Queen’s Birthday (Graduate House closed)

Queen's Birthday is a public holiday in Australia. As a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, the official head of state for Australia is the Monarch of the Realms, currently Queen Elizabeth II. Though born on April 21, 1926, the Queen's official birthday is celebrated on the second Monday of June, a date close to […]

Schools Tree Day

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. Chinese proverb Australia has over 24,000 species of native plants. Schools Tree Day is a great way to inspire students to learn about the local environment while playing an active role in their community. Planet Ark has many […]

National Tree Day

National Tree Day was co-founded in 1996 by Planet Ark and Olivia Newton-John, and is Australia's largest community tree planting and nature protection event. The ask for this Day is for one million new native trees and shrubs to be planted across the country. Each year, about 300,000 people volunteer their time to engage in […]

Jeans for Genes Day

1 in 20 kids face a birth defect or genetic disease, such as cancer, cystic fibrosis and life-threatening metabolic disorders - with 12 kids born with such every minute worldwide. On the first Friday of August each year, Australians unite on Jeans for Genes Day by wearing their favourite jeans, donating money and purchasing merchandise […]

Red Nose Day

Red Nose Day is to save little lives and support families impacted by the death of a baby or child. The first National Red Nose Day was held in 1988 – asking Australian to “get silly for a serious cause” -- after a number of Sudden Infant Death associations and groups had been formed across […]

National Walk to Work Day

Sponsored by the Australian government and supported by all state and territory governments in this country, National Walk to Work Day involves, as the name suggests, walking to and from work but, of course, could also involve walking away from and back to your home (if you work at home) as well as any other […]

Father’s Day

Though fathers have been honoured since early Christian times through celebrations like St Joseph's Day, the modern-day version started in the United States with both a remembrance service for 360 men killed in a 1908 mining disaster and with Sonora Smart Dodd in Washington state in 11910 wanting to honour her father who was a […]

National Threatened Species Day

National Threatened Species Day is celebrated across Australia to raise awareness of plants and animals at risk of extinction. It marks the death date in captivity of the last known thylacine, or Tasmanian Tiger. Australia is home to more than 500,000 animal and plant species, many of which are found nowhere else in the world. […]

World Mental Health Week

Mental Health Week in Australia is in early October, beginning with World Mental Health Day on the 10th October. Observed across Australia, each state and territory adopts its own theme and holds their own event. This year will have a clear focus on safeguarding the social determinants of mental health during and after the COVID-19 […]

Remembrance Day

At 11.00AM of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of each year, a minute's silence is observed in Australia and some other Commonwealth countries to commemorate the 1918 silence on the Western Front after more than four years of continuous warfare in World War I. The Day marks the unconditional surrender by the Germans […]