The Ballarat and District Aboriginal Cooperative will be the strongest voice and presence in the Ballarat District, supporting and respecting our people, enhancing our community, growing our culture and honouring our heritage


The Ballarat And District Aboriginal Co-operative

The Ballarat and District Aboriginal Co-operative (BADAC) was established by members of the Ballarat and district Aboriginal community in 1979. It became a co-operative to deliver health, social, welfare and community development programs to local Aboriginal people.

Since 1979, the organisation has grown considerably and now delivers a wide range of services, underpinned by its adaption of the Social Inclusion principles.


BADAC is the Aboriginal Community-Controlled Organisation (ACCHO) for the Ballarat and district area, covering 4 local government areas (LGAs). Our services are open to all members of the public, with priority given to our members.


BADAC is focused on prevention and early intervention, always with a client-centred approach, to ensure that our clients are personally engaging in the development and nurturing of their own futures.


Child Protection Week 2022: Cafs program 'keeping families together' is making a difference

A partnership program creating tangible ways to break the cycle of inter-generational trauma for Aboriginal families has been recognised.

The Ballarat and District Aboriginal Cooperative and Cafs (Child and Family Services, Ballarat) started rolling out the family preservation and reunification response in the Ballarat region in 2021.

To mark National Child Protection Week, which starts on Sunday, Cafs announced the KFT program is a finalist at the Victorian Protecting Children Awards in the making a difference category.

"Cafs KFT team has used this program as an opportunity to strive for excellence, grow deeper connections with our community, strengthened our partnership and relationship with BADAC and our commitment to keeping Aboriginal children out of the care system," Ms Sturgess said.

"Just as importantly, we can also offer them strategies, services, skills, counselling to help them. Our goal is to help them get reunited with their children, to give them the strength to do that work because that's really the best thing that we can offer is to keep families together and keep children out of the statutory care system," Ms Sturgess said.

The aim of National Child Protection Week is to engage all members of the community to 'play a part' in improving child wellbeing and keep children safe in Australia.

The message of the week is 'Every child, in every community, needs a fair go'.

The Victorian Protecting Children Award winners will be announced on Wednesday, September 7.

You can read the full story from The Courier's Erin Williams at:


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BADAC Koorie Family Services team leader Nathan Finley, BADAC KFT manager Aunty Leah Keegan and Cafs team leader Bernadette Keogh. Picture by Lachlan Bence

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