Living in Victoria
Why Victoria is definitely the 'place to be'
Victoria is Australia's second smallest state but its capital, Melbourne, is the country's second largest city. Victoria's estimated resident population as at 30 June 2008 was 5.31 million people, which was an increase of 92,500 people since June 2007. The 2007-2008 growth rate of 1.8% was higher than the average annual growth rate (1.5%) for the five years to June 2008. So it looks like living in Victoria is becoming more and more popular. Read on to find out some of the reasons why Victoria is the place to be.
This page also contains useful information about living in Victoria, including culture, environment, services and housing, plus informative links for those thinking of moving or immigrating to Victoria.
- Culture and environment
Culture and environment
Victoria has a thriving multicultural society, embracing both its indigenous peoples and migrants who have arrived since European colonisation. People living in Victoria celebrate the cultural diversity of the state and the way that it is possible to make a home - no matter what your heritage.
Victoria is home to Melbourne, which has been voted as one of the world's most 'liveable' cities. We are proud to have a tradition of good food and coffee, great shopping, and to top it off, Melbourne is also regarded as the arts and sporting capital. This combination of style, heritage and culture, makes it the destination of choice for connoisseurs of good living.
Go for a stroll around one of the many gardens close to the Melbourne central business district or go further afield. Living in Victoria offers you a range of environments - from mountains, deserts, beaches and temperate rainforests to rich farmlands and wineries - often within comfortable commuting distance of Melbourne.
As Australia 's second smallest state geographically (although it is still as large as the United Kingdom), Victoria has the country's second largest population.
An excellent road and rail system makes living in Victoria easy and convenient - and means you can easily get to the State's many attractions. Healthcare and schools, both public and private, are of an excellent standard, and crime is low and decreasing on most measures.
For more on health and community services visit the Department of Human Services (Victoria) portal site and go to the Department of Transport website for more about transport and infrastructure in Victoria.
To many people, living in Victoria means living in Melbourne. While Melbourne has recently experienced a housing price boom, properties throughout Melbourne remain affordable. There are many city apartments and established houses in the inner suburbs, and new housing is constantly being developed in Melbourne's outer suburbs.
Melbourne's suburbs range from trendy inner suburbia, such as Carlton and Fitzroy, to the leafy suburbs of Camberwell and Moonee Ponds, and thriving new municipalities in the outer west and east such as Cardinia and Caroline Springs. Living in Victoria you can choose the surroundings and lifestyle that best suits you and your family.
If your tastes run to a quieter pace of living then Victoria has much to offer. Regional centres in Victoria, such as Ballarat, Geelong and Bendigo, are increasingly accessible from Melbourne. Further afield, rural cities such as Mildura, Swan Hill and Albury-Wodonga also offer all the conveniences and employment opportunities of the State capital with a rural lifestyle.
There are many real estate companies with online services about properties on the market - just do an internet search. For information on housing assistance, rental information and public housing click on the link to the Department of Human Services website.
Victoria is a truly multicultural state and prides itself on its tolerance and diversity. Victorians come from all parts of the world. Living in Victoria you will more than likely find members of your own community, but also a welcome from the broader Victorian community.
All immigration to Australia is handled through the federal Department of Immigration and Citizenship. On their website you will find all the information you need about immigrating to Australia and living in Victoria.
The Victorian Government welcomes migrants. There are a number of initiatives to increase skilled and business migration to Victoria, particularly to rural and regional areas. It also assists recently arrived overseas-qualified professionals enter the Victorian workforce. More information can be found at the Live in Victoria site.
If you are interested in finding out more about how many people are employed in Australia, then use this link to find the latest employment figures for Australia.
For information on the workforce profile of the Victorian Public Service and sector see the State of the Public Sector report, published by the State Services Authority.