Regular Vigils and Rallies

Vigils are a peaceful way to make a statement about Australia’s refugees and asylum seekers.  

Every Friday, 5.15 – 7pm, near train station, Adelaide city.#BringThemHere Weekly Vigil. Facebook event here

Weekly Vigils Albany 11:30-12:30 every Saturday, and Denmark 4-5pm every Friday

Every Friday, 4.30pm-5.30pm Corner of Marsh and Dumaresq Streets, Armidale, NSW
#BringThemhere and #LetThemStay Vigil Facebook event  here

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

3rd Friday of each month – 5pm – Rosalind Park (View St end), Bendigo RAR

Every Wednesday 5.00pm-6.00pm at the Information Centre Market Building, Moyston Street, Castlemaine RAR

Weekly Vigils Denmark 4-5pm every Friday and Albany 11:30-12:30 every Saturday.

Fortnightly on Thursdays – Geelong. 12:00 – 1:00 pm. Silent Vigil, outside Myer, Lt Malop Street. Geelong Vigil Group.

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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:

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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.

Every Thursday, 4:00 – 5:00 pm, outside MP Kevin Hogan’s office, Molesworth Street, Lismore.

Melbourne (CBD)
5.30pm-6.30pm Every Friday. Vigils outside State Library.
Hosted by Melbourne Public Vigils – Refugees Off Nauru &  Manus

Melbourne (Coburg)
Every Tuesday, 3.30pm to 4.30pm –  Cnr. Bell St. and Sydney Rd. Coburg. Grandmothers Against Detention of Refugee Children

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.

Newcastle 1
Every Thursday 5.00pm-6.00pm Corner of Hunter and Auckland St, Newcastle HASA

Newcastle 2
First Saturday of every month – 2pm – Wheeler Place, Newcastle
#CantStandBy Facebook event here 

Every Friday, 10am -12 noon, Vigil outside Ann Sudmalis’ office, Suite 3, 59 Junction Street, Nowra – Shoalhaven RAR: Stop the Shame

Every Thursday, 5.30pm – Centenary Square, Church Street,
Parramatta Facebook event here

Every Friday, 5pm, Rally at Queen Victoria statue in front of the Queen Victoria Building, 455 George St,
Sydney. Facebook event here

The first Friday of each month, 3.30-4.30 pm (until December), outside Cathy McGowan’s office – 117 Murphy St. Wangaratta.

Rotating days each week at 11:00 am outside Dan Tehan’s office, 73 Kepler Street, Warrnambool. Contact Love Makes a Way for roster.


Organise a Vigil

If you can’t find one in a town near you, why not organise one yourself? Some guidelines on organising your own vigil can be found below.

Check the Australian Refugee Action Network Billboard for other vigils & rallies

Organise a vigil in your town to draw attention to a particular issue about refugees and asylum seekers? Vigils are a particularly effective way to communicate that we care about a particular issue. Their peaceful, dramatically visual presence always creates an impact.

Vigils are simple to organise:

  1. Select a venue.
  2. Get permission to hold the vigil at that venue.
  3. Rally a group of people to attend.
  4. Let the media know and promote on social media.
  5. Let us know so that we can help spread the word.
  6. Create signage or use your group’s banner.
  7. Get some candles and jars and lighters.
  8. Prepare a welcome speech and perhaps a few relevant stories or news articles to share.
  9. Have someone taking photos.
  10. After the event post about it in your newsletters and on social media.
  11. Do a follow-up news release to the press including photos


Vigil in Maleny

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