Local Labour Market Hub

It's time to update our approach to the Local Labour Market. As a community, let's get on the same page so we can all plan for the future needs of the area.


The local labour market hub brings together data and information from a range of sources to assist in understanding our local jobs market. Local labour market information can tell you many different things including: What are the key industries in our region? Where are the future emerging industry areas? What jobs are in demand? What jobs will be needed in the future? What skills are in short supply? What skills are in demand now and in the future and what are employers looking for?

Exploring local labour market information is an excellent tool in career planning and can assist in making a more informed decision about what career path to take. We need to ensure our young people are aware and  prepared for these future job opportunities and well equipped to succeed.

Regional employers want young people and are willing to training them. There is no doubt that the labour market is tough but local research shows that there is great array of jobs available for young people across our region, in a wide range of industry areas. From small, medium to large businesses and despite COVID, many industries have experienced differing levels of growth. Many of our growing industries are experiencing skills shortages. Our largest industries need younger workers as they expand, and the older workforce retires.

As indicated through the How Work Works report recently released, employers are looking for experience from work or anything else that a young person has committed to and has shown endurance and is starting to develop those highly valued skills people skills, being organised, communication, teamwork, listening to instructions.

Who you are, your attitude and how you fit with the team are what employers are looking for in an interview. Young people do have advantages and they need to sell them – well versed and comfortable around technology, social media, adaptable to change, contemporary thinking. Young people bring freshness, energy and creativity to workplaces.

As expressed by Leanne Hulm, GROW (Growing Regional Opportunities for Work) Greater Shepparton, our local employers are looking for:

  • People who genuinely want to work
  • Turn up five days a week
  • People who are willing to learn
  • Be part of a team
  • Communicate openly
  • Ask for help when needed
  • Employers want you to stay
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FYA’s New Work Order series has demonstrated that career pathways for young people look very different to those of their parents. Instead of a few jobs across a single career pathway, it is estimated that a young person today will have approximately 18 different jobs over six different careers in their lifetime. We don’t believe the impact of COVID-19 is likely to change this – in fact, young people may have more jobs because of an extended transition from education and training to work.

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Contact Us

Have questions or want to chat about the Local Labour Market, contact us below:

Bec Costa-Lowe - Executive Officer
0413 438 289

Regional Snapshots


to our region

Our region is full of opportunities with skills shortages in many growing industries.

We ensure our young people are connected to local industry durign their school years, so they can make informed decisions about their career pathways and potentially fill skill shortages within our region.

Discover more about the three regional snapshots below.

Moira Shire  |  Strathbogie Shire  |  Greater Shepparton

GMLLEN Key Regions


The Moira Shire region comprises the major centres of Cobram, Nathalia, Numurkah and Yarrawonga, as well as 18 smaller towns and communities.

Shire industry snapshot:

  • Dairying, beef cattle, grain and fruit production are the main rural industries.
  • Manufacturing is concentrated in the food industry, with large dairy manufacturing and packaging plants at Cobram and Strathmerton
  • Export abattoirs in Cobram and Nathalia
  • An oilseed plant at Numurkah, and
  • A major stock feed plant at Nathalia.

Moira total population:  29,799 people

Employment: 10,913 jobs (representing 9.49% of 114,959 for Hume region)

Industry Insights

The Manufacturing industry sector makes the greatest contribution to economic output in the region. With 2,131 jobs representing 19.53% of total employment, it is the Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing industry sector that is the region's largest employer.


  1. Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing
  2. Manufacturing
  3. Health Care & Social Assistance
  4. Retail Trade
  5. Construction

The employment data presented below represents the number of people employed by businesses / organisations in each of the industry sectors in Moira.

GMLLEN LLB Moira Snapshot


Strathbogie Shire incorporates communities served by townships such as Avenel, Euroa, Longwood, Nagambie, Ruffy, Strathbogie and Violet Town.

Shire industry snapshot:

  • Known for its sheep production
  • Horse studs (earning the title "The Horse Capital of Victoria")
  • Wineries (Mitchelton, Tahbilk, Fowles Wines)
  • Olives
  • Alpacas
  • Tourism is a growing industry in the area, with many B&Bs, hotels and restaurants.

Strathbogie total population: 10, 645 people

Employment: 3,593 jobs (representing 3.13% of the 114,959 people working in Hume Region)

Industry insights

Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing is Strathbogie's largest employment sector, supporting an estimated 957 jobs.


  1. Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing
  2. Health Care & Social Assistance
  3. Accommodation & Food Services
  4. Manufacturing
  5. Construction

The employment data presented below represents the number of people employed by businesses / organisations in each of the industry sectors in Strathbogie.

GMLLEN LLB Strathbogie Snapshot

Greater Shepparton

The Greater Shepparton region includes the city of Shepparton and the towns of Arcadia, Ardmona, Congupna, Dookie, Grahamvale, Kialla, Lemnos, Merrigum, Mooroopna, Murchison, Tallygaroopna, Tatura, Toolamba and Undera.

Shire industry snapshot:

  • Greater Shepparton is at the heart of the ‘food bowl of Australia’ – Agriculture and Horticulture is a dominant industry
  • Health and community services, one of the largest sectors – GV Health, the local Hospital in Shepparton is currently undergoing a massive expansion
  • Construction industry –one of the top industries for jobs growth over the next five years. There has been a large Investment in infrastructure in Greater Shepparton recently and there are many major projects currently underway: new SAM museum, new Greater Shepparton Secondary College, St Anne’s College, Kialla, GV Health – hospital expansion, there are many new housing developments occurring and renovations as a result of the Governments HomeBuilder grants to stimulate the residential building market and help create jobs.
  • Manufacturing - is a very dominant industry sector across the Greater Shepparton region. We have a high concentration of agriculture and food product manufacturing industries, which are also key exports for the region.
  • Transport and logistics is a significant part of many of our regional industries.

Greater Shepparton total population: 66,007

Employment: 26, 978 (Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016)

TOP 5 INDUSTRY SECTORS IN Greater Shepparton

  1. Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. Retail Trade
  3. Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing
  4. Manufacturing
  5. Construction

Dominant industry

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in the City of Greater Shepparton in 2018/19 shows the three largest industries were:

  1. Health Care and Social Assistance (5,519 people or 16.6%)
  2. Retail Trade (3,748 people or 11.3%)
  3. Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (3,420 people or 10.3%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 12,687 people in total or 38.2% of the local workers. In comparison, Victoria employed 12.3% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 11.0% in Retail Trade and 2.3% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of the City of Greater Shepparton and Victoria were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (10.3% compared to 2.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (3.7% compared to 9.0%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (16.6% compared to 12.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Financial and Insurance Services (1.6% compared to 4.2%)

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