Victoria

The Victoria graphic shows 18% of jobs are regional. 14% of workers are aged 15 to 24 years. 17% of workers are self-employed.

The Victoria graphic shows 37% of workers hold a bachelor degree or higher. 28% of workers hold a certificate 3 or higher qualification. 5% of workers hold an other qualification. 30% of workers do not hold a post-school qualification.

Top employing industries in Victoria

Industry
Health Care and Social Assistance
Retail Trade
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
Construction
Education and Training
Manufacturing
Transport, Postal and Warehousing
Public Administration and Safety
Accommodation and Food Services
Financial and Insurance Services
Wholesale Trade
Other Services
Administrative and Support Services
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services
Information Media and Telecommunications
Arts and Recreation Services
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services

Victoria is the second largest employing state, with the majority of jobs located in Melbourne. While Victorians are employed across all industries, around one in four work in either Health Care and Social Assistance or Retail Trade.

Around 70% of Victorian workers have post-school qualifications, with a relatively large share holding a bachelor degree or higher. Workers in Melbourne are more likely to hold a bachelor degree or higher qualification than those in regional Victoria, where a certificate III or higher VET qualification is more common.

Part-time work is relatively common, accounting for around a third of total employment. Workers in both Geelong and Shepparton are the most likely to be employed in this manner (38% and 37%). A full breakdown of part-time work across the state is available in the table below.

Despite the general downturn, the size and diversity of the Victorian labour market means employment opportunities will continue to exist across all industries. Employers need workers who are resilient, proactive and capable and, if you are able to demonstrate these attributes, you will stand out from the crowd. Digital skills are also important, with continued enhancements in technology affecting jobs and society more broadly. For more information on skills in the future, please see Skills for the future.

Employment by region, Victoria

  Employment Profile Workforce Educational Profile
  Part-time Female Aged 15 to 24 years Aged 55 years or older Bachelor degree or higher Cert III or higher VET qual No post-school qual
Region % % % % % % %
Greater Melbourne 31 47 14 17 42 26 28
Ballarat 35 47 14 19 18 40 29
Bendigo 35 47 18 23 26 37 34
Geelong 38 49 17 16 28 34 33
Hume 36 49 9 30 22 36 33
Latrobe - Gippsland 33 47 13 32 15 39 42
North West 33 45 13 26 15 36 44
Shepparton 37 50 17 28 18 31 44
Warrnambool and South West 34 47 17 31 8 32 46
Victoria 32 47 14 19 37 28 30
Australia 31 47 15 19 33 30 32

Sources: ABS, Labour Force (seasonally adjusted and annual averages of original data); ABS, Characteristics of Employment; ABS, Education and Work.