- Existing Business
The education sector employs 5,419 people and contributes $277.36m to regional exports (Source: Remplan 2018, release 3). An increasing demand for student places and a growing international market, along with some of the finest secondary and tertiary institutions in Victoria, indicates the importance of the education and training sector in Ballarat.
Ballarat is home to more than 40 primary schools, both public and private, and 10 secondary schools including some of the state’s top performing. Schools offer leading academic programs which are reflected in excellent academic achievements.
In addition to the excellent education available within Ballarat’s secondary schools, the Ballarat Tech School is a centre of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) excellence that engages students from across Ballarat and the region in a high-tech learning environment. Innovative learning programs challenge students to solve problems in a real-world context, using critical and creative thinking, communication and technology.
Ballarat is also home to two internationally accredited universities; Federation University Australia and Australian Catholic University.
Federation University Australia is regional Victoria’s largest tertiary education provider with six campuses located across the state - three in Ballarat, and one each in Gippsland, the Wimmera and Berwick - as well as a campus in Brisbane, Queensland. FedUni, as it is known locally, is a dual-sector education provider (tertiary education and vocational training) which continues to provide relevant and best practice education.
Australian Catholic University (ACU) offers academic programs in education, theology and health. ACU graduates enjoy one of the best rates of employment in Australia (source: Graduate Careers Council of Australia) with many finding jobs using their professional skills before they have graduated.
Several other universities also have a presence in Ballarat through regional placement programs, including Deakin University, Melbourne University, La Trobe University and Notre Dame University.
One of our strategic objectives is to grow the education sector because we know increasing student numbers fosters innovation and investment, harnesses knowledge and adds vitality to Ballarat.