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226 Old Eltham Road
Lower Plenty

Araluen Centre

About Us

Araluen provides a range of services and support to individuals with a disability, to inspire and empower them to fulfil their aspirations. We have a team of 120 qualified and caring staff who support 160 clients in day programs. Our residential services provide 24 beds for permanent accommodation. 

Our aim is to be innovative and responsive, providing group and individualised services to adults with disabilities, in consultation with their families and communities. We are committed to being an innovative leader, delivering inclusive and individualised services for all of our people. 

The core principles of Araluen are: being people-focussed, acting with integrity, collaboration, adaptability and sustainability. Araluen has an incorporated Board of Directors, the members of which volunteer their services in this role. It has a $6 million annual operating budget. 

The Araluen Centre was established at the Lower Plenty site in Old Eltham Road in 1973 to provide services for adults with an intellectual disability. Our heritage dates back to 1950 when a small group of parents commenced a supported playgroup in a Kew garage. 

The name Araluen has an indigenous heritage that means place of sustenance and nurture. Our waterlily logo is aligned to this concept and represents a wellspring of opportunity. 


Phone: 03 9439 2805


  • Community access/Social participation
  • Community transport
  • Day centre/Drop-in centre
  • Domestic services
  • In-home personal care
  • Residential care home
  • Respite and support
  • Skills development

  • High and complex support
  • High and low support
  • High support
  • High/low and complex support

  • Administration
  • Case Manager
  • Community Care Worker
  • Disability Support Worker
  • Frontline Professional
  • Frontline Support
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Personal Care Assistant
  • Physiotherapist
  • Residential Support Worker
  • Social Educator