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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 Sunday 18th November
Open 24 hours, Monday to Sunday
Eltham Leisure Centre
40 Brougham St, Eltham, 3095

More info HERE

Email or phone 9433 3379 for information.

Family & Carers Network Christmas Lunch


All members of the Araluen community are invited to the annual Family & Carers Network Christmas Lunch.

The lunch will take place on Friday 30th November at the Lower Plenty Hotel, beginning at noon. To indicate your attendance, please RSVP by Monday 26th November.

Lower Plenty Hotel
4 Main Road, Lower Plenty, 3093

Please note that lunch is at your own expense.


Important Dates

Friday 30th November Family & Carers Network Christmas Lunch
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 Co-ordinator

Art Connects is an established highly respected supported studio and art marketing initiative created by Araluen over a decade ago. One hundred artists currently work in our three art studios. These artists are respected in their communities on the basis of ability and their work is in demand. We’re looking for an Art Co-ordinator who can ensure that these artists are fully involved and represented in the mainstream art industry.
  • Casual position until 21 December 2018 with the possibility of an ongoing role in February 2019
  • Four days per week, including one day hands-on studio instruction
  • Based in Diamond Creek, though work at other locations may be necessary.
For a full position description, please download the documents below. To apply, please email your confidential cover letter and resume to:

Lara Hynes
Design, Marketing & Communication Manager
Phone: 0402 011 016

Closing date: C.O.B. Friday 16th November

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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