The Greater Hamilton region spans the heart of Victoria’s renowned ‘Western District’. Agriculture and sheep grazing are the major industries in the shire, with the region producing 15% of Australia's wool clip.
Following agriculture and forestry (20.3%), the most important employers in the Shire are health (12.1%), retail (11.3%), construction (7.6%), education and training (7.4%), manufacturing (5.9%), public administration and safety (5.9%), accommodation and food services (5.6%), and professional, scientific and technical services (3.3%).
The regional capital of Hamilton is also an important centre for education and health.
Largest industry (by jobs 2011) Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing 1,252 jobs
Largest industry (GRP, 2011) Mining $225m
A labour force of 10,390 (2013)