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617 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
30 September - 31 October
(date to be confirmed)

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

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

National Safe Work Month

Safe Work Australia
National Safe Work Australia Month aims to raise awareness of workplace safety and encourage all working Australians to get involved in and concentrate on safety in their workplace to reduce death, injury and disease.

1-31 October
(date to be confirmed)

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

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

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
(date to be confirmed)

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

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

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

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

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.
National

1-31 October

Ocsober

Life Education
Ocsober is a fundraising initiative that encourages people to give up alcohol for the month of October. Ocsober supports Life Education and Life Education's iconic mascot Healthy Harold who, for 30 years, has been empowering Aussie Kids to make smart, healthy life choices free from the harms associated with drug misuse.
National

1-31 October

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 October - 1 November

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.


12-20 October
(date to be confirmed)

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.

13-19 October
(date to be confirmed)

Haemophilia Awareness Week and Red Cake Day

Haemophilia Foundation Australia
Haemophilia Awareness Week and Red Cake Day is an opportunity for haemophilia foundations and other organisations, as well as individuals and families, to fundraise and take part in a campaign and activities to raise awareness about haemophilia and related inherited bleeding disorders throughout Australia.
National

14-20 October

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.

15-21 October
(date to be confirmed)

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
15-21 October
(date to be confirmed)

National Nutrition Week

Nutrition Australia
National Nutrition Week encourages Australians to learn about making healthy food and lifestyle choices.
National

15-21 October
(date to be confirmed)

Anti Poverty Week

Anti Poverty Week
Anti-Poverty Week aims to strengthen public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship around the world and in Australia; and to encourage research, discussion and action to address these problems, including action by individuals, communities, organisations and governments.
National

15-21 October
(date to be confirmed)

National Carer's Week

Carers Australia
Carers Week recognises and celebrates the 2.6 million Australians who are carers in our communities. Carers Week events across Victoria provide opportunities for carers to get together and support one another, exchange ideas and information, and spread awareness about caring.
National

16-22 October
(date to be confirmed)

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

17-23 October

Book Week

Children's Book Council Of Australia
Each year, many schools and public libraries from all over Australia spend a week celebrating books and Australian authors and illustrators. Classroom teachers, teacher librarians and public librarians develop activities, offer competitions and tell stories relating to a theme to highlight the importance of reading.
National

17-25 October

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
(date to be confirmed)

Limb Difference Awareness Week

Aussie Hands
Aussie Hands celebrates 19 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.

Monday 19 October
(date to be confirmed)

Loud Shirt Day

First Voice Centres around Australia
Fish out your flashiest frock, or dig out that awesome Hawaiian shirt you've been hiding in your wardrobe and get it on! Loud Shirt Day is the day you wear something really, loud to help give deaf children the gift of sound and speech. Whether you fancy stripes, florals, polka dots or paisley, as long as its got colour, pizzazz, it'll be perfect for Loud Shirt Day.
National

19-25 October

Limb Difference Awareness Week

Aussie Hands
Support children and adults who have born with a hand difference or acquired hand injury, provide opportunities for networking and exchange of information and support research initiatives focusing on hand differences.
National

19-25 October

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

19-26 October
(date to be confirmed)

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.

19-27 October
(date to be confirmed)

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.

Tuesday 20 October

World Evidence-Based Healthcare Day

JBI
Evidence-based healthcare is a worldwide movement with hundreds of organisations and tens of thousands of individuals working tirelessly towards improving the science and practice of EBHC for the same aim: to improve health outcomes. This is a global initiative aimed at creating awareness of the need for better evidence to inform healthcare policy, practice and decision making in order to improve health outcomes globally. Now, more than ever, the importance of having the ability to utilise the best available evidence has been highlighted by the rapid implementation of effective hand washing and the correct use of PPE to help fight the spread of COVID-19.

Tuesday 20 October

World Osteoporosis Day

International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF)
World Osteoporosis Day takes place every year on October 20, launching a year-long campaign dedicated to raising global awareness of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease. Organized by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) every year, World Osteoporosis Day involves campaigns by national osteoporosis patient societies from around the world with activities in over 90 countries.
International

20-21 October
(date to be confirmed)

Garage Sale Trail

Garage Sale Trail is a free festival of over 16,100 garage sales that happens in communities across Australia annually. Save the date! The next Garage Sale Trail is happening on Saturday 20 October and Sunday 21 October 2018.

It's fast becoming a national movement of reuse-loving, community minded individuals who come together on one weekend to clear out their pre-loved stuff, find treasure, meet the neighbours and have some fun. Garage Sale Trail is Powered by 150+ local councils, like-minded partners and over 370,000 Australians. Whether you're looking to declutter or make some money, love the search for a unique bargain, or just want to take part in a fun community event, get involved!


20-26 October
(date to be confirmed)

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.

Wednesday 21 October
(date to be confirmed)

Pink Ribbon Day

The Cancer Council
Cancer Council's Pink Ribbon Day helps raises funds in support of the many thousands of Australian women affected by breast and gynaecological cancers. Cancer Council aims to minimise the threat of women's cancers through successful prevention, best treatment, support and world-class cancer research.

21-27 October
(date to be confirmed)

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

21-28 October
(date to be confirmed)

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

Saturday 24 October
(date to be confirmed)

National Kidsafe Day

Kidsafe
National Kidsafe Day aims to increase awareness of unintentional childhood injuries and their prevention, as well as the important work of Kidsafe - the Child Accident Prevention Foundation of Australia, in public education, advocacy and research into the causes and prevention of unintentional childhood injury.
National

Saturday 24 October

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

United Nations Day

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

Saturday 24 October

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

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

24-30 October

Disarmament Week

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

Sunday 25 October
(date to be confirmed)

We'll Make a Change

CPL - Choice, Passion Life
The We'll Make A Change Trek will see you and your team choose one of two distances - 9km or 17km - and trek through Brisbane's beautiful D'Aguilar National Park.

Sunday 25 October
(date to be confirmed)

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.

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.
National

1800 652 635
Wednesday 28 October
(date to be confirmed)

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.

Wednesday 28 October
(date to be confirmed)

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

28 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 on the 3rd week of September every year.
National

Friday 30 October
(date to be confirmed)

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.

Saturday 31 October
(date to be confirmed)

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
(date to be confirmed)

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

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

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
(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

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

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

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
(date to be confirmed)

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
Thursday 5 November
(date to be confirmed)

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

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.
National

8-15 November
(date to be confirmed)

NAIDOC Week

NAIDOC
NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. NAIDOC Week is 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.
National

Monday 9 November
(date to be confirmed)

Thank U NICU Day

National Event in Australian Neonatal Intensive Care Units
THANK U NICU Day is a national day held each November to thank and acknowledge all Australian NICU and SCN staff and the miracle families they help to create.

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.

9-16 November
(date to be confirmed)

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.
National

0407626688
PO Box 6316
KINGSTON ACT 2064
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
(date to be confirmed)

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

10-16 November
(date to be confirmed)

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.
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

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
(date to be confirmed)

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

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

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