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Victoria Falls Zimbabwe Zambia

Welcome to the Ballarat African Association Inc.

The Ballarat African association Inc. (BAA) is a non-profit, non-political, non-religious, and charitable membership organisation led by a Committee of Management.

BAA was formed in 2006 with Wilbert Mapombere as president and has continued to grow over the years. As of 2016 ABS Census, there were approximately 600 African individuals (who were 18 years of age or above) that lived in Ballarat.

Ballarat has subsequently witnessed an influx of African families from Overseas, Inter-States and Metropolitan Melbourne to grow the number of Africans (18 years old and above) living in Ballarat and the Ballarat region to currently be in excess of 2,000.


To Support and Uplift Africans and African Families in Ballarat and Ballarat Region; to Promote Issues pertaining to social and cultural connectedness within our community; and actively seek solutions to challenges faced by members of our community.

Community Profile

As of 2016 ABS Census, there were approximately 600 Africans (18 years old and above) living in Ballarat, but only 198 indicated their sub-ancestry as shown below.  This is largely consistent with the country-wide self-identification challenges with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Community in Australia. The Ballarat African Association is poised to improve the statistics for our members. We anticipate to see an improvement when the 2021 Census data becomes downloadable in October 2022 via ABS TableBuilder.

Facilitating avenue for re-dress!

If you or someone you know witness or experience such as below (for example) 

Rochelle Kirkham Two Highview College students of African descent excluded for not tying back their braids – ABC News

Rochelle Kirkham Braided hairstyle dispute with Highview College sisters ‘new territory’ says anti-racism ambassador – ABC News

Please submit a complaint at:

Purpose-driven Community engagement in partnership with VicHealth