With the start of the new school year only DAYS away, it’s time to whip out the calendar and note the term dates – and perhaps more importantly, count down to the next school holidays!

Australian school term dates change from state to state, so make sure to double check the starting date for your state.

No doubt you’ve still got PLENTY of time to get organised with all the new school year necessities – lunch box. Check. New socks. Check. See below for our handy guide to all the Australian school term dates for 2019 and 2020 too.


South Australia

2019

  • Term 1: 29 January – 12 April
  • Term 2: 29 April – 5 July
  • Term 3: 22 July – 27 September
  • Term 4: 14 October – 13 December

2020

  • Term 1: 28 January – 9 April
  • Term 2: 27 April – 3 July
  • Term 3: 20 July – 25 September
  • Term 4: 12 October – 11 December

For more information go to the South Australia Department for Education and Child Development.


Victoria

2019

  • Term 1: 30 January – 5 April
  • Term 2: 23 April – 28 June
  • Term 3: 15 July – 20 September
  • Term 4: 7 October – 20 December

2020

  • Term 1: 28 January (29 January in government schools) – 27 March
  • Term 2: 14 April – 26 June
  • Term 3: 13 July – 18 September
  • Term 4: 5 October – 18 December

For more information go to Victoria State Government Department of Education and Training.


New South Wales

2019

  • Term 1 (Eastern division): 29 January – 12 April
  • Term 1 (Western division): 5 February – 12 April
  • Term 2: 29 April – 5 July
  • Term 3: 22 July – 27 September
  • Term 4: 14 October –  20 December

2020

  • Term 1 (Eastern division): 28 January – 9 April
  • Term 1 (Western division): 4 February – 9 April
  • Term 2: 27 April – 3 July
  • Term 3: 20 July – 25 September
  • Term 4: 12 October – 18 December

For more information go to NSW Department of Education and Training.


Queensland

2019

  • Term 1: 29 January – 5 April
  • Term 2: 23 April – 28 June
  • Term 3: 15 July – 20 September
  • Term 4: 8 October – 13 December

2020

  • Term 1: 28 January – 3 April
  • Term 2: 20 April – 26 June
  • Term 3: 13 July – 18 September
  • Term 4: 6 October – 11 December

For more information go to Queensland Government Department of Education and Training.


Australian Capital Territory

2019

  • Term 1: (new students): 4 February – 12 April
  • Term 1: (returning students):   5 February – 12 April
  • Term 2: 29 April – 5 July
  • Term 3: 22 July – 27 September
  • Term 4: 14 October – 18 December

2020

  • Term 1: (new students): 3 February – 9 April
  • Term 1: (returning students):   4 February – 9 April
  • Term 2: 27 April – 3 July
  • Term 3: 20 July – 25 September
  • Term 4: 12 October – 18 December

For more information go to the ACT Government Education Directorate.


Northern Territory

2019

  • Term 1 (Urban): 29 January – 12 April
  • Term 1 (Remote): 30 January – Friday 12 April
  • Term 2: 23 April – Friday 28 June
  • Term 3: 23 July – 27 September
  • Term 4: (Urban): 14 October – 12 December
  • Term 4: (Remote): 14 October – 13 December

2020

  • Term 1 (Urban): 28 January – 9 April
  • Term 1 (Remote): 29 January – 9 April
  • Term 2: 20 April – 26 June
  • Term 3: 21 July – 25 September
  • Term 4 (Urban): 12 October – 17 December
  • Term 4 (Remote): 12 October – 18 December

For more information go to NT Government website.


Tasmania

2019

  • Term 1: 4 February – 12 April
  • Term 2: 29 April – 5 July
  • Term 3: 22 July – 27 September
  • Term 4: 14 October – 19 December

2020

  • Term 1: 5 February – 9 April
  • Term 2: 27 April – 3 July
  • Term 3: 20 July – 25 September
  • Term 4: 12 October – 17 December

For more information go to Tasmanian Government Department of Education.


Western Australia

2019

  • Term 1: 4 February – 12 April
  • Term 2: 29 April – 5 July
  • Term 3: 22 July – 27 September
  • Term 4: 14 October – 19 December

2020

  • Term 1: 3 February – 9 April
  • Term 2: 28 April – 3 July
  • Term 3: 20 July – 25 September
  • Term 4: 12 October – 17 December

For more information visit the Government of Western Australia Department of Education.


Make sure to browse our Back to School section for all the advice and information you need to get the new school year off to a great start, including these clever school hacks.

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