Business Support

Ararat Rural City Council has a dedicated Economic Strategy Team with an in depth knowledge and understanding of the region's industries, major projects and economic strategies impacting the region.Partnerships are critical for future economic prosperity. Networks and clusters are a means of harnessing resources, building capacity, developing skills and adopting new technologies. The Economic Strategy Team act as a link between industry and commerce and the State and Federal Governments.

Doing business in Ararat Rural City and enjoying the enviable lifestyle that regional Victoria offers is a winning combination for businesses and employees alike.

Ararat Rural City has a population of over 11,000 and is situated 200km west of Melbourne on the Western Highway which connects the region to Adelaide. Ararat sits at an important road junction with the Pyrenees Highway which connects north western Victoria with the Port of Portland in the south.

Ararat Rural City is the gateway to the world-renowned Grampians Region and is characterised by huge horizons, spectacular mountain scapes and a vibrant sense of community health and wellbeing.

Advanced manufacturing, agriculture, food and wine production, construction, healthcare and tourism experiences underpin the economy.

Ararat has excellent passenger and rail freight connections to Ballarat, Melbourne, Adelaide and the Port of Portland in the south.

Ararat is a major regional service centre in Victoria’s mid-west and is supported by a number of small rural townships. Ararat Rural City has excellent schools, hospitals, transport connections and amenities that support a regional lifestyle.