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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 46,142, East Gippsland offers a stable workforce of approximately 16,539, 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 (16.0%) 

Retail (12.1%)

Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing(9.7%)

Other (62.2%)


Total output in East Gippsland is estimated at $4,434.131 million, the major contributors to output in East Gippsland are:

Manufacturing                                    $699.724m or 15.8%

Construction                                       $597.338m or 13.5%

Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing             $541.079m or 12.2%

Other                                                 $2,595.991m or 58.5%                                        


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. 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 food production sector is of vital importance to East Gippsland with food manufacturing and production fundamental drivers of the regional economy. As at June 2018 the total output of commodities for East Gippsland was $738.438m consisting of fruit and vegetable crops, livestock (meat & products), bakery products, seafood, beverage and food support services.


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 1.343 million visitors to June 2018, contributing $325.716 million for the region, approximately 7.3% of total output.


Tourism statistics


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

Source: ABS June 2017 Gross State Product


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