Ballarat and District Aboriginal Co-operative (BADAC) is the Aboriginal Community-Controlled Organisation (ACCO) for the Ballarat and district area, covering four local government areas (LGAs). BADAC was established by members of the Ballarat and District Aboriginal community in 1979 and delivers health, social, welfare and community development programs to local Aboriginal people.
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 is Victoria’s third largest city, located just over an hour by road or rail west of Melbourne, with a population of around 115,0000 people. It has a rich and prosperous heritage thanks to the Gold Rush which began in 1851. The city retains much of its rich gold heritage in the form of opulent buildings, fountains, and tourist attractions which celebrate the city’s history.
Step back in time to Ballarat’s gold mining days at Sovereign Hill which is a recreated gold township of the 1850s where you can experience life in that era. The Eureka Centre is situated close to the site of the 1854 Eureka Stockade Rebellion where miners and officials engaged in a bloody battle over miner’s rights.
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 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
- Allied Health
- Diabetes Health
- Social and Emotional Well Being
- Alcohol and Other Drugs
- Family Violence
- Local Justice
- Stolen Generation