Ballarat Show Day is gazetted as a public holiday in the City of Ballarat for the years 2017 to 2020.
The Victorian Public Holidays Act 1993 allows a Council to choose an alternate date for the public holiday in lieu of Melbourne Cup Day.
In determining the public holiday for the municipal district for the years 2017 to 2020, Council considered targeted feedback received from community, stakeholder and business groups, including verbal and written representations made to Council by the Ballarat Agricultural and Pastoral Society and Commerce Ballarat.
Council’s decision was informed by that feedback.
There has been strong support for the Ballarat Show Day holiday as the municipality's preferred public holiday since 2010.