Central Highlands - South Western Victoria region

Central Highlands is in the south western region of Victoria. It covers siz local government areas which are Ararat, Ballarat, Golden Plains, Hepburn, Moorabool and Pyrenees. This map shows the location of Central Highlands in Victoria as well as the location of the six local government areas

About the Central Highlands

The Central Highlands comprises six local government areas including Ararat, Ballarat, Golden Plains, Hepburn, Moorabool, and Pyrenees. The area is located on the traditional lands of the Wadawurrung, DjaDja Wurrung, and Djab Wurrong peoples.

The Central Highlands is a kaleidoscope of colour and ever-changing terrain of picturesque grazing country and golden fields of canola and wheat to lush river valleys, rugged bush landscapes and the haunting, volcanic beauty of the Grampians, which boasts stunning national parks, waterfalls and lakes.

From the historic gold mining towns of Ararat and Ballarat to chilled-out Hepburn, located in the middle of the largest concentration of natural mineral springs in Australia, to the stunning wine-growing Pyrenees, where vines have been planted since the mid-1800s, this area is a treat for the senses and a wonderful space to explore.

Recreation, entertainment and nature

Ballarat is one of Victoria’s biggest regional centres and is a city on the move. More than 2,000 people relocate to Ballarat each year attracted by the city’s excellent services, housing, employment, tourism and events.

Known as the epicentre of the gold rush era and home of the Eureka Stockade uprising, Ballarat features heritage streetscapes, renowned galleries, theatres, festivals and restaurants and stunning natural attractions, such as botanical gardens and the magnificent Lake Wendouree.

Local statistics at a glance

Join the Department – our Central Highlands area offices

Our Central Highlands Area office is located in Ballarat. This modern office is a hub for our highly skilled area teams that comprise a broad range of professionals including:

  • psychologists
  • speech pathologists
  • social workers
  • staff to support Aboriginal children and their families
  • health, wellbeing and engagement officers
  • primary and secondary school nurses
  • early childhood advisors
  • visiting teachers to support schools around the inclusion of students with disabilities and additional needs
  • administrative and project support staff
  • Senior Educational Improvement Leaders and other education professionals.

Area teams take a holistic approach to support the delivery of quality services for all children at all stages of learning.

How we work together

Teams work together to provide expert advice and support to early childhood providers, schools and their communities at a local level, with extra effort directed to ensure education and health and wellbeing services are accessible to, and inclusive of, the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.

Area teams also build and maintain strong connections between central and regional offices and the communities they service, so that positive outcomes are delivered where they matter most.

As a member of our area team you will be an integral part of a highly skilled network of experts and have a strong, visible connection to your work and the direct impact it has on the Central Highlands community, to help us deliver better outcomes for all learners and their families.

Benefits of working for us

As a Victorian government employee you’ll have access to a variety of benefits including professional development opportunities, career mentoring and Personal Development Plans to promote career advancement.

We actively support work–life balance with flexible working hours and leave entitlements and inclusive paternity leave. You will also benefit from salary packaging and 9.5 per cent superannuation employer contribution.

There are a variety of positions available in the Central Highlands area. For the latest employment opportunities see Central Highlands careers

Considering a tree change to the Central Highlands?

If you are considering relocating to Central Highlands, find out more about the region and what is has to offer:

Regional living - the Central Highlands is ready when you are

Current Department employees transferring to the Central Highlands may be entitled to residential relocation leave and reimbursement for relocation expenses.

See Reimbursement of Travel and Personal Expenses policy.