Councillor Portfolios


In 2012, Council resolved to introduce a Portfolio Advisory Committee Structure.

The portfolio framework aligns Council functions, processes, and structure. Councillors have a goal of working together to create a better future for Ballarat and this portfolio structure allows Councillors the opportunity to provide input into organisational outcomes and integrate the 2040 Community vision.

Councillor representation on committees, boards and external bodies is also aligned with their portfolio.

The portfolios:

  • Liveability: Improve the quality of life for our community
  • Prosperity: Advance our economic position as the capital of Western Victoria
  • Sustainability: Protect, maintain and enhance our built and natural assets
  • Accountability: Provide strong and decisive leadership and transparent governance

These portfolios align to the City of Ballarat's organisational structure.

City of Ballarat Organisational Structure Top of document.

Community Development

We will provide inclusive and accessible public spaces; quality services; and opportunities for our community to participate, feel safe and be active and healthy.

Key Priorities

  • Strengthen our city by making Ballarat a people and all age friendly city via improved access, participation inclusion and respect based projects and programs.
  • Increase community participation through the implementation of the Social Infrastructure Program.
  • Use community partnerships to create healthy and safe community places, and open spaces for passive recreation.
  • Develop the social capacity of our senior residents.
  • Develop a learning city by delivering targeted programs and projects.
  • Improve community safety through initiatives such as urban design, public awareness and projects such as CCTV.
  • Create a new Municipal Health and Wellbeing Plan and implement key actions.
  • Increase participation across all genders and sporting codes by continuing investment in the city’s recreational assets.
  • Plan for sport participation over coming decades.
  • Provide positive leadership to promote Ballarat as a Child Friendly City.
  • Follow a primary prevention approach to prevent violence against women and children as outlined in the Communities of Respect and Equality 2016-2020 plan.
  • Develop the capacity of our youth through a Positive Youth Development model.


Development and Planning

We will deliver activities and projects that are worthy of our position as the capital of Western Victoria, and will capitalise on this leadership to drive jobs and investment across the region.

Key Priorities

  • A revitalised Ballarat CBD and thriving neighbourhood centres
  • Planned population growth in line with the Ballarat Strategy
  • Increased domestic and international investment and visitation
  • A vibrant city that engenders community pride
  • Ballarat as a regional leader in innovation, research and creative industry projects


Infrastructure and Environment

We will plan for growth to ensure our community’s infrastructure and natural environment are protected and improved, and our city’s connectivity is sustainably enhanced.

Key Priorities

  • Support current and future growth in a structured way
  • A built environment that is reflective of the community’s needs and aspirations, and respects our heritage
  • Improved natural environment, ecosystems and biodiversity
  • Sustainable waste management, transport and connectivity
  • Reduced environmental impact and cost to operate community facilities
  • Ensuring people and goods can move efficiently within the municipality


Innovation and Organisational Improvement

We will provide open and transparent decision making, and lobby and improve our relationships with all levels of government to enhance our ability to deliver key projects and initiatives.

Key Priorities

  • Advocate for Ballarat’s priorities and enhance the city’s reputation as the capital of Western Victoria
  • Provide strong regional leadership and membership of peak bodies and organisations to maintain Ballarat’s standing as a leading regional city
  • Ensure the City of Ballarat remains financially responsible and Council delivers transparent governance by making fewer decisions in camera
  • Engage and communicate with our community and other stakeholders • Reduce unnecessary regulations and advocate for the removal of regulatory burdens from other tiers of government
  • Continue to roll-out the Engaging Communities Program
  • Implement the Digital Strategy, better utilise innovative online engagement tools and make our information and data accessible to our community and stakeholders
  • Improve Customer Service by promoting a culture of customer service excellence within the City of Ballarat
  • Investigate and deliver shared local government services within the region
  • Review business operations to drive financial and service improvements
  • Address gender equity and inclusion in all Council plans and strategies