Clean up Australia Day

In 1989, an average Australian bloke, Ian Kiernan, began this clean up initiative in his own backyard. Clean Up Australia Day is now the nation's largest community-based environmental event with 36 million hours of volunteer time already having been donated to Clean Up activities to benefit our environment. Ute loads of rubbish have been removed […]

Daylight Saving ends

At 3.00am In Victoria, Australia, clocks are turned backward 1 hour to Sunday, 4 April 2021, 2:00AM local standard time


ANZAC is the acronym for the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, a formation in which Australian and New Zealand soldiers in Egypt were grouped before the landing on Gallipoli in April 1915, that was adopted as a convenient telegraphic code name for addressing telegram messages. Anzac Day is an important national occasion in Australia […]

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day recognises the work of mothers and mother figures (stepmothers, relatives, guardians, foster parents and close family or other friends) in the home and for society more broadly. It is celebrated annually on the second Sunday of May, and is said to have been initiated in Australia in 1924 when Mrs Janet Heyden in […]

National Sorry Day

The Stolen Generations refer to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who were removed from their families by Australian Federal and State government agencies and church missions between 1910 and 1970 through a policy of assimilation. The first National Sorry Day was held in 1998 to commemorate the anniversary of the landmark Bringing Them […]

National Reconciliation Week

Reconciliation refers to the mending of a damaged relationship. National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is for Australians to learn about shared histories, cultures and achievements, and to explore how each Australian can contribute to achieving reconciliation. It is a national campaign celebrating and building on respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous peoples. […]

Mabo Day

The Mabo case (Mabo and others v Queensland (No 2) (1992)) was heard over ten years, starting in the Queensland Supreme Court and progressing through to the High Court of Australia. Meriam people of the island of Mer in the Torres Strait,Eddie led the case: Eddie Koiki Mabo (1936-1992), Reverend Dave Passi (1932-2017), Sam Passi […]

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 […]