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Upcoming events
Chauka Please Tell us the Time screenings
Regular rallies and vigils
Other national events lists

Upcoming events


Rural Australians for Refugees National Conference
6-8 April, Wodonga Catholic College, 1 Bowman Court, Wodonga, Victoria Book here
Building the Future is a 3-day national conference which will bring together, from across Australia, supporters and advocates for people seeking refuge and asylum. Participants will discuss initiatives for positive change towards a more realistic and humane response to the Australian and global refugee situation. The conference will cover a range of priorities, including: campaigning, rural resettlement, youth, and future directions. More information at the RAR website here


Film Fundraiser for Brigidine Asylum Seekers Project: ‘The Other Side of Hope’, 3:30pm, Sunday 15 April, Kino Cinemas, 45 Collins St, Melbourne. Tickets available here $25pp
Forum: Change the Rules for Refugees 6.30pm Monday April 23, ANMF (Nurses Union Building), 535 Elizabeth St, Melbourne Facebook event here


Detention harms health – student march for refugees, 12pm, Saturday 7 April, Hyde Park North, Sydney Facebook event here
Chauka Please Tell Us the Time screenings

Shot on his mobile phone from inside detention on Manus Island and sent to filmmaker Arash Kamali Sarvestani, this film by Kurdish-Iranian refugee and journalist Behrouz Boochani is a unique record of life inside detention.

Newcastle 6pm Saturday 14 April, Tower Cinemas Newcastle, 183 – 185 King Street, Newcastle Tickets available here
Sydney 6pm Wednesday 18 April, Museum of Contemporary Art, 140 George St, The Rocks Tickets available here
Sydney 2pm Sunday 22 April, Museum of Contemporary Art, 140 George St, The Rocks Tickets available here

Regular rallies and vigils


Ballina: Fortnightly on Wednesdays. 4.30pm-5.30pm – at the traffic lights, on the river side of the intersection of Kerr and River St, Ballina.
Ballina Region for Refugees – Vigil

1) Every Thursday, 5:00 – 6:00 pm – Crn Hunter & Auckland Sts, Newcastle – Vigil against Detention of Refugee Children
and also on Newcastle Rd at Jesmond Park on Thursdays at 5:00 pm.

2) First Saturday of every month – 2pm – Wheeler Place,
Newcastle – #CantStandBy

Lismore: Every Thursday, 4:00 – 5:00 pm, outside MP Kevin Hogan’s office, Molesworth Street, Lismore.

Nowra: Every Friday, 10am -12 noon, Vigil outside Ann Sudmalis’ office, Suite 3, 59 Junction Street, Nowra

Sydney: Every Friday 6-7pm at the Queen Victoria statue in front of QVB Facebook event here


Every Friday, 4:30 – 6:30, near train station, Adelaide city. #BringThemHere Weekly Vigil.


1) Every Friday from 11:00 until 1:00. Tassie Nannas knit and interact with passers-by in the Elizabeth Mall in Hobart (toward the Liverpool Street end . You don’t need to be a knitter (tuition, wool and needles are available) or a nanna to join us. Further information:

2) Monthly – 5-6pm, first Friday of every month, Honk-a-thon.
Hobart locals raise their voices and horns to highlight the Australian Federal Government’s human rights abuses towards people seeking asylum. Corner Murray and Macquarie streets, Hobart. Amnesty Tasmania Refugee Team.


Bendigo: Monthly – 5.00pm – 5.30pm On the Friday following the second Tuesday of each month. Bendigo Roadside Demonstrations – #CloseTheCamps, #BringThemHere
Corner of Pall Mall and View Street, Bendigo (near the Fountain)

Geelong: Fortnightly on Thursdays (from October) – Geelong. 12:00 – 1:00 pm. Silent Vigil, outside Myer, Lt Malop Street. Geelong Vigil Group.

Melbourne (Coburg): Every Tuesday, 3.30pm to 4.30pm. Grandmothers Against Detention of Refugee Children weekly vigil. Cnr. Bell St. and Sydney Rd. Coburg.

Melbourne (Box Hill North): Every Thursday 4.15-5.15 pm, Corner of Belmore and Elgar Rds, Box Hill North. Chisholm-Deakin Grandmothers Against Detention of Refugee Children.

Wangaratta: The first Friday of each month, 3.30-4.30 pm (until December), outside Cathy McGowan’s office – 117 Murphy St. Wangaratta.

Warrnambool: Rotating days each week at 11:00 am outside Dan Tehan’s office, 73 Kepler Street, Warrnambool. Contact Love Makes a Way for roster.


Nationwide phone marathon: Every Wednesday. A nationwide phone marathon to tell politicians that Australians want a complete amnesty for all the asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru. Call or email your local MP and the Senators for your state, between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm.

#CantStandBy: 2pm 1st Saturday every month. Choose from 147 pre-planned locations in five capital cities across the country.

Other national events lists

    1. RAR Events Calendar
    2. RCOA News and Events
    3. RCOA Events Calendar