With a population of 93,500 people (Australian Census, 2011); Ballarat is the regional capital of Western Victoria. The municipality encompasses the entire city of Ballarat and several outlying villages. The surrounding municipalities are Hepburn Shire (north of the City of Ballarat); Moorabool Shire (east); Pyrenees Shire (west); and Golden Plains Shire (south). Ballarat is a thriving regional centre serving 400,000 people. It offers premium job opportunities, world-class education, affordable housing, exciting restaurants and retail options, accessible community services, beautiful heritage, and a great lifestyle for all.
One of Australia’s fastest growing cities, more than 2,000 people move to Ballarat each year. The City of Ballarat (map) has established Ballarat’s west as the site of new suburbs and is hard at work making sure the community facilities, infrastructure and jobs are in place to support the 30,000 people who are expected to move to these areas in the next 15 years. Four new suburbs are being planned for this area, providing homes for 18,000 families. Ballarat’s newest suburb of Lucas is a 750 hectare suburb and will house around 14,000 new homes. Ballarat has a rich and living heritage. Of Victorian municipalities, the City of Ballarat ranks equal third on the list of the most locally protected heritage places, with 64 listed heritage places on the Victorian Heritage Register, a number of places listed on the Victorian Heritage Inventory and one heritage place on the National Heritage List (Eureka Stockade).
This website contains demographic insights for the City of Ballarat. For more information on Ballarat's vibrant community please contact the City of Ballarat Community Development Team phone: 03 5320 5746.