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Living and Working at the Victoria Regional Office (Melbourne)

Melbourne is Victoria's capital city, as well as it’s largest, with a current population of around 4 million. Melbourne's suburbs spread out from the CBD, which is located at the apex of the large Port Phillip Bay (over 8,800 sq km of water).

The city enjoys a temperate climate of mild temperatures with four distinct seasons (sometimes all four in one day!). The weather is famous for its changeability. Melburnians are fond of telling visitors - “if you don't like Melbourne's weather, stick around for half a day and it will be different". The average winter temperature is 14C, while the summer average is 25C.

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Melbourne prides itself on its easily accessible and well planned CBD - set out in a grid formation with a large number of intriguing laneways which run north-south between the main streets. The laneways allow pedestrians to navigate easily through the CBD and contain a mix of alfresco dining establishments, specialty shops and bars.

Melbourne is a sophisticated modern city which still retains a friendly atmosphere. Multicultural in its outlook, Melbourne has welcomed large numbers of migrants over the years, and now boasts several areas with a distinct cultural feel (it also has the 3rd largest Greek speaking population of any city in the world). Melbourne is the proud home of major sporting and cultural venues and events and provides access to a range of activities and lifestyles to suit anyone.

Useful websites

Tourist Information Melbourne -
Melbourne’s Official Website -
Travel Online Melbourne -

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Victoria Office, Melbourne

The Victoria Regional Office in Melbourne is located on floors 3 to 9 of the Commercial and General Union Tower at 485 La Trobe Street, opposite the Flagstaff Gardens. The building is conveniently situated in terms of shopping, public transport and social amenities. Flagstaff Station is a two minute walk, while the Victoria Market is only five minutes away. A ten minute walk takes you into the heart of the major shopping precinct and the Docklands area. The Flagstaff Gardens provide a green oasis in which to relax, lunch or exercise. The office also boasts a dedicated staff area with table tennis, and lounges. There is currently around 300 staff in the Victoria Regional Office.

Career Prospects and Promotional Opportunities

Graduate recruitment at the APS Level 3 is the predominant entry point into the Victoria Regional Office. Staff at higher APS levels are engaged through the (usually) annual recruitment exercises. The exceptions are the recruitment of staff for the Technology Services Branch and Methodology Unit which are managed centrally through the Canberra office of the ABS.
The Victoria Regional Office seeks staff with a range of analytical, problem-solving and statistical skills to work in both the economic and social statistics areas. The Office supports those who wish to broaden their skills by transferring across different Branches and disciplines.
As mentioned above, there is usually an annual bulk staff selection exercise, which is the major opportunity for promotion for staff within the office. Higher duties is offered on a short and long term basis and provides a environment whereby staff can gain experience undertaking a role at a higher level, increasing their promotional prospects.

Social Activities

The Victorian Regional Office social club is very active, sponsoring a variety of social activities throughout the year. Regular events include ‘happy hour’, a trivia night, the end of year luncheon, and a children's Christmas party. In addition to all this, in-house social facilities include a table tennis & pool table room, lounge area with television, and bar area (used for happy hours). The social club aims to create a good social environment within the office and an atmosphere where colleagues and their friends can mix together and get to know each other.

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