Ballarat is located in Victoria, Australia, approximately 105 kilometres from the state capital Melbourne. It is the state’s third most populous urban area, with an estimated population of 111,361.

Australia’s first Intercultural City, Ballarat, stands on Wadawurrung country, which was heavily mined for gold in the 1850s by a large influx of many different nationalities.

The local Wadawurrung people have a long and rich history, which can still be proudly found and acknowledged in our landscape and art. However much is still to be learned.

Today the city has developed by helping ordinary people from different countries meet and learn from one another. Ballarat’s Intercultural City Strategic Plan promotes social inclusion and wellbeing within its multicultural and Indigenous communities, highlighting the positive contributions migrants and Indigenous Australians have made to our community.

Population diversity Population diversity

According to the 2016 census, 9.6 per cent of Ballarat’s population were born overseas and 5.4 per cent spoke a language other than English at home. Ballarat has migrants from 89 countries with 219 ancestries. Main countries of birth other than Australia were England, India, New Zealand, China, Netherlands, Philippines, Scotland, Germany, USA and South Africa.

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Mayor Cr. Des HUDSON