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Upcoming events in your state: November 2019–March 2020

Posted: 27 November 2019

Scholar's Platform,

Below you will find a selection of upcoming events and days of significance taking place in Australia and in your state that may be of interest to you. There are events for professional development and networking, as well as opportunities that will provide an insight into Australian life and culture.

If you participate in any events related to your studies, we would be interested in hearing about it. Send us photos and a short summary about your experience to engagement@australiaawardssouthwestasia.org or share your experience on social media, tagging #AustraliaAwards.


Australia wide

Christmas Day
25 December; various locations

Local councils and communities hold festive celebrations in the two weeks leading up to Christmas Day. Both 25 and 26 December are public holidays.

New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day
31 December–1 January; various locations

New Year’s Day is a public holiday. Many Australian towns and cities have special New Year’s Eve events that may include parades, music, entertainment and fireworks. Public countdowns to New Year’s Day are made at large events in major cities. Due to its geographical position, Australia is one of the first countries in the world to welcome the New Year.

Australia Day
26 January (observed 27 January)

Australia Day provides an opportunity to acknowledge and learn about our nation’s past and to reflect on and learn about the ongoing history, traditions and cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. All cities in Australia celebrate the day differently with parades, concerts, fireworks, and sporting events. Australian citizenship ceremonies are often held on Australia Day. Australia Day is a day driven by communities and the celebrations held in each town, suburb or city.

International Women’s Day
8 March

A global initiative, International Women’s Day (IWD) is a movement focused on rights, equality and justice for all women. It is a day of global significance to celebrate the social, cultural, political and economic achievements of women worldwide. UN Women Australia hosts some of the largest International Women’s Day events around Australia – in Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, to celebrate global achievements and discuss actions needed to continue accelerating gender equality.

Harmony Day
21 March

Australia’s Harmony Day celebrates the country’s cultural diversity. It coincides with the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Harmony Week is an Australian Government initiative that centres around the message that “Everyone belongs”, reinforcing the importance of inclusiveness to all Australians.


Western Australia

BHP Exhibition Gallery: Science Fiction Science Future
11 November 2019–10 May 2020; Scitech Sutherland Street, City West Centre, West Perth

2019 International Day of People with Disability Event
3 December; Fiona Stanley Hospital, 11 Robin Warren Drive, Murdoch

The Role of Proteins in Food Security and Safety
5 December; Edith Cowan University, 270 Joondalup Drive, Joondalup

The seven secrets of highly successful research students
11 December; Curtin University, Building 213, Kent Street, Bentley

How to plan your PhD
12 December; Webb Lecture Theatre, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley

4th International Conference on Energy and Environmental Science
8–10 January; Ibis Perth, 334 Murray Street, Perth

Byford Multicultural Festival
18 January; Kalimna Oval, 31 Wodalla Parade, Byford


South Australia

The Adelaide Fringe
14 February–15 March; various locations, see program online

6–9 March; Adelaide Botanic Park

Tasting Australia
27 March–5 April; various locations, see program online

2019 School of Public Health Research Symposium
12 December; Adelaide Health & Medical Sciences Building (AHMS), Corner North Terrace & George Street, Adelaide



Victorian Disability Sport and Recreation Festival
3 December; Crown Riverwalk, Melbourne

Energy Futures: Hydrogen, worth the hype?
6 December; Carrillo Gantner Theatre, Swanston Street, Carlton

Melbourne Energy Institute Symposium
13 December; Melbourne School of Design, Masson Road, Parkville

YOW! Developer Conference 2019 – Melbourne
12–13 December; Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre, South Wharf

Activism @ the Margins: Stories of Resistance, Survival and Social Change
10–12 February; various locations, see program online

Talking Justice: Press freedom in Australia
17 February; Bendigo Library, 251 Hargreaves Street


New South Wales

Bush Explorers: Walks and Workshops
13 July 2019–4 December 2020; various locations in Campbelltown, see program online

Christmas in the Square
21 November–24 December; Jacaranda Square, Sydney Olympic Park

Open Days Sydney Society of Model Engineers “Model Park”
Last Sunday of every month except December

Public Lecture: The Mystery of Cosmic Darkness
3 December; Messel Lecture Theatre, Sydney Nanoscience Hub, Camperdown

MindBodySpirit Festival
12–15 March; International Conference Centre, Darling Drive, Sydney

Sydney Build Expo
19–20 March; International Conference Centre, Darling Drive, Sydney

Crookwell Renewable Energy Tour
17 March; Crookwell Hotel Motel, Corner of Goulburn and Spring Streets, Crookwell



European Outdoor Film Tour
Daily from 16 December; Cineplex Hawthorne, Royal National Park, Hawthorne

Asia Pacific Conference on Advances in Applied Science, Engineering and Technology (APCAASET)
4 January; Surfers Paradise (Gold Coast)

Our Preposterous Universe with Sean Carroll
26 February; Glenelg Street, South Brisbane

World Science Festival Brisbane 2020
25–29 March; South Brisbane, various locations, see program online


Australian Capital Territory

DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition
12 September 2019–2 February 2020; National Museum Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton

ANU Energy Update 2019
2 December; Kambri Cultural Centre, University Avenue, Australian National University

Transitioning to net-zero emissions: What can we learn from Sweden?
4 December; Finkel Theatre, John Curtin School of Medical Research, Canberra

Disability, Awareness and Equity Workshop
10 December; Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres, Ainslie Ave, Braddon

The Australian Government Department of Human Services (DHS) 2019 Emerging Technology Expo
10 December; Technology Innovation Centre, Reed Street North, Greenway

2020 Australasian AID Conference
18–19 February; Crawford School of Public Policy, Lennox Crossing, Acton

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