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607 community events listed
1 August - 31 October
Today

Great Northern Clean Up

Clean Up Australia
The Great Northern Clean Up, an event of Clean Up Australia, takes place during the months of August, September and October - a time of year which is more suitable for communities living in the tropical North.
Since the campaign started in 2009 more than 30,000 volunteers have removed the equivalent of 1,800 ute loads of rubbish from 813 sites north of the Tropic of Capricorn. This year the event is taking place during the months of August-October when an estimated 3,851 volunteers have already removed around 277 ute loads of rubbish from 126 sites across northern Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland.
National

02 8197 3412
1-31 October
Today

Girls' Night In

Cancer Council
Cancer Council's Girls' Night In is the ideal reason to get your girlfriends together to celebrate friendships that matter for a cause that matters. By bringing the ladies in your life together for this special event you will be raising much needed funds to help beat women's cancers.

1-31 October
Today

Lupus Awareness Month

Lupus Foundation
The first month-long observance for lupus awareness occurred when President Reagan signed Public Law 99-365, designating October 1986 as Lupus Awareness Month. It marks the occasion to highlight the need for more awareness and financial support for a potentially fatal disease that affects close to 6 million world-wide.

1-31 October
(date to be confirmed)

Great Cycle Challenge Australia

Children's Medical Research Institute
Great Cycle Challenge encourages people of all ages and fitness levels to get on their bikes this October and ride to fight kids' cancer!
Right now, cancer is the largest killer of children from disease in Australia. Over 600 Australian children are diagnosed with cancer every year and sadly, 3 die every week.

1-31 October
Today

Dyslexia Awareness Month

Code Read Dyslexia Network Australia Ltd

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month and every year many events take place during October including the National Awareness Event, Light it Red for Dyslexia, which started in 2015.

Light it Red for Dyslexia is an annual event that is administered by Code Read Dyslexia Network Australia on behalf of the national Dyslexia Support Groups. Throughout the month of October significant monuments and buildings around Australia are lit up in the colour red for Dyslexia Awareness.


1-31 October
Today

Foot Health Month

Australasian Podiatry Council
Foot Health Month in October is a time to look after and love your feet.
National

VIC 3057
1-31 October
Today

Pink Ribbon Breakfast Campaign

National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF)
October is international breast cancer awareness month and NBCF's biggest fundraiser is the Pink Ribbon Breakfast Campaign. Whether you hold a morning tea, a big breakfast event in your community or a get-together in your office, the donations collected will make a difference to people with breast cancer.
National

1-31 October
Today

Injury Free Day

K.I.D.S Foundation
Simply nominate a day during October to promote safety and the importance of injury prevention. The KIDS Foundation Injury Free Campaign is an annual event which highlights the importance of safety and injury prevention. The campaign runs during October, Community Safety Month. Schools can register their involvement, receive free resources and show their commitment to safety by encouraging their students and staff to be safe at school, at home and within the community.
National

1-31 October
Today

Dogtober

Assistance Dogs Australia
Dogtober is a way to get involved with Assistance Dogs, have some fun and help train another 25 super pups to help people with physical disabilities. You can help by creating your own doggie themed event or being sponsored to undertake a challenge which will raise much needed funds and awareness.
National

1-31 October
Today

Mental Health Month NSW

Mental Health Association NSW
Mental Health Month NSW is part of a national mental health promotion campaign held throughout October each year. The timing of the campaign centres on World Mental Health Day, which is marked each year on October 10.
NSW

NSW 2011
1-31 October
Today

Buy Nothing New Month

Buy Nothing New Month is the global movement for collective, conscientious consumption. It's about thinking where our stuff comes from (finite resources) and where it goes when we're done (often landfill) and what are the fantastic alternatives out there to extend the life of our 'stuff'.
International

1-31 October
Today

Sexual Violence Awareness Month

Domestic Violence Prevention Centre Gold Coast Inc
Sexual Violence Awareness Month is held each October to encourage Queenslanders to show their support for ending violence of this nature and inform those affected about the help available.

1-31 October
Today

Nude Food Day

Nutrition Australia
Nude Food Day is a nationwide initiative developed to encourage kids and parents to eat well and live well, and eliminate all unnecessary packaging and wrapping that goes into schools. Nude Food Day can be celebrated any day (or everyday!) in October.

1-31 October
Today

Crime Prevention Month QLD

QLD Police
Crime Prevention Month is about educating the community about strategies they can use to reduce their chance of being a victim of crime. Through simple steps members of the community can take part in reducing crime and can increase their personal safety. Crime Prevention Month is an opportunity for members of the community to learn these steps.
QLD

1-31 October
Today

National Safe Work Month

Safe Work Australia
In Australia, October is National Safe Work Month - a time to make your commitment to improving safety and health in your workplace.

This year's theme, Work Health and Safety through COVID-19, acknowledges and reflects the wide-reaching impacts of COVID-19 on Australian businesses, employers and workers.


1-31 October
Today

Walktober

Physical Activity Australia Inc
Physical Activity Australia have renamed October, 'Walktober' - Australia's walking month! It's the ideal time to celebrate walking. October is that time of year when you feel a 'spring' in your step; the weather is warming up and it's a great time to get outside. Join the Walktober Challenge and take steps to make sure that this generation of kids are active and healthy. Commit to 31 days of activity for a minimum of 31 minutes. At the same time, we raise funds to enable Bluearth and its programs to have a presence in more schools across Australia.
National

12 October 2020 - 18 October 2021
Today

National Superhero Week

Muscular Dystrophy Australia
Bring your Super Powers and a gold coin donation and come to school or your workplace dressed up as your favourite superhero or better yet, invent one! Register your school or workplace and nominate a date for the event in the first week of September.
National

16-25 October
Today

Fair Food Week

Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA)
Coordinated by the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA), to support the Peoples' Food Plan, Australia's Fair Food Week shines a light on our new story of food.

17-25 October
Today

Navaratri (Hindu)

Navaratri is the hindu festival that translates to "nine nights". It is a festival for followers to invoke the energy of the Universal Mother.
International

18-24 October
Today

Week Without Violence

World YWCA and WHIN (Women's Health in the North)
Week Without Violence is a worldwide campaign that aims to raise awareness of family violence and encourages you to think and act towards a world without violence.
International

19-25 October
Today

Sock it to Suicide Week

White Wreath Association
Every year during the third full week of October is Sock it to Suicide week, the White Wreath Association encourages everyone to wear bright coloured socks to their workplace, school, etc and donate a gold coin in support of the White Wreath Association.
National

19-25 October
Today

Limb Difference Awareness Week

Aussie Hands
Aussie Hands celebrates 20 years supporting Australians living with a hand or arm difference, and this year, members will share their stories to raise awareness of living with a limb difference.
National

19-25 October
Today

National Water Week

Australian Water Association
National Water Week is dedicated to raise community awareness about current and future water issues and to encourage the community to take action to protect our vital water sources. It's also a celebration of water achievements in painting a sustainable future for generations to come.
National

1300 361 426
19-25 October
Today

National Week of Deaf People (NWDP)

Deaf Australia Inc
Every year, Deaf Australia and it's state branches gear up to organise events through a week long period which is focused on celebrating Auslan, Deaf people and the Deaf community in Australia.

19-25 October
Today

Aussie Backyard Bird Count

Birdlife Australia
Have you ever wondered about the birds in your neighbourhood? Join thousands of people for the AUSSIE BACKYARD BIRD COUNT - BirdLife Australia's first nationwide bird survey. All you need is 20 minutes, your favourite green patch and some keen eyesight (or binoculars!) Record the birds you see on our brand new Aussie Bird Count app (or website) and you'll instantly see live information on how many people are taking part near you and the number of birds and species counted right across your neighbourhood and the whole of Australia!
National

23-31 October
Today

National Unity Week

Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders announced a National Day of Unity in response to growing reports of discrimination, violence and rising tensions within the Australian community. Celebrate National Unity Week by hosting or attending an inter-faith or intercultural event in your community. Meet people of other cultures and faiths, learn from one another and recognise that unity builds a better future than division ever could.

Saturday 24 October
Today

World Polio Day

Rotary Club
World Polio Day shines a spotlight on the importance of the global eradication of polio, and addresses the existing threat to the global community of ongoing poliovirus transmission and the risk of circulating vaccine derived polioviruses (cVDPV).
International

Saturday 24 October
Today

World Development Information Day

United Nations
The United Nations hope to disseminate information about the challenges of world development to help promote continued efforts to solve some of these issues.
International

Saturday 24 October
(date to be confirmed)

World Polio Day

Polio Network Victoria
World Polio Day serves as a reminder that the disease, which can cause lifelong paralysis, is almost eradicated. The day is used to raise funds for polio foundations to continue their efforts to finally see the end of polio.
International

1300 704 456
1300 704 451
208 Wellington St
COLLINGWOOD VIC 3066
Saturday 24 October
Today

United Nations Day

United Nations
This day marks the anniversary of the founding of the United Nations in 1945.
International

24-30 October
Today

Disarmament Week

United Nations
Disarmament week is a day to unite in the effort to reduce, limit and eventually abolish weapon usage.
International

24 October - 1 November
Today

Children's Week

Children's Week Council of Australia
Children's Week is an annual event celebrated in Australia during the fourth week in October. Children's Week celebrates the right of children to enjoy childhood. It is also a time for children to demonstrate their talents, skills and abilities.

25-31 October

State Education Week

Queensland Government
The annual week-long celebration is an opportunity to recognise the talent and achievements of students and teachers in state schools, and showcase their wonderful work to the wider community.
QLD

26 October - 1 November
(date to be confirmed)

Herbal Medicine Week

National Herbalists Assoc Australia
Herbal Medicine Week promotes the use of herbal medicines. This annual event is held by the National Herbalists Association of Australia and is spreading like wild herbs as a very popular event held nation wide.
National

Tuesday 27 October

World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

United Nations
World Day for Audiovisual Heritage is a reminder to preserve our visual and audio documents that have become the primary records of the 20th and 21st centuries.
International

Tuesday 27 October
(date to be confirmed)

Big Cake Bake

Red Cross
Big Cake Bake is a delicious way to raise funds for Red Cross and help bake the world a better place. Big Cake Bake is on hold this year, but keep your oven mitts on, we'll be back in 2021!
National

1800 652 635
Wednesday 28 October

Blue Knot Day

Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA)
Blue Knot Day is ASCA's national awareness day celebrated in October every year. On this day, ASCA asks all Australians to unite in support of the 5 million Australian adult survivors of childhood trauma and abuse.

Friday 30 October

Day for Daniel (Morcombe)

Daniel Morcombe Foundation
The Day for Daniel is a National Day of Action to raise awareness of child safety, protection and harm prevention.

Friday 30 October

National Bandanna Day

Canteen
This year's National Bandanna Day aims to raise $1.7 million to help young people living with cancer. The theme for this year's event is "Attitude is Everything - Buy It, Wear It". By selling, buying and wearing bandannas, you can show your support for young people as they fight cancer.

Saturday 31 October

Howl-o-ween

World Animal Protection
This Halloween World Animal Protection are calling on animal lovers to bring together their friends, families, work colleagues and school buddies to host a Howl-o-ween event and raise funds to help protect animals from suffering around the world.

31 October - 1 November

Samhain (Summer's End)

Meaning 'summers end', Samhain is an ancient Celt festival marking the beginning of winter/the Celtic new year.
International
Sunday 1 November

International Drug Users Day

International Drug Users Day aims to raise awareness and increase action to address the needs of people who use drugs.
International

Sunday 1 November
(date to be confirmed)

World Vegan Day

WVD Melbourne
Becoming vegan is the best way to help animals, the environment, and your health - and it's easier than you might think. There are a number of reasons why people choose to go vegan. The most popular ones are:
  • It eliminates suffering and saves the lives of thousands of animals;
  • It boosts your health and increases your life expectancy; and
  • It's a lot kinder to the planet.
International

1-7 November

National Others Week

Global Care
Held from the first Sunday in November, NOW encourages people to find a way to help someone, whether it's a random act of kindness or a planned activity. Because as the NOW motto says - life is a team sport!
National

1-30 November

National Novel Writing Month

Office of Letters and Light
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 p.m. on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought fleetingly about writing a novel.
International

1-30 November

World Vegan Month

Ever considered going vegan, but not sure where to start? Vegan Month is dedicated to educating about vegan eating and lifestyles, and encouraging you take give it a go. Take part by eating and living vegan, being kinder to the environment, stopping animal crueltly, and living a healthier life!
International

1-30 November
(date to be confirmed)

Learn On The Loo

WaterAid Australia
The average person spends 10-15 minutes on the toilet every day - that's almost 8 hours a month. To raise funds and awareness for the 1 in 3 people worldwide who don't have access to a decent toilet, WaterAid is inviting Australians to dedicate their toilet time during November to learning a new skill. Memorise, meditate, or master your way through the month, ask friends to sponsor you, and help WaterAid reach some of the poorest and most marginalised people on earth who still don't have access to a decent dunny.
National

9001 8262
1-30 November

Asbestos Awareness Month

Asbetsos Diseases Research Insitiute
Asbestos Awareness Month aims to educate Australians about the dangers of asbestos in and around homes because Australia has one of the highest rates of asbestos-related diseases in the world.

1-30 November

Movember

Movember Foundation
Movember is an annual, month-long celebration of the moustache, highlighting men's health issues, specifically prostate cancer and depression in men. Mo Bros, supported by their Mo Sistas, start Movember (November 1st) clean shaven and then have the remainder of the month to grow and groom their moustache. During Movember, each Mo Bro effectively becomes a walking billboard for men's health and, via their Mo, raises essential funds and awareness for Movember's men's health partners.

1-30 November

E-Tea

Epilepsy Action Australia
November is epilepsy awareness month and this year we want you to celebrate with E-Tea! Register to host a morning or afternoon tea with family, friends or colleagues for delicious treats, laughter, fun, fundraising, and of course to generate awareness of epilepsy. Hosting a E-Tea event is a great way to fundraise while sharing some delicious treats, laughter and games. Simply choose what you'd like to do on a day in November and at a time that best suits you!
National

1300 37 45 37
1-30 November

Lung Health Awareness Month

Lung Foundation Australia
Lung Awareness Month is used to promote lung health and focus on the impact of lung disease in the Australian community.
National

Thursday 5 November

International Volunteer Managers Day

International Volunteer Managers Day is a day to let those volunteer managers know that the spirit of volunteerism is enhanced and enabled by them - and to thank them.
International

Friday 6 November

International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict

United Nations
Damage to the environment in times of armed conflict impairs ecosystems and natural resources long after the period of conflict, often extending beyond the limits of national territories and the present generation.
International

Sunday 8 November
(date to be confirmed)

The Bloody Long Walk

Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation
A 35km challenge in Melbourne to raise funds to find a cure for Mitochondrial disease (mito) - a debilitating genetic disorder that robs the body's cells of energy, causing multiple organ dysfunction or failure and potentially death. Event currently postponed due to COVID-19.
National

8-14 November

National Psychology Week

Australian Psychology Society
National Psychology Week (NPW) is an APS initiative that aims to increase public awareness of how psychology can help people and communities lead healthier, happier and more meaningful lives.

8-14 November

Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Awareness Week

Panda
2020 brings the 15th annual PANDA Week. Since 2005 PANDA has been leading the perinatal mental health sector in promoting the Week to raise awareness about perinatal anxiety and depression, including signs to look for and where to go to seek support.
National

8-15 November

NAIDOC Week

NAIDOC
NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. NAIDOC Week is usually held in the first full week of July. It is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society. The November dates follow the decision by the National NAIDOC Committee (NNC) to postpone NAIDOC Week from the original July dates due to the impacts and uncertainty from the escalating Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic across our communities and cities. The postponement was aimed at protecting our elders and those in our communities with chronic health issues from the disastrous impacts of COVID19.
National

9-15 November

National Recycling Week

Planet Ark
National Recycling Week aims to improve the positive environmental outcomes of recycling by increasing community awareness, increasing collection rates and reducing contamination. Local councils, businesses and community groups are encouraged to join in throughout the week.

Tuesday 10 November

World Science Day for Peace and Development

United Nations
This is a day to celebrate the responsible use of science to further the advancement of peace and development across the world.
International

10-16 November

International Week of Science and Peace

United Nations
The International Week of Science and Peace was first observed during 1986 as part of the observance of the International Year of Peace. The organization of events and activities for the week was undertaken as a non-governmental initiative; the secretariat for the International Year of Peace was informed of the preparatory activities and the final summary of events that occurred during the week. The organizers sought to encourage the broadest possible international participation in the observance.
International

Wednesday 11 November

Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day (11 November) marks the anniversary of the armistice which ended the First World War (1914-18). Each year Australians observe one minute silence at 11 am on 11 November, in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts.
National

Thursday 12 November

World Pneumonia Day

United Nations
World Pneumonia Day seeks to raise awareness of pneumonia as a public health issue and help prevent the millions of avoidable child deaths from pneumonia that occur each year.
International

Friday 13 November

World Kindness Day

Australian Kindness Movement
The purpose of World Kindness Day is to look beyond ourselves, beyond the boundaries of our country, beyond our culture, our race, our religion; and realise we are citizens of the world. As world citizens we have a commonality, and must realise that if progress is to be made in human relations and endeavours, if we are to achieve the goal of peaceful coexistence, we must focus on what we have in common.
International

Saturday 14 November

Diwali

Diwali is a festival of lights celebrated by Hindu, Jain and Sikh religions.
International
Saturday 14 November

World Diabetes Day

International Diabetes Federation
The World Diabetes Day campaign is an event used to increase understanding of diabetes, and to raise funds for research.
International

14-21 November

Australian Food Safety Week

Food Safety Information Council
The theme of Australian Food Safety Week will be 'Is it done yet? Using a thermometer to check if your food is cooked safely'. We will be encouraging consumers to buy and use food thermometers to cook food safely with the aim of reducing the 4.1 million cases of food poisoning in Australia each year. Events will be held around the country. The 2020 theme will be 'Food Safety - it's in your hands' where we will be building upon the good behaviour established during the COVID-19 pandemic so we can continue to reduce the amount of foodborne disease.
National

0407626688
PO Box 6316
KINGSTON ACT 2064
14-22 November

Alopecia Awareness Week

Variety - the Children's Charity
Variety - the Children's Charity is all about helping Aussie kids be kids! Variety is championing Alopecia Awareness Week, raising awareness and raising funds to provide wigs to children effected by the condition. You can get involved by donating your hair to be made into a wig or hold a fundraiser to purchase a wig for a child.
National

Sunday 15 November

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

United Nations
Every year more than 1 million people die from a traffic crash. This day is used to remember those who have died on the roads, and to remind the public to be careful when driving.
International

Monday 16 November

International Day for Tolerance

United Nations
The International Day of Tolerance promotes respect, dialogue, cooperation and tolerance of all cultures.
International

16-17 November

Communities in Control Conference

Our Community
Australia's most inspiring social movement - the biggest and best annual not-for-profit sector gathering - has moved online for 2020. This will be the best virtual conference you will ever attend, and just as powerful, nourishing and vital as ever.

Online

Tuesday 17 November

World Prematurity Day

National Premmie Foundation
A day to raise awareness of babies born prematurely.
International

Wednesday 18 November

World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Day

United Nations
A day to highlight the incidence and prevalence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) - more commonly known as emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
International

18-24 November
(date to be confirmed)

Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week

Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week is an opportunity to celebrate the power of partnerships between grassroot community groups and their philanthropic supporters, irrespective of whether they are giving their time, treasure or talent. It is supported through the Prime Minister's Community Business Partnership. Why not join in the fun and showcase the great work that is happening in your local community.
National

18-24 November

Antibiotic Awareness Week

NPS MedicineWise
Antibiotic Awareness Week is an annual, global event to raise awareness about the serious health issue of antibiotic resistance. The week encourages people around the world to use antibiotics responsibly.

International

Thursday 19 November

World Toilet Day

World Toilet Organisation
World Toilet Organisation created World Toilet Day (WTD) to raise global awareness of the struggle 2.6 billion face every day without access to proper, clean sanitation. WTD also brings to the forefront the health, emotional and psychological consequences the poor endure as a result of inadequate sanitation.
International

Thursday 19 November

World Philosophy Day

United Nations
World Philosophy Day's objective is to encourage the peoples of the world to share their philosophical heritage and to open their minds to new ideas, as well as to inspire a public debate between intellectuals and civil society on the challenges confronting our society.
International

19 November 2020 - 5 January 2021
(date to be confirmed)

Road Ribbon for Road Safety

Western Australian Local Governments Assosciation
Coinciding with the World Health Organisation's World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, the Road Ribbon for Road Safety campaign aims to raise awareness of the importance of road safety over the festive season. Organisations can participate by making road ribbons available to employees and the community, organising a road safety event/display or incorporating the campaign messages into existing community events/displays. Individuals are encouraged to wear a free road ribbon and spread the messages to family and friends to help raise awareness of road safety.

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