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Ballarat GovHub

Development Victoria is leading the development of a new government office precinct on the Civic Hall site in Ballarat’s CBD, in partnership with Regional Development Victoria, the Department of Premier and Cabinet and Ballarat City Council.

John Wardle Architects will lead the design of the new ‘Ballarat GovHub’, which will be home to up to 1000 government employees – revitalising a major part of Ballarat’s CBD and inspiring growth in the local economy.

The award-winning design firm will focus on integrating the new building within the setting of the iconic Civic Hall site delivering modern offices for government employees – creating contemporary work spaces, and allowing for greater flexibility and use of technology.

Located at 300-304 Mair Street, the GovHub will be a short walking distance from the Ballarat Railway Station, and offer close connections to Armstrong Street which has many retail outlets, cafés and restaurants.

Population forecasts for the region project an additional 15,900 jobs need to be created over the next 15 years, and the Ballarat GovHub will contribute towards ensuring these needs are met.

The project received $47.8 million in the 2017-18 State Budget.

The concept designs were unveiled to the community and local business at a community engagement session in December. At the session, the architects and design team were on hand to provide further information. For further information on the project, click here.

Supporting Documents

Ballarat GovHub fact sheet


  • October 2017 – Architects appointed 
  • October/November 2017 – Concept designs developed
  • December 2017 – Community Design launch and opportunity to provide feedback on concept designs
  • Late December 2017 – Planning application to be submitted
  • October 2018 – Announcement of D&C contractor
  • January 2019 – Construction expected to start 
  • December 2020 – Construction complete
  • January 2021 – Anticipate move in date