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.


24th October - 1st November 2020

Children's Week 

The theme for Children's Week 2020 celebrates the right of all children to choose their own friends and safely connect with others.

The BADAC Children & Youth Services team and Early Years Learning & Development team encourage all our young community members to join us to make friendship bands to celebrate Children's Week.  We will then join them all together to make Ballarat’s longest Friendship Band.
We will provide all materials, including beads and elastic, and contacting as many youth as possible over the coming weeks. If you are interested, contact Nikki Bell on 0499 025 763. 

8th - 15th November 2020


NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

NAIDOC has been postponed until November this year due to COVID-19. We enjoyed sending out our gift hampers to community members during July, in recognition of this important event. Presently we are will still unable to hold any large gatherings, and this is unlikely to change prior to mid November.  


We ask any Community members who would like to receive a care hamper during NAIDOC week to contact reception before 30 October to add their name to the drop-off list for 8-15 November.  We are also working on creating an online event which we will have more information about soon.


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.