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1 January - 31 December
Today

Year of Lifelong Learning #YOLL2018

Adult Learning Australia

Join with us in celebrating 2018 as the year of lifelong learning! #YOLL2018

Celebrate the power of people continuing to learn throughout their lives. We know from research both in Australia and internationally that when people take an active approach to learning in their adult years they develop the skills, confidence and courage to live independently, find new work and to shine at new skills. Taking time for learning as an adult is the key to a healthy and active life, to staying connected in communities, as well as to finding new or better work - it's a lifechanger!

We are encouraging communities to put a focus on adult learning as a lifelong activity throughout 2018. To coincide with this we are calling on the Australian government to adopt a formal policy on lifelong learning as an essential feature of an inclusive, healthy, equitable and sustainable future for Australia.

National

info@ala.asn.au
1 May 2018 - 31 May 2019
Today

Mercy May

Mercy Ships Australia
This May, join with Mercy Ships to help women in Africa by hosting a Mercy May event. Helping is easier than you think! Just get your friends together for a good time and raise money for a great cause in the process. There are so many ideas for the kind of Mercy May event you can hold. All you have to do is pick one.

18 May 2018 - 18 May 2019
(date to be confirmed)

Vesak - Festival of Light

The Great Stupa Bendigo
Millions of Buddhists celebrate Vesak Day, an officially recognised United Nations (UN) holiday that celebrates the birth of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism.

6 October - 2 December
(date to be confirmed)

Odd Socks Day

Grow
Odd socks day is a light-hearted approach to reminding people that anyone can have an odd day. Stigma is undoubtedly still one of the biggest barriers to people seeking help and recovery from mental illness.
National

1-30 November
Today

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. You'll receive a FREE goodie pack and access to loads of resources like posters, games, and invitations when you register - so get that kettle on and make a difference!
National

1300 37 45 37
1-30 November
Today

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
Today

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
Today

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
Today

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
Today

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

1-30 November
Today

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.

10-17 November
Today

Australian Food Safety Week

Food Safety Information Council
Australian Food Safety Week is the major activity of the Food Safety Information Council, Australia's leading disseminator of consumer targeted food safety information.

11-17 November
(date to be confirmed)

National Adoption Awareness Week

National Adoption Awareness Week (NAAW) is coordinated by Adopt Change and is designed to raise awareness of adoption and provide education on the support needs of children and families. NAAW aims to increase insight and understanding through a series of specialist and community-based events exploring the experiences of children and families through local and intercountry adoption and promote reform of Australian adoption laws and practices to facilitate a pro-adoption community.

11-17 November
Today

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

11-17 November
Today

Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Awareness Week

Panda
Perinatal Depression & Anxiety Awareness Week was established by PANDA in 2005. Since then 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

11-17 November
(date to be confirmed)

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.

11-18 November
Today

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

12-18 November
Today

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.

During the global campaign, our aim is to create behavioural changes that drive down inappropriate antibiotic prescribing in Australia by health professionals and misuse of antibiotics by the public. Download the Antibiotic Awareness Week campaign toolkit to find out everything you need to know about the week and access useful materials and resources.

International

12-18 November
Today

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.

14 November - 31 December
(date to be confirmed)

Dinesmart

Streetsmart
For the six weeks in the lead-up to Christmas, StreetSmart partners with restaurants to ask diners to make a small donation to StreetSmart on their bill. Every table is asked to add $2 or more to their bill, not even the price of a coffee or mineral water. It's a simple idea that adds up to a big impact on the lives of people who are homeless.
National

17 November
Today

World Prematurity Day

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

17 November - 9 December
Today

Schoolies Week

The Safer Schoolies Initiative aims to enhance the safety of school leavers participating in end-of-school celebrations and the communities that host these celebrations. The combination of inexperience, lack of supervision and excessive consumption of alcohol has, in the past, led to incidents of anti-social behaviour that has disturbed residents and placed young people at risk of harm.
National

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. This year Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week will be held between 5 to 11 December. Why not join in the fun and showcase the great work that is happening in your local community.
National

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

19 November 2018 - 5 January 2019
(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.

20 November

Africa Industrialization Day

United Nations
Africa Industrialisation Day aims to mobilise the commitment of the international community to the industrialisation of Africa.
International

20 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

20 November

Universal Children's Day

United Nations
Universal Children's Day is observed as a day of worldwide fraternity and understanding between children.
International

21 November

World Television Day

United Nations
This day celebrates the ways television has helped to increase world communications, as well as the implications it has had on social and cultural development.
International

23 November

Human Walking Program

Lost Dogs Home
Trade in your stuffy office, debilitating desk, and glowing computer screen and learn to love lunchtime again with a serene walk in the park with some adoptable dogs from the Lost Dogs Home for the Human Walking Program!
VIC

Treasury Gardens, Melbourne CBD (12-2pm)
23 November

Buy Nothing Day

Adbusters Media Foundation
Buy Nothing Day is a global holiday from consumerism - Spend a Day Without Spending!

25 November

White Ribbon Day

White Ribbon Foundation (Australia)
The White Ribbon Campaign aims to raise awareness among Australian men and boys about the roles they can play to prevent violence against women. The campaign calls for men across Australia to speak out and take an oath swearing never to commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women.
International

25 November

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

United Nations
This day is a reminder that violence against women should never occur. It is a reminder that the world must continue to eliminate instances of violence against anybody, particularly women.
International

25 November

Don't Fry Day

Karlee Adams Foundation
Australia's Skin Cancer Prevention Day!
National

25 November

Orange Day

UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign
The UN Secretary-General's UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign, managed by UN Women, has proclaimed every 25th of the month as "Orange Day" - a day to take action to raise awareness and prevent violence against women and girls. - See more at: http://www.unwomen.org/en/what-we-do/ending-violence-against-women/take-action#sthash.wGsv8aU7.dpuf
International

25 November - 10 December

16 days of activism against gender violence

UN Women
16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence is an international campaign that began in 1991. From 25 November, the International Day of Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, International Human Rights Day, the campaign calls on individuals and groups around the world to act to end all forms of violence against women and girls.
International

30 November

International Computer Security Day

Security is an important consideration when working with computers, the Internet or indeed any electronic devices. Use Computer Security Day to ensure that your passwords are regularly updated, that your personal information is safe and secure, and that your systems are protected.
International
1 December

World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day - held on 1 December each year - is one of the most globally recognised events of the year. It raises awareness across the world and in the community about the issues surrounding HIV/AIDS It is a day for people to show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died.
International

1-31 December

No Gender December

No Gender December marks a time to make a stand against the gendered marketing of toys to children.

1-31 December

Decembeard

Bowel Cancer Australia
Bowel cancer affects men of all ages. 1 in 10 Aussie men will develop bowel cancer in their lifetime, and it is Australia's second biggest cancer killer. A hair-raising fundraiser held during the month of December (1st-31st December), Decembeard Australia encourages REAL men to grow a beard in the final month of the year to raise awareness and much needed funds for bowel cancer.
National

1-31 December

Decembeard Australia

Bowel Cancer Australia
A hair-raising fundraiser held during the month of December (1st-31st December), Decembeard® encourages men to grow a beard in the final month of the year to raise awareness and much needed funds for bowel cancer.

2 December

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

United Nations
Despite the abolition of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, slavery still exists. This is a day to raise awareness of the issue that continues to function in new forms.
International

3 December

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

United Nations
Australia celebrates the International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) every year on 3 December to acknowledge the valuable contribution people of all abilities make to our community.
International

1800 440 385 (TTY users please phone 1800 555 677 and ask for 1800 440 385)
5 December

International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development

United Nations
This day aims to increase awareness of the important role voluinteers play in many organisations, and aims to stimulate more people to volunteer.
International

7 December

International Civil Aviation Day

United Nations
The purpose of International Civil Aviation Day is to generate and reinforce worldwide awareness of the importance of international civil aviation in the social and economic development of States, and of the role of ICAO in promoting the safety, efficiency and regularity of international air transport.
International
9 December

International Anti-Corruption Day

United Nations
International Anti-Corruption Day is a day for worldwide business leaders to renounce corruption and continue efforts to abolish it.
International

10 December

Human Rights Day

United Nations
A day to celebrate the basic rights of all humans, and to remember that many people still have to fight for their human rights.
International
10-23 December
(date to be confirmed)

UnitingCare Christmas Appeal

UnitingCare
The Target and UnitingCare Christmas Appeal (previously Giving Box) has been an exclusive gift giving campaign to Target, offering support to disadvantaged people of all ages for over 20 years.
National

11 December

International Mountain Day

United Nations
International Mountain Day is an opportunity to create awareness about the importance of mountains to life, to highlight the opportunities and constraints in mountain development and to build partnerships that will bring positive change to the world's mountains and highlands
International

12 December

Poinsettia Day

December 12th is Poinsettia Day. The date marks the death of Joel Roberts Poinsett, an American botanist, physician and Minister to Mexico who in 1828 sent cuttings of the plant he'd discovered in Southern Mexico to his home in Charleston, South Carolina. Botanically, the plant is known as Euphorbia Pulcherrima.
International

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