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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 Friday 3rd August
during regular library hours
Diamond Valley Library
Civic Drive, Greensborough

More info HERE

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

The Araluen Archibalds 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 Archibald 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.

Housing Support Meetings

Exploring pathways that can lead to a life outside the family home 

The dates for Araluen’s remaining Housing Support open meetings in 2018 are:

  • Wednesday 14 November

Venues and times to be advised. All welcome.


Important Dates

Monday 6th August Staff only – Day Supports
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 23rd 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)

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, 21st August 2018 – 10am

Mill Park Library
394 Plenty Road, Mill Park, VIC, 3082

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.

Manager – Service Development

  • Ongoing, 0.9-1.0 EFT
  • $93,000 pro rata, including superannuation
  • Generous salary packaging

Araluen has an exciting new opportunity for a dynamic Manager – Service Development to join our team. This position is responsible for growing and developing our highly regarded support. Initially, this position will line manage Primed, our Chancez Cafes, Skills Development, Recreation, Out-of-Hours Support and In-House Support.

Key Selection Criteria:

  1. Demonstrated excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  2. Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  3. Demonstrated ability to problem solve and prioritise tasks
  4. Demonstrated effective organisational skills
  5. Knowledge of MS Excel, Word and Outlook
  6. Shows thoughtful judgement, common sense and a clear understanding of and commitment to the current focus on the person-centred approach and future innovation and practices
  7. Holds a Victorian driver’s licence

Araluen is seeking people from the Not-for-Profit or commercial sectors. For a full position description, click here.

Applications close COB Friday 13 July 2018, with interviews to take place on Tuesday 24 July 2018. Please email your cover letter, CV and employment appliccation to hr@araluen.org or call Ross Coverdale, CEO, on (03) 9439 2805 for further information. Employment is contingent on the satisfactory completion of a national Police Record Check.

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