Education & employment

Employment overview & jobs info

South Gippsland enjoys an enviable unemployment rate of only 4.7% (March Quarter 2017), reflecting a prompt uptake of labour availability in the region and the vibrancy of the local business climate.

The Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing sector is by far the largest employer in the district, accounting for nearly 30% of all jobs.  This is followed by Retail, Health and Community Services and Education, Accommodation and Cafe’s, Construction, Manufacturing and the Property and Business sectors.

A survey of employer sentiment conducted in February 2009, identified broad optimism about employment prospects over the next 1-5 years.  At that time 64% of businesses surveyed predicted jobs growth, 35% predicted no change and just one business anticipated a minor contraction.

Retail, accommodation, cafe’s, and health and community services led the optimism, followed by education, property and business services, manufacturing, and personal and other services.  All employers, with the exception of one, predicted some growth in demand for all classifications of workers, from professional through to unskilled labour.

Skills Shortages

As in other parts of Australia, South Gippsland has skills shortages in a range of areas.  These include:

  • GPs, Registered nurses, allied health professionals and qualified aged care and child care workers
  • Teachers, lecturers and tutors
  • Food technologists
  • Marketing professionals
  • Accountants
  • Engineers
  • Senior administrators and clerical workers
  • Motor mechanics
  • Cooks, chefs, bakers and pastry cooks
  • Metal fitters and machinists
  • Farm labourers

Whether you are considering starting or relocating your business to the area, or seeking employment, contact these agencies to see what opportunities await you and your family (source: SGSC).

Workways Association Inc

1A Church Street, Leongatha 3953
Ph  03 5662 5264
Job placements, resume services, job search training


2 Michael Place, Leongatha, Vic 3953
Ph 03 5662 2236


JobGurus aggregates jobs from thousands of employer, recruiter and government sites across Australia and provides jobs in a simple, intuitive way to job seekers.

The service is free to job seekers.

The site also provides numerous tools such as Email Alerts, RSS feeds and mobile apps, amongst others.

Apprenticeships Group Australia

Kurrle St, Korumburra 3950
Ph 5655 2811
Apprenticeship and traineeship placement and trade staff provision


Careerjet is a job search engine designed to make the process of finding a job on the internet easier for the user. It maps the huge selection of job offerings available on the internet in one extensive database by referencing job listings originating from company websites, recruitment agency websites and large specialist recruitment sites. Using a fast and straightforward interface, users can query this database and save themselves the trouble of visiting each site individually. The job offerings themselves are not hosted by Careerjet and users are always redirected to the original job listing. Essentially, Careerjet acts as traffic driver to those sites.


Provides information about wages and conditions of employment in Australia for work that is covered by federal awards and agreements

Careers Guide Australia

Offers Australian students career information and guidance to help you make the right career choice

Job Juice

School leavers employment portal. Funded by the Commonwealth Government, job juice provides a series of links for school leavers on careers, job search assistance, apprenticeships and training.


Career assistance for young people and careers professionals. It is a joint initiative of State, Territory and Commonwealth Governments.

Job Guide

The Job Guide includes hundreds of occupational profiles.  It is produced for a Year 10 audience and is distributed to schools each year. Each school receives one copy per Year 10 student and several reference copies.

Reference copies are distributed to senior schools or colleges with Year 11 and 12 enrolments. Job Guide is also distributed to career advisers at all TAFEs and universities as well as youth-focused Australian Government funded programs that provide career advice and support to Year 10 students.

Australian Job Search

Features job vacancies available now

Year 12 – what’s next?

A guide to help Year 12 students plan their post-school education and training

Good Universities Guide

Provides comprehensive information on all your education and career options


School subjects you like and jobs they can lead to


Internet based job advertisements

Career One

Internet based job advertisements


We specialise in bringing together online and distance education courses from the biggest and best Australian universities, TAFEs and private colleges.

Local newspapers

Most available jobs are advertised in the local newspapers which are also an excellent snapshot of the lifestyle and facilities in the region, and provide real estate and rental information. Below you will find contact details for the local papers should you wish to order copies/subscriptions.

The Great Southern Star
36 McCartin St, Leongatha 3953
Ph 5662 2294

The Sentinel Times
8 Radovick St, Korumburra 3950
Ph 5655 1422

The Mirror
30 Station Rd, Foster 3960
Ph 5682 2205

Mirboo North Times
30 Ridgway, Mirboo North 3871
Ph 5668 1201