Agriculture and viticulture are the shire’s dominant industries but work opportunities can also be found in other fields such as public administration and safety, community services, retail, manufacturing, transport and construction. Some of our residents find their ideal job at nearby Ballarat, Ararat or Maryborough, which all within easy commuting distance of most of our communities.

A new location-based job search website, is a good start for those looking for a job. The Pyrenees Shire Council, together with the neighbouring councils Ballarat, Hepburn, Moorabool and Golden Plains support the Highlands Local Learning and Employment Network site.

Council works collaboratively with adjacent councils, State and Federal Government agencies to attract business and employment to the area, and you are encouraged to get in touch with Council’s Manager of Economic Development and Tourism, to find out more about current opportunities – phone (03) 5349 1100 or email

Key industry profiles

Significant private sector industries of the Pyrenees include manufacturing, agriculture (supporting cattle, sheep, deer, alpaca, cropping), transport and construction.

Viticulture and wine manufacturing are an integral part of the region, as are the tourism and accommodation industries associated with wine and nature-based attractions.

More information about the agriculture and viticulture industries can be found under our INVEST page.


Industry Gross Sales p.a. $M Employment Wages $M
Wine and spirit manufacturing 85.8 120 9.3
Sheep, grains, beef and dairy cattle
80.3 471 5.2
Construction 49.1 118 8.2
Public administration and safety 26.3 150 12.4

Source: Remplan Jan 2014

We acknowledge the people past and present of the Wadawurrung, Dja Dja Wurrung, and Djab Wurrung tribes, whose land forms the Pyrenees Shire. We pay our respect to the customs, traditions and stewardship of the land by the elders and people of these tribes.

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