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About Shepparton 

Named by Wotif.com as runner up Australian Town of the Year 2018, Shepparton offers you a relaxed outdoor lifestyle in the middle of regional Victoria. Located in Australia’s food bowl on the banks of the Goulburn River, Shepparton is proud to be one of the most culturally diverse towns in the state. It has substantial immigrant communities from Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the Indian sub-continent, as well as a large indigenous population of Yorta Yorta people.

Making the move in 5 steps

1. Research

The best decisions are well-informed ones. Visit the friendly Shepparton Visitor Information Centre, to learn more about housing, schools and career industries.


2. Visit us

A visit is the perfect introduction to your new lifestyle. It is a fun and entertaining way to get to know the locals, witness first-hand the magical scenery, try the quality local produce and experience walking around the towns. 


3. Rent before you buy

Need time to find your dream home? Try renting instead of investing in a house immediately. It gives you time to figure out which area you prefer, the kind of house you’d like and which neighbourhood or town is best. 


4. Engage with the community

The Shepparton region is known for its close-knit and inviting community. Join the local sporting clubs, gyms, social groups and follow the local cafés, art gallery and library on social media to have your finger on the pulse.


5. Take your time

Take the time to build up connections and networks. Ensure there is time set aside to plan the move. Instead of living between your old home and the Shepparton region, focus on enjoying the area at weekends – which should be easy!


50,198 (Greater Shepparton)


Distance to Melbourne

190km. Approximately a two-hour drive.


Surrounding towns









Median house price: $285,250

Median house rent: $290 p/w

Median unit price: $188,750

Median unit rent: $240 p/w

Arts, Culture and Events

The Shepparton Art Museum is always worth a visit, for its inspiring and engaging permanent collection of mostly Australian art, as well its exciting range of touring exhibitions. The local entertainment centre, Riverlinks, showcases a dynamic and ever-changing calendar of performances – ballet, opera, pop, rock, comedy, theatre and more.

Food and wine scene 

Shepparton is synonymous with fine food and wine and its culturally diverse population means that some of the town’s most popular restaurants have an international flavour. Local favorites include Little Lipari Ristorante for its scrumptious Italian, Thai Orchid for its authentic Thai dishes, and Lutfiye Shish Kebab for delicious Turkish takeaway. Head to Barca.Love BBQ Smokehouse & Espresso Bar for American-style food in a Cuban atmosphere. If your tastes are more traditionally Australian then you can’t go past the much loved Lemon Tree Café and Noble Monks Café and Bar.

Family Fun 

Shepparton is full of action-packed ways to keep the kids busy. SPC KidsTown, Australia’s largest adventure playground, will keep you happy for hours with its giant slides and mazes. For watery fun, Aquamoves has both indoor and outdoor pools as well as a water slide and splash park. And S-CAPE skate park is a firm favourite with local kids. Want more? How about a four-theatre cinema complex, tenpin bowling, or the nearby Kyabram Fauna Park?

The great outdoors and sporting facilities 

Shepparton’s warm climate and proximity to the river make it easy to enjoy outdoor water sports all year round. Victoria Park Lake is a magnet for those who enjoy staying fit with its walking tracks, multi-functional exercise equipment, and rowing and triathlon clubs. You can enjoy first-rate facilities for badminton, basketball, netball, soccer and aquatic sports at one of the town’s several stadiums:

• Shepparton Sports Stadium

• Tatura Community Centre

• Mooroopna Stadium

• Shepparton Greyhound Racing Club


Shepparton is well-serviced by three shopping centres – The Market Place, Riverside and The Mall. Here, you’ll find Australia’s favourite retail brands – like Harvey Norman, JB Hi-Fi and Kmart – along with stacks of interesting independent stores and galleries for handcrafted, one-off gifts. Its location in Victoria’s food bowl coupled with its multicultural community, means that Shepparton offers a unique mix of local and seasonal produce as well as international food. You’re spoilt for choice with the Shepparton Farmers’ Market, Asian Pacific Food Market and Rando Wholesale Fresh Produce.


Served by several major highways, Shepparton has its own railway station with services to Melbourne running regularly. Regional trains and buses connect it to nearby towns and facilities making local travel quick and easy.

Health and community services 

Shepparton has a comprehensive range of health services, including over 12 medical centres and two hospitals. Goulburn Valley Health is a public hospital with a 24-hour emergency department, surgery, women’s and children’s services, mental health and rehabilitation services. Shepparton Private Hospital has been recognised as one of the finest private hospitals in regional Victoria.


The region offers the full spectrum of early years, primary, secondary and further educational facilities, with a total of 15 schools to choose from.

Some schools of note: Sirius College, Shepparton High School, St Mels School, St Brendan’s School, Notre Dame College

Roles available

Beginning Child Protection Practice

As an entry level Child Protection Practitioner, you’ll work with children who are at risk of abuse or neglect. In this role, your social work or welfare qualifications will be welcomed into a supportive and hard-working team who share a common goal.

You'll manage cases and work with other professionals in the community to assess reports of child abuse and neglect, and at times present matters to the Children's Court of Victoria. You will aquire an excellent grounding across the child and family services system, managing a variety of complex matters, while changing the immediate future of at risk children and their families.


Advanced Child Protection Practice (CPP4)

Advanced Child Protection Practitioners work with more complex cases and situations. You need a minimum of two years case work experience in child and family social work.

As an Advanced Child Protection Practitioner, you’ll receive and assess reports of alleged abuse and neglect of children and young people. You’ll undertake investigations and develop plans to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and young people is achieved. This may include taking matters to court.