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|
|Orthodox Christmas celebrates the birth of |
Jesus Christ, focusing on religious customs, liturgies, and traditional rituals.
|26 January||Australia Day||The official national day of Australia.|
|6 February||Safer Internet Day||To make the internet a safer and better |
place for all, especially for children and
|10 February||Chinese New|
|Chinese New Year is the festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar.|
|14 February||Library Lovers' Day||To celebrate the valuable roles libraries|
play in our lives and to re-engage with
our libraries and 'show the love'.
|In recognition that languages and multilingualism can advance inclusion.|
|3 March||Clean Up|
|To inspire and empower communities to clean up, fix up and conserve our environment.|
|8 March||International |
|To celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and|
political achievements of women.
|16 March||National Close|
the Gap Day
|To pledge support for achieving Indigenous health |
equality by 2030.
|Neurodiversity refers to a world where neurological |
differences are recognised and respected as all other human variations.
|18-24 March||Harmony Week||To celebrate Australia's cultural diversity. It's about|
inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone.
|Purple Day is a global initiative dedicated to raising|
epilepsy awareness, dispelling myths, and increasing
support for people living with epilepsy.
|29 March||Good Friday||Good Friday is a religious and national holiday in|
Australia, and is held on the Friday before Easter
|31 March||Easter Sunday||Easter commemorates the resurrection of Jesus|
Christ following his death by crucifixion. It is the
most significant event in the Christian calendar.
|31 March||Transgender Day|
|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 April||Eid al Fitr||The 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 April||ANZAC Day||A 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.
|April||Youth Week||To highlight the contributions and achievements|
of young people (aged 12-25).
|6-11 May||National 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.
|To mark the contributions that nurses make to|
|13-19 May||Education Week||An annual celebration of education in|
|17 May||IDAHOBIT||International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia,|
Interphobia & Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) celebrates
LGBTIQA+ people globally, and raises awareness for
the work still needed to combat discrimination.
|23 May||Buddha Day||Vesak or Buddha Day is an important day of|
celebration for Buddhists. The holiday is traditionally celebrated to commemorate Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death.
|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 May||National 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.
|Neighbourhood House Week is an annual national|
celebration, recognising the important contribution
of neighbourhood houses in local communities across
|To celebrate the vital role that families play in|
|To highlight the impact of road trauma and ways|
to reduce it.
|To celebrate and recognise the vital work|
of volunteers and to say thank you.
|5 June||World Environment|
|To inspire positive environmental change.|
|15 June||World Elder|
|To raise awareness regarding the abuse and|
suffering inflicted on older people.
|16-22 June||Refugee Week||To inform the public about refugees and|
celebrate positive contributions made by
refugees to Australian society.
|June||Men'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.
|June||Pride Month||To 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 July||National Tree Day||Australia's largest tree planting and nature|
|July||NAIDOC Week||To 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.
|July||National Library and|
|To celebrate the work that library and|
information workers do all around
|To protect, promote and support breastfeeding.|
|4 August||National |
|A time for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander|
families and communities, and all Australians,
to celebrate the strength and culture of their
|To commemorate the Battle of Long Tan in 1966.|
|30 August||Wear it|
|An annual expression of support and acceptance|
to rainbow young people from the LGBTIQA+
|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
|August||Children's Book Week||To highlight the importance of reading|
books and shines a spotlight on Australian
children's authors and illustrators.
|2-8 September||National Child|
|A national campaign to promote the message of|
a safe and healthy life for every child, now and
into the future.
|4 September||National Early|
|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 September||RU OK? Day||To encourage people to stay connected and|
have conversations that can help others through
difficult times in their lives.
|17 September||Australian |
|To reflect on the meaning and importance of|
Australian citizenship, and the responsibilities
and privileges we have as citizens.
Anniversary of the findings of the Disability Royal Commission
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
|September||Adult Learners Week||To promote the benefits of learning.|
|1 October||International Day|
of Older Persons
|To raise awareness about issues affecting older |
people. Council's recognition aligns with the
Victorian Seniors Festival.
|23-29 October||Children's Week||A national celebration that recognises the|
talents, skills, achievements and rights of
|To remind us that we all have a role in making|
our communities safer.
|To address and highlight the important|
connection between the social determinants
of health and mental health; and promote
effective prevention strategies to keep people
|October||Carers Week||To raise community awareness among all|
Australians about the diversity of carers and
their caring roles.
|October||Diwali||Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights. It symbolises|
the inner light that protects from spiritual
|October||National Water Week||To build awareness around the value of|
|To acknowledge those who died while serving in|
wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.
|15 November||Birth of |
|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.
|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 November||Transgender Day|
|To honour the memory of the transgender people|
who lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender
|25 November - 10 December||16 Days of |
|To call for the elimination of gender-based |
|To educate and empower people to do the |
right thing when they're at the bin.
|3 December||International |
Day of People
with a Disability
|To increase public awareness, understanding and|
acceptance of people with disability.
|10 December||Human 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.
|To raise awareness about the challenges and|
difficulties of international migration.
|25 December||Christmas Day||An annual festival commemorating the birth of|
Jesus Christ, observed by Christians as a religious
and cultural celebration.