The purpose of the current Association is to create and maintain an organisation of Italian origin that is inclusive of people of diverse cultural backgrounds and, to foster harmony in a spirit of friendship and unity. The Association also aims to arrange and coordinate a range of cultural and social activities and functions for members and the broader Ballarat community including new and emerging communities. In recent times there has a noticeable presence of new Italian arrivals in Ballarat and establishing themselves in various occupations. We encourage them to join the Association and add to the cultural richness of Ballarat.
Membership of the Association is steadily changing with recent members joining to reconnect to their Italian heritage. Currently, there are 140 financial members and many others who are friends of the Association and regularly participate in functions and organised activities.
Through prudent investment of its financial capital BIA plans to support disadvantaged individuals and organisations with a focus on disadvantage primarily in emerging communities through sponsorship of individuals and group activities. BIA is also well placed to promote and support cultural diversity in our community