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School Holidays Australia – 2021 and beyond

Are you planning a break for the family over the school holidays or looking to get ‘back to school’ ready? Here you'll find our complete calendar of Australian school holidays and term dates for every State and Territory.

Schools operate four school terms per year with term dates and holidays set by the Education Office in each jurisdiction. The terms roughly mirror the seasons.

Term 1 – Jan/Feb to March/April
Term 2 – April/May to June/July
Term 3 – July to August/September
Term 4 – September/October to December

Most Australian primary and secondary schools operate a school year of around 200 days. The school year runs from late January or early February, concluding in early December.

Private/Independent/Catholic schools base their holidays on public/government state school dates but dates do vary. Many school holidays are timed to coincide with Australian public holidays to give as much of a break as possible.

Additionally, all Australian schools observe pupil-free days, which are set by individual schools.

It is important that you check with your school for full details, to ensure you have the most accurate and up to date.

ACT School Holidays and Terms Dates

2021 ACT School Terms

Term2021
Term 1Monday/Tuesday 1/2 February* to Thursday 1 April
Term 2Monday 19 April to Friday 25 June
Term 3Monday 12 July to Friday 17 September
Term 4Tuesday 5 October to Friday 17 December

*New students/Returning students – New students attend a day earlier than Returning students in Term 1.

2022 ACT School Terms

Term2022
Term 1Monday/Tuesday 31 January/1 February* to Friday 8 April
Term 2Tuesday 26 April to Friday 1 July
Term 3Monday 18 July to Friday 23 September
Term 4Monday 10 October to Friday 16 December

*New students/Returning students – New students attend a day earlier than Returning students in Term 1.

NSW School Holidays and Terms Dates

2021 New South Wales School Terms

Term2021
Term 1Wednesday 27 Jan/3 Feb* to Thursday 1 April
Term 2Monday 19 April to Friday 25 June
Term 3Monday 12 July to Friday 17 September
Term 4Tuesday 5 October to Friday 17 December

*Eastern Division/Western Division schools

2021 New South Wales School Development Days

  • Eastern division – 27 January, 28 January 2021
  • Western division – 3 February, 4 February 2021
  • All schools – 19 April, 12 July, 17 December 2021

2022 New South Wales School Terms

Term2022
Term 1Friday 28 Jan/4 Feb* to Friday 8 April
Term 2Tuesday 26 April to Friday 1 July
Term 3Monday 18 July to Friday 23 September
Term 4Monday 10 October to Tuesday 20 December

*Eastern Division/Western Division schools

2022 New South Wales School Development Days

  • Eastern division – 28 January, 31 January 2022
  • Western division – 3 February, 4 February 2022
  • All schools – 26 April, 18 July, 20 December 2022

NT School Holidays and Terms Dates

2021 Northern Territory School Terms

Term2021
Term 1Monday/Tuesday 1/2 February* to Friday 9 April
Term 2Monday 19 April to Friday 25 June
Term 3Tuesday 20 July to Friday 24 September
Term 4Monday 11 October to Thurs/Fri 16/17 December#

*Remote Schools commence a day later in Term 1 than other Northern Territory Schools.
#Remote Schools finish Term 4 a day later than other Northern Territory Schools

2022 Northern Territory School Terms

Term2022
Term 1Monday/Tuesday 31 Jan/1 Feb* to Friday 8 April
Term 2Tuesday 19 April to Friday 24 June
Term 3Tuesday 19 July to Friday 23 September
Term 4Monday 10 October to Thurs/Fri 15/16 December#

*Remote Schools commence a day later in Term 1 than other Northern Territory Schools.
#Remote Schools finish Term 4 a day later than other Northern Territory Schools

QLD School Holidays and Terms Dates

2021 Queensland School Terms

Term2021
Term 1Wednesday 27 January to Thursday 1 April
Term 2Monday 19 April to Friday 25 June
Term 3Monday 12 July to Friday 17 September
Term 4Tuesday 5 October to Friday 10 December

2021 Queensland Staff Professional Development Days

Thursday 21 January, Friday 22 January, Monday 25 January, Thursday 15 April, Friday 16 April, and Friday 3 September.

2022 Queensland School Terms

Term2022
Term 1Monday 24 January to Friday 1 April
Term 2Tuesday 19 April to Friday 24 June
Term 3Monday 11 July to Friday 16 September
Term 4Tuesday 4 October to Friday 9 December

2022 Queensland Staff Professional Development Days

Thursday 20 January, Friday 21 January, Wednesday 13 April, Thursday 14 April, and Friday 2 September.

SA School Holidays and Terms Dates

2021 South Australian School Terms

Term2021
Term 1Wednesday 27 January to Friday 9 April
Term 2Tuesday 27 April to Friday 2 July
Term 3Monday 19 July to Friday 24 September
Term 4Monday 11 October to Friday 10 December

2022 South Australian School Terms

Term2022
Term 1Monday 31 January to Thursday 14 April
Term 2Monday 2 May to Friday 8 July
Term 3Monday 25 July to Friday 30 September
Term 4Monday 17 October to Friday 16 December

TAS School Holidays and Terms Dates

2021 Tasmanian School Terms

Term2021
Term 1Schools -Wednesday 3 February – Wednesday 31 March
Colleges – Wednesday 3 February – Thursday 1 April

Note: 1 April is a Student Free Day for students in Kindergarten to Year 10
Term 2Schools – Wednesday 21 April – Friday 2 July
Colleges – Wednesday 21 April – Friday 2 July
Term 3Schools – Tuesday 20 July – Friday 24 September
Colleges – Monday 19 July – Friday 24 September
Term 4Schools – Monday 11 October – Thursday 16 December
Colleges – Monday 11 October – Check with your college for student finish date

2022 Tasmanian School Terms

Term2022
Term 1Schools – Wednesday 9 February – Thursday 14 April
Colleges – Wednesday 9 February – Thursday 14 April
Term 2Schools – Monday 2 May – Friday 8 July
Colleges – Monday 2 May – Friday 8 July
Term 3Schools – Monday 25 July – Friday 30 September
Colleges – Monday 25 July – Friday 30 September
Term 4Schools – Monday 17 October – Wednesday 21 December
Colleges – Monday 17 October – Wednesday 14 December

VIC School Holidays and Terms Dates

2021 Victorian School Terms

Term2021
Term 1Monday 27 January to Thursday 1 April
Students start 28 January in government schools
Term 2Monday 19 April to Friday 25 June
Term 3Monday 12 July to Friday 17 September
Term 4Monday 4 October to Friday 17 December

2022 Victorian School Terms

Term2022
Term 1Friday 28 January to Friday 8 April
Students start 31 January in government schools
Term 2Tuesday 26 April to Friday 24 June
Term 3Monday 11 July to Friday 16 September
Term 4Monday 3 October to Tuesday 20 December

WA School Holidays and Terms Dates

2021 Western Australian School Terms

Term2021
Term 1Monday 1 February to Thursday 1 April
Term 2Monday 19 April to Friday 2 July
Term 3Monday 19 July to Friday 24 September
Term 4Monday 11 October to Thursday 16 December

2022 Western Australian School Terms

Term2022
Term 1Monday 31 January to Friday 8 April
Term 2Tuesday 26 April to Friday 1 July
Term 3Monday 18 July to Friday 23 September
Term 4Monday 10 October to Thursday 15 December

State and Territory Official Information

Your official source of information can be found for each state and territory here:

  • ACT – The ACT Government Education department – You can visit the website here.
  • NSW – Education New South Wales – You can visit the website here.
  • NT – Northern Territory’s Education and Learning – You can visit the website here.
  • QLD – The Queensland Government Education – You can visit the website here.
  • SA – South Australia’s Department for Education – You can visit the website here.
  • TAS – The Tasmanian Government Education Department – You can visit the website here.
  • VIC – The Department of Education and Training, Victoria s- You can visit their website here.
  • WA – Western Australia’s Department of Education – You can visit their website here.

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