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School Holidays In Australia 2022: All States

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!
Published 28 Nov 2021
Updated 26 Oct 2022
3 min read

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 the 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 has 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.

School term dates

  • Term 1 – Fri 28 Jan – Fri 8 April
  • Term 2 – Tue 26 April – Fri 1 Jul
  • Term 3 – Mon 18 Jul – Fri 23 Sep
  • Term 4 – Mon 10 Oct – Fri 16 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.

School term dates

  • Term 1 – Fri 28 Jan* – Fri 8 Apr
  • Term 2 – Tue 26 Apr** – Fri 1 Jul
  • Term 3 – Mon 18 Jul** – Fri 23 Sep
  • Term 4 – Mon 10 Oct – Tue 20 Dec**

*Eastern division returns 28 Jan, Western division returns 4 Feb.

**School Development days – students do not attend on 26 Apr, 18 Jul and 20 Dec.

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.

School term dates

  • Term 1 – Mon 31 Jan* – Fri 8 Apr
  • Term 2 – Tue 19 Apr – Fri 24 Jun
  • Term 3 – Tue 19 Jul – Fri 23 Sep
  • Term 4 – Mon 10 Oct – Thur 15 Dec**

*Remote schools (except Gunbalanya School) start Tuesday 1 Feb.

**Remote schools finish Friday 16 December.

Queensland

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

School term dates

  • Term 1 – Mon 24 Jan – Fri 1 Apr
  • Term 2 – Tue 19 Apr – Fri 24 Jun
  • Term 3 – Mon 11 Jul – Friday 16 Sep
  • Term 4 – Tue 4 Oct – Fri 9 Dec

South Australia

Download the 2022 term dates iCalendar file  to add the term dates to your Outlook calendar, Apple calendar, or other calendar program.

School term dates

  • Term 1 – Mon 31 Jan – Thu 14 Apr
  • Term 2 – Mon 2 May – Fri 8 Jul
  • Term 3 – Mon 25 Jul – Fri 30 Sept
  • Term 4 – Mon 17 Oct – Fri 16 Dec

Tasmania

In Tasmania the term dates for schools and colleges sometimes vary and exam periods are taken into consideration dates as reflected below.

School term dates

  • Term 1 – Wed 9 Feb – Wed 13 Apr
  • Term 2 – Mon 2 May – Fri 8 Jul
  • Term 3 – Tue 26 Jul – Fri 30 Sep
  • Term 4 – Mon 17 Oct – Wed 21 Dec

College term dates

  • Term 1 – Wed 9 Feb – Thur 14 Apr
  • Term 2 – Mon 2 May – Fri 8 Jul
  • Term 3 – Mon 25 Jul – Fri 30 Sep
  • Term 4 – Mon 17 Oct – Written exams commence 8 Nov

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.

School term dates

  • Term 1 – Fri 28 Jan* – Fri 8 Apr
  • Term 2 – Thur 28 Apr – Fri 24 Jun
  • Term 3 – Mon 11 Jul – Fri 16 Sep
  • Term 4 – Mon 3 Oct – Tue 20 Dec

*First day of Term 1 is a student-free day. In government schools, students start on 31 Jan.

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).

School term dates

  • Term 1 – Mon 31 Jan – Fri 8 Apr
  • Term 2 – Tue 26 Apr – Fri 1 Jul
  • Term 3 – Mon 18 Jul – Fri 23 Sep
  • Term 4 – Mon 10 Oct – Thur 15 Dec

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