Deputy CEO/Human Resources Manager
Executive Assistant to the CEO
Family and Community Service General Manager
Health and Wellbeing General Manager
Corporate Services General Manager
S18 Project Manager
ITC Project Manager
Family Harmony Program Manager
Home Based Care Program Manager
Regional Coordinator – LMARG Working Together for Health Project
Family and Community Services Coordinator
Bendigo and District Aboriginal Co-operative is an innovative and fast-growing organisation that delivers services to the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
View the current job vacancies here.
BDAC welcomes people looking for volunteer work in areas including administration, family support and special projects. Volunteers can request their own hours of work and will be provided with ongoing support and guidance by BDAC management.
BDAC accepts secondary school and university students seeking work placement in their specific areas of interest. Volunteers play a vital part in helping BDAC achieve better health outcomes for our community.
All placements require a Volunteer Working with Children Card and police check (organised through BDAC). When making an enquiry with our human resources team, please provide the following information:
Bendigo and District Aboriginal Co-operative is governed by a seven-member board elected by members.
Barry Fary, Chairperson
Barry joined the Board in 2014 and is the current Chairperson. He is a proud Gunditjmara man, born in the Victorian town of Portland. Barry has lived in Bendigo for more than 20 years, working at Bendigo TAFE and assisting Koori students with their education and pathways to employment. He is passionate about seeing Koori people receive the best possible education and go on to gain meaningful employment.
Diane Wilson, Vice Chairperson
Di is a Barkindji woman and comes from a little town called Willcannia in north-west NSW. She settled in Bendigo in 1995, and joined the Board in December 2014. Di’s professional background is in aged care, and she worked in various roles at BDAC for five years. She is currently the Aboriginal wellbeing officer at Loddon and Tarrengower prisons, and is passionate about improving health and wellbeing within all Aboriginal communities.
Hazel Hudson, Treasurer
Hazel joined the BDAC Board in 2015 and is the current Treasurer. Hazel is currently the Manager of Family Services at Njernda Aboriginal Corporation. Hazel is a qualified Accountant. Hazel is a Kamilaroi women who lived in Echuca/Moama community since 7 years of age and has connection via children to Dja Dja Wurrung and Yorta Yorta Clans and her extended family connections. Hazel resided in Bendigo for 6 years during the 1980s and returned to Bendigo in 2013, she now resides in Echuca. Hazel is a qualified accountant who has worked for over 30 years in Not-For-Profit organisation at a grass root level with and for Aboriginal communities members. Hazel is passionate about working with and for vulnerable Aboriginal children and families
Paula Murray, Director
Paula joined the Board in 2014 and is the current publicity officer. She grew up in Bendigo, but her family is from the Hawkesbury region in NSW and she is a proud Dharug woman. She is currently the executive officer at the Loddon Mallee Regional Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committee within the Department of Justice. Paula has a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from Melbourne University and practised as a solicitor for 10 years.
Raquel Kerr, Director
Racquel is a young Dja Dja Wurrung and Yorta Yorta woman who joined the BDAC Board in 2016. Racquel is currently the Coordinator for Cultural Heritage for the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation, working with Victorian legislation to protect tangible and intangible places and heritage on Country. As part of her role, Racquel focuses on the opportunities for Traditional Owners working on country, and the education and practice of culture to and with the wider community. She has been working in the cultural heritage industry for 7 years, having started as she turned 18. Racquel was born in Echuca, and lived in Kyabram, Shepparton and Melbourne respectively before settling in Bendigo in 2015. Her passion lies within protection and the education of Aboriginal culture, and engaging with youth around mental health and to connect them with culture.
Desley Slade, Public Officer
Desley joined the Board in 2017. A proud Kamilaroi women from Moree NSW. Desley has lived in Bendigo since 2011 and is currently the Traditional Owner Project Officer for the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, coordinating the implementation of commitments as they relate to agreements between the state of Victoria and Traditional Owner Corporations with a strong focus on the Dja Dja Wurrung Recognition and Settlement Agreement. Desley is passionate about empowerment through education, cultural heritage and closing the gap.
Bendigo and District Aboriginal Co-operative is always encouraging new members.
As an active member of BDAC, you will be able to attend special general meetings and vote at our AGM. You will also be kept up to date with news and events through our quarterly newsletter, the Koori Grapevine, and other regular communications.
To become a member, you must complete the Membership Application Form, lodge it at BDAC, and pay the annual fee of $2.
Members must notify the board of any change of address within 14 days of the change.
This history may contain culturally sensitive material, including names and images of people who have passed away.
Bendigo and District Aboriginal Cooperative was established on January 21, 2001.
Founded by Joanne Badke and Raylene Harradine, BDAC was created after the loss of Bendigo’s Aboriginal primary health service. When Dja Dja Wurrung lost its health funding, more than 20 Aboriginal staff members were left without jobs and the community experienced significant health issues. Although funding was diverted to mainstream services, the community did not feel culturally safe accessing them and stopped receiving healthcare.
BDAC started with just one funded position and one program. But driven by a need to support and enhance the community, it grew significantly over the next decade.
Its priority from the beginning was providing employment, education and training opportunities for the local community.
The organisation also began developing its own workforce, and set a target for at least 75 per cent of its staff to be of Aboriginal background. BDAC now employs more than 50 people, and about 80 per cent of its staff identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.
BDAC delivers a range of health and social services to thousands of people across Dja Dja Wurrung country.
The organisation was originally housed at an office in Hope Street, from there it moved to Breen Street, then Will Street, and until recently BDAC were operating from Forest Street.
After receiving Federal funding which took 5 years to secure, BDAC purchased the Prouses Road site. As of March 2017, BDAC opened Stage One of their development to community.
Prouses Road site houses, the medical clinic, family and community services and administration buildings, and is the central meeting place for the local community
Dja Dja Wurrung country includes the regional city of Bendigo, where 1,793 Aboriginal people live, and the surrounding districts of Boort, Redesdale and Creswick. More than half of the Aboriginal people living in Bendigo are under the age of 24.
APPLICATIONS FOR CONFIRMATION OF ABORIGINALITY
As an outcome of the BDAC Community Forum held Wednesday 17th October 2018, the BDAC Board of Directors have agreed to review the existing Aboriginality Application process in its entirety.
Once the review has been completed, information will be sent out to Community.
No Applications for Confirmation of Aboriginality will be accepted by BDAC Board of Directors, pending the review.