Australian School Holiday & Term Dates

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Get ready, everyone! Class is finally in session… or is it? For this week’s homework, we’d like you to memorise the start and end dates for the school calendar year. So, earn a gold star by reviewing our school holiday guide for parents and students all across Australia.

What are the school holiday dates in Australia?

There are plenty of places to see and things to do during the school holidays. But when should you start planning? Below is a list of term dates for each Australian state and territory.

Queensland School Dates

Need to recover from weeks of birthday parties, dance recitals and the kids’ sports games? Check the list below to learn when the school term starts and ends in 2019 and 2020.

But before you book your end-of-year holidays, keep in mind that the last day of term 4 might vary between different year levels.

  • Year 12: 15 November 2019
  • Years 10 and 11: 29 November 2019
  • Prep to Year 9: 13 December 2019
  • Special Schools: 13 December 2019

2019 Queensland School Term Dates & Holidays

Term 2019 School term dates 2019 School holidays dates
Term 1 29 January – 5 April 2019 6 April – 22 April 2019
Term 2 23 April – 28 June 2019 29 June – 14 July 2019
Term 3 15 July – 20 September 2019 21 September – 7 October 2019
Term 4 8 October – 13 December 2019 14 December 2019 – 27 January 2020

2020 Queensland School Term Dates & Holidays

Term 2020 School term dates 2020 School holidays dates
Term 1 28 January – 3 April 2020 4 April – 19 April 2020
Term 2 20 April – 26 June 2020 27 June – 12 July 2020
Term 3 13 July – 18 September 2020 19 September – 5 October 2020
Term 4 6 October – 11 December 2020 12 December 2020 – 26 January, 2021

Victoria School Dates

If your child attends a public school in Victoria, there’s a dedicated student-free day each term. In term 1, it’s the start day for most schools. For the rest of the year, the student-free day varies between each school.

2019 VIC School Term Dates & Holidays

Term 2020 School term dates 2020 School holidays dates
Term 1 29 January – 5 April 2019

Government schools start date: 30 January 2019

6 April – 22 April 2019
Term 2 23 April – 28 June 2019 29 June – 14 July 2019
Term 3 15 July – 20 September 2019 21 September – 6 October 2019
Term 4 7 October – 20 December 2019 21 December 2019 – 27 January 2020

2020 VIC School Term Dates & Holidays

Term 2020 School term dates 2020 School holidays dates
Term 1 28 January – 27 March 2020

Government schools start date: 29 January 2020

29 March – 13 April 2020
Term 2 14 April – 26 June 2020 27 June – 12 July 2020
Term 3 13 July – 18 September 2020 19 September – 4 October 2020
Term 4 5 October – 18 December 2020 19 December 2020 – 26 January 2021

New South Wales School Dates

In NSW, term dates and school holiday periods are determined based on whether your child is attending a school in the Western or Eastern division. Schools in the far western region of NSW are considered part of the Western Division and are known as ‘late start schools’. The eastern boundary of the division runs from Mungindi on the Queensland border to the Murray River near Balranald.

2019 NSW School Term Dates & Holidays

Term 2019 School term dates 2019 School holidays dates
Term 1 Eastern division: 29 January – 12 April 2019

Western division: 5 February – 12 April 2019

13 April – 28 April 2019
Term 2 29 April – 5 July 2019 6 July – 21 July 2019
Term 3 22 July – 27 September 2019 28 September – 13 October 2019
Term 4 14 October – 20 December 2019 21 December 2019 – 27 January 2020

2020 NSW School Term Dates & Holidays

Term 2020 School term dates 2020 School holidays dates
Term 1 Eastern Division: 28 January – 9 April 2020

Western Division: 4 February – 9 April 2020

13 April – 24 April 2020
Term 2 27 April – 3 July 2020 6 July – 17 July 2020
Term 3 20 July – 25 September 2020 28 September – October 2020
Term 4 12 October – 18 December 2020 Eastern Division: 21 December 2020 – 26 January 2021

Western Division: 21 December 2020 – 2 February 2021

South Australia School Dates

From writing stories in English to scoring goals in P.E, there’s so much to learn and do at school. Check the list below to see the important start and end dates for 2019 and 2020 in South Australia.

2019 SA School Term Dates & Holidays

Term 2019 School term dates 2019 School holidays dates
Term 1 29 January – 12 April 2019 13 April – 28 April 2019
Term 2 29 April – 5 July 2019 6 July – 21 July 2019
Term 3 22 July – 27 September 2019 28 September – 13 October 2019
Term 4 14 October – 11 December 2019 12 December 2019 – 27 January 2020

2020 SA School Term Dates & Holidays

Term 2020 School term dates 2020 School holidays dates
Term 1 28 January – 9 April 2020 29 January – 26 April 2020
Term 2 27 April – 3 July 2020 4 July – 19 July 2020
Term 3 20 July – 25 September 2020 26 September – 11 October 2010
Term 4 12 October – 11 December 2020 12 December – 26 January 2021

Western Australia School Dates

In Western Australia, each public school creates its own calendar. Below are the official days published by the State government. So, you might need to contact your school for more information about specific term dates. There are also six school development days throughout the year, which means that students will have an extra few days off in addition to the holidays. Two of these days are before the start of the school year, with another day occurring the day after the end date for the school year. The rest of these student-free days are determined by each school.

2019 WA School Term Dates & Holidays

Term 2019 School term dates 2019 School holidays dates
Term 1 4 February – 12 April 2019 13 April – 28 April 2019
Term 2 29 April – 5 July 2019 6 July – 21 July 2019
Term 3 22 July – 27 September 2019 28 September – 13 October 2019
Term 4 14 October – 19 December 2019 20 December 2019 – 2 February 2020

2020 WA School Term Dates & Holidays

Term 2020 School term dates 2020 School holidays dates
Term 1 3 February – 9 April 2020 10 April – 27 April 2020
Term 2 28 April – 3 July 2020 4 July – 19 July 2020
Term 3 20 July – 25 September 2020 26 September – 11 October 2020
Term 4 12 October – 17 December 2020 18 December 2020 – 31 January 2021

Australian Capital Territory School Dates

Is your family ready for the school year? Here are the dates to know for 2019 and 2020 in ACT.

2019 ACT School Term Dates & Holidays

Term School term dates 2019 School holidays dates
Term 1 4 February – 12 April 2019 13 April – 28 April 2019

 

Term 2 29 April – 5 July 2019 6 July – 21 July 2019
Term 3 22 July – September 27 2019 28 September – 13 October 2019
Term 4 14 October – 19 December 2019 20 December 2019 – 2 February 2020

2020 ACT School Term Dates & Holidays

Term School term dates 2020 School holidays dates
Term 1 3 February – Thursday 9 April 2020

New students start date: Monday 3 February 2020

Continuing students: Tuesday 4 February 2020

13 April – 28 April 2020

 

Term 2 27 April – 3 July 2020 6 July – 21 July 2019
Term 3 20 July – 25 September 2020 28 September – 13 October 2019
Term 4 12 October – 18 December 2020 19 December 2020 – 31 January 2021

Tasmania School Dates

For Tasmanian schools, here are the key dates to keep in check.

2019 TAS School Term Dates & Holidays

Term 2019 School term dates 2019 School holidays dates
Term 1 4 February – 12 April 2019 19 April – 23 April 2019

 

Term 2 29 April – 5 July 2019 6 July – 21 July 2019
Term 3 23 July – 27 September 2019 28 September – 13 October 2019
Term 4 14 October – 19 December 2019 20 December 2019 – 4 February 2020

2020 TAS School Term Dates & Holidays

Term 2020 School term dates 2020 School holidays dates
Term 1 5 February – 9 April 2020 10 April – 26 April 2020
Term 2 27 April – 3 July 2020 4 July – 19 July 2020
Term 3 20 July – 25 September 2020 26 September – 11 October 2020
Term 4 12 October – 17 December 2020

Northern Territory School Dates

Most public schools in the Northern Territory follow the same calendar, with term dates only slightly different for urban and remote schools in the beginning of the year.

  • Urban schools: schools in Darwin and Palmerston and rural regions. Certain schools in Alice Springs are also considered an urban school.
  • Remote schools: schools located in the Katherine region, Arnhem region, Alice Springs region, Barkly region and the Palmerston and rural region.

If your child attends a non-government school, be sure to check the specific term dates with the school. The school year is also different for students who attend Gunbalanya school, which offers flexible term dates to recognise activities in the community.

2019 NT School Term Dates & Holidays

Term 2019 School term dates 2019 School holidays dates
Term 1 Urban schools: 29 January – 12 April 2019

Remote schools (excluding Gunbalanya School): 30 January – 12 April 2019

15 April – 18 April 2019

 

Term 2 23 April – 28 June 2019 1 July – 19 July 2019
Term 3 23 July – 27 September 2019 30 September – 11 October 2019
Term 4 Urban schools: 14 October – 12 December 2019

Remote schools: 14 October – 13 December 2019

16 December 2019 – 24 January 2020

2020 NT School Term Dates & Holidays

Term 2020 School term dates 2020 School holidays dates
Term 1 Urban schools: 28 January – 9 April 2020

Remote schools (excluding Gunbalanya School): 29 January – 9 April 2020

14 April – 17 April 2020
Term 2 20 April – 26 June 2020 29 June – 17 July 2020
Term 3 21 July – 25 September 2020 28 September – 9 October 2020
Term 4 Urban schools: 12 October – 17 December 2020

Remote schools: 12 October – 18 December 2020

21 December 2020 – 29 January 2021

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