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Searching vic.gov.au

A large search box is prominent throughout the vic.gov.au website. The website uses Google Custom Search.

vic.gov.au search box

Google Custom Search searches 5 categories:

  • Links
  • Contacts & Services Directory
  • Events Calendar
  • Victorian Government Bookshop
  • Ask a question

The top 3 search results are shown for each category. To view more results, click on "View all xxxxxx results>>"

All results will be displayed for the category selected.

You can also filter search results by category. Select the filter displayed on the left-hand side.

Search Tips

Enter you search term(s) and click on the 'Search' button. You can type:

  • a word:
    • rates
    • holidays
  • several words - note that all the words you enter will be searched for but will not necessarily be next to each other in the result:
    • interest rates
    • rates moreland
    • public holidays
    • backpacking holidays
  • a phrase - by using quotation marks, all the words you enter will be searched for in that exact order:
    • "interest rates"
    • "public holidays"
    • "Department of Transport"
    • "long service leave"

More Tips for Searching:

  • vic.gov.au searches against all the words you enter (it uses a default "and" between words)
  • Start with words that are broadly related to your search, then add more if you get too many results
  • Don't worry about using lower-case or upper-case as the results will be the same
  • You can use wildcards or include/exclude words in your search

Searching Grants Victoria

Grants Victoria has its own search box.

The Grants Victoria search will search for grants and assistance only.

Search results are displayed alphabetically. You have the option to filter search results.

Searching Social Media

The Social Media section has its own search box.

The Social Media search will search for social media items only. This includes Twitter, Facebook, Mobile Apps, Widgets, Flickr, RSS, Podcasts, YouTube, Video, Blogs, Google+, Pinterest, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

Search results are displayed within their social media category. The top 3 search results are shown for each category. To view more results, click on "View all xxxxxx results>>"

The number of results are displayed in brackets on the left-hand side next to each category. You can also filter the search results by clicking on any category.

Searching Events Calendar

The Events Calendar section has its own search box.

Search results are displayed by relevance listing 10 results per page. You can view the next page by clicking on “Next 10 Results>>”

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