Market Operation Suspended due to COVID-19 concerns

The Ballarat Market has operated for over 40 years with no breaks apart from when market days coincided with important holidays and when the Ballarat Showgrounds were taken by other events.

The health and safety of all persons at the Ballarat Market is our top priority. The Ballarat Market management committee and the executive of the Rotary Club of Ballarat South assessed the risk of the COVID-19 virus to the public, stallholders and volunteers and the experiences of all jurisdictions with the effects of this virus.

The messages from the authorities have at times been conflicting and we understand that this pandemic is a rapidly evolving and complex situation and advice needs to change as circumstances dictate.

In view of our risk assessment and in respect of the wellbeing of all attending the Ballarat Market we have decided to suspend the Ballarat Market operations starting Sunday 22nd March 2020.

We understand that this is a cautious approach and we will review this suspension each week and when we are assured the health and safety threat to the Public, stallholders and volunteers has been mitigated, we will be reopening the Ballarat Market for business as usual.

Planning on how to lower the risk of the effects of COVID-19 at the Ballarat Market is well underway in preparation for a resumption of operations.

For updates on the situation please return to this website or the Ballarat Market Facebook Page, .

Stallholders with booked sites can request a refund of fees paid or the fees can be held in credit for when the Ballarat Market reopens.

Please see the Booked Site Refund for 22nd and 29th March 2020 article on how to apply for a credit.


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Public Liability Insurance for Stallholders

It is a requirement of the Ballarat Market’s (BM) insurer that all stallholders have public liability insurance.   This requirement is common at most markets and is, in the BM's opinion, good business practice. All stallholders will now have some insurance protection if an incident occurs that is attributable to activities on their site(s). Many of the regular stall holders will already have this insurance and so there will not be an extra cost just some paperwork to complete.

The price for Public liability insurance will be $5 per site/day for site holders who do not have their own Public Liability Insurance Policy. If a stallholder has their own public liability insurance you need to supply a certificate of currency for public liability insurance to the BM. If this certificate is supplied and the coverage is at least $10,000,000 then a charge for PL insurance will not be levied and the coverage available through the BM insurers will not apply. 

If a stall holder with a booked site has pre-existing public liability insurance, with the appropriate cover, the application form will need to be completed and a certificate of currency for the policy attached.  Any stallholder who does not have a policy and wishes to get their own can find more information at or at one of many other insurance providers.

Food service, amusements and any other activity not coverable by the BM stallholder public liability policy.  

The PL coverage offered by the market does not apply to these types of activities.   All food sellers, childrens rides and amusement and any other high risk activity as deemed by the BM must have their own public liabiity policy.  The application form and other documents can be found here.

A useful discussion about stall holder insurance can be found on the Australian Government's Business website page:
Liability insurance and professional indemnity

Any questions? Phone or email us and we will be pleased to help.