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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.

1-7 September

Spina Bifida Awareness Week

Spina Bifida Foundation of Vic (inc)
Spina Bifida Awareness Week aims to increase awareness of the disease that affects roughly 5,000 Australians.
VIC

1-7 September
(date to be confirmed)

National Asthma Week

Asthma Foundation of Victoria
Activities organised to promote awareness of asthma to the general community - and highlight ways to help people manage asthma. Each state/ territory foundation organises individual events and is run during the first week of Sept each year.
National

1-8 September
(date to be confirmed)

Adult Learners' Week

Adult Learning Australia
Australia's only national celebration and promotion of all forms of adult learning.
National

1-30 September
(date to be confirmed)

Blue September

Australian Cancer Research Foundation
Blue September is a nationwide awareness and fundraising initiative about all the cancers that affect men - not just prostate and testicular cancer, but also bowel, lung, liver, pancreatic and other cancers. The campaign aims to raise funds for Australian Prostate Cancer Research and Australian Cancer Research Foundation charities to raise men's awareness of cancer and help them to reduce the risk of developing and dying from cancer by making better lifestyle choices and seeking help sooner rather than later.
National

1-30 September
(date to be confirmed)

Dystonia Awareness Month

Australian Dystonia Support Group
Dystonia Awareness Month aims to raise awareness of dystonia - a neurological Movement condition which causes uncontrollable movements, twisting or muscles spasms and pain. There are different forms of dystonia which can also affect a person's speech and swallowing.
National

1-30 September
(date to be confirmed)

Biodiversity Month

The Department of the Environment and Heritage
Biodiversity Month is held in September each year. The Department of the Environment and Heritage provides support throughout the year with a variety of resources for local groups promoting biodiversity.
National

1-30 September
(date to be confirmed)

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia
Prostate Cancer Awareness Month is held throughout September.The national event is used to raise awareness of the importance of mens health, and regular prostate checks.
National

1-30 September
(date to be confirmed)

Big Heart Appeal

Heart Foundation
The Heart Foundation saves lives and improves health through funding world-class cardiovascular research, guidelines for health professionals, informing the public and assisting people with cardiovascular disease. As a charity, the Heart Foundation relies on donations and gifts in wills to continue our lifesaving research, education and health promotion work.
National

1-30 September
(date to be confirmed)

Save the Koala Month

Australian Koala Foundation
Save the Koala Month aims to raise awareness and funds for the conservation of wild koalas and their habitats.
National

1-30 September
(date to be confirmed)

Foster Care Month

The primary aim of Foster Care Month is to raise the profile of fostering in the wider community by promoting the great work done by existing substitute care services in both the Government and non-Government sectors. The month also creates an opportunity to focus on the secondary aim of increasing recruitment by highlighting the ongoing need for the recruitment of appropriate foster care families
National

1-30 September
(date to be confirmed)

Dementia Awareness Month

Alzheimer's Australia
Dementia Awareness Month is the national flagship month for Alzheimer's Australia's community awareness activities. There will be events and activities held around the country to broaden understanding of dementia-friendly communities during Dementia Awareness Month.
National

1-30 September
(date to be confirmed)

Social September

Reach
Social September encourages us all to press pause in September - disconnect from our digital lives and reconnect with each other, and ourselves. The aim is to create spaces for face-to-face social connection, promoting positive mental health and wellbeing.
National

0404 177 749
1-30 September
(date to be confirmed)

Starlight Movie Month

Starlight Children's Foundation
Starlight Movie Month is a chance for your colleagues, family, friends and neighbours to raise funds for seriously ill children and their families.

1-30 September
(date to be confirmed)

Liptember

Liptember Foundation
Liptember is a campaign raising funds and awareness for women's mental health during the month of September. All funds raised during the month of September are donated to the Centre for Women's Health and Lifeline.
National

1-30 September
(date to be confirmed)

Debris Month of Action

Project AWARE
Project AWARE Foundation is a growing movement of scuba divers protecting the ocean planet - one dive at a time. More than six million tons of marine litter is estimated to enter the ocean each year, and scuba divers are doing their bit to battle this silent killer. During September, action is ramped up in order to combat the growing marine debris problem and inspire year-round action to remove, report and prevent underwater debris.

1 September - 31 October
Today

2017 Great Northern Clean Up

Clean Up Australia
The Great Northern Clean Up, an event of Clean Up Australia, takes place during 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 coming September /October we take to the streets, parks, beaches, bush land and waterways to remove rubbish that has accumulated after the dry season.
National

02 8197 3412
2-10 September
(date to be confirmed)

History Week

History Council NSW
History Week is a significant event that engages local communities on the NSW cultural calendar. Each year members of the History Council of NSW collaborate to host events that explore a particular theme in a variety of formats. From talks to exhibitions, tours to online engagement, there is something for everyone.

3-7 September

Women's Health Week

Jean Hailes for Women's Health
Jean Hailes Women's Health Week is a week aimed at encouraging women to take the time to focus on their health and wellbeing. The week includes events in communities around Australia as well as online resources including motivating videos and practical tips and information from experts and ambassadors.
National

3-9 September

National Landcare Week

Landcare Australia

It's National Landcare Week from 5-11 September, a time for all Australians to acknowledge and reflect on the great work being carried out by over a hundred thousand volunteers who give up their valuable time to care for this great country we call home.

Landcarers across Australia grow our food, look after our environment, care for our coastlines, and protect our native animals. National Landcare Week was created to celebrate our hardworking Landcarers who are fostering a better environmental future for all.

NSW

02 9412 1040
02 0412 1060
Level 3, 6 Help Street
CHATSWOOD NSW 2067
3-9 September

National Child Protection Week

NAPCAN
National Child Protection Week has been coordinated by NAPCAN, with the support of the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs since 1990.

The campaign aims to engage and educate all Australians to understand they have a part to play in keeping our children and young people safe from violence, abuse and neglect.
National

4-8 September

Kids Teaching Kids Week

Kids Teaching Kids
Kids Teaching Kids Week is a free, national, inquiry based, peer teaching program that uses the environment as a theme and focus for learning. Students of all ages find solutions to complex environmental problems such as climate change, water, waste, conservation, energy, drought, population and pollution. Students research, develop and then perform songs, comedy, dance routines, poems, plays and experiments for their classmates to deliver their messages about the environment.
National

4-10 September
(date to be confirmed)

Idiopathic Hypersomnia Awareness Week

Hypersomnolence Australia
5th annual international Idiopathic Hypersomnia Awareness Week® runs from 4th through to 10th September. This year our focus is on Research. #ResearchChangesLives #IHAW2017
International

4-10 September
(date to be confirmed)

National Stroke Week

National Stroke Foundation
National Stroke Week raises awareness of stroke which Australia's second single greatest killer, with over 60,000 strokes occurring every year. Get involved and hold an activity in your community to support the national campaign.
National

1800 STROKE (787 653)
4-10 September
(date to be confirmed)

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

5 September
(date to be confirmed)

International Day of Charity

United Nations
Charity contributes to the promotion of dialogue, solidarity and mutual understanding ‎among people. The day is commemorated by encouraging charity, including through education and public awareness-raising activities.
International

5-11 September
(date to be confirmed)

Spinal Injury Awareness Week

Australian Spine Injury Awareness
Every day in Australia someone's life changes in an instant due to a spinal cord injury. The week is relevant not only to people living with spinal cord injuries, their families and friends; but the broader community, venues and business.

6 September
(date to be confirmed)

National Health and Physical Education Day

The Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER) Inc
National Health and Physical Education (HPE) Day has been designed to raise awareness of, and advocate for, a greater focus of HPE in our schools. If you are a teacher, why not take your class outside for a lesson or organise a PE-related excursion? Schools, why not plan a fun run or walk for your students? If you are a parent, why not walk home with the kids or take them to a nearby park for some play time after school?
National

(08) 8352 3288
6 September
(date to be confirmed)

Awareness Day Awareness Day

Gruen
With all of the awareness days, months and years in the calender, the team at Gruen decided it was time for a day to be aware of all awareness days!
Take some time out of your day to ensure you are aware of the special days on the calender and what they mean.

6 September
(date to be confirmed)

Indigenous Literacy Day

Indigenous Literacy Foundation
Indigenous Literacy Day aims to help raise funds to raise literacy levels and improve the lives and opportunities of Indigenous Australians living in remote and isolated regions. We need your support to help raise funds to buy books and literacy resources for children in these communities.
National

7 September

World Duchenne Awareness Day

Save Our Sons
Save Our Sons is the peak body for Duchenne in Australia fighting for a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy - a severe muscle-wasting condition that affects one in every 3,500 boys. Girls can also be born with Duchenne, but this is very rare. The most common form of muscular dystrophy in children, Duchenne has no cure and no one survives.
International

7 September
(date to be confirmed)

Threatened Species Day

Department of the Environment
National Threatened Species Day (each year on 7th Sept) is held to encourage the community to help conserve Australia's native fauna and flora. Take action to prevent further extinctions by restoring healthy numbers of endangered species and ecological communities.
National

8 September
(date to be confirmed)

Tara Day (Buddhist)

The eighth of every month is Tara Day. Tara is a female Buddha, whose name means Rescuer; she is the embodiment of swift compassion. If we rely upon Tara sincerely and with strong faith, she will protect us from all obstacles and fulfill all our wishes.
8 September
(date to be confirmed)

International Literacy Day

United Nations
Today one in five adults are illiterate, which causes many social and educational issues. International Literacy Day is a reminder of the importance of literacy.
International

8 September
(date to be confirmed)

White Balloon Day

Bravehearts
White Balloon Day is Bravehearts' key annual awareness and fundraising campaign to protect Aussie kids from child sexual assault.
National

9 September
(date to be confirmed)

International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day (FASDAY)

National Organisation for Fetal Alcohol Syndrom and Related Disorders (NOFASARD)
On the ninth day of the ninth month every year, people all around the world gather for events to raise awareness about the dangers of alcohol use during the nine months of pregnancy and the plight of individuals and families living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).
International

fasday.com/
9 September
(date to be confirmed)

National Health and PE Day

The Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation
The purpose of the day is to highlight the good work going on in schools and the wider community by promoting health and physical education on a national scale through media and local activities/celebrations.
National

10 September
(date to be confirmed)

World Suicide Prevention Day

United Nations
World Suicide Prevention Day is about bringing together communities, researchers, practitioners and politicians, clinicians and those in government, individuals with lived experience and those bereaved by suicide, to demonstrate a commitment to reducing the incidence of suicide in Australia, to raise awareness of this significant national challenge and to share information about ways to effectively take action as individuals and a community.
International

10 September
(date to be confirmed)

Out of the Shadows and into the Light

Lifeline
Suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians under the age of 44. Lifeline believes we all have a role to play in suicide prevention.

For World Suicide Prevention Day, get involved by joining a walk or organising a walk in your local community.

National

13 11 14
10 September
(date to be confirmed)

Kidney Health Research Walk

Kidney Health Australia
Dress in red attire or fancy dress and walk (or run) to support Australians affected by kidney disease. Walks are held across Australia and you can even Host Your Own! Visit www.kidney.org.au for more information and to become involved.
National

11-17 September
(date to be confirmed)

Include a Charity Week

Include a charity
Include a Charity Week is a national awareness campaign to encourage more Australians to consider including a charity when preparing, or next updating their Will.
National

12 September
(date to be confirmed)

United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation

United Nations
Developing countries have the primary responsibility for promoting and implementing South-South cooperation, not as a substitute for but rather as a complement to North-South cooperation, and in this context reiterating the need for the international community to support the efforts of the developing countries to expand South-South cooperation.
International

13 September
(date to be confirmed)

National Skatepark Day

National Skatepark Day is a celebration of youth culture and active recreation at skateparks around Australia. On a local level, the events will be facilitated by Local Governments and Youth Service Providers who will be given resources to engage with their local young people in order to improve facilities and better understand their needs.
National

14 September
(date to be confirmed)

R U OK? Day

R U OK Foundation
Are You Ok Day is an annual national day of action that aims to get Australians, right across the entire spectrum of society, connecting with friends and loved ones, by reaching out to anyone doing it tough and simply asking: "Are you ok?" talking about suicide with someone at risk actually reduces the chances of them taking their life. It is the one thing we can all do to make a real difference. R U OK ? Day is about prevention, preventing little problems turning into big problems.
National

15 September
(date to be confirmed)

International Day of Democracy

United Nations
The International Day of Democracy provides an opportunity to review the state of democracy in the world. Democracy is as much a process as a goal and only with the full participation of and support by the international community, the national governing bodies, civil society and individuals, can the ideal of democracy be made into a reality to be enjoyed by everyone, everywhere.
International

15-17 September
(date to be confirmed)

Clean up the World Weekend

Clean up Australia
Clean Up the World partners with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to inspire and empower communities to "clean up, fix up and conserve their local environment" through carrying out initiatives ranging from waste removal and tree planting to water and energy conservation projects. Clean Up the World and its participating organisations mobilise an estimated 35 million volunteers from 120 countries annually.
International

16 September
(date to be confirmed)

International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer

United Nations
This commemoration around the world offers an opportunity to focus attention and action at the global, regional and national levels on the protection of the ozone layer. All Member States are invited to devote this special day to promotion, at the national level, of concrete activities in accordance with the objectives and goals of the Montreal Protocol and its Amendment.
International

16 September
(date to be confirmed)

Pet Promise Day

Safe Pets Safe Families Inc
A lot of pets get surrendered or euthanised for reasons that could have been avoided or preventable, so we have created Pet Promise Day, a national awareness day that will bring about awareness and education that will educate people on what it takes to own a pet, picking the best pet for them. This will help reduce the number of pets being surrendered or euthanised and help compliment our charity Living Ruff in SA in helping keep people and pets together.

Pet Promise day will launch on September the 16th with a public event, in the lead up to this there will be a photo contest to pick the face of Pet Promise Day.


16 September
(date to be confirmed)

Lyme Gladiolus Day

The Karl McManus Foundation
The Karl McManus Foundation holds Lyme Gladiolus Day to raise awaresnees of Lyme disease in Australia. It is also a major day for the foundation's National Lyme Disease Appeal, which aims to raise $1 million for research into Lyme disease in Australia, and to raise public awareness of Lyme disease, its causes, symptoms, treatment and prevention.
National

16-24 September
(date to be confirmed)

National Organic Week

Centre for Organic and Resource Enterprises
National Organic Week Australia (NOW) is 10 days of targeted media and locally-staged activities designed to increase awareness of the benefits of organic products and farming production systems and accelerate the uptake of these in the wider Australian community and environment.
National

17 September
(date to be confirmed)

Community Directors Conference 2018

Institute of Community Directors Australia
Refresh. Renew. Reinvigorate. Board work means hard graft under difficult conditions. It also means immense satisfaction and reward when the pay-off comes. This is the conference for all people who sit on a board, manage a board, work with a board, or want to get on a board.
VIC

(03) 9320 6800
17 September
(date to be confirmed)

Sustainable House Day

Alternative Technology Association
Open the door to sustainable living by touring some of Australia's most environmentally progressive homes, on show on Sustainable House Day.
National

17 September
(date to be confirmed)

Australian Citizenship Day

Australian Government
The day is an opportunity for all of us to take pride in our citizenship and reflect on the meaning and importance of being Australian. It is a chance for all of us to think about the events and people that shaped our nation. We also reflect on the role we play in building Australia and shaping our future.
National

17 September
(date to be confirmed)

World Revolution Day

Adbusters Media Foundation
A day to address and protest social and economic inequality, greed, corruption and the perceived undue influence of corporations on government-particularly from the financial services sector.

17-23 September
(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 on the 3rd week of September every year.
National

18-24 September
(date to be confirmed)

Meat Free Week

Ethical Eats Ltd
Every march, meat free week encourages you to think about how much meat you eat and the impact eating too much has on your health, the environment and animals. At the same time, you'll also raise money for some very worthwhile charities.
National

18 September - 13 November
(date to be confirmed)

The Bloody Long Walk

Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation
A 35km challenge in Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney 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.
National

19 September
(date to be confirmed)

Talk like a Pirate day

International Talk Like A Pirate Day falls on September 19th every year - a chance for anyone to talk like a pirate.
International

20-22 September
(date to be confirmed)

Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah is a Jewish celebration that is commonly referred to as Jewish New Year. It is a time of casting off sins and preparing for a new year.
International
21 September
(date to be confirmed)

World Gratitude Day

On World Gratitude Day we should focus on what we are grateful for and appreciate what we have, rather than what we want or think we need. It's possible that we can keep our unnecessary and frivolous consumption at bay too.
International
21 September
(date to be confirmed)

World Alzheimer's Day

Alzheimer's Australia
World Alzheimer's Day, September 21st of each year, is a day on which Alzheimer's organizations around the world concentrate their efforts on raising awareness about Alzheimer's and dementia. Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia, a group of disorders that impairs mental functioning. At the moment, Alzheimer's is progressive and irreversible.
International

21 September
(date to be confirmed)

International Day of Peace

United Nations
The United Nations' International Day of Peace - marked every year on September 21 - is a global day when individuals, communities, nations and governments highlight efforts to end conflict and promote peace.
International

21-30 September
(date to be confirmed)

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

22 September
(date to be confirmed)

Bright Pink Lipstick Day

Pink Hope
Bright Pink Lipstick Day aims to raise awareness of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer in the community and raise funds for Pink Hope to be able to continue to offer programs and support services for those at risk of breast and ovarian cancer.

22 September
(date to be confirmed)

World Rhino Day

WWF-South Africa
World Rhino Day celebrates all five species of rhino: Black, white, greater one-horned, Sumatran and Javan rhinos.
International

22 September
(date to be confirmed)

World Carfree Day

World Carfree Network
World Carfree Day aims to encourage people around the world te leave their cars at home for the day. The World Carfree Network promotes a global carfree culture.
International

24 September
(date to be confirmed)

World Rivers Day

World Rivers Day is observed globally every year on the last Sunday in September. Rivers may make up only about 0.2 percent of all the fresh water worldwide but their importance is priceless. This day encourages citizens to get actively involved to ensure the future health of our rivers.
International

25 September
(date to be confirmed)

Save the Koala Day

Australian Koala Foundation
There is currently no legislation, anywhere in the country, that can protect Koalas and Koala habitat in Australia. In 2012, the Koala was listed as 'vulnerable to extinction', under Australian Law.

26 September

Mesothelioma Awareness Day

Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance
Mesothelioma is a rare, aggressive form of cancer that develops in the lining of the lungs, abdomen, or heart. Caused by asbestos, mesothelioma has no known cure and has a very poor prognosis.


27 September
(date to be confirmed)

World Tourism Day

United Nations
World Tourism Day represents an opportunity to address how tourism can help build tolerance and understanding worldwide by serving as a catalyst for communication and exchange between the different cultures of the world.
International

28 September
(date to be confirmed)

World Maritime Day

United Nations
World Maritime Day is a UN awareness day for issues concerning the maritime industry.
International

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