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Our Community

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Good relationships are what matter most at Araluen! We welcome all members of our community who wish to participate in our events, open forum meetings or in other ways.

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 Upcoming Events

Better Together

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A travelling art show featuring work by artists from Araluen and St John of God.

Held in conjunction with Nillumbik Shire Council as part of Council’s Disability Action Plan consultation process.

Until Monday 10th September
9.00am – 5.00pm
Hurstbridge Community Hub
50 Graysharps Road, Hurstbridge, 3099

More info HERE

Email inclusion@nillumbik.vic.gov.au or phone 9433 3379 for information.

The Araluen Portrait Prize 2018

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Join in the fun and have your  likeness captured by one of the talented artists working in Araluen’s Art Connects support.

The Araluen Portrait Prize is here. Simply contact us to nominate which artist you’d like to have paint or sculpt your portrait (or let us match you), attach a clear photograph and we’ll do the rest. Winners will be selected by public vote in August.

Closing Friday 31st August

More info HERE

Email admin@araluen.org or phone 9439 2805 to enter.

Art Connects 10th Anniversary Exhibition

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Save the date

The official opening for the Art Connects 10th Anniversary Exhibition will take place on Thursday, 20th September from 6pm at Montsalvat, Hillcrest Avenue, Eltham, 3095.

The exhibition runs from 18 September to 20 November 2018.
All welcome.


Important Dates

Tuesday 21st August Family and Carers Network Meeting
Thursday 20th September Araluen Art Exhibition – Opening Night
Monday 24th September – Thursday 27 September Day Supports Closed (staff annual leave)
Tuesday 16th October Family and Carers Network Meeting
Monday 5th November Day Supports Closed (staff annual leave)
Tuesday 6th November Melbourne Cup Public Holiday
Friday 21st December Last Day for Day Supports (finish at noon)
Friday 25th January Staff only – Planning and Professional Development Day
Monday 28th January Australia Day Public Holiday
Tuesday 29th January Participants return

Open Forums

Araluen holds regular meetings that all members of our community are welcome to attend. Widespread inclusion and involvement helps us deliver the high quality of service that we all want for Araluen’s participants. These meetings are a good opportunity to learn what’s happening, ask questions and give feedback. Details are listed in the events calendar above or subscribe to our mailing list to receive our newsletter.

Family Carers Network

The Family Carers Network is an advisory committee to the Araluen Board. Members channel information between parents/carers and the Board. Attending these meetings gives you the chance to hear about what’s being planned to better support participants and to comment on service delivery issues.

Next meeting:-

Family Carers Network Meeting


Tuesday, 16th October 2018 – 10am

Milley Lodge
226 Old Eltham Road, Lower Plenty, VIC, 3093

All welcome – no RSVP necessary.


Araluen is fortunate to benefit from the time, skills and enthusiasm of a diverse and dedicated group of volunteers. This support is much loved by Araluen participants and volunteers gain much satisfaction from being part of our community.

By volunteering, you really do help people have better lives.

If you have time or ideas to offer, please contact us.

Work with us

We’re always happy to hear from people who want to help make a real difference to the lives of others and who work with passion, integrity and care.
Our staff teams are dedicated and highly-motivated. We invest in our people and can put you on the path to start your career from the ground up.

Join our team as a Support Worker

Expressions of interest to join Araluen as a Support Worker are always welcome and are accepted via phone and email. Please call us on 9439 2805  to discuss possibilities or send your CV with a brief covering letter and the application form below to hr@araluen.org

Advertised Positions

Araluen can offer a range of interesting and diverse positions. Any current advertised opportunities are listed below.  Please address the Selection Criteria in your application and include the Application Form below. Please also include the contact details of three recent referees.


Araluen currently has various roles to fill from entry level Support Worker to Management roles.
  • Casual, part-time and full-time employment opportunities.
  • Entry level through to management positions.
  • Generous salary packaging where applicable.
We’re seeking Expressions of Interest for the following positions:
  1. Trainee Support Worker (12 month contract. Casual)
  2. Support Worker (casual)
  3. Advanced Support Worker (part-time/full-time)
  4. Senior Support Worker (part-time/full-time)
  5. Team Leader (full-time)
  6. Manager (full-time)
For a Position Description, or if you have any questions, please send an email with the header ‘Expression of Interest’ and indicate which role you are interested in to:
Gareth Streistermanis – Manager, Service Development
Email: gareths@araluen.org
Closing date: Friday 28th September 2018
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Please note that any eventual application must include the Araluen Application for Employment Form (below) and contain the contact details of three referees.

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