Baarlinjaan directory

An information guide for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander families in the Ballarat area.

Picture of two platypus swimming created by Auntie Diana Nikkelson

About the directory

The Grampians Regional Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committee (RAJAC) together with the Koorie Engagement Action Group (KEAG) and the Local Aboriginal Network (LAN) has developed this guide for local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders families with contact details and information on relevant resources in the Ballarat region, including:

  • Aboriginal organisations
  • Education and training
  • Health
  • Justice and legal
  • Accommodation
  • Culture and land management
  • Local government

About the artwork

All original artwork has been created by Auntie Diana Nikkelson. 

Image of Auntie Diana Nikkelson

Acknowledgement

We acknowledge the Wadawurrung people as the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to Elders both past and present.

We also acknowledge the families and individuals that descend from other communities and areas of Australia who are currently residing on the land of the Wadawurrung people.

 

Flags

The Aboriginal Flag

Image of the Aboriginal Flag

The Aboriginal Flag was designed by Harold Thomas, a Luritja man from Central Australia. It was created as a symbol of unity and national identity for Aboriginal people during the land rights movement of the early 1970s. The flag was chosen as the official flag for the Aboriginal Tent Embassy and was first flown there in 1972.

In 1995, the Australian Government proclaimed the flag as an official Flag of Australia under Section 5 of the Flags Act 1953.

Symbolic meaning

The symbolic meanings of the flag colours:

  • Black represents the Aboriginal people of Australia
  • Yellow represents the sun, the giver of life and protector
  • Red represents the earth, the red ochre and the spiritual relation to the land

The Torres Strait Islander Flag

Image of the Torres Strait Islander Flag

The Torres Strait Islander Flag was created as a symbol of unity and identity for Torres Strait Islander peoples, designed by the late Bernard Namok from Thursday Island. The flag was recognised by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission in June 1992 and given equal prominence with the Aboriginal flag.

In July 1995, it was recognised by the Australian Government as an official Flag of Australia under the Flags Act 1953.

Symbolic meaning

The symbolic meanings of the flag colours:

  • Green represents the land
  • Blue represents the sea
  • The White dhari (dancer’s headdress) represents Torres Strait Islander culture. The white five-pointed star is an important symbol for navigating the sea. The points of the star represent the five island groups in the Torres Strait and the white symbolises peace.
  • Black represents the people

Aboriginal organisations

Ballarat and District Aboriginal Co-operative (BADAC)

5 Market Street, Ballarat
5331 5344

  • Baarlijan Medical Clinic
  • Stolen Generations - Bringing them Home
  • Koori Youth Justice Worker program
  • Local Justice Worker program
  • Home and Community Care (HACC)
  • Aboriginal Family Decision Making (AFDM)
  • Koori family services
  • Kinship care
  • Integrated family services
  • Housing and emergency housing
  • Junior youth group
  • Koori playgroup
  • Koori pre-school assistants

Koori Services Hub

430 Main Road, Ballarat
4308 0781

  • Victorian Aboriginal Community Services Association Ltd (VACSAL)
  • Victorian Aboriginal Legal Services (VALS)
  • Lakidjeka program
  • Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Inc. (VAEAI)
  • Aboriginal Housing Victoria

Education and training

Department of Education and Training (DET)

109 Armstrong Street North, Ballarat
5337 8444

  • Koori Education Coordinator (KEC)
  • Koori engagement support officers (KESO)

Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Inc. (VAEAI)

403 Main Road, Ballarat
4308 0780
0438 509 153

  • Wurreker Broker

Catholic Education

5 Lyons Street South, Ballarat
5337 7108

  • Education office - Indigenous education

St Patrick's College

1431 Sturt Street, Ballarat
5331 1688

  • Indigenous education manager

Loreto College

1600 Sturt Street, Ballarat
5329 6100

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education worker

St Alipius Parish School

106-108 Victoria Street, Ballarat
5331 1816

  • Koori educator

Aboriginal Education Centre
Federation University Australia
TAFE and higher education

University Drive, Mount Helen

  • Manager, Aboriginal Education Centre: 5327 9795
  • Aboriginal Education Liaison Officer
  • Coordination, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment: 5327 9817

Health

Baarlijan Medical Clinic (BADAC)

5 Market Street, Ballarat
5331 5344

  • General practice
  • Chronic disease plans and management
  • Preventative health
  • Maternal and child health
  • Women's health
  • Emotional wellbeing
  • Alcohol and other drugs
  • Allied health
  • Exercise physiologist
  • Massage therapist
  • Podiatry

Ballarat Health Services (BHS)

Drummond Street North, Ballarat
5320 4000
0421 898 906

  • Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Officer
  • Aboriginal Care Coordinator

Ballarat Health Services (BHS)
Mental Health

Drummond Street North, Ballarat
5333 1637
0478 317 891

  • Koorie Mental Health Liaison Officer

Ballarat Community Health (BCH)

12 Lilburne Street, Lucas
5338 4500

  • Aboriginal HACC Development Officer

Justice and legal

Ballarat Police Station

20 Dana Street, Ballarat
5336 6000

  • Police Aboriginal Liaison Officer

North Ballarat Police Station (non-24 hours)

734 Norman Street, Ballarat
5331 2816

  • Police Aboriginal Liaison Officer

Victorian Aboriginal Legal Services (VALS)

403 Main Road, Ballarat
0400 118 392

  • Client Services Officer

Victoria Legal Aid (VLA)

Area A, Level 1, 75 Victoria Street, Ballarat
5329 6222

Department of Justice and Regulation (Grampians region)

206 Mair Street, Ballarat
4301 7000

  • Grampians RAJAC
  • Sheriff's Office
  • Community Corrections
  • Births, Deaths and Marriages
  • Consumer Affairs Victoria
  • Dispute Settlement Centre

Grampians Regional Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committee (RAJAC)

206 Mair Street, Ballarat
4301 7012
0408 574 679

  • Executive Officer

Sheriff's Office

206 Mair Street, Ballarat
4301 7000

  • Sheriff Aboriginal Liaison Officer

Ballarat and District Aboriginal Co-operative (BADAC)

5 Market Street, Ballarat
5331 5344
0484 379 167

  • Local justice worker
  • Youth justice worker

Aboriginal Community Justice Panel

Ballarat
0499 526 448

Accommodation

Aboriginal Housing Victoria

403 Main Road, Ballarat
5331 6518

  • Aboriginal Housing Officer

Child and Family Services (CAFS)

115 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat
5337 3333

Ballarat Uniting Care

105 Dana Street, Ballarat
5332 1286

PEPLOW House

Supported accommodation for men

4 Webster Street, Ballarat
5332 4466

The Salvation Army (Karinya)

6 Crompton Street, Ballarat
5329 1100

Community House: 5329 1101

Culture and land management

Wadawurrung Aboriginal Corporation

99 Mair Street East, Ballarat
4308 0420
0421 158 944

  • RAP Manager
  • Project officer

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

402 Mair Street, Ballarat
5336 6856

  • Indigenous Partnerships Facilitator

Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources

111 Armstrong Street North, Ballarat
5327 2819

  • Manager, Aboriginal Heritage Protection
  • Cultural Heritage Officer

Local government

Koorie Engagement Action Group (KEAG)

PO Box 655
Ballarat 3353
5320 5831
0438 205 620

  • Cultural partnerships officer
  • Youth engagement officer
  • Place names officer

State government

Department of Premier and Cabinet Aboriginal Victoria

111 Armstrong Street North, Ballarat
5327 2819
0400 168 668

  • Aboriginal Community Development Broker (LAN)

Department of Health and Human Services

State Government Offices
Corner Mair and Doveton Streets, Ballarat
5333 6530

Ballarat office
35 Armstrong Street, Ballarat South
5333 6530

  • Grampians Indigenous Family Violence Regional Action Group (GIFVRAG)
  • Regional Aboriginal Health Officer
  • Branch Administrator, Central Highlands Area (employment queries)
  • Disabilty information and support: 1800 783 783
  • Housing: Bond Assistance and Public Housing
  • Victorian Patient Transport Assistance Scheme
  • Child protection intake: 1800 075 599

Victorian Aboriginal Community Services Association Ltd (VACSAL)

403 Main Road, Ballarat
4308 0781

  • Aboriginal community services officer
  • Project officer

 

Thanks to

This directory was put together with help from the Victorian Aboriginal Justice Agreement and Victorian Aboriginal Community Services Association Limited.

 

 

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