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Economic and Industry Profile

East Gippsland is a region of diversity and opportunity and the economy continues to grow, creating new business and employment opportunities in the region.


With a population of around 45,500, East Gippsland offers a stable workforce of approximately 14,150, low unemployment, a strong industry-training sector and job opportunities across a range of sectors and professions.


Most jobs are found in these sectors:

Health (14.6%) 

Retail (13.5%)

Education and Training (10%)

Accommodation and Food Services (9.4%)


Manufacturing is East Gippsland’s largest sector by output at (17%) followed by Construction at (12.8%).


The top seven industries in East Gippsland are:

Manufacturing $652m

Construction $489m

Rental, Hiring & Real Estate $468m

Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing $350m

Health Care $226m

Accomm and Food Services $211m

Retail $209m


Council also collects a range of statistics and data including land and property development, planning and building approvals, median price and other indicators for East Gippsland, see the Economic Development Indicators fact sheet. For further information contact Council or email the Economic Development unit.




With eight major towns and a diverse range of industries, East Gippsland has a solid demand for skilled employees across a wide range of industries and offers excellent opportunities for trade-qualified and professional people.


The agrifood sector is of vital importance to East Gippsland with food manufacturing and production fundamental drivers of the regional economy. In December 2016 the total output of agricultural commodities for East Gippsland was $237,325m consisting of crops, livestock (meat) and livestock (products).


The thriving East Gippsland fishing industry is the largest employer in this sector in regional Victoria.


Lakes Entrance is the home of one of Australia’s largest fishing fleets, while Mallacoota is the base of a significant abalone industry. Fish catches are supplied to markets in Melbourne and Sydney.


The tourism industry is also strong, with East Gippsland attracting 1.2 million visitors in 2016, yielding around $3,833 million for the region.


More interesting statistics on the region's employment and industry can be found on the East Gippsland Economic Profile.



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