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Health and Education sector
Council's Economic Strategy 2010-2014 identifies health and education as
two of Ballarat's seven key growth sectors. The sectors contribute significantly
to the local economy, with the health industry providing 15 per cent of
Ballarat's employment and an economic output of $636.9 million while
education contributes $436.7 million to the local economy and employs
9.8 per cent of Ballarat's workforce.
Ballarat's health care services treat people from Bacchus Marsh to the
South Australian border making it the central hub for service provision in
western Victoria. The demand for these services will increase as the region
continues to grow and its population ages. This provides opportunities for
ongoing investment and further development of technology based delivery.
Similarly, with a daily student community of 21,000 and a workforce of
3,200, education institutions and services play a critical role in investment,
skill attraction and development of the Ballarat economy.
Beyond economic growth, the education sector creates social benefits that
help build community wellbeing. Societies with a strong commitment to
education enjoy higher levels of civic participation, greater social cohesion
and lower levels of crime and disadvantage. A strong education sector is one
of the primary reasons people choose to invest and live in Ballarat.
Council has completed two studies exploring how it can best support growth
in these two vital sectors.
The Ballarat Health Sector Capability and Gap Review involved discussions
with representatives from Ballarat Health Services, St John of God Health
Care, Ballarat District Nursing and Healthcare, Victorian Department of
Health and Ballarat Community Health Centre.
The Review identified three roles for Council to:
provide advocacy and leadership on the health and wellbeing needs
of its community by establishing consistent dialogue with key health
assist with workforce development through joint marketing campaigns,
assistance and attraction packages; and
support and initiate investment opportunities such as assisting the
• health sector to tap into local ICT expertise and encourage the use
of local suppliers.
The report clearly recognised that it is the role of State and Federal
governments to set policy for the provision of health and community services,
but Council has an important role to play in meeting the health and wellbeing
needs of the community.
The Ballarat Education Capability and Gap Review involved consultations
with representatives from Department of Education and Early Childhood
Development, University of Ballarat, a range of private and public primary
and secondary schools and Highlands LLEN.
The Review recommends that Council's role is to:
provide broad advocacy and leadership on the educational needs
of its community;
encourage co-operative planning, vision setting, investment and
promote Ballarat as an 'educational city' proud of its educational
• diversity; and
identify where Council can support the sector in terms of student
A strong and diverse education sector has wide-ranging economic and
social benefits through employment, local purchasing, regional service
provision and via research and development partnerships with industry.
A strong education sector also plays a critical role in providing the skilled
workforce required for the future.
Council will continue to focus on these key sectors as part of working to
secure the long term economic growth of Ballarat.
For more information on the Capability and Gap Reviews, or on Council's
Economic Strategy contact Council's Economic Development unit on 5320 5759.
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