Ovens Murray - North Eastern Victoria region

Ovens Murray is in the north eastern region of Victoria. It includes the municipalities of Alpine Shire, Benalla Rural City, Indigo Shire, Mansfield Shire, Towong Shire, Wangaratta Rural City, and Wodonga City. This map shows the location of Ovens Murray in Victoria as well as the location of the municipalities in the region.

About Ovens Muray

Ovens Murray is as diverse in lifestyle options as it is in topography, offering the bustle of major regional cities, the charm of historic towns, and breathtaking vistas of an ever-changing landscape.

Bordering the Murray River to the north and having unique access to Victoria's High Country and four Alpine resorts, the Ovens Murray is best known for its great lifestyle advantages and thriving nature-based tourism.

Outdoors lifestyle

Visitors flock to the area year-round to experience the lakes, rivers, mountains, festivals, and exceptional food and wine - the High Country alone attracts more than three million tourists each year.

Cycling, bush walking, snow sports, boating, fishing and horse riding (think Man from Snowy River), this area has it all.

With Mt Hotham, Falls Creek, Mt Buller and Lake Mountain providing four-season destinations and the mighty Murray River playing the perfect host for all water-based recreation, as a local, it’s all right at your doorstep.

Growth and opportunity

Ovens Murray includes the municipalities of Alpine Shire, Benalla Rural City, Indigo Shire, Mansfield Shire, Towong Shire, Wangaratta Rural City, and Wodonga City.


With just two sets of traffic lights, warm and welcoming locals and plenty of activities for people of all ages, Benalla offers a relaxed lifestyle.

Located on the Broken River and surrounded by rich, fertile farmlands, this beautiful city is known as ‘Rose City’ for its stunning public gardens.

The town features a world-class art gallery, aquatic and indoor recreation centres, performing arts and convention centre, quality wineries, fishing, golf and impressive street and silo art.

Benalla is also home to the State Gliding Centre, nationally significant Winton Wetlands, and the popular high-octane Winton Motor Raceway.


Situated the southern banks of the Murray River, Wodonga is the gateway to Victoria and New South Wales and one of the fastest growing towns in regional Victoria.

Wodonga’s population growth has steadily increased over the last 25 years, with much of this growth coming from overseas and surrounding municipalities on both sides of the river.

Fishing and water sports are popular activities, along with cycling, hiking, camping and sightseeing.

There is a thriving theatre scene, much of which is conducted in a cross-border fashion with the Wodonga’s twin NSW city of Albury, contemporary art galleries and live entertainment venues.

Gourmet food, cheese and wine are regional specialities, largely due to the area’s rich European heritage.

Local statistics at a glance

Join the Department – our Ovens Murray area offices

Our Ovens Murray Area offices are located in Benalla and Wodonga.

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 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 Ovens Murray 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 Ovens Murray area. For the latest employment opportunities see Ovens Murray careers

Considering a tree change to the Ovens Murray area?

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

Regional living – the Ovens Murray area is ready when you are

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

See Reimbursement of Travel and Personal Expenses policy.