What is SIW?

Social Inclusion Week is about encouraging communities to reconnect and be inclusive of all cultures, age groups, nationalities and the disadvantaged. 

Social Inclusion Week aims to help Australians feel valued and to give people the opportunity to participate fully in society.  It’s about connecting with local communities, work mates, family and friends to build relationships and networks, addressing isolation and exclusion by supporting people who may be unable help themselves.

Conceptualised by Dr Jonathon Welch AM, and supported by Rotary & the School of Hard Knocks, SIW was launched in 2009 as a way for communities to share knowledge and experience to educate and raise awareness. 

It is an annual initiative that takes place the last week in November. Social Inclusion Week runs from Saturday 21 to Sunday 29 November 2015.

In 2015 the theme will again be: Collaborate, Connect and Celebrate! – a strong call to action to encourage people of all ages to join together and engage with the objectives of the Week by hosting or attending a social inclusion focused event.

In addition to grass-roots, community created events, which we refer to as "National Street Parties", there will be a number of national events and activities during the Week created by the SIW team. 

Key social inclusion target groups include: young people 12-25 years of age, jobless families with children, disadvantaged Australians, people with a disability or mental illness, people who are homeless, older people and Indigenous Australians.

Fast Facts about SIW 2013:

  • Over 500 organisations participated in Social Inclusion Week 2013 including many high profile corporations.
  • More than 5.1 million Australian readers, viewers, and listeners had the opportunity to learn about SIW from our media activity.
  • There were participants from 7 states and territories with Victoria holding the most events.
  • More than 300 Social Inclusion Week events were held around Australia in support of building a more socially inclusive Australia.
  • Over 1,600 people and organisations received the SIW Enews weekly email to the lead up, during and post Social Inclusion Week 2013.

Celebrate Social Inclusion Week by hosting your own event!  You can get tips on how to get started on our resources page.