From Our CEO

CAFS Commemorates 150 Years of Community Service in 2015

CAFS Ballarat began in 1865 as the Ballarat and District Orphan Asylum. It was started by the community to care for children in need, following the turbulent gold rush period. Over the years it has been known as the Ballarat Orphanage, Ballarat Children’s Homes and Family Services and Child and Family Services Ballarat Inc. (CAFS).

In commemorating 150 years of service, CAFS Ballarat aims to maintain and enhance its Legacy: a Legacy based on community support, ownership and governance.

In December 2015 CAFS will open the CAFS Legacy Centre. This will include CAFS Heritage Services and historical records as well as a collection of significant artefacts from the former Orphanage site.

It will also include digital/audio visual displays and images related to CAFS history, current services and aspirations for the future. It will incorporate the CAFS timeline. The Centre will include a digital library of life stories of former residents of the Ballarat Orphanage and Ballarat Children’s Homes and key figures in CAFS history. CAFS believes it is very important that individuals have an opportunity to tell their story. CAFS began its service delivery by caring for children in need and has done so continuously, for almost 150 years. In recent times, CAFS has diversified its services in response to community needs, and benefits greatly from Government funding as well as community support.

Currently, CAFS runs 42 programs. It employs around 185 staff and has around 250 wonderful volunteers supporting CAFS and Wozzles Wearhouses. CAFS is a major local/regional employer.

Our services/programs include caring for children and adolescents who can’t live at home, support for problem gamblers, financial counselling, family violence prevention, providing parents with a helping hand and supporting families.

Recognising the requirements for a new level of professionalism in an increasingly competitive environment, CAFS has achieved ISO 9001 accreditation in addition to One DHS accreditation. In order to maintain an innovative approach to service delivery, CAFS Board established an innovation fund that has delivered a number of projects including the initial CAFS Survival International Film Festival in 2014. In 2013 CAFS was one of the first organisations in Australia to achieve accreditation as a White Ribbon workplace. CAFS is committed to the prevention of men’s violence against women. Thank you to our supporters who have helped us on our journey to become the vital community organisation we are today.

Allan Joy
Chief Executive Officer

CAFS – your community service organisation servicing the greater Ballarat region for 150 years.

Our Board

Shane Strachan

Gayle Boschert
Vice President

Craig Roberts

Greg Jakob

Brian Lovison

Richard Oakley

Jen Pollard

Annette Stone

Sarah Ward

Dr Chris Waters

Ross Wheatland


The CAFS Board of Governance invites you to
Arthur Kenny Avenue of Honour Re-creation

Monday, 3rd August 2015, 12.30pm
at Fortune Street Ballarat

Major General Simone Wilkie AM
will be officiating at the opening

Followed by afternoon tea and entertainment at 2.30pm
Jackson’s & Co., Cnr Lydiard & Mair Streets Ballarat

RSVP: Friday, 24th July 2015
Contact Elizabeth Mathenge

P: 5337 1651  E: