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The Ballan Community House is a Learn Local organisation offering a range of education and training programs designed to meet your learning needs.

Become a Member

Anyone can enroll to participate in the classes and activities at the Ballan & District Community House. Our participants enjoy the wide ranging program we offer. We offer classes and group activities at very low charges so that we can cover costs. You may well have taken part in a class, but may not yet be a member of the Community House.

We are now encouraging everyone who enrolls to take an extra step to support the Community House by becoming a MEMBER!

Membership: To join our classes, you do not have to be a member of the Community House but if you would also like to support us by paying a small annual membership fee, we would welcome your application to become a member of Your Community Centre

By becoming a member of the House, you can:

  • Halve the cost of computer access at the Community House;
  • Borrow books from our library at no charge;
  • Become involved in the activities of the Community House;
  • Vote at the Annual General Meeting (held in May each year), and
  • We offer members a $5 DISCOUNT on all term course fees over $75 if no other discounts have been applied!

Membership is renewable annually and covers the period January to December for $11.00 GST incl - Renewal  date 25th January of each year

To become a member, please print and complete the application form (download a copy of the application form) and call into the Ballan office, 143 Inglis St (or from Steiglitz St Carpark). Office hours are Mon-Thurs 9am-3pm; Fri 9-12. Please bring some form of photo ID such as your Drivers Licence. 

If you would like to pay by direct deposit instead of cheque, please make your payment to:

  • BSB 063-824
  • Account: 1001 6036

Note your full surname and the initial of your first name and the word MEM in the description box, then send an email to with a copy of your bank receipt, current ID and completed application form.

The Board of Management

The Ballan & District Community House is a Not-for-profit incorporated association with charity status. It has an active member base and an elected Board of Management. Each year at the Annual General Meeting a partial election of Board Members takes place. Board members are drawn from the member base. The Board is responsible for the Governance and strategic planning of the Ballan and District Community House and for the Mechanics' Institute Reserve.

(The full rules of the Association are available on request from the Manager.)


For further information about the Society and joining see below

1 > 10th February

The Lobster - PosterThe Lobster - PosterThe Lobster  (2015)

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos

An unconventional love story set in a dystopian future

2 > 10th March

Lady Bird PosterLady Bird PosterLady Bird (2017)

Directed by Greta Gerwig

Heartbreaking and utterly original coming of age journey

3 > 14th April

No Country for Old Men - PosterNo Country for Old Men - PosterNo Country for Old Men (2007)

Directed by Ethan and Joel Coen

A crime/drama/thriller based on a 2005 story by Cormac McCarthy. Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande.

4 > 12th May - NEXT

The Party - PosterThe Party - PosterThe Party (1968)

Directed by Blake Edwards

A clerical mistake results in a bumbling Indian film star being invited to an exclusive Hollywood party instead of being fired.

To me, “The Party” is the quintessential Sellers movie and one of the most daring films of Edwards. A masterpiece. (Henrik Sylow)

5 > 9th June


6 > 14th July


7 > 8th September


8 > 8th September


9 > 13th October


10 > 10th November



Film Society Membership

$75 for 10 films

Full membership to the Ballan Film Society provides

  • entry to the annual program of 10 films
  • to be able to bring a different guest along each week
  • membership to the BDCH
  • discounts on BDCH programs & activities

Applications can be submitted to the office of the Ballan & District Community House or emailed to 

Please note that to finalize the application form will require

  • the applicant to be nominated by a current financial member of the BDCH or Ballan Film Society
  • approval of the board, and
  • some form of ID to be sighted by BDCH staff

Membership Application Form

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Film Voucher

$30 for 3 films

An alternate to full membership is to purchase a voucher which allows you to choose the films you wish to see. These are available at the door or from the Community House office


For EFT payment details please go to here  for more information 

For further details of the Society or for assistance in becoming a member please contact Ballan & District Community House or email

The Ballan Film Society is a member of the FEDERATION OF VICTORIAN FILM SOCIETIES inc.

Please note that membership to the Ballan Film Society is only available to persons 18 years and over