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.



Virtual Survival Day -

Dawn Ceremony

The Koorie Engagement Action Group (KEAG) invites you to join us virtually for Ballarat’s second Survival Day Dawn Ceremony.

The ceremony will be livestreamed from Viewpoint, Lake Wendouree.


Let’s watch together in solidarity to peacefully reflect on those who have gone before us. Everyone is welcome to join.

Tuesday 26 January 2021 
5.30 – 6.45am, livestreamed

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Yirram Burron Early Childhood Service

Yirram Burron Early Childhood Service will open in 2021 in Sebastopol. 

This Aboriginal community kindergarten is vital to help Close the Gap for our rapidly growing community. This is Aboriginal self-determination in action,” Karen Heap, BADAC CEO.


Yirram Burron (Morning Children), will be a culturally welcoming, rich and safe early childhood education service that will deliver 3 and 4 year-old kindergarten programs within the heart of the Ballarat Aboriginal community. The service will embrace and embed Aboriginal perspectives into the service delivery, structural environment and educational curriculum.

Read more: The Courier: Culturally safe start in boost for Ballarat's first Indigenous kinder.

Register your interest for 2021 enrolment

Perridak Burron Early Learning

Perridak Burron Early Learning is BADAC’s newest Early Childhood Education & Care service, providing the community with an Aboriginal designed, managed and delivered early years learning service. 


Perridak Burron (meaning platypus children) will facilitate a culturally safe and rich learning environment where families and the community are collaborators in each child’s learning journey from birth through to school engagement. 


Register your interest for 2021 enrolment at http://www.perridakburronel.net.au/


Ballarat And District
Aboriginal Co-operative

108 Armstrong Street Nth Ballarat Vic 3350
PO Box 643 Ballarat Vic 3353

P 03 5331 5344

F 03 5333 1637

BADAC offers a range of services, spread across four sites within a close proximity to the main BADAC building.

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We acknowledge the Wadawurrung people and their ancestors who have been custodians of the Ballarat area for thousands of years performing age old Cultural ceremonies, celebrations and traditions. We also acknowledge the Ballarat Aboriginal community, many of whom were forcibly removed from their families during the Stolen Generations decades, and brought to Ballarat, and we pay our respects to all Elders past, present and emerging.