Community Programs

arbias community programs is based on the individual needs of people living in Supported Residential Services (SRS) across Melbourne and has been supporting people in various community based activities since 1991. Throughout the life of the program, thousands of people have been supported and empowered by arbias to break the cycle of isolation with offerings of new life experiences.

Whether it’s playing tennis, walks on the beach or playing in a rock band, recreation is there for having fun, good times and making friends. There’s nothing like the great feeling of physical achievement, well-being and satisfaction recreation can give you. We support people living in SRS to seek opportunities with places and activities in their local area, encouraging people who are generally isolated to become more actively involved in various recreational experiences in their local community. The Community Programs team has workers with particular expertise in:

  • Health & fitness;
  • Theatre & arts;
  • Connecting with local communities in sourcing recreation options.

Funding is provided by a range of philanthropic organisations and local councils to support the various projects provided each year.

The deep end band is run in conjunction with the city of Darebin. The band rehearses once a week at the Decibels Music Centre and has a range of professional music facilitators who support band members (clients) in acquiring the skills to run a band. 

Band members (clients) are provided support in instrument tuition, learning how to set up and maintain sound equipment and seeking gigs at various venues throughout the year. The band plays in many music festivals each year such as the “Where the Heart is…” Festival and “Go Live” gigs. A community programs worker is available to assist band members with transport to and from their home for rehearsals and performances.

For information regarding the arbias community programs service, please contact our offices on 8388-1222


arbias supports a large number of clients in various housing sites via each client having an NDIS package. The sites are predominately owned by House Choices Australia & Unison Housing. These two affordable housing agencies enter into a Tenancy agreement with each client via the Tenancy Act.

arbias relationship with the client is via the NDIS package that they hold and have nominated arbias as the support service.

As a result of this arbias does not have a direct relation with the housing provider

TAC RIPL Housing

arbias supports folk who are receiving compensation from the TAC following a vehicle accident. These services are currently provided at sites in Glenroy, Abbottsford and Wheelers Hill. The RIPL/arbias service is an authentic independence residential support service where tenants are assisted to gain life skills and reintegrate into their local community. These people are also assisted to transition to other housing options that will meet their personal aspirations and goals if they so choose. 

New South Wales

The following services are available in New South Wales. Take some time to review each page. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us directly.



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Proudly Celebrating 30 Years of Continuous Service



Brain Injury Awareness Week 11 – 17 August 2014


As part of Brain Injury Awareness Week arbias would like to offer interested parties  free posters to promote awareness of alcohol related acquired brain injury.  There are 4 types of awareness raising posters available in size A1:


-          A hangover for life

-          Is it worth a punt

-          How little is too much

-          Every binge drinking session is causing you damage


To order your free poster please send an email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Don’t forget to include the number of posters required and the name of the poster.