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.


Aboriginal elder Uncle Frank Laxton recognised for lifetime of service

In a nod to a lifetime of uninterrupted, extraordinary service to Aboriginal people and communities, Uncle Frank Laxton of the Gunditjmara nation has been awarded a Council of the Ageing Victorian Senior Achiever Award.

For over thirty years, the respected Indigenous elder has played an integral role in Ballarat's diverse Aboriginal community, focused on breaking the cycle of disadvantage that so often accompanies intergenerational trauma.

When asked what inspired his immovable resolve to reduce the recidivism rate of Aboriginal prisoners, he pointed to nothing but their evident need.

"They're scared of going back to where they come from (sic), where the trouble was, and that's why we need to help them," he said. "It's so they know we care."

You can see the full story from

The Courier's Meave McGregor at:


Image credit: Adam Trafford, The Courier.

Council of the Ageing Victorian Senior Achiever Award winner Uncle Frank Laxton. Photo: Adam Trafford

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'A lot of our parents grew up in care': program changes the future for Aboriginal families

A new model is providing wrap around support for Aboriginal families and their children in the child protection system to break cycles of disadvantage and inter-generational trauma.

Legal responsibility of Aboriginal children on child protection orders is being shifted from government departments to Aboriginal-led teams through a new groundbreaking program.

Ballarat and District Aboriginal Cooperative is leading the Aboriginal Children in Aboriginal Care program for the Ballarat region and workers say it could change the future trajectory for dozens of Aboriginal families.

Gobata Burron has been working with 10 children and their families who are on a child protection order since July.

"For many years parents have been handed the court conditions and then left to address these, such as referrals to counselling, alcohol and other drug services and family violence services," she said.

"Arranging these things without support and guidance can be overwhelming and as much as parents want to succeed in getting things done, they sometimes don't.

"We walk alongside them, ensuring they have every opportunity to achieve their court ordered conditions. We work with the parents and children to meet their goals."

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SUPPORT TEAM: Gobata Burron program workers Tracy Walters, Jess Wall, Angela Heard, Kaylene Mckeegan and Jon Kanoa. Picture: Luke Hemer

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