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Hospitality and Tourism Industry in Victoria, Australia


Victoria’s hospitality industry is the second largest in Australia. Victoria’s vibrant hospitality industry employs hospitality workers in businesses including:

  • cafes and restaurants
  • catering and food service businesses
  • bars and pubs
  • clubs
  • hotels, motels and serviced apartments.

Victoria is widely regarded as Australia’s premier ‘foodie’ state – it has an excellent reputation for its range and quality of restaurants, bars, and cafes and hosts the renowned Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. For more information about Victoria’s hospitality industry, see Arts, Entertainment and Sport.

Industry size

Approximately 115,000 employees—around 4.4 per cent of the Victorian workforce—were employed in Victoria’s hospitality industry in 2008.


See the Visa Nomination Occupation Lists for Victoria for eligible occupations, including requirements for specific occupations.

Visit our Visas and Immigrating section for detailed information about the minimum eligibility requirements, assessment criteria and the application process for Victorian visa nomination.

Industry contacts

Professional bodies and industry associations are a good source of information about the hospitality industry in Victoria.

The following bodies represent sectors within the industry:

For further Hospitality and Tourism industry contacts, please visit the Service Skills website.

Further information