The Ballarat and District Aboriginal Co-operative (BADAC) was established by members of the Ballarat and District Aboriginal community in 1979. BADAC delivers 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, which incorporate the following programs:

  • Early Childhood Learning & Development

  • Children & Youth Services

  • Koorie Youth Justice

  • Family Support

  • Aboriginal Led Family Decision Making

  • Aboriginal Children in Aboriginal Care

  • Cultural Planning

  • Integrated Family Services

  • Kinship Care

  • Stronger Families

  • Therapeutic Care

  • My Aged Care

  • Housing

  • Health

  • Allied Health

  • Diabetes Health

  • Social and Emotional Well Being

  • Alcohol and Other Drugs

  • Family Violence

  • Local Justice

  • Stolen Generation


BADAC is the Aboriginal Community-Controlled Organisation (ACCO) for the Ballarat and district area, covering 4 local government areas (LGAs).

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.


BADAC is governed by a Board of Directors who are voted in annually by the members of the Co-operative.


Board Directors
Larry Kanoa – Chairperson
Ian Petty – Vice Chair
Karen Monaghan – Secretary
Marjorie Pickford – Treasurer

Deb Callister

Peter Lovett

Pauline Scott



Ballarat and District Aboriginal Cooperative (BADAC) provide a range of health and wellbeing services to the local community. We focus on the area presented in the map below. Requests for Service provision outside of our area (listed below) will be considered on a case by case basis. Local towns services by BADAC include: Bacchus Marsh, Ballan, Dayelsford, Scarsdale and Scotsburn.


Application for membership or shares in BADAC must be in a form approved by the Board, and accompanied by the relevant fee or amount set out in Part 2 of Appendix 3 of the Model Rules of BADAC.


The membership fee is currently: $1.00 per share.
($0.10 fee is paid by the applicant, and the remaining $0.90 is subsidised by BADAC)
BADAC Membership applications are approved by the Board at regular monthly meetings.


No member shall hold more than one share.
Only persons of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent (or spouses of) may apply for membership.


Alternatively, you may request for a copy of the form to be sent to you from BADAC Main Reception (108 Armstrong Street Nth Ballarat/ Ph: 03 5331 5344) or you can be emailed a copy via reception@badac.net.au

A BADAC member is considered an “Active Member” if the member has used or been part of any BADAC services (as defined in the Model Rules) in the past 12 months.


Members are required to be active. Being an active member means that in a 12 month period the member:

  • has utilised or supported an activity of the Co-operative,

  • or maintained a relationship with, the Co-operative, in connection with the carrying on of a primary activity of the Co-operative.


Inactivity for a period of 12 months will result in cancellation of the shareholder’s membership at BADAC. A letter notifying the member of this cancellation will be posted to the member’s last known address as recorded at BADAC.


The Ballarat and District Aboriginal Co-operative have adopted the Social Inclusion principles to underpin its strategic vision, service delivery and program development activities, which leads toward our community’s self-determination.


The Strategic Business Plan 2021-2024 was developed through consultation with key stakeholders of our Co-operative, including the BADAC Community, Elders, Management, Staff, and external agencies.



Originating in 1979 as an incorporated organisation to provide the local Aboriginal community with generic medications health, welfare, and housing services, BADAC has come a long way over the last few years to now offer so much more.

BADAC operates all its services and businesses out of 8 separate programs.