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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.


Ballarat MP Catheine King launches yes vote for Indigenous Voice to parliament

TEN-YEAR-OLD Charlotte Kanoa is too young to vote but she urges everyone in the Ballarat community to consider what yes to an Indigenous voice to parliament will mean.

"Aboriginal people have so much knowledge about what works for us," Charlotte said. "I might encourage everyone to vote yes because we have so many different perspectives, we can learn from and include each other."

Ballarat federal MP Catherine King visited Ballarat and District Aboriginal Cooperative on Thursday morning amid a national week of action for the Indigenous voice to parliament. The Australian Regional Development Minister met with First Nations people and allies in what she said was a key step in bringing people together to open discussions on the vote.

"That is what the voice will be at a national level - wherever we are in the country, we can consult on what does that mean for [First Nations peoples]," Ms King said. "Really, that is what the voice is."

Wadawurrung woman Macaylah Johnson said "huge conversations" were needed so everyone could understand the referendum.

You can view the full story by The Courier's Melanie Whelan at:

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BADAC chief executive Karen Heap, Charlotte Kanoa, Ballarat federal MP Catherine King and (back) Wadawurrung woman Macaylah Johnson start talks about the voice to parliament.

Picture: Lachlan Bence

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