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Upcoming Actions
Regular rallies and vigils
Links for other national Lists of Events

Upcoming actions

21 September – 6 November, Lake Wendouree, Ballarat, Victoria is a collaboration between refugee activist Wendy Bolger and Melbourne photographer Paul Dunn.
We Make a Stand, is a critical response to the Australian Government’s harsh border protection policy.  The Exhibition is part of BOAA Art 2018

95 Bells for 95 Children, 12noon each Friday until 20 Nov. – Facebook event here


support the #KidsOffNauru campaign

20 – 28 October – on or around International Children’s Day (24 Oct)

KidsOffNauru – International Children’s Day – National Rallies
Let us know if you are holding a rally –
email or

  • 12 noon – 1pm Wednesday, 24 Oct, Bendigo – Outside Senator Bridget McKenzie’s office – Facebook event here
  • The Grandmothers against Detention of Refugee Children will be holding various events outside local MP’s offices or in strategic venues.
    For more information  check with your local group or email
  • Rural Australians for Refugees (RAR) groups will be holding various events outside local MP’s offices or in strategic venues.
    For more information  check with your local group or email

6.30pm – Thursday, 25 October, Cinema Nova, Melbourne, Victoria
Film: Journey Beyond Fear

10am – Friday, 26th October – Brisbane
Footpath rally to tell Qantas: Don’t deport refugees to danger!
On footpath outside Hilton Hotel, 190 Elizabeth St, Brisbane.
For more information – contact Ash on 0401 491 412.

2 – 4pm – Saturday, 27 October 2018 – Sydney Kids Off, Everyone Off! Close Nauru, Close Manus – RAC Sydney – Archibald Fountain, Hyde Park Sydney

2 -5pm – Saturday, 27 October 2018 – Melbourne Rally: Nauru & Manus In Crisis – Bring Them Here – RAC Vic – State Library of Victoria

4.15pm – Sunday, 28 October, Cinema Nova, Melbourne, Victoria
Film: Journey Beyond Fear

29 October-2 November – Sydney – 2018 International Metropolis Conference

4-7pm – Thursday, 1 November – Melbourne – Sail4Justice Destination Manus Freedom Flotilla Launch.

Friday 2 November – Prayer Vigils for the Children on Nauru

10am-3.30pm – Friday 2 November Melbourne Forum: Grandmothers Against Detention of Refugee Children – ANMF Building, Elizabeth Street, Melbourne
Bookings here

5pm – 6.30pm Friday, 2 November – Darwin – Kids Off Everyone Off: Close Manus Close Nauru – Parliament House, Darwin – Facebook event here

1pm-3pm – Saturday, 3rd November – Wollongong rally for refugees: #kidsoffnauru– Wollongong Town Hall

7.30pm, 8 November – Benalla (Vic) RAR event – $15 (supper included)
Film – Journey Beyond Fear
– Swanpool Cinema, Benalla
Q&A with filmmaker & director Robyn Hughan

2-4pm – Saturday, 10 November – Immigration Museum, Melbourne 
Documentary Film Night – Asylum seeker lives in limbo in Indonesia, November 10, Melbourne  Tickets are $11 and must be purchased in advance here.

Tuesday, 13 November –  BlueforNauru – groups and individuals wearing or posting something blue into a national solidarity action for November 13th – one week before the climax of the #KidsOffNauru campaign on 20 November 2018 (Universal Children’s Day).

12 Noon – 1pm Tuesday, 20 November MAKE A NOISE Day – Bendigo
Facebook event here

6.30pm – 9.30pm Monday, 10 December 2018 – Melbourne – Stand up, Speak out: Refugee Rights are Human Rights RAC Vic – Burke Street Mall


Regular rallies and vigils


Armidale: Weekly protests on Fridays from 4:30pm to 5:30pm at the corner of Marsh and Dumaresq Streets in Armidale.
Rural Australians for Refugees – Armidale

Ballina: Fortnightly vigils 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

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

1) Every Thursday, 5:00 – 6:00 pm – Crn Hunter & Auckland Sts, (in front of the Newcastle City Hall) – Vigil against Detention of Refugee Children
2) First Saturday of every month – 2pm – Wheeler Place,
Newcastle – #CantStandBy

Nowra: Every Friday, 10am -12 noon, Vigil outside Ann Sudmalis’ office, Suite 3, 59 Junction Street, Nowra – Shoalhaven RAR: Stop the Shame

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


Adelaide Every Friday, 5.15-7pm, Parliament house steps, North Terrace. #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 – 5.30pm – 6pm On the third Friday 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 – 5.30pm-6.30pm Every Friday. Vigils outside State Library:
Hosted by Melbourne Public Vigils – Refugees Off Nauru &  Manus

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.

Melbourne (Brighton): Once a week Bayside Refugee Advocacy and and Support Association (BRASA) hoist an 8 meter banner reading “Bring the refugees to safety now” on Nepean Highway or alternatively Beach Road, Brighton. Contact BRASA

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 events are listed lists on  …

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