Living and working in Ballarat.Information Pack

Ballarat is located in the Grampians region, just over 100 km west of Melbourne. It is home to approximately 100,000 people, with 1-2% of the total population being of Indigenous origin.

The Ballarat region has a rich history thanks to the Gold Rush which began in 1851. Many impressive buildings were financed from the wealth generated by the diggings. Many of these buildings remain today, and tourist attractions celebrate the city’s history. Many areas and buildings are also heritage listed.

Ballarat is one of Australia’s fastest growing cities. Its largest industry by employment is health care and social assistance, though retail and industries related to tourism are also prevalent. Ballarat has a thriving restaurant scene, ranging from fine dining to cafes. Many wine regions are also close by.

The median age of residents is ~35 years old, as many families have found the lifestyle and affordability of housing better than metropolitan Melbourne, while still within easy commuting distance to the capital.


The University of Melbourne’s UDRH has accommodation to support health professional student clinical placements within our region. The accommodation is available to both undergraduate and post graduate health professional students.

To make an accommodation enquiry for the Ballarat region, please visit the following link, and follow instructions:

Useful Links

For more information on the region, and what it has to offer, please visit the web links below.

Tourist information:

Ballarat City Council information:

More links have been provided in the relevant information sections in the information pack.

Moovin Health
Moovin’ Health is a Rural Health Club run by the students at the University of Melbourne Rural Clinical School and is open to all health students from all universities and disciplines.  Based in Shepparton, Bendigo, Echuca, Ballarat and Wangaratta. It is a diverse club that aims to strengthen ties between medical and allied health students and our local communities while promoting opportunities in rural health.


General enquiries:


Phone: (03) 5823 4500



Specific enquiries:


Phone: (03) 4301 6853



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