|Local Government Area:||City of Ballarat|
|State District:||Ballarat East, Ballarat West|
Ballarat Central is a defined locality surrounded by suburban Ballarat in Victoria, Australia. It is the second oldest area in Ballarat. It was formerly known as Ballaarat West. The population of Ballarat Central at the 2006 census was 5,645, making it the third most populous in the urban area. It is the administrative headquarters for the City of Ballarat as well as the Ballarat Base Hospital and health services, the main campus of University of Ballarat, home to the city's major religious institutions and a major retail, commercial and inner city residential area.
The boundaries are Lexton, Drummond, Talbot and Pleasant Street to the west; Sebastopol, Hill, Hummfray and Steinford Street to the south; Peel Street to the east and Serviceton Railway Line to the north.
Ballarat Central is significant historically and architecturally and much of the Ballarat Central area is covered by Heritage Overlays.