victoria's finest parks, including the Lerderderg and Werribee State Parks.

Straddling the Western (Melbourne to Ballarat) freeway, Bacchus Marsh is a commuter settlement, popular tourist destination and centre of a large agricultural industry.

Employment in Bacchus Marsh centres on community and town centre service sectors, with construction and trades an important sector.



Ballarat, a 90-minute drive from Melbourne, reflects the wealth of the gold rush era with its many fine homes and wide, tree-lined streets.

Ballarat is linked to Melbourne with a 64-minute ‘flagship’ express rail service —in the morning and afternoon peak—saving at least 23 minutes travel time for commuters

A range of quality schools and post-secondary education including University of Ballarat and a campus of the Australian Catholic University.

Ballarat is home to a broad range of industries that cater both to the domestic and export markets.

Local employment opportunities include manufacturing, engineering services, education. Ballarat’s strategic location, high technology infrastructure and a mature and diverse economic base makes it an ideal place to work or invest.



Horsham is surrounded by sheep and crop farms, and is a short distance away from some of Victoria's most beautiful natural landscapes, including the Little Desert, Mt Arapiles and the northern edge of the Grampians.

Horsham has a campus of the University of Ballarat and the historic Longerenong Agricultural College, now a new Trade Training Centre.

Horsham is a vital retail, business, service and recreation centre for the Wimmera and Grampians regions.

Wheat production in the Wimmera lands, surrounding Horsham, contribute more than $600 million annually to the Victorian economy



First established as a gold-mining town in the 1850s, Stawell is the gateway to Victoria's breathtaking Grampians region.The Stawell Gift is one of the world’s most famous and richest professional footraces. This major event is run each Easter at Stawell.

Stawell holds Victoria’s largest gold mining industry, as well as having strong manufacturing, primary production and service industries.

Stawell is also famous for the sparkling wine made at nearby Great Western.