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Ballarat and surrounds

Ballarat and surrounds connects Melbourne with western Victoria. The Central Highlands region has natural assets, strong exports and heritage value. This makes it a prime location for investment.

Farming and manufacturing are key drivers of growth in the region. A fast growing population is also pushing up demand in service-based industries. For example, there is a need for more workers in education and community services.

As the centre of Victoria’s historical gold rush, Ballarat and surrounds draws crowds every year. Between tourism and investments in infrastructure and health care, more jobs are being created.

So whether you want to be an educator or tour guide, labourer or aged carer, Ballarat and surrounds has a job for you.

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Quick facts about Ballarat and surrounds 

Population: 212,535^

Total new workers needed by 2026: 9,604*

Known for:

  • Heritage and tourism 
  • Ballarat Art Gallery 
  • Sovereign Hill Living Museum 
  • Daylesford and Hepburn Springs tourist region 
  • Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park 
  • Pyrenees wine region.  

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Official region name: Central Highlands

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