A Great Place to live
Officer is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 49 km south-east from Melbourne’s Central Business District. Its local government area is the Shire of Cardinia.
The suburb is named after the Officer family, who were early settlers in the area. A timber industry was established and by 1870 timber was being transported from the railways sidings, named Officer’s Wood Siding. This was shortened to Officer’s and later, Officer.
A brickmaking industry began in the 1880s, but died away after the collapse of the land boom. The population was sufficient to justify a Post Office, opening on 16 December 1885 (known as Officer’s Siding until 1888, Officer Railway Station until 1913).
Three schools are located in Officer being; Officer Primary School, Maranatha Christian School (Officer Campus) and Berwick Grammar School are located in Officer.
Officer is home to the Australian Rules ROC Football Club (Rythdale, Officer, Cardinia), competing in the Mornington Peninsula Nepean Football League. They last won the premiership in 2002.
Most of the land around Officer was undeveloped and used for farming until recent years. Six new housing estates are currently being developed in Officer, the Cardinia Shire Council are being relocated to new offices soon to be completed in Officer, and future planned infrastructure includes more schooling facilities, business and shopping precincts. Officer will see major population growth over the coming years as part of South East Victoria’s growth corridor.