Investment boost for a bigger, better Ballarat Base Hospital
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Regional facilities 04 December 2020

Investment boost for a bigger, better Ballarat Base Hospital

The Victorian Government has announced an additional $80 million in this year’s state budget for the redevelopment of the Ballarat Base Hospital, bringing the total investment in the world-class facility to $541.6 million.

The additional investment will support the construction of a new central energy plant to power the bigger and better hospital, being developed in partnership with Ballarat Health Services. Construction of the new plant will also include a new pharmacy, pathology and centre for education and training.

This will pave the way for the construction of a new multi-level hospital tower, which will include:

  • a new emergency department
  • a new women and children’s hub and expanded critical care floor
  • a state-of-the-art theatre suite
  • an extra 100 inpatient and short-stay beds.

A new and expanded critical care floor will bring together an intensive care unit, operating theatres, procedure rooms, endoscopy suites and consulting rooms.

Once completed, the hospital will have capacity to treat at least 18,000 more emergency patients and 14,500 more inpatients, and provide capacity for an additional 4,000 surgeries each year.

The redevelopment will be completed over multiple stages. Construction of the central energy plant will commence in 2021 with the final stage of the redevelopment expected to be completed in 2027.

The project will also boost employment in the region, with more than 1,400 construction jobs expected to be created. Once fully operational, up to 1,000 extra positions will be created at the hospital.

How to get involved

We’re asking locals from Ballarat and surrounding areas to help shape the Ballarat Base Hospital redevelopment.

Share your local perspective in our community survey

We want to hear your thoughts and experiences to ensure Ballarat Base Hospital meets the needs of the community now and into the future.

Responses close at 5pm on Wednesday 23 December 2020.

Join the community consultative committee

Get involved in the planning of the Ballarat Base Hospital by joining our community consultative committee – led by former Victorian Premier and Ballarat local Steve Bracks.

Contributing to a community consultative committee ensures community voices are heard.

If you would like to offer your local perspective, you can learn more about becoming a member through our expression of interest process.

Expressions of interest close at 5pm on Wednesday 23 December 2020.

More information

Find out more about the Ballarat Base Hospital redevelopment via our dedicated project page.

Video transcript

TEXT: We’re building a bigger and better hospital for Ballarat and surrounding communities

IMAGES: Drone footage of the Ballarat region with the Ballarat Base Hospital called out. The footage shows the surrounding suburbs, Lake Wendouree in the foreground and mountains in the background.

TEXT: The Victorian Government has provided $541.6 million for a significant redevelopment of the Ballarat Base hospital

IMAGES: Drone footage of the current Ballarat Base Hospital with artist impressions of the new hospital areas superimposed. It is a large redevelopment and will be at least four or five stories high.

TEXT: The redevelopment will deliver a new emergency department, new women’s and children’s hub, new theatre suite, more inpatient and short-stay beds, new and expanded critical care floor, new pharmacy, pathology and centre for education and training, and new central energy plant

IMAGES: Decorative images behind the text of hospital beds, equipment and people.

TEXT: With more capacity and new facilities this means better care for Ballarat and surrounding communities

IMAGES: An artist impression of the new façade of the hospital redevelopment.

TEXT: The redevelopment is due for completion in 2027

IMAGES: Drone footage of the current Ballarat Base Hospital with artist impressions of the new hospital areas superimposed.

IMAGES: Closing slide says ‘In partnership with Ballarat Health Services’, followed by branded slide with the Victorian Health and Human Services Building Authority logo, the web address vhhsba.vic.gov.au and the Victoria State Government logo. 

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Last updated: 04 December 2020