What is the City of Ballarat doing in response to COVID-19?

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Response and Recovery Pandemic 2020 Plan

To protect the health of residents and staff, the City of Ballarat instigated its Response and Recovery Pandemic 2020 Plan for its staff, ratepayers, residents and the broader community to help combat COVID-19.

Our primary focus is to ensure we have the best chance of avoiding the major impacts of COVID-19.

Our key objectives:

  • Contain the impact of the disease
  • Maintain a healthy workforce
  • Provide strong leadership across the Ballarat municipality
  • Keep residents and business informed about what we’re doing and why we’re doing it

Latest Victorian Government Advice

As part of the Third Step and from 11:59pm on Tuesday 27 October, indoor gyms and fitness spaces will be able to open for up to 20 people, with a maximum of ten per space and a density of one person per 8 square metres.

Indoor pools will open to 20. Indoor sport will begin for those 18 and under.

Food courts can open. Live music can resume as part of outdoor hospitality.

School graduations can be held within school communities.

And for religious celebrations, 20 people can gather together indoors with their faith leader – or 50 outdoors.

Thanks to the efforts of the local community, from 11:59pm tonight, Greater Shepparton will also come into alignment with the rest of regional Victoria and then progress under these changes.

Regional Victorians should be proud of this success. Everyone should be proud of this success. Because soon, it will belong to our whole state.

From hundreds of cases to single digits, we have driven this virus down.

And we are so close – so close – to beating this thing.

I’m asking each of you: keep going.

Dig deep. Stay strong.

Let’s win this fight, and let’s win it for good.


Changes to City of Ballarat facilities

Find out about changes to City of Ballarat facilities.


Get tested

It's important to get tested for COVID-19 at the first sign of any symptom and to stay home until you get your result. Ballarat's local testing centre is the UFS site at 15 Errard Street North. Call to make an appointment 03 4311 1571.


Support for business

Find out about support available for business


Support for ratepayers

Find out about support for ratepayers


Support for creative community

Find out about support for creative community


Support for Wellbeing

Find support from Partners in Wellbeing

Find support on our website for those feeling alone or isolated, or via the Victorian Government 


Statement by City of Ballarat CEO Janet Dore

"This afternoon I met with the Mayor and Leadership Team to discuss the updated COVID-19 advice from the Victorian Government and the Chief Health Officer. 

Following those discussions I decided to hold all City of Ballarat meetings online until further advice from health authorities. We struggle to meet the space requirements especially when the number of officers required to advise Council varies. 

This will include Council Meetings, Councillor Portfolios, Committee and Assembly meetings, and all internal staff meetings. 

With a recent increase in Victoria’s COVID-19 numbers, I am asking both Councillors and the organisation to follow Premier Daniel Andrew’s strict advice to work from home until further notice. 

This decision ensures the City of Ballarat demonstrates strong leadership to its community at this critical time. As an organisation, we have the technological ability to hold virtual meetings so we must use these capabilities to ensure we follow the Premier’s instructions. 

This is a critical time in Victoria’s fight against COVID-19 and we must lead the way in demonstrating the work practices asked of all Victorians. 

I trust you will support me in ensuring all meetings take place online to help protect and lead the Ballarat community. 

You can find the latest information regarding restrictions here on the DHHS website."


Updates and Information

 Our recent COVID-19 updates:


Visit the Department of Health and Human Services for information and advice about COVID-19.