Palm Sunday rallies are being held on Sunday 2 April 2023 as an important moment to come together to speak out for justice for people seeking asylum. 

On Palm Sunday we remember the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, and the celebration of God's kingdom drawing near – a kingdom in which those who are poor, persecuted and mourning find hope and a home. 

We invite you to join with thousands of others, Christian and non-Christian alike, who are standing together this Palm Sunday to call for justice and dignity to be shown towards refugees here in Australia and for people seeking asylum around the world.

Since the change of Government in Australia, we’ve been grateful to see more compassion applied to our nation’s policies regarding people seeking asylum. We know the difference that will be made by moving almost 20,000 people off temporary visas onto permanent ones, where they are now free to pursue a safe, stable and dignified life here in Australia.

However, more needs to be done. 

More than 150 people remain detained in immigration detention in Nauru and Papua New Guinea – not because of wrongdoing on their part, but as a deterrent to others who would seek to arrive here by boat.

This Palm Sunday, join Common Grace in prayer and action, standing in solidarity with our refugee neighbours and add your voice to advocate for dignity, compassion, justice and welcome in these lands now called Australia.


Below is a list of events confirmed for 2023. Stay tuned as we will be updating this list regularly over the next weeks - adding in-person rallies happening across the country:


Saturday 1 April


Hobart: 11.00am – 1.00pm, Postcards to Parliament
Saturday 1 April on Parliament lawns, Hobart
Organised by Tasmanian Refugee Rights Action Group
Facebook event is here


Sunday 2 April

South Australia

Adelaide: 2pm-4pm. Churches Together for Peace & Justice - Walking in Unity

Tarntanyangga (Victoria Square)

Webpage here



Brisbane: From 1pm. Palm Sunday Rally for Peace and Refugees

King George Square

Facebook event here


Townsville, 4:00pmPalm Sunday Walk for Justice and Freedom for Refugees

Meeting at The Rockpool then walk from there to the Gregory Street Amphitheatre

For further detail email here



Canberra: 1pm - 2:30pm. Palm Sunday Rally: Refugees – Permanent Visas for ALL

Garema Place

Webpage here


Western Australia 

Perth: 1pm. Palm Sunday Walk for Peace and Justice for Refugees

St George's Cathedral

Facebook event here



Melbourne: 1:30pm - 4pm. Walk for Justice and Freedom for Refugees (Refugee Advocacy Network Australia)

State Library, Swanston Street

Webpage here


Wonthaggi: 2pm-3:30pm. Walk for Justice and Freedom for Refugees

Wonthaggi Mine Whistle

Facebook event here

Bendigo: 12.30pm – 2.00pm, Put your Hands Up for Refugees

Bendigo Library Gardens, Palm Sunday gathering and picnic

Organised by Bendigo Churches and Bendigo RAR

Facebook event here


New South Wales

Sydney: From 2pm. Palm Sunday rally - Permanent visas for refugees, Call for peace

Belmore Park, near Central Station

Facebook event here


Lawson (Blue Mountains): 2:00pm Palm Sunday Justice for Refugees Vigil

Meeting outside the Catholic Church Somers St, Lawson

Facebook details here


Newcastle: 2pm - 3pm. Palm Sunday Peace Rally.

Gathering at Civic Park, King Street in Newcastle

Webpage here


Wollongong: 2:00pm,Palm Sunday Rally for Refugees

Wollongong Town Hall

Facebook event here


Northern Territory

Darwin: 5:00pm,Justice for Refugees

Nightcliff Jetty, Nightcliff

For more details visit


Saturday 8 April

New South Wales

Griffith: Saturday 8th April,10:30am - 11:30am, Palm Sunday Action

Kooyoo St Mall, Griffith, Organised by Rural Australians for Refugees Griffith NSW Enquiries – email here


If you are unable to make it to a rally or event, you can find more information on how you can take action or participate with your faith community on the Australian Refugee Action Network webpage.