Orange is a beautiful major provincial centre in NSW supporting key industries including agriculture, mining, health services, hospitality and tourism, public sector administration, retail and education.
Its economy is diverse and growing, benefiting from recent mining and health service activities. Orange is well-served by educational facilities and community infrastructure. Recent investments include:
- $19 million Orange Airport expansion.
- $290 million in the new Orange General Hospital (and associated facilities).
- $30 million Newcrest Mining.
- $2.4 billion Cadia East Mine.
- $17 million for North Orange Bypass to complete the Northern Distributor Road around the City.
Well-known for its established parks, manicured and exquisite gardens and historic streetscapes, Orange was selected as one of seven leading “evocities” in regional NSW for the following reasons; quality of infrastructure, positive population growth, business numbers, house prices, broadband infrastructure , quality education, excellent health services and lifestyle (cinemas, art galleries, restaurants, festivals, shopping, wineries).
Incentives for health professionals
The new General Hospital at the Orange Health Service facility, Bloomfield Campus, was opened in March 2011. In that year, more Orange City residents worked in health care and social assistance than any other industry. The health sector remains one of the strongest growing sectors in Orange. The new Orange Health Service has a total of 520 beds, features a state-of-the-art 300 bed general hospital, 100 bed mental health unit and a 20 bed forensic mental health unit. The hospital is the medical hub for the region and is the largest rural hospital in NSW.
There is also a private hospital, an Aboriginal Medical Service, many specialists and a new private hospital approved for construction.
With a growing and ageing population, opportunities across all health care sectors including mental health services will continue to provide growth opportunities.
Orange is classified as MM3 under the Department of Health’s new “Modified Monash Model” classification system that categorises areas according to both geographical remoteness and town size. The system was developed to recognise the challenges in attracting health workers to more remote and smaller communities. Medical professionals moving from major city areas to Orange may be entitled to relocation and retention benefits from the General Practice Rural Incentives Program.
Click here for the General Practice Rural Incentives Program.
Manager Business Development
02 6393 8000
The Health Community
Orange is fast becoming a hub of medical and health expertise outside of Sydney. The region is experiencing a boom in medical and health based employment initatives, a growing expert knowledge-base and a hospital set to attract medical students from across the globe. Each year, Orange Health Service treats more than 27,000 people in its emergency department, delivers more than 6,000 emergency and planned surgical procedures, provides 65,000 outpatient services and assists with the birth of more than 900 babies. The new hospital and resources will mean patients can be admitted from the emergency department for the surgery more efficiently, and will improve the hospital’s overall capacity and the experience for patients.
The new General Hospital at the Orange Health Service facility, Bloomfield Campus, was opened in March 2011. In that year, more Orange City residents worked in health care and social assistance than any other industry. The health sector remains one of the strongest growing sectors in Orange. The new Orange Health Service has a total of 520 beds, features a state-of-the-art 300 bed general hospital 100 bed mental health unit and a 20 bed forensic mental health unit. The hospital is the medical hub for the region and is the largest rural hospital in NSW.
There is also a private hospital, and Aboriginal Medical Service, many specialists and a new private hospital approved for construction.
The Orange Health Service is a major rural referral health service providing a range of services. The Health Service has emergency services, general and specialist medical and surgical inpatient and outpatient services including interventional cardiology, maternity services, paediatric services, rehabilitation services, cancer care services, renal dialysis services and associated diagnostic services. Visiting specialists are welcomed to the region.
In 2015, there were 48 GPs and specialists living and working in Orange.
Specialities and disciplines include:
|Ear Nose and Throat (ENT)||Palliative Care|
|Gastroenterology and Hepatology||Forensic mental health|
|Haematology||Mental health intensive care|
|Immunology & Allergy||Child & Adolescence mental health|
|Intensive Care Medicine||Surgical|
|Obstetrics & Gynaecology||Physiotherapy|
|Ophthalmic Surgery||Aboriginal health|
|Palliative Care Medicine|
|Respiratory & Sleep Medicine|
|Surgeon – General|
Other health services include:
- Dudley Private Hospital
- Orange Day Surgery Centre
- Orange Eye Hospital
- Orange Skin Cancer specialist
- Orange Dermatology Clinic
- Gosling Creek Aged Care Facility
Orange is home to NSW Ambulance Service 24 Hour Aeromedical Retrieval Services. The helicopter retrieval service ensures the very best help (in Orange and Sydney) is at hand whenever anybody requires it.
To learn more about job vacancies and opportunities in the Orange Health Service, go to Western NSW Local Health District’s “Y Not Make it You” website.
Culture and Lifestyle
Orange is known as one of Australia’s best wine districts, with local wines regularly winning national and international awards. This wine industry growth, in tandem with the continuing development of Orange’s already highly regarded gourmet restaurant and café and art culture, has bolstered the city’s reputation and the region’s growing status as a cultural and food capital.
Click here to go to the Visit Orange website for more information on arts, culture and events in Orange.
The Orange Farmers’ Market
The Orange Farmers’ Market is a vibrant local fresh food market featuring diverse regional produce that operates monthly on the 2nd Saturday.
Lake Canobolas Reserve
Orange has an eclectic community filled with creative types, sporty enthusiasts, business movers and shakers, and those just wanting less stress and hassle in their daily lives. Orange offers families the chance to reconnect with each other – to find the time to talk and sit with each other at the end of the day. To be together without the added strains and pressures that financial worries, excessive commuting and out of control price hikes seem to bring.
You can work hard here in Orange, but still have the time to sit down at the dinner table together, with food sourced from local businesses and producers, and have the chance to laugh and regroup with your family and friends. Young or old, it doesn’t matter, Orange has the right things for you http://www.evocities.com.au/en/orange/lifestyle/ .
The Orange Community Guide details contact information for a wide range of organisations, groups, clubs and sporting clubs in the Orange community. The guide is a great way to find information on interest groups, social or volunteering opportunities or locate a service. To go to the Guide, click here.
For information on art and cultural facilities in Orange including the new Orange Regional Museum, Orange Civic Theatre, Orange Regional Gallery, Central West Libraries and Orange Heritage, click here.
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Orange has a comprehensive range of services, facilities and ammenity to cater for your child, from birth to leaving home. There are a range of day care centres, family day care, occaisonal care, playgrounds, play groups and child specific activities (such as The Wiggles at the theatre). As your child grows so does the range of options. There are a large range of sporting clubs but also other extra curicular activities such as a conservatorium of music, acting and drama, tutoring and much more. Your child’s education will be well covered too. Look at the range of primary and secondary schools listed below. There is also the Western Institute of TAFE as well as Charles Sturt University.
In Orange, your child will have the opportunity to live the healthy, nurturing country lifestyle with all the benefits of a major regional centre.
The Orange Community Guide details contact information for a wide range of organisations, sporting groups and clubs in the Orange community that may be of interest to your children. To go to the Guide, click here.
Orange has six high schools and a special-needs school.
- Kinross Wolaroi School
- Orange Anglican Grammar School
- Orange Christian School
- James Sheahan Catholic High School
- Orange High School
- Canobolas Rural Technology High School
- Anson Street School (Special-needs school)
- Bletchington Public School
- Borenore Public School
- Bowen Public School
- Calare Public School
- Canobolas Public School
- Cargo Public School
- Clergate Public School
- Glenroi Heights Public School
- Mullion Creek Public School
- Nashdale Public School
- Orange East Public School
- Orange Public School
- Spring Hill Public School
Independent Schools/Non Government
- Catherine McCauley Catholic Primary School (Catholic)
- St Mary’s Primary School (Catholic)
- Kinross Wolaroi School (Uniting)
- Orange Anglican Grammar School (Anglican)
- Orange Christian School (Christian)
Links to Catholic and Independent Schools
Where you live and work is just as important to your spouse as it is to you. We are here to help you and your spouse feel welcomed into our community. We will do all we can to help your spouse settle in to the community, to find employment, to find new friends and to find the right information about schools, training, clubs, activities to suit his or her lifestyle. With Orange’s economy growing steadily, there is something on offer for everyone in terms of career opportunities.
There are a number of major State and Federal department regional offices based in Orange including Charles Sturt University and the NSW Department of Primary Industries. Major regional offices including NSW Education and Communities, NSW Public Works, Forestry Corporation and Western Institute TAFE, Orange City Council, Western NSW Local Health District, the Orange Hospital and the large education sector adding to that diversity. Administration roles abound throughout all industry areas and are always called for.
The Orange Community Guide details contact information for a wide range of organisations, sporting groups and clubs in the Orange community that may be of interest to your spouse. To go to the Guide, click here
Please speak to Orange’s Beyond the Range contact regarding employment opportunities and contacts to assist your spouse find the perfect job and life in Orange.
Manager of Business Development
Click here to visit the Evocities website with more information on Orange jobs.
A Place to Live
These photos show examples of properties that have been for sale in the past.
Orange was ranked as the most desirable regional suburb in Australia in a 2014 top 100 list compiled by RP Data. http://aspectgreenvale.com.au/AitkenAspect/media/PDFs/RP-Data-Report-MARCH-2014-top-100-suburbs.pdf
In October 2015, the median house price in Orange was $339,000.
For information on current properties for sale or rent in Orange, please click here.
Your Questions Answered
If you have any further questions about relocating to Orange please speak to Orange’s Beyond the Range contact
Manager Business Development
02 6393 8000