The former Convent of the Good Shepherd, the most important Catholic institutional complex constructed in Victoria, the Abbotsford Convent is notable for its scale and extent, the architectural qualities of the buildings and its range of building types. Some outstanding features are the medieval French ecclesiastic architectural character, the historical importance of the Industrial School and the Magdalen Asylum, the scale and grandeur of the main Convent building and heritage gardens, and the aesthetic qualities of the surrounding farmland and rural setting.