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National weeks

Australian Heritage Week

12-20 April 2014
Is an annual national celebration of Australia’s unique heritage. It is an opportunity for all Australians to join together to celebrate our shared and special heritage.

Department of the Environment

International days, weeks, years

International Days, Weeks, Years and Decades of Observance as proclaimed by the United Nations.

United Nations


6–13 July 2014
A celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and an opportunity to recognise the contributions of Indigenous Australians in various fields. All Australians are encouraged to participate in NAIDOC Week activities.

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

National Literacy and Numeracy Week

Celebrates the progress Australian schools are making in raising the literacy and numeracy levels of all students. It showcases the hard work school communities have undertaken to increase their efforts to improve literacy and numeracy standards of students.

Department of Education and Training

National Science Week

16–24 August 2014
Provides an opportunity to acknowledge the contributions of Australian scientists, encourages an interest in science pursuits among the general public, and encourages younger people to be fascinated by the world we live in.

Department of Industry and Science

National Skills Week

25-31 August 2014
Dedicated to raising the status of practical and vocational learning. Learning by doing is as important as academic learning – there are many paths to success.

Department of Industry and Science

National Youth Week

1019 April 2015
Celebrates young people in Australia with a program of activities and events developed by the community and young people – for young people. National Youth Week is coordinated by the Department of Education in collaboration with the departments responsible for youth affairs in each state and territory.

Department of Education and Training

Safe Work Australia Month

27 October-2 November 2013
National Safe Work Australia Week raises awareness of workplace safety issues around Australia. It encourages all working Australians to get involved in and concentrate on safety in their workplace to reduce death, injury and disease.

Safe Work Australia

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