International day of people with disability

Events in NSW for International Day of People with Disability

December 3 is International Day of People with Disability. It aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability and celebrate their achievements and contributions.  The theme this year is ‘Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality’. Join in on the IDPwD events around NSW!

Looking for something closer to home? Newcastle’s Grain Silos Shine a Light each year to mark this important date.

Accessible Arts, the peak organisation for Arts and Disability in NSW, works with cultural organisation Octapod on advocacy, capacity building and removing barriers to accessing the arts in Greater Newcastle. Dr Riona Tindal, Accessible Arts Deaf Arts Coordinator, will be based at Octapod throughout 2019 to address the arts and cultural needs of people with disability in the region.

We also provide a Disability Resources LibGuide with services, support and information available for TAFE NSW students and staff.


National Youth Week: 13-22 April 2018

Look out for National Youth Week activities in the first week of the holidays!

Local Councils are currently promoting events in your region: 



Lake Macquarie



You can also check the national events program on the website for activities in your area here:


Reconciliation Week 2017

National Reconciliation Week 2017

Reconciliation Week display at Glendale TAFE Library

Reconciliation Week display at Glendale TAFE Library















National Reconciliation Week 27 May – 3 June marks the significant milestones in Australia’s reconciliation journey:

  • 50 years since the 1967 referendum
  • 25 years since the historic 1992 Mabo decision
  • 9 years since the 2008 national apology to Australia’s indigenous peoples

The theme for #NRW2017 is ‘Let’s Take the Next Steps’, encouraging all Australians to be a part of the next big steps in our nation’s reconciliation journey.

TAFE libraries have a wealth of information on Australian indigenous history, culture and contemporary insights. This week resources and factsheets are on display in libraries, and you can also search online here or visit the Aboriginal Studies LibGuide: