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Geelong, Colac and surrounds

The Geelong, Colac and surrounds region is booming. Since 2011, the Barwon region’s population has been the fastest growing in Victoria. The need for skilled workers is rising fast.

The region is a known agriculture and manufacturing base, but in recent years, its industries have diversified. This has increased the range of opportunities for workers.

Investments in defence, clean energy and health care will create thousands of jobs. Plus, an increase in tourism is set to boost the hospitality industry, creating even more jobs. 

So, from hospitality to clean energy, if you want career options, Geelong, Colac and surrounds has something for you.

Training and careers in Geelong, Colac and surrounds

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Quick facts about Geelong, Colac and surrounds

Population: 334,450^

Total new workers needed by 2026: 19,747*

Known for:

  • Bellarine Peninsula 
  • Great Otway National Park 
  • Scenic coastal towns along the Great Ocean Road and surf coast 
  • Geelong waterfront and Eastern Beach Reserve 
  • You Yangs Regional Park.

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Official region name: Barwon

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