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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

There are no more events for 2018.

We’ll be back in 2019.

Please check back next year for details of further events. We hope to see you there!

Important Dates

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
Monday 11th March Labour Day Public Holiday
Friday 19th April Good Friday Easter Public Holiday
Monday 22nd April Easter Monday Public Holiday
Thursday 25th April ANZAC Day Public Holiday

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


There are no more meetings in 2018.

We’ll be back in 2019 – meeting details will be posted here when available.


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

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.

Art Coordinator
3 days per week

Araluen’s Art Connects support is well respected, high achieving and thriving. We have a rare opportunity for a talented and dynamic Art Coordinator who can further the aspirations of 100 passionate artists who want to make an impact in the mainstream art industry. In this role, you will use your artistic talent in to the studio to help people realise their own creative vision and your organisational and networking skills to develop exhibition opportunities and drives sales and recognition for the artists.

For more information regarding Art Connects, click here.

Please apply by completing the attached documents and submitting a sample of your own artwork. As a guideline, this could be 1 – 3 still images, a short video or a web link.

Applications close on Sunday 20th January 2019. Send applications to


Media Instructor
Casual Role

Tiger Studio is a purpose-built, community-funded multimedia facility created to give Araluen participants the capacity to tell their own stories and develop new creative talents across various digital mediums. We are looking for a technically skilled social media storyteller who can connect with our participants to co-develop and produce engaging, authentic and original digital output. This position will give a talented person with a killer eye the opportunity to influence the creative direction of this new support and to ensure that Araluen’s participants develop a social media presence which makes them visible and heard. This position is based at Araluen Diamond Creek.

For more information regarding Tiger Studio, click here.

Please apply by completing the attached documents and submitting a sample of your own work. As a guideline, this could be a short video or a web link.

Applications close on Sunday 20th January 2019. Send applications to

Administrative Support (Design, Marketing & Communication)
One day per week

This position is located at Lower Plenty and in conjunction with being responsible for supporting the Design, Marketing and Communication Manager in the production of communications relating to Araluen’s delivery of its strategic vision, the position will also be doing some administration work in Reception. This position builds Araluen’s capacity to engage stakeholders, attract new participants and increase awareness of the brand in the community at large.

Please apply by completing the attached documents.

Applications close on Sunday 20th January 2019. Send applications to

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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