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BackTrack – Helping Youth at Risk

Mission:  To help as many young people having a hard time as possible

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Paws Up

Paws Up has developed into a highly successful dog high jumping team that travels regularly throughout New South Wales and interstate. Through the dogs young people connect with others and build trust, learn self-discipline while [Learn More…]

Ag Lads

AgLads was developed to address our region’s growing trade and agricultural skills shortages. The demand for work ready crews continues to grow as many producers see value in both the productivity and social outcomes [Learn More…]

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Ironman Welder

Iron Man Welders has developed a fully operational welding workshop based at a former Shire Council workshop on Waterfall Way. Participants undertake courses at Cert II level in Metals and Engineering, [Learn More…]

Our Awards

Our programs and our team members have been recognised for their hard work and effectiveness. See the awards we’ve received…


Research conducted by University of New England

The University of New England's (UNE) latest blog includes several articles which relate to BackTrack:  LINK Associate Professor Myfanwy Maple is an expert on suicide prevention and focuses on the aspects of increasing resilience within individuals and within the...

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AgLads get Chainsaw Certification

A group of AgLads boys recently conducted training with Armidale Rural Skills TAFE and obtained their certification in chainsaw operations. With winter just around the corner, we know these skills will be put to great use cutting and selling firewood. The Greater...

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BackTrack named State Youth Service of the Year

Armidale’s BackTrack youth organisation was named the Youth Service of the Year at the NSW Youth Work Awards in Sydney last night. Founder Bernie Shakeshaft received the prestigious award from NSW Minister for Disability, Ageing and Multiculturalism John Agaka at a...

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Community Mutual Group
Armidale Bowling Club
Armidale Dumaresq Council


The Greater
Department of Education & Communities
Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation
Jobs Australia Enterprises
The Walter & Eliza Hall Trust
Rotary Club of Armidale
University New England
Future2 Foundation
Yulgilbar Foundation
Dubbo South Rotary Club

Tyron’s Story

By Year 9 Tyron was constantly suspended from school and in trouble with the law. In Year 10, everything turned around with a School Based Traineeship run by BackTrack. Tyron has completed his Cert II in Primary Industries and Metals Engineering and is the first in 3 generations to have a HSC. Tyron now has real employment prospects.

How to Help

Young People Supported


Engaged in education/employment

Current Participants


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