Events calendar

We have put together this calendar to help you plan your water-education activities and lessons, and keep your informed about upcoming initiatives and events for your school.

2 February, 2019 - World Wetlands Day

The theme for 2019 is ‘Wetlands and Climate Change’ to help raise awareness in the role Wetlands play in storing carbon and reducing the impact of extreme weather events associated with climate change. Wetlands store floodwater and can protect coastlines from storm surges.

Find out more about World Wetlands Day

March 10-16 March 2019 – Groundwater Awareness Week

Groundwater is the water that soaks into the soil from rain or other precipitation and moves downward to fill cracks and other openings in beds of rock and sand. It is, therefore, a renewable resource, although renewal rates vary greatly according to environmental conditions.

Find out more about Ground Awareness Week

11 March 2019 – World Plumbing Day

World Plumbing Day is an international event occurring every year in March to help raise awareness of the important role plumbing plays in the health, safety and sustainability in our communities.

Find out more about World Plumbing Day

18 – 22 March 2019 – Water Aid's Walk 4 Water

Over 750 million people don’t have access to safe water. In recognition of this, WaterAid's Walk 4 Water event held every March asks participants to walk 10,000 steps a day for 5 days and to get sponsored to do so.

Find out more about Walk 4 Water

18 - 24 March 19 – Seek a Leak Week

Leaks play a big part in homes and businesses and can be quite costly if gone undetected. The aim of 'Seek a Leak week' is to help raise awareness on how to look for them and where to get help if needed.

22 March 2019 – World Water Day

International World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

Find out more about World Water Day

30 March 2019 (8.30pm) – Earth Hour

Earth Hour is the single, largest, symbolic mass participation event in the world. Born out of a hope that we could mobilize people to take action on climate change, Earth Hour now inspires a global community of millions of people in 7,001 towns and cities, across 152 countries and territories, to switch lights off for an hour as a massive show of concern for the environment.

Register your school for Earth Hour Schools Day: Friday 29 March 2019 

7 April 2019 – World Health Day

World Health Day is celebrated on 7 April to mark the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organisation in 1948. Each year a theme is selected for World Health Day that highlights a priority area of public health concern in the world.

Find out more via the World Health Day website 

8–14 April 2019 – Kidney Health Week

Kidney Health Week is a national awareness campaign to promote good kidney health. People who do not drink enough water can easily develop bladder and kidney disorders due to the heavy concentration of urine that is passed.

Find out more via the Kidney Health Week website 

22 April 2019 – Earth Day

The proclamation of 22 April as International Earth Day is an acknowledgement that the Earth and its ecosystems provide its inhabitants with life and sustenance. For 2019, the topic is ‘Protect Our Species'.

Find out more via the Earth Day website

14 – 24 May 2019 – NAPLAN week

NAPLAN, an assessment of literacy and numeracy, is undertaken annually by all years 3, 5, 7 and 9 students throughout Australia.

1 June – winter sprinkler ban begins

The winter sprinkler ban is in place from June 1 - 31 August for all scheme and bore water users in Perth, Mandurah and some parts of the south west.

Find out more about the winter sprinkler ban

5 June 2019 – World Environment Day

World Environment Day (WED) is celebrated every year on 5 June to raise global awareness of the need to take positive environmental action. It is run by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).  The theme for 2019 is 'Beat Plastic Pollution'

Find out more via the World Environment Day website

8 June 2019 – World Oceans Day

World Oceans Day is a day to celebrate and remind the global community of the major role the oceans play in our everyday life, as well as to collaborate to protect our shared oceans for a better future.

Find out more via the World Oceans Day website

Winter sprinkler ban in place

The winter sprinkler ban is in place from June 1 - 31 August for all scheme and bore water users in Perth, Mandurah and some parts of the south west.

Find out more about the winter sprinker ban

7 - 14 July 2019 – NAIDOC Week

NAIDOC stands for the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. NAIDOC week is a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and an opportunity to recognise the contributions of indigenous Australians in various fields. Why not use our Water in Aboriginal Culture resource.

Water in Aboriginal culture

26 July 2019 – Schools Tree Day

Schools Tree Day can mark the beginning of a long-term environmental program, engaging your students in a fun, hands on activity that can reinforce their environmental, maths, science and creative arts learning or simply contribute to creating beautiful school grounds. 

Find out more about Schools Tree Day

28 July 2019 – National Tree Day

National Tree Day provides all Australians with an opportunity to do something positive for the environment and reconnect with nature. 

Find out more about National Tree Day

Winter sprinkler ban in place

The winter sprinkler ban is in place from June 1 - 31 August for all scheme and bore water users in Perth, Mandurah and some parts of the south west.

Find out more about the winter sprinkler ban

10 – 18 August 2019 – National Science Week

National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science. There are loads of different ways you can join in with regards to water.  

Find out more via the National Science Week website

19–25 August 2019 – Keep Australia Beautiful Week

Keep Australia Beautiful Week helps to raise awareness about the simple things we can all do in our daily lives to reduce our impact on the environment and encourage action.

Find out more via the Keep Australia Beautiful website

Biodiversity Month

Each year in the month of September, the Australian Government, through the Department of the Environment, aims to promote the importance of protecting, conserving and improving biodiversity through a broad range of initiatives to ensure our important environments and habitats are preserved for future generations.

Find out more about Biodiversity Month

22 September 2019 – World Rivers Day

World Rivers Day is a celebration of the world’s waterways. It highlights the many values of our rivers, strives to increase public awareness, and encourages the improved stewardship of all rivers around the world.  Rivers in virtually every country face an array of threats, and only through our active involvement can we ensure their health in the years ahead.

Find out more via the World Rivers Day website

 5 October 2019 – World Teachers Day

UNESCO's annual World Teachers’ Day is a day devoted to appreciating, assessing, and improving the educators of the world. Why not celebrate your great work by uploading something to our Ripple Effect page and help other teachers.

Upload some great work

15 October 2019 – Global Handwashing Day

Global Handwashing Day is an annual global advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases. It is an opportunity to design, test, and replicate creative ways to encourage people to wash their hands with soap at critical times.

Find out more via the Global Handwashing website

National Water Week

National Water Week provides an opportunity to remind ourselves and teach others that water must be used wisely if there is to be enough to meet the needs of our future generations.

7 – 15 November 2019 – National Recycling Week

This annual campaign educates and stimulate behaviour change by promoting kerbside, industrial and community recycling initiatives and giving people the tools to minimise waste and manage material resources responsibly at home, work and school.

Find out more about National Recycling Week

19 November 2019 – World Toilet Day

Mixing humour with serious facts resonates with people around the world. Having a special day to celebrate the importance of toilets in our lives, World Toilet Day serves as a reminder of the struggles faced by billions of people who still lack access to improved sanitation.

Find out more via the World Toilet Day website

20 November 2019 – Whiteman Park Children's Gnangara Groundwater Festival

The Festival provides an opportunity for Western Australian middle and upper primary school students and their teachers to come together with a specific focus to learn more about water, groundwater, sustainability and other related environmental topics.

Find out more about Whiteman Park's education programs

14 December 2019 – applications close for the Australian Stockholm Junior Water Prize

The Australian Stockholm Junior Water Prize is an annual water science competition for high school students, run by the Australian Water Association, which showcases the unlimited potential of today’s high school students as they create solutions for current and future water challenges for current and future water challenges.

Find out more about the Australian Stockholm Junior Water Prize

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