We currently recognise a number of cultural, social, environmental and educational significant dates.

Dates of significance are recognised in a number of ways including a community event or program, promotion on social media, flag raising ceremony or support provided to a non-Council event (such as to the RSL on ANZAC Day).

The criteria for recognising a date of significance includes:

  • alignment with the Council and Wellbeing Plan
  • a public holiday or national/international observance
  • alignment with a Council service or policy.

To ensure we recognise dates in a planned, coordinated and transparent and timely manner, we want to know if there are any dates of significance you think we should include. Any date suggested must align with the above criteria.

The United Nations defines specific days, weeks, years and decades as occasions to mark particular events or topics in order to educate the general public on issues of concern, to mobilise political will and resources to address global problems, and to celebrate and reinforce achievements of humanity.

We have a diverse community that celebrates a large range of cultural and religious dates. The proposed cultural and religious dates have been informed by demographic data on the City of Melton's largest faith groups and through consultation with the Melton Interfaith Network.

Proposed dates of significance

Date Date of Significance Description
7 January Orthodox
Orthodox Christmas celebrates the birth of
Jesus Christ, focusing on religious customs, liturgies, and traditional rituals.
26 JanuaryAustralia DayThe official national day of Australia.
6 FebruarySafer Internet DayTo make the internet a safer and better
place for all, especially for children and
young people.
10 FebruaryChinese New
Chinese New Year is the festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar.
14 FebruaryLibrary Lovers' DayTo celebrate the valuable roles libraries
play in our lives and to re-engage with
our libraries and 'show the love'.
21 February International
In recognition that languages and multilingualism can advance inclusion.
3 MarchClean Up
Australia Day
To inspire and empower communities to clean up, fix up and conserve our environment.
8 MarchInternational
Women's Day
To celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and
political achievements of women.
16 MarchNational Close
the Gap Day
To pledge support for achieving Indigenous health
equality by 2030.
18-24 March Neurodiversity
Neurodiversity refers to a world where neurological
differences are recognised and respected as all other human variations.
18-24 MarchHarmony WeekTo celebrate Australia's cultural diversity. It's about
inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone.
26 MarchEpilepsy
Purple Day is a global initiative dedicated to raising
epilepsy awareness, dispelling myths, and increasing
support for people living with epilepsy.
29 MarchGood FridayGood Friday is a religious and national holiday in
Australia, and is held on the Friday before Easter
31 MarchEaster SundayEaster commemorates the resurrection of Jesus
Christ following his death by crucifixion. It is the
most significant event in the Christian calendar.
31 MarchTransgender Day
of Visibility
An international celebration of trans pride and
awareness, recognising trans and gender diverse
experience and achievements.
To celebrate and appreciate the many benefits of
10 AprilEid al FitrThe Islamic month of fasting, Ramadan, ends with
the festival of Eid al Fitr. A celebratory meal breaks
the fast, and good deeds have special significance
during this time. Eid is also a time of forgiveness
and making amends.
25 AprilANZAC DayA national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that commemorates all Australians
and New Zealanders who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations and the contribution and suffering of all those who have served.
AprilYouth WeekTo highlight the contributions and achievements
of young people (aged 12-25).
6-11 MayNational Family
Day Care Week
To recognise and promote the important role family
day care educators and services play in the
development and wellbeing of children.
12 MayInternational
Nurses Day
To mark the contributions that nurses make to
13-19 MayEducation WeekAn annual celebration of education in
17 MayIDAHOBITInternational Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia,
Interphobia & Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) celebrates
LGBTIQA+ people globally, and raises awareness for
the work still needed to combat discrimination.
23 MayBuddha DayVesak or Buddha Day is an important day of
celebration for Buddhists. The holiday is traditionally celebrated to commemorate Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death.
23 MayNational
To promote the value of reading and
literacy, every year an Australian picture
book is read simultaneously in libraries,
schools, pre-schools, childcare centres,
family homes, bookshops and many other
places around the country.
26 MayNational Sorry
To remember and acknowledge the mistreatment of
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who were
forcibly removed from their families and communities,
which we now know as 'The Stolen Generations'.
27 May - 3 June National
A time for all Australians to learn about our shared
histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore
how each of us can contribute to achieving
reconciliation in Australia.
House Week
Neighbourhood House Week is an annual national
celebration, recognising the important contribution
of neighbourhood houses in local communities across
MayNational Families
To celebrate the vital role that families play in
Australian society.
MayRoad Safety
To highlight the impact of road trauma and ways
to reduce it.
MayNational Volunteer
To celebrate and recognise the vital work
of volunteers and to say thank you.
5 JuneWorld Environment
To inspire positive environmental change.
15 JuneWorld Elder
Abuse Day
To raise awareness regarding the abuse and
suffering inflicted on older people.
16-22 JuneRefugee WeekTo inform the public about refugees and
celebrate positive contributions made by
refugees to Australian society.
JuneMen's Health
To highlight the importance of men's health
and to promote and support the health and
wellbeing of men and boys in our communities.
JunePride MonthTo celebrate the LQBTIQA+ community and reflect
on how far civil rights have progresses in half a
century and an opportunity to protest
discrimination and violence.
31 JulyNational Tree DayAustralia's largest tree planting and nature
care event.
JulyNAIDOC WeekTo celebrate and recognise the history, culture
and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander peoples. NAIDOC Week is an opportunity
for all Australians to learn about First Nations
cultures and histories and participate in
celebrations of the oldest, continuous living
creatures on earth.
JulyNational Library and
Information Week
To celebrate the work that library and
information workers do all around
1-7 AugustWorld
To protect, promote and support breastfeeding.
4 AugustNational
Aboriginal and
Torres Strait
Islander Children's
A time for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
families and communities, and all Australians,
to celebrate the strength and culture of their
18 AugustVietnam
Veteran's Day
To commemorate the Battle of Long Tan in 1966.
30 AugustWear it
Purple Day
An annual expression of support and acceptance
to rainbow young people from the LGBTIQA+
Homelessness Week
To raise awareness of the impact of
homelessness on Australia via national
and local community events, including
providing information on the importance
of housing as a solution and educating
communities on how they can make a
AugustChildren's Book WeekTo highlight the importance of reading
books and shines a spotlight on Australian
children's authors and illustrators.
2-8 SeptemberNational Child
Protection Week
A national campaign to promote the message of
a safe and healthy life for every child, now and
into the future.
4 SeptemberNational Early
Childhood Educators
To recognise and celebrate the work of
Australia's educators in early learning
services for their wonderful contribution
to the wellbeing and healthy development
of the young children in their care.
12 SeptemberRU OK? DayTo encourage people to stay connected and
have conversations that can help others through
difficult times in their lives.
17 SeptemberAustralian
Citizenship Day
To reflect on the meaning and importance of
Australian citizenship, and the responsibilities
and privileges we have as citizens.
30 September

Anniversary of the findings of the Disability Royal Commission

A day to remember and raise awareness of people with disability who have experienced violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation and what actions Council is taking in response to the Disability Royal Commission.
SeptemberAdult Learners WeekTo promote the benefits of learning.
1 OctoberInternational Day
of Older Persons
To raise awareness about issues affecting older
people. Council's recognition aligns with the
Victorian Seniors Festival.
23-29 OctoberChildren's WeekA national celebration that recognises the
talents, skills, achievements and rights of
Safety Month
To remind us that we all have a role in making
our communities safer.
OctoberMental Health
To address and highlight the important
connection between the social determinants
of health and mental health; and promote
effective prevention strategies to keep people
mentally healthy.
OctoberCarers WeekTo raise community awareness among all
Australians about the diversity of carers and
their caring roles.
OctoberDiwaliDiwali is the Hindu festival of lights. It symbolises
the inner light that protects from spiritual
OctoberNational Water WeekTo build awareness around the value of
11 NovemberRemembrance
To acknowledge those who died while serving in
wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.
15 NovemberBirth of
Guru Nanak
This day commemorates Guru Nanak Sahib, the
founder of Sikhism and the first Sikh Guru. This
day may also be called Guru Nanak Gurpurab,
Guru Nanak's Prakash Utsav or Guru Nanak Dev.
19 NovemberInternational
Men's Day
International Men's Day celebrates worldwide
the positive value men bring to the world, their
families and communities. Highlights positive
role models and raise awareness of men's
20 NovemberTransgender Day
of Remembrance
To honour the memory of the transgender people
who lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender
25 November - 10 December16 Days of
Activism against
Gender Based
To call for the elimination of gender-based
NovemberNational Recycling
To educate and empower people to do the
right thing when they're at the bin.
3 DecemberInternational
Day of People
with a Disability
To increase public awareness, understanding and
acceptance of people with disability.
10 DecemberHuman Rights
To proclaim the inalienable rights that everyone
is entitled to as a human being - regardless of
race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or
other opinion, national or social origin, property,
birth or other status.
18 DecemberInternational
Migrants Day
To raise awareness about the challenges and
difficulties of international migration.
25 DecemberChristmas DayAn annual festival commemorating the birth of
Jesus Christ, observed by Christians as a religious
and cultural celebration.