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Ballarat is a city of world firsts, a melting pot of innovation.

It was the birthplace of Australian democracy after a wealthy goldrush and the events of the 1854 Eureka Rebellion. Ballarat also has a place in the history of global innovation.

Inventor Henry Sutton changed the world from Ballarat in the late 19th century, pioneering the first Australian telephone call, colour photography, light globes, television and elevators. His foresight and technical mastery exemplifies the Ballarat way of thinking and doing business.

Ballarat is a smart city that has always encouraged people and businesses to think outside the box.

Global innovators such as IBM, Alstom, Mars Wrigley Confectionery and McCain Foods all call Ballarat home, leading global technological advances from their work sites, right here.

Australian innovators based in Ballarat who are making waves nationally and overseas include Albins Performance Transmission, Gekko Systems, Bartlett, Staley Automation, Haymes Paints, and Ferndale Confectionery.

A strong network of support for entrepreneurs, startups and innovators, gives this beautiful regional city a distinct competitive advantage. As the only regional outreach site for Pause Fest, the world’s leading business and creativity festival, Ballarat successfully links local innovators and entrepreneurs with the world.

Our team welcomes the opportunity to speak to you about how Ballarat can support the success of your innovative business, from idea through to scale up!


The City of Ballarat acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land we live and work on, the Wadawurrung and Dja Dja Wurrung People, and recognises their continuing connection to the land and waterways. We pay our respects to their Elders past, prese​nt and emerging and extend this to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.

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