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The City of Ballarat lies within a gently undulating section of the midland plains in western Victoria, about 80 kms from Melbourne.

It is positioned at the centre of some of Victoria's most important freight, tourist and commuter transport routes, with the Western, the Midland, the Glenelg and the Sunraysia highways radiating from it.

Ballarat has traditionally prospered on mineral and agricultural based resources, however manufacturing, tourism, health and community services, education and retailing are now the key industries.

These industries, along with banking, finance and government services, are strengthening Ballarat's role as a regional service provider.

Ballarat is part of the Regional City council grouping and can be compared with similar councils. More information on council groupings can be found here.

Victoria in Future Profile

Ballarat - Victoria in Future 2016

Aboriginal Community Profile

Ballarat Aboriginal Community Profile (includes Aboriginal organisations)


Addington, Alfredton, Ascot, Bakery Hill, Bald Hills, Ballarat, Ballarat East, Black Hill, Blowhard, Bo Peep, Bonshaw, Brown Hill, Buninyong, Bunkers Hill, Burrumbeet, Canadian, Cardigan, Cardigan Village, Chapel Flat, Coghills Creek, Creswick, Delacombe, Durham Lead, Ercildoune, Eureka, Glen Park, Glendaruel, Glendonnel, Golden Point, Gong Gong, Invermay, Invermay Park, Lake Gardens, Lake Wendouree, Learmonth, Magpie, Miners Rest, Mitchell Park, Mount Bolton, Mount Clear, Mount Helen, Mount Pleasant, Mount Rowan, Nerrina, Newington, Redan, Scotchmans Lead, Scotsburn, Sebastopol, Smythes Creek, Soldiers Hill, Sovereign Hill, Tourello, Warrenheip, Wattle Flat, Weatherboard, Wendouree, Wendouree Village, Windermere.

For a detailed map showing shire boundaries and locality names, visit VICNAMES.

Community Satisfaction

Local Government Community Satisfaction Survey Statewide Results

Annual Report

City of Ballarat Annual Report 2019/20 


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9 Councillors elected in October 2020.

Central - Cr Belinda Coates 

Central - Cr Samantha McIntosh

Central - Cr Mark Harris

North - Cr Amy Johnson - Deputy Mayor

North - Cr Daniel Moloney - Mayor

North - Cr Peter Eddy

South - Cr Des Hudson

South - Cr Ben Taylor

South - Cr Tracey Hargreaves

Population data

Estimated resident population. Source: Victoria in Future 2016 - Population and Household Projections to 2031

  • 2016 103,249   
  • 2021 113,800  
  • 2026 125,235  
  • 2031 136,873  


Source: Victoria Grants Commission.
The figures in the bottom two rows of the table show combined one-off and ongoing funding received by council from both the Federal and State Governments. It is important to note that this amount can change significantly from year to year as individual government funding programs change and natural events such as fires and floods occur.

Data shows the amount allocated in respect of the relevant financial year. In some years, that amount will vary from the payments received that year, as a result of the Commonwealth "bringing forward" some payments.

  2019-20 2018-19 2017-18 2016-17 2015-16 2014-15 2013-14 2012-13 2011-12 2010-11
Recurrent Expenditure ($) 176.333m 174.827m 159.805m 152.842m 148.872m 140.126m 129.263m 128.032m 131.828m 116.066m
Recurrent Revenue ($) 240.789m 244.687m 200.065m 231.084m 184.490m 186.899m 157.512m 160.672m 138.557m 124.166m
- Rates and Charges 122.985m 116.935m 110.387m 104.967m 98.179m 90.927m 74.905m 77.258m 64.443m 65.900m
- VGC Grants 13.583m 13.084m 12.797m 12.379m 12.152m 12.066m 11.781m 11.313m 10.641m 10.265m
Non-Recurrent Government Grants
Recurrent Government Grants

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