Community Events

Below is a list of community events which may be of interest, offering you the opportunity to learn about and participate in local activities. This listing is offered as a service to the community and community event organisers. Please contact the organisers directly for additional information, as generally, the Hawke Centre is not involved in these community events.

If you have a community event you would like to promote through our website, please forward details to or call 8302 7135 for more information.


2020 Australian of the Year Awards

Nomination close 31 July

January 2020 will mark the 60th anniversary of the Australian of the Year Awards, honouring and celebrating great Australians from all walks of life. Nominations for the 2020 Australian of the Year Awards are now open and your help is needed to ensure our nation’s best continue to receive the recognition they deserve. 

We’re looking for people who are great at what they do, contribute to Australian society and inspire those around them. They could be quiet achievers, community members, leaders in their field of work, household names or unknown heroes.

 Your nominee(s) could be recognised in one of our four categories:

  • Australian of the Year
  • Senior Australian of the Year (65 years and over)
  • Young Australian of the Year (16 to 30 years)
  • Australia’s Local Hero.

 Nominating someone is easy to do - visit by Wednesday 31 July 2019. If you need assistance or have any questions you can contact the Australia Day Council of South Australia team



Music Therapy and Palliative Care
Dr Lucy Forrest, Alfred Health Victoria
Thursday 1 August, 5.30pm to 7.30pm 

Have you ever wondered how music therapy could be used in your service to help support patients and families in palliative care? 

“Being in hospital, or being told you are going to die can be very frightening and stressful for people. Music can be familiar, comforting and relaxing”, says Lucy. “It can impact physiological responses, provide emotional and spiritual support, change how we are feeling, and bring people together.” 

Lucy will provide a general overview and introduction to music therapy, sharing a neuro-bio-psycho-social approach to using music in healthcare; and discussing how music therapy can be used to support people living with life-threatening illness, whether they are newly diagnosed, or facing end-of-life-care. 

For more information and to register, click here


Caught in a Web? The Internet in the 21st Century
Young Australians in International Affairs
Monday 5 August, 6.00pm to 7.30pm 

Join Young Australians in International Affairs to hear insights from our esteemed panel on the unfolding challenges the internet presents as we approach the third decade of the 21st century.

Our panel will include: 

  • Senator Rex Patrick – Senator for South Australia

  • Dr John Bruni – Founder and Director of Sage International

  • Dr Zac Rogers – Research Lead at the Jeff Bleich Centre for the US Alliance in Digital Technology, Security, and Governance at Flinders University

  • Jane Higgins - CEO of the Odyssey Program and Inspire for Girls

This event will explore themes such as the escalating global dangers of online radicalism, the impact of the rise of surveillance capitalism, the effects of the internet on young people and the implications of data collection to democracies worldwide. Our expert panel will discuss the pressing, long term, and perhaps underappreciated threats the internet poses to our safety, privacy and freedom both on and offline, as well as canvass potential solutions. Each of our panellists will first introduce their observations and central contentions, after which there will be an opportunity for you to ask the panel your burning questions regarding the internet in the 21st century.

This event will take place on Monday the 5th of August from 6 to 7:30pm in the Bradley Forum, Level 5 Hawke Building at the University of South Australia, City West Campus.

This is a free event open to all members of the public, but registration is essential. As always, this will be a great opportunity to network with like-minded students and young professionals passionate about the international affairs space. We look forward to seeing you there!

Click here to register



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