Outer Gippsland - South Eastern Victoria region

Outer Gippsland is in the south eastern region of Victoria. It covers 2 municipalities which are East Gippsland and Wellington. This map shows the location of Outer Gippsland in Victoria as well as the location of the 2 municipalities.

About Outer Gippsland

Outer Gippsland covers a range of diverse environments from unspoilt beaches to pristine rainforests and picturesque snowfields.

Outdoor enthusiasts will relish the opportunity for boating, water skiing, surfing, snow skiing, hiking, biking, four-wheel driving, fly fishing and more...the list is almost as long as the famous Ninety Mile Beach, which is just on the doorstep.

This eastern-most region of Victoria features relaxed and welcoming communities of all shapes and sizes. Sale and Bairnsdale are the largest towns and have their own distinct charms.


Sale features a lively historic port, renowned art gallery and performing arts centre. On its outskirts is the stately 150-year-old Sale Botanic Gardens and a wetlands awash with red gum woodlands and an enormous variety of birdlife.

Sale is also home to the world famous RAAF Roulettes aerobatic team, so be sure to turn your eyes to the sky to catch the overhead action!


Less than an hour away and set on the banks of the Mitchell River, Bairnsdale was once home to steam boats and 19th century traders.

Today, it is the commercial and administrative hub of the Outer Gippsland area offering history, the arts, culture and retail. Close to lakes, rivers, mountains, caves and forests, Bairnsdale is a destination for year-round enjoyment.

Lakes Entrance

Lakes Entrance is situated between the major hubs of Sale and Bairnsdale. This bustling coastal town has long been a popular holiday destination for visitors seeking a unique ocean-lake experience.

Nestled on the edge of Ninety Mile Beach, Lakes Entrance is where the magnificent Gippsland Lakes system meets the oceans of the Bass Strait. Covering more than 400 square kilometres and consisting of lakes Wellington, Victoria and King, this lakes system is the largest inland waterway in Australia.

Scenic towns

A short inland drive from Lakes Entrance will bring you to the peaceful and historic town of Orbost, surrounded by rich river flats and grazing land.

Smaller and more tranquil still are the tiny towns of Loch Sport on the foreshores of Lake Victoria, and the nearby coastal resort of Seaspray. These towns are only a half hour scenic drive to our offices in Sale and Bairnsdale.

Local statistics at a glance

Join the Department – our Outer Gippsland area offices

Our Outer Gippsland offices are located in Sale and Bairnsdale and a shared government office space in Orbost that can be used by our staff. These modern offices are hubs 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
  • early childhood advisors
  • school nurses
  • 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 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 Outer Gippsland 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 Outer Gippsland area. For the latest employment opportunities see Outer Gippsland careers

Considering a tree or sea change to the Outer Gippsland area?

If you are considering relocating to the Outer Gippsland area, find out more about the region and what is has to offer:

Regional living – the Outer Gippsland area is ready when you are

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

See Reimbursement of Travel and Personal Expenses policy.