Diversity Calendar

Celebrate. Learn. Engage.

One way of promoting greater inclusion of all staff and students is by acknowledging the significant days, festivals or other events not already recognised, for example, by an Australian or state holiday. An edited selection of these days is provided below. More comprehensive diversity calendars are also available for free. For example, the Australian Department of Social Services lists the days celebrated by Australia's major ethnic and religious communities. The United Nations also provides a list of the days, weeks, years, and decades that they observe, each with a designated theme or topic.

Dates: 2017

Event Supporting
4 March
Sydney Mardi Gras Parade
LGBTIQ people
8 March
International Women's Day
Women, girls & gender equity
21 March
Harmony Day
 Cultural diversity
17 May
International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia
and Biphobia (IDAHOT Day)
 LGBTIQ people
26 May
National Sorry Day
 Indigenous Australians
27 May - 3 June
National Reconciliation Week
 Indigenous Australians
2 - 9 July
 Indigenous Australians
12 - 20 August
National Science Week
 Young people getting involved in science
25 August
Wear It Purple Day
 LGBTIQ people
14 September
R U OK? Day
 People with disability
Throughout October
Mental Health Month
 People with disability
10 October
World Mental Health Day
 People with disability
15 - 21 October
Anti-Poverty Week
Raising awareness about poverty around the world and in Australia
26 October
Intersex Awareness Day
Intersex people
20 November
Transgender Day of Rememberance
Transgender people
23 November (TBC)
National Go Home on Time Day
Work-life balance
25 November
International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
 Women & girls
1 December
World AIDS Day
 People with disability
3 December
 International Day of People with Disability
 People with disability