Wimmera South West - South Western Victoria region

Wimmera South West is in the south western region of Victoria. It covers 10 local government areas which are Corangamite, Glenelg, Hindmarsh, Horsham, Moyne, Northern Grampian, Southern Grampians, Warrnambool, West Wimmera, and Yarriambiack. This map shows the location of Wimmera South West in Victoria as well as the location of the 10 local government areas

About Wimmera South West

The Wimmera South West area comprises 10 local government areas including Corangamite, Glenelg, Hindmarsh, Horsham, Moyne, Northern Grampian, Southern Grampians, Warrnambool, West Wimmera, and Yarriambiack.

The area is located on the traditional lands of the Wadawurrung, Gunditjmara, Wotjobaluk, Jaadwa, Jadawadjali, Wergaia, Yupakulk, Eastern Maar, Dja Dja Wurrung and Djab Wurrung peoples.

The ever-changing landscape stretches from the majestic sandstone mountains of the Grampians, across agricultural plains to the South Australia border and south to the tumbling sea.

The Wimmera is one of nine districts in Victoria used for weather forecasting by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. The Wimmera River flows from the mighty Grampians towards Lake Hindmarsh, with the stunning Rocklands Reservoir the main water storage of the area.

Recreation, entertainment and nature

We have offices in Horsham and Warrnambool, and each town has its own unique appeal.

Horsham is the largest city in the Wimmera South West area, and is located at the centre of the region.

Lively, diverse and inclusive, Horsham is a business, service and entertainment hub renowned for its outstanding fishing, boating and recreational activities. There is always something going on, and you won’t want to miss out.

Warrnambool is Victoria's largest coastal city outside Port Phillip Bay. Located at the western end of the spectacular Great Ocean Road, along the infamous Shipwreck Coast, this stunning city by the sea has undeniable appeal.

Surrounded by breathtaking natural wonders, and part of the ‘whale corridor’ showcasing the annual migration of whales from the Antarctic to warmer waters along the coast, Warrnambool is dynamic, fast-growing and consistently ranked as one of the most liveable locations in Australia.

Join the Department – our Wimmera South West area offices

Our Wimmera South West area offices in Horsham and Warrnambool are modern 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 Wimmera South West 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 Wimmera South West area. For the latest employment opportunities see Wimmera South West careers

Considering a tree change to the Wimmera South West area?

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

Regional living - Horsham

Regional living - Warrnambool

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

See Reimbursement of Travel and Personal Expenses policy.