Girls playing in the inclusive playspace in Victoria park

Dedicated Assistance Dog Relief Area

City of Ballarat has installed a guide and assistance dog toileting area in central Ballarat. Increasing awareness about the needs of people with guide and assistance dogs is also a key feature of this project.

The City of Ballarat is proud to partner with Regional Development Victoria, through support from the Living Local Fund, for this project.

A temporary art installation titled ‘Inclusive Ballarat’ will be designed with community members and installed as part of the broader project by the end of 2023.

Find out more about the project here

Disability Access and Inclusion Plan

The City of Ballarat plays an important role in ensuring that everyone who lives in the municipality can participate in all aspects of community life and to fulfil their own aspirations. The City of Ballarat also has responsibility for both local government service delivery and as an employer.

Read the Disability Access and Inclusion Plan

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Disability Advisory Committee

The City of Ballarat Disability Advisory Committee provides advice and support to us about how we can create a more accessible and inclusive city. The Committee also supports the development, implementation and evaluation of the Disability Access and Inclusion Plan.

In addition to Cr Amy Johnson who is the appointed Councillor and Chair for the Committee, membership comprises of 12 community members who reflect a breadth of access and inclusion perspectives of people with a disability, their families and carers.  

During 2023, the Disability Advisory Committee was nominated for a National Disability Award for Excellence in Regional and Remote Support. They also supported two community projects – the Sensory Friendly Stay and Play Zone and the Accessibility, Arts and Assistance Dogs in the Ballarat CBD Project. 

General Accessibility Information

Do you need an accessible parking permit? 

Visit ourAccessible Parking Permit page. 

Need toilet facilities? 

Changing Places (CP) and/ or Adult Changing Facilities (ACF) are available:  

  • At the back of the Ballarat Town Hall (Bath Lane – ACF) 
  • At North Gardens beside the Botanical Gardens (Zoo Drive Lake Wendouree – CP) 
  • At the Victoria Park Inclusive Play Space (Off Russell or Gillies St South Newington – CP) 
  • At Selkirk Stadium (989 Norman St Wendouree – CP) 
  • Ballarat Aquatic and Lifestyle Centre (off Gillies St Wendouree – ACF) 
  • Stockland Wendouree Shopping Centre (Gillies St Wendouree – CP) 
  • Mars Stadium (725 Creswick Rd Wendouree – CP for events only)  

Please note that most are not available at night-time or outside of business hours. 

Sensory Gardens 

The Ballarat Botanical Gardens features Sensory Gardens.