About Us




Young people are integral to the Ballarat community and make significant contributions to community life.  The needs of young people within this municipality and surrounding areas continue to change as the population spreads across both rural and urban areas. To accommodate for these needs the City of Ballarat has developed the 'byou Youth Strategy 2014 - 2017' (herein referred to as 'the Youth Strategy 2014 - 2017') which provides council with a framework for improving health and wellbeing outcomes for young people aged between 12-25 years.  The City of Ballarat Youth Services Team has always worked under the umbrella of a capacity building and youth strengthening model centred on engagement, skill building and empowerment.

Our Vision:

"…for young people in Ballarat to be actively engaged, valued and respected citizens, realising their potential".

If you have any interesting stories, photos, events, blogs, posts or other information you would like to share with us please e-mail us at youthballarat@ballarat.vic.gov.au.

  • Youth Council
    Youth Councillors are young people who are passionate about being involved in their community and representing the views, ideas and needs of young people in the Ballarat area. Throughout their term, Youth Councillors are mentored by the Mayor ..
  • Zaque
      Zaque is a youth lead, social support group for Ballarat's GLBTI (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex) young people. The meets weekly and works to plan and coordinate activities and community awareness pr..
  • FreeZa-Sonika
    What is FReeZA? FReeZA is a Victorian Government initiative that supports young Victorians to get involved in their community by planning and running drug, smoke and alcohol free music and cultural events for other young people. It gives young..
  • Youth Services Register
    The Youth Services Register is a helpful document for navigating services and agencies in the Ballarat region.  A new edition is currently in progress. Check out the REGISTER (print on short edge if printing the Document) Also check out th..
  • NXUS
      NXUS is a collective for hiphop in Ballarat. Space on Tuesdays 4-6pm @ Eastwood Leisure Centre to come together, share dance, art, beats and rhymes. Any enquiries please call Kate on 53205 167 or 0408 053 247 Check it http://youtu..
  • BYGA
    Something BYGA…   City of Ballarat Youth Services have partnered with The Global Poverty Project, Plan Australia, Deakin Worldly and the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth to developBYGA-Ballarat Young Global Ambassado..
  • UMM
    UMM... Something to say???   The UMM project is a 'message making' Pop Up space… Unique Message Makers: a space to think - with the tools and resources to enable young people to demonstrate their ideas, thoughts and messages through a ..
  • Term break
    Byou have some great activites for people aged 12-25yrs over the school holiday period. All events are cost effective and a great way to meet new people. Watch this space for news of next school holiday events/activities. ..