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About Ballarat 

Ballarat, Victoria’s largest inland city, is a dynamic centre for the arts, culture and events, as well as food, brews and wine. With a rich and prosperous heritage, the legacy of the gold rush is evident in the magnificent architecture, glittering fountains and stately statues that still line the town’s streets today. Affordable housing, quality schooling and excellent healthcare are all major drawcards for moving to this cosmopolitan regional city.

Making the move in 5 steps

1. Research

The best decisions are well-informed ones. Visit the friendly Ballarat Visitor Information Centre, to learn more about housing, schools and career industries.


2. Visit us

A visit is the perfect introduction to your new lifestyle. It is a fun and entertaining way to get to know the locals, witness first-hand the magical scenery, try the quality local produce and experience walking around the towns. 


3. Rent before you buy

Need time to find your dream home? Try renting instead of investing in a house immediately. It gives you time to figure out which area you prefer, the kind of house you’d like and which neighbourhood or town is best. 


4. Engage with the community

The Ballarat region is known for its close-knit and inviting community. Join the local sporting clubs, gyms, social groups and follow the local cafés, art gallery and library on social media to have your finger on the pulse.


5. Take your time

Take the time to build up connections and networks. Ensure there is time set aside to plan the move. Instead of living between your old home and the Ballarat region, focus on enjoying the area at weekends – which should be easy!




Distance to Melbourne

110 km. Approximately a 1.5-hour drive.


Surrounding towns

Sunbury, Wendouree, Alfredton, Canadian, Nerrina, Sebastapol, Mount Clear, Magpie Smythes Creek.



Median house price: $425,000

Median house rent: $300 p/w

Median unit price: $225,750

Median unit rent: $260 p/w

Arts, Culture and Events

Ballarat’s cultural calendar has no shortage of exciting events. The Art Gallery of Ballarat is Australia’s oldest regional gallery and presents an ever-changing range of dynamic exhibitions, while its permanent collection includes countless significant pieces of Australian art. Ballarat is also home to several independent contemporary galleries that showcase the work of local and emerging artists. You can always catch a show at Her Majesty’s Theatre, the programme includes orchestras, operas, musicals and plays. And Ballarat’s festival calendar is famed for its variety, giving you the chance to celebrate everything from winter to wine, short films to jazz.

Food and wine scene 

Renowned for its regional wineries and exciting restaurant scene, foodies will be crazy about Ballarat. Casual cafes, fine dining, breweries, wineries, gastro pubs, Spanish, Thai, Mexican, Japanese and Indian, there’s something to suit every taste, mood and budget. The Forge Pizzeria is a firm favourite with locals and tourists alike for its cool, industrial vibe and delicious wood-fired pizza. Enjoy a Ned Kelly Pie from the Beechworth Bakery or spend the afternoon tasting the regions’ delicious wines at Mitchell Harris Wine Bar.

Family Fun 

Ballarat has no shortage of fun things for families to do. There’s world famous Sovereign Hill, where you can experience life during the gold rush era. The nightly, Blood on the Southern Cross sound and light show is not to be missed. Ballarat Wildlife Park houses a rich collection of native Australian animals, from cuddly penguins to snapping crocodiles, in a natural bush setting. And, on the historic site of the Eureka Stockade, the Eureka Centre uses interactive digital displays to tell the powerful story of the men and women who fought for democracy in Australia.

The great outdoors and sporting facilities 

Ballarat’s beautiful Lake Wendouree covers 200 hectares and offers several ways to get active in the fresh country air. There are numerous walking and running tracks, cycling trails, a picturesque Botanic Gardens and a children’s playground. Ballarat is also the home of cycling in Australia and hosts AFL football games as well. A range of local clubs offer first-rate facilities:

• Ballarat Aquatic Centre – two pools, gym, fitness programmes

• Ballarat Golf Club

• Ballarat Yacht Club


The area has your shopping needs completely covered with large retail chains and stylish independent stores, as well as aisle upon aisle of twee treasures and vintage delights at the famous Mill Markets. Locally reared produce, organic fruit and vegetables and specialty cheeses and sweets are on offer at regular farmers’ markets.


Served by several major highways, Ballarat has its own railway station with services to Melbourne running regularly. Regional trains and buses connect it to nearby towns and facilities making local travel easy.

Health and community services 

Ballarat has a comprehensive range of health services, including numerous private practices and two hospitals - St John of God Ballarat Hospital and Ballarat Health Services. The active, local community is well supported by several neighbourhood groups and centres.


The region offers the full spectrum of early years, primary, secondary and further educational facilities, with a total of 44 schools to choose from.

Some schools of note: Ballarat North Primary School (Co-ed P-6), Ballarat High School (Co-ed 7-12), St Patrick’s College (Boys 7-12, day and boarding students).


Roles available

Beginning Child Protection Practice

As an entry level Child Protection Practitioner, you’ll work with children who are at risk of abuse or neglect. In this role, your social work or welfare qualifications will be welcomed into a supportive and hard-working team who share a common goal.

You'll manage cases and work with other professionals in the community to assess reports of child abuse and neglect, and at times present matters to the Children's Court of Victoria. You will aquire an excellent grounding across the child and family services system, managing a variety of complex matters, while changing the immediate future of at risk children and their families.


Advanced Child Protection Practice (CPP4)

Advanced Child Protection Practitioners work with more complex cases and situations. You need a minimum of two years case work experience in child and family social work.

As an Advanced Child Protection Practitioner, you’ll receive and assess reports of alleged abuse and neglect of children and young people. You’ll undertake investigations and develop plans to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and young people is achieved. This may include taking matters to court.