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Major employers

East Gippsland has a diverse local economy with strong employment sectors in manufacturing, tourism, retail, construction and trades, agriculture, fisheries and education.

Our major employers include:


Bairnsdale Regional Health Service

The primary hospital servicing East Gippsland, Bairnsdale Regional Health Service employs more than 800 people across a range of sectors. As well as clinical roles, including nursing, medical imaging, and allied health, the health service offers non-medical opportunities in support services such as administration, accounting, health information, human resources, information technology and hotel services.



Patties Foods Ltd


Australia’s leading branded frozen food company, Patties Foods Ltd employs around 500 people in its manufacturing plant in Bairnsdale. Patties manufacture iconic Australian brands, including Four n’Twenty, Herbert Adams, Patties and Nannas. Employees at the Bairnsdale operations of Patties Foods work in a variety of occupations including manufacturing, quality assurance, engineering and maintenance, IT, finance, procurement, HR, new product development, warehousing and customer service.





Based in Bairnsdale, Vegco is the largest salad fresh cuts factory in Australia and part of one of the biggest and most innovative produce companies in the country. It is also the home of LoveBeets, an innovative range of beetroot products.

They employ over 275 locals in East Gippsland in a wide variety of challenging roles encompassing produce supply, planning, processing, production management, logistics, engineering, quality and human resources.

Opportunities range from casual seasonal employment to professional positions. Vegco also offer a variety of internship and graduate opportunities for careerminded professionals who are looking to gain experience with a leader in fresh produce.




East Gippsland Shire Council

Representing the needs of around 43,000 residents across an area of 21,000 square kilometres, East Gippsland Shire Council employs around 350 people across a range of disciplines. Roles at the council can be professional or trade based and range from administrative, human resources, library, management, maintenance and technical. The shire’s corporate offices are located in Bairnsdale and Lakes Entrance with smaller hubs across the entire Shire.