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School Holidays | 2021 State by State Dates

Published 1 Apr 2021
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Honey, do the kids go on break next week or the following? 

The actual date school goes on break changes each year which makes it tricky to stay on top of. To take the guesswork out of the schooling calendar in your state, here’s a super handy breakdown provided by the Australian Government. Take note of what’s coming up and save yourself from a morning drive to school which is complete with closed gates on arrival because, school holidays have begun! 

Important: Each school may have different dates which apply. For instance, private schools may offer different breaks to public schools. You should confirm with schools directly about specific dates, including pupil-free days.

Australian Capital Territory 

The ACT have a really cool function which allows you to sync your iCal / iPhone / Android to the official calendar so you can keep pace with changing dates and have your diary automatically updated. Check it out here.

  • Term 1 – Mon 1 Feb – Thur 1 April 
  • Term 2 – Mon 19 April – Fri 25 Jun
  • Term 3 – Mon 12 Jul – Fri 17 Sep
  • Term 4 – Mon 5 Oct – Fri 17 Dec

New South Wales

NSW schools have a quirky element to them – they break down the school term dates by Eastern and Western divisions. It’s not totally clear why this is the case, although unofficial reports suggest higher temperatures experienced in Western NSW might be part of it (Western schools usually return to work one week later than Eastern). Additionally, there doesn’t seem to be a clear map or complete list of which schools fall in each division however unless you’re in a very regional town in the west, you’ll almost certainly be in the Eastern division. 

  • Term 1 – Wed 27 Jan* – Thur 1 Apr
  • Term 2 – Mon 19 Apr – Fri 25 Jun
  • Term 3 – Mon 12 Jul – Fri 17 Sep
  • Term 4 – Tue 5 Oct – Fri 17 Dec

*Eastern division returns 27 Jan, Western division returns 3 Feb.

Northern Territory

Term dates for urban and remote schools differ at the beginning and end of the school year. Check if your child attends an urban or remote school. Gunbalanya School has flexible term dates to recognise activities in the community. 

  • Term 1 – Mon 1 Feb* – Fri 9 Apr
  • Term 2 – Mon 19 Apr – Fri 25 Jun
  • Term 3 – Tue 20 Jul – Fri 24 Sep
  • Term 4 – Mon 11 Oct – Thur 16 Dec**

*Remote schools (except Gunbalanya School) start Tuesday 2.

**Remote schools finish Friday 17 December.

Queensland

The Queensland government also offer the ability to download the school calendar directly to your device, Find out how to subscribe here.

  • Term 1 – Wed 27 Jan – Thur 1 Apr
  • Term 2 – Mon 19 Apr – Fri 25 Jun
  • Term 3 – Mon 12 Jul – Friday 17 Sep
  • Term 4 – Tue 5 Oct – Fri 10 Dec

South Australia

Download the 2021 term dates iCalendar file  to add the term dates to your Outlook calendar, Apple calendar, or other calendar program.

  • Term 1 – Wed 27 Jan – Fri 9 Apr
  • Term 2 – Tue 27 Apr – Wed 2 Jul
  • Term 3 – Mon 19 Jul – Fri 24 Sept
  • Term 4 – Mon 11 Oct – Fri 10 Dec

Tasmania 

  • Term 1 – Wed 3 Feb –  Wed 31 Mar 
  • Term 2 – Wed 21 Apr – Wed 2 Jul
  • Term 3 – Tue 20 Jul – Fri 24 Sep
  • Term 4 – Mon 11 Oct – Thur 16 Dec

Victoria

The Victorian government provide the functionality to download the school calendar in iCal format. Additionally you are able to learn more about the administration dates and assessment schedule here. 

  • Term 1 – Wed 27 Jan* – Thu 1 Apr
  • Term 2 – Mon 19 Apr – Fri 26 Jun
  • Term 3 – Mon 12 Jul – Fri 17 Sep
  • Term 4 – Mon 4 Oct – Fri 17 Dec

*First day of Term 1 is a student free day.

Western Australia

Western Australia flag that each school develops its own calendar (including the public schools). Please contact your school directly for more information about its specific dates, including school development days (six per year, where students do not attend).

  • Term 1 – Mon 1 Feb – Thu 1 Apr
  • Term 2 – Mon 19 Apr – Fri 2 Jul
  • Term 3 – Mon 19 Jul – Fri 24 Sep
  • Term 4 – Mon 11 Oct – Thur 16 Dec

 

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