Email us with your group’s actions, and we’ll add it to our list.


Sydney Friday, 10 November, 6pm — Protest Dutton and Abbott, Evacuate Manus now: Tony Abbott has invited Dutton to speak at a fundraiser for his next local election campaign. Join the protest at the Australian Technology Park, Redfern. Facebook event here

Newcastle Thursday 9 November, 5:00 pm SOS Manus Vigil at Civic Pk, King St Crossing Facebook event here

Ballina Wednesday November 8, 4:00 pm, Roadside Rally at Ballina Fair Shopping Centre, 84 Kerr Street, Ballina Facebook event here

Wollongong Thursday November 9, 5:30pm at Crown St Mall Facebook event here

Gosford Friday 10 November, 6:30–7:30 pm, Manus Asylum Seekers Candlelight Vigil, Gosford Waterfront Carnival, Masons Pde, Gosford Facebook event here

Armidale Friday 10 November, from 4:30pm to 5:30pm at the corner of Dumaresq and Marsh Streets. Justice for Refugees. #HeyBarnaby


Melbourne Wednesday, 8 November @ 5pm — Teachers4Refugees has called an after-school rally to round out their day of action in schools and TAFEs. Bring your signs and t-shirts reading #IAmWatching to the rally at the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) on 2 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne. You can contact Teachers4Refugees to order t-shirts for your school/TAFE. Facebook event here

Melbourne Friday November 10, 5:30 pm (and every Friday as long as the siege continues). Rally and street sit-in at State Library, Swanston St Melbourne Facebook event here

Geelong, Thursday November 9, 4:30 pm. Gather outside MP Sarah Henderson’s office for a peaceful protest to reiterate our call to bring these men to safety. 3A/195 Colac Road Waurn Ponds Facebook event here

Ballarat Monday 13 November 11am, Vigil at Office of Catherine King MP, 5 Lydiard St North, Ballarat

BendigoWednesday November 8, 12 noon, Rosalind Park Facebook event here


Canberra, Wed 8 Nov, 1-1.30pm, outside Immigration & Border Protection Processing Centre, 3 Lonsdale St, Braddon Facebook event here
Canberra, Thurs 9 Nov, 1-1.30pm, on grass area beside The Lodge, 5 Adelaide Ave, Deakin (note parking only available in side streets on either side of Adelaide Ave) Facebook event here


Brisbane Wednesday  8 November 6pm to Thursday 9 November 6pm — Protest and 24-hour vigil at Peter Dutton’s office Facebook event here
Brisbane Friday 10 November 5.30pm Rally for Manus, King George Square Facebook event here


Adelaide Friday 10 November at 4:30– 7:00 pm, Parliament of South Australia, North Terrace, Adelaide Facebook event here


Perth Check the Facebook event here for ongoing actions


Darwin Wednesday 8 November, 5:30–7:30 pm at Nightcliff Jetty, Nightcliff, NT Facebook event here


Hobart: Saturday 11 November, 11AM-1PM
Community Action in Solidarity with Manus Island Asylum Seekers
St David’s Park, Hobart. Facebook event here


Wednesday, 8 November @ all day — the Teachers4Refugees advocacy group has called a day of action in schools and TAFEs. Bring your signs and t-shirts reading #IAmWatching, and organise your school or TAFE to join in on the day. Join the event.  Facebook event here

Resources for these actions are here


Australian author Isobelle Carmody is calling on Australians to join her in a daily protest leading up to the closure of the Manus Island Detention Centre at the end of this month.

As of October 31st, the Australian Department of Immigration is cutting off food and water and dismantling fences surrounding the Manus Island Detention Centre, in an attempt to force refugees into the local community that does not want them, or to return to the deadly situations they fled in the first place.

The U.N. has warned of a looming humanitarian crisis due to Australia’s failure to provide appropriate and safe accommodation, basic welfare and support services as the centre closes.

Let us try to turn the eyes of the world onto the activities of the Australian government on Manus Island in the hope that they will release the refugees to New Zealand who have offered them refuge from our brutality. Better still, let us change our policies and bring them to Australia.

Join Carmody in staging your own peaceful sit-in in a public place using the hashtag #IAmWatching.

Photograph your sit in and share them and stories about the refugees on social media: twitter, this event page or Carmody’s facebook page:

If possible time your sit in or posting to coincide with the #PeacefulProtests held on Manus every day at 3pm AEST.

If you can’t sit every day just do it once and keep posting your photo.
If you can’t do a sit in then please help by sharing as many photos of the sit ins as you can, with the Hashtags #IAmWatching #Manus #SOS
Invite everyone you know to take part

Help us to flood the internet with our sit in for the next ten days.
Help us turn the eyes of the world on Manus Island as they close the camp and abandon these refugees our governments have used as pawns in their brutal political games.

More information:


Australia wide: November 12 – 19.   Display a Banner Campaign of Solidarity with refugees in long-term detention organised by Friends of MITA.  The campaign is to run from 12-19th November.  Rural Australians for Refugee is encouraging all its member groups, and others, to join this action Facebook event here

Sydney: 3 October—24 November 2017
‘The Invisible’
Exhibition of new and recent work by artists Khadim Ali, Elyas Alavi, Avan Anwar, Rushdi Anwar and Abdul Karim Hekmat, who all draw on their own refugee backgrounds to create evocative and powerful works in painting, video, sculpture, installation and photography. The exhibition explores the effects of displacement, dispossession, migration, vilification, trauma and memory.
Monday to Friday, 12—6pm
Saturday, 12—4pm
University of Technology, Sydney, Level 4, 702 Harris St, Ultimo, NSW

Wangaratta Vic: Thursday November 9
Tim Watts, Federal MP for Gellibrand will speak about multiculturalism and the long term benefits to communities where refugees are welcomed and supported. Wangaratta THURSDAY, 9 NOVEMBER, 11.45-1.30, Purbrick Hall, Wangaratta (Holy Trinity Anglican Cathedral) All welcome. Contact Wangaratta RAR for further information

Melbourne: Sunday November 12 . The Undoing of Australia Fair
9:15 am – 1:00 pm – on the one-year anniversary of the announcement of the United States re-settlement deal.
A half- day Seminar has been organized by Melbourne Grandmothers at this watershed time. You need to book now to hear outstanding speakers – Gillian Triggs, Michael Gordon, David Manne and Natasha Blucher and to be part of the discussion on the way forward.
New ANMF Building 535 Elizabeth Street Melbourne. The seminar will conclude with a Q&A session. Melbourne Grandmothers
Book through Trybooking: Type in this address.

Maleny Qld: Sunday November 12 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
#RightTrack Community Action Workshop, Maleny
Maleny Neighbourhood Centre
A workshop introducing the tools and strategies to have influential, value-based conversations about the issues that impact on people seeking asylum.
By working together we can transform the way our community thinks about people seeking asylum and get the conversation on the #RightTrack.
Gold coin entry. Please bring a plate to share for lunch.

Toormina NSW: Thursday November 23 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Roadside Demo, Hogbin Drive, Toormina

Coffs Harbour NSW: Thursday 7th December, 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Roadside Demo at the Big Banana


Dutton’s unfair protection application visa deadline
ARAN is calling for all refugee advocacy and activist groups across the nation to take action in their local communities.
Click here for suggested actions and more info.



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


Adelaide: 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.


Every Wednesday: A nationwide phone marathon to tell politicans 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