Tom was a presenter for Warrnambool's 3WAY FM community radio station with Alex Dyson. On the strength of his Raw Comedy performance, Ballard was given the chance to develop some demos with Australian youth radio station Triple J and, along with Alex, was given regular mid-dawn (1am to 6 am) shifts. In December 2008, Tom and Alex were the presenters for the weekday summer lunch slot (10am to 2pm); and, in 2009, moved to the weekend breakfast slot. On 23 November 2009, Triple J announced that Tom Ballard and Alex Dyson would take over as hosts of the 2010 Breakfast show. He later left the show in 2013 to pursue his stand-up further. He was replaced by Matt Okine.
Openly gay, Ballard is one of the best-known LGBT comics in Australia. He also has a strong Twitter following, with over 30 thousand followers.
Tom has appeared on The Little Dum Dum Club six times. His first guest appearance came on the sixth episode of the show, which was posted on the 30th of November, 2010. He was the first LGBT person to appear on The Little Dum Dum Club. Over a year later, he returned for another appearance alongside comedienne Anne Edmonds in the podcast's penultimate episode for 2011. It was posted on the 21st of December.
Ballard returned for the 102nd episode of the show, alongside Harley Breen. He also appeared on the show as a part of the Sydney Comedy Festival, a live episode also featuring Daniel Sloss, Wil Anderson and Luke McGregor. Ballard was teamed with Breen once again for the show's 166th episode; and returned in 2014 to appear on the podcast's first-ever live episode in Brisbane; which featured Fiona O'Loughlin and Nick Cody.
Ballard was also mentioned in episode 77, featuring The Project's Charlie Pickering, when Tommy Dassalo recalled a story of Ballard calling him to let him know that a photo of Dassalo had been mistakenly put in a negative review of Ballard's show.