Ballarat services and restrictions information


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Ageing Well

The Ageing Well programs are back running as usual and the social connections programs, which provide activities and opportunities to get involved in your community, be active and social with people who share similar interests are back and operational.

To find out more about our Ageing Well programs, call 5320 5500.  


Due to the current uncertainty with COVID-19 outbreaks, it may be necessary to temporarily close our libraries at short notice, or to modify our opening hours due to unavoidable staff shortages.

We understand this can be frustrating and we thank you for your patience and understanding during these uncertain times.

Our e-resources can be downloaded at any time.

Opening hours 

  • Ballarat Library
    Monday 9.30am-6pm
    Tuesday 9.30am-6pm
    Wednesday 9.30am-7pm
    Thursday 9.30am-6pm
    Friday 9.30am-6pm
    Saturday 9.30am-4pm
    Sunday 1.15pm-4pm
  • Sebastopol Library
    Monday 9.30am-5pm
    Tuesday 9.30am-5pm
    Wednesday 9.30am-5pm
    Thursday 9.30am-8pm
    Saturday 9.30am-12pm
    Sunday Closed
  • Wendouree Library
    Monday to Friday 9.30am-5pm
    Saturday 9.30am-12pm
    Sunday Closed

Programs and events: Library programs, including Storytime, have returned. Please see the library website for session times, Libraries After Dark activities and other events. Libraries After Dark operates at Sebastopol Library each Thursday until 9pm.

Library Outreach Service: Every Tuesday at Lucas Community Hub, Coltman Plaza, 10am-12pm Every Friday at Delacombe, corner Greenhalghs Road and Warrina Drive, 10am-12pm. Other locations will be released soon, please see library website for details.

Swimming Pools

Due to lifeguard staffing issues, there has been disruptions to the opening hours of swimming pools in Ballarat.

See the outdoor pools varying hours of operation during school terms.

Please note that pool operating hours may change if staffing levels are reduced again, so check the Ballarat Aquatic and Lifestyle Center or City of Ballarat Facebook pages before visiting.

Ballarat Aquatic and Lifestyle Center is open 6am-9pm Monday to Friday, 6am-6pm Saturday and 8am-6pm Sunday.

Pool locations and opening hours

Visitor Information Centre

The Visitor Information Centre at the Town Hall is open 8:30am to 5pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 4pm Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. Tours of the Ballarat Town Hall are currently suspended due to the COVID-19 situation. We will advise once tours return.

More Information

Check detailed changes as we progress through the roadmap.

Read the latest Department of Health and Human Services advice

Read the Victorian Government's roadmap for meeting vaccination targets.

These essential services remain open

  • Operations Depot
  • Ballarat Transfer Station 
  • Ballarat Botanical Gardens
  • playgrounds
  • off-leash dog parks
  • skateparks  
  • childcare, including occasional care and family day care
  • kindergarten
  • Maternal Child Health and childhood immunisation services via appointment 
  • Ageing Well 
  • Meals on Wheels 
  • Animal Shelter 
  • school crossings 
  • Parent Place

Vaccine Status and Face Coverings

From 11.59pm Friday, 22 April;

  • Patrons won’t be required to show their vaccination status before entering any City of Ballarat venue. 
  • The requirement for staff and patrons of venues to check-in using the Service Victoria app will end. 
  • Face masks will no longer be required in hospitality and retail settings, or at events of any size. 

  • Face masks are strongly recommended when you can’t physically distance.

  • Facemasks will still be required for aged care and sensitive health care settings.

For more information on the most recent COVIDSafe Settings, visit

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