City of Ballarat, City of Casey, City of Whittlesea and Collective Campus have come together to create opportunities for Startups and Scaleups to solve challenges within the community.

Why has the program been established?

To inspire the next big innovation in local council, we are looking to collaborate with talent outside of the building.


If you like the idea of collaborating and co-innovating with local council and making a real impact in the community, we invite you to address any of the challenges listed here.

Besides the chance to work with these councils, shortlisted start-ups will also have the opportunity to explore additional use cases across the public sector, along with other benefits.

About City of Ballarat

Ballarat ‘balla’ meaning ‘elbow’ or reclining on the elbow + ‘arat’ meaning ‘place’: from two aboriginal words signifying a camping or resting place.

The City of Ballarat municipality covers an area of 740 square kilometres and includes the outlying townships of Buninyong, Miners Rest, Learmonth and Cardigan Village. It is part of an area of land under the traditional custodianship of the Wadawurrung and Dja Dja Wurrung people and is bound by the surrounding municipalities of Hepburn Shire (to the north), Moorabool Shire (to the east), Pyrenees Shire (to the west and Golden Plains Shire (to the south).

City of Ballarat’s population in 2017 was 105,328 (source: ABS 2018). This has grown by 1,921 new residents since the 2016 estimate of 103,407 residents. This represents continued strong population growth for Ballarat with a 1.9 per cent annual growth rate. This is a slight increase from the 1.8 per cent average annual growth that Ballarat experienced over the past 10 years. Population growth remains a key economic driver for our city.

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About City of Casey

The City of Casey is one of the fastest growing regions in Australia, working towards creating Australia's most liveable city. The region is 410 square kilometres in area and located 35km south east of Melbourne's central business district. Casey has more than 327,000 residents from around 150 different cultural backgrounds and the 2016 Census results forecast the population to increase to more than 514,800 by 2041. Casey is home to a state of the art facility, Bunjil Place, which provides an 800 seat theatre, gallery, 350 seat function centre, and community plaza offering a large outdoor screen for all types of events. Casey provides a sporting experience with Casey Fields and Casey Stadium; Casey Fields a 76 hectare site providing premier outdoor sports facilities in Melbourne's south east, Casey Stadium newly redeveloped launched in 2017 which continues to operate as a central recreational precinct for the community. City of Casey and Melbourne Football Club partner together to promote sporting opportunities and benefits of an active lifestyle at Casey Fields, Casey's schools, sporting clubs and community groups.

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About City of Whittlesea

The City of Whittlesea is located 20 kilometres north of Melbourne’s CBD with more than 220,000 residents calling our municipality home.  The Wurundjeri Wilum people are the traditional owners of the land and today we have the second largest community of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in Metropolitan Melbourne. As one of the fastest growing local government areas in Australia we welcome on average 8000 new residents and 4000 babies every year.  By 2040 our population is expected to double to nearly 400,000.  We are proud of our culturally diversity with local residents coming from all parts of Melbourne, Australia and overseas and half speaking a language other than English at home.

The cultural mix is starting to change from southern European to include more residents moving into the area from countries such as India, Sri-Lanka, China and Iran. We’re also a large metropolitan municipality and although most of our residents live in urban areas, a large part of our 490 square hectares of land are farming and forested areas.  More of our households consist of families with children compared to other parts of metropolitan Melbourne and our community is expected to remain predominantly younger families into the future.  Our community sits at the heart of everything we do.  From delivering a wide range of essential services to building essential infrastructure and growing our local economy, we work to ensure that our communities today and into the future are places that residents enjoy living, working and playing and that we achieve our shared vision of Whittlesea 2040: A Place for All.

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About Collective Campus

Collective Campus is an Asia-Pac innovation hub, school and consultancy that works with companies to help them adopt the mindsets, methods and tools required to explore new business models and innovate in an era of rapid disruption.

The company was founded in 2014, based on a firm belief that the world's greatest underused source of energy is not the sun, the wind or the waves... it's our organisations and their people.

Collective Campus has helped organisations such as MetLife Insurance, Sportsbet, King & Wood Mallesons, Mills Oakley, Telstra, Australian Unity, Singapore Pools, Ascendas Singbridge, ASIC, Maddocks, Clifford Chance, BNP Paribas and many others with their innovation initiatives, a key component of which is partnering with startups to explore disruptive innovation, often very difficult to do from behind the walls of a large organisation.

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