School Term Dates

Before you start

Find your State or Territory below to check for school term dates. A couple of notes on things to be aware of first:

Pupil free days

School term dates can be tricky because of pupil free days. Each school in the public and the Catholic systemic sector sets its own pupil free days. Some education departments and Diocese have been organised enough to coordinate these days and publish them, in which case you will find them below. If pupil free days are not displayed, you have to contact the schools directly.

Independent schools

Independent Schools do not follow the same term dates as state schools. For any independent schools, you have to check with the school itself for its term dates and student free days.

Year 12

Term 4 often finishes after exams for year 12s. Check each school for any mandatory attendance after that. Catholic schools will have mandatory Mass, while many independent schools will have a mandatory finishing assembly.

ACT School Term Dates

2021 ACT School Term Dates
  • Term 1
    • New students start school on Monday 1 February 2021. Continuing students return to school on Tuesday 2 February 2021.
    • Term 1 concludes on Thursday 1 April 2021.
    • Teachers commence on Friday 29 January 2021 (Pupil free day).
  • Term 2
    • Start Monday 19 April
    • End Friday 25 June 2021
  • Term 3
    • Start Monday 12 July
    • End Friday 17 September 2021
  • Term 4
    • Start Tuesday 5 October
    • End Friday 17 December 2021
2022 ACT School Term Dates
  • Term 1 – 
    • Friday 28 January to Friday 8 April
    • New students start school on Monday 31 January 2022. Continuing students return to school on Tuesday 1 February 2022.
    • Teachers commence on Friday 28 January 2022 (Pupil free day).
    • Term 1 concludes on Friday 8 April 2022.
  • Term 2 – Tuesday 26 April to Friday 1 July
  • Term 3 – Monday 18 July to Friday 23 September 2022
  • Term 4 – Monday 10 October to Friday 16 December 2022
2021 Catholic Schools ACT Term Dates – Archdiocese Canberra Goulburn
  • Term 1
    • Start 1 February
    • End 1 April
  • Term 2
    • Start 19 April
    • End 25 June
  • Term 3
    • Start 12 July
    • End 17 September
  • Term 4
    • Start 5 October
    • End 17 December
2021 Catholic Schools NSW Term Dates – Archdiocese Canberra Goulburn
  • Term 1
    • Start 28 January
    • End 1 April
  • Term 2
    • Start 20 April
    • End 25 June
  • Term 3
    • Start 13 July
    • End 17 September
  • Term 4
    • Start 6 October
    • End 17 December

NSW School Term Dates

2021 NSW School Term Dates
  • Term 1
    • Start Eastern Division
      • Teachers development days 27 and 28 January
      • Students start 29 January
    • Start Western Division
      • Teachers’ development days 3 and 4 February
      • Students start 5 February
    • End 1 April
  • Term 2
    • All schools: Teachers’ development day Monday 19 April
    • Students start 20 April
    • End Friday 25 June 2021
  • Term 3
    • All schools: Teachers’ development day Monday 12 July
    • Students start 13 July
    • End Friday 17 September
  • Term 4
    • Start Tuesday 5 October
    • Students last day Thursday 16 December
    • Teachers’ development day 17 December
2021 Catholic Schools NSW Term Dates
  • Term 1
    • Teachers’ development day 27 January
    • Students start 28 January
    • End 1 April
  • Term 2
    • Teachers’ development day 19 April
    • Students start 20 April
    • End 25 June
  • Term 3
    • Teachers’ development day 12 July
    • Students start 13 July
    • End 17 September
  • Term 4
    • Start 5 October
    • Students last day 15 December
    • Teachers’ development days 16 and 17 December
Please check individual Diocesan Authorities
Archdiocese of Canberra & Goulburn
Archdiocese of Sydney
Diocese of Armidale
Diocese of Bathurst
Diocese of Broken Bay
Diocese of Lismore
Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle
Diocese of Parramatta
Diocese of Wagga Wagga
Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes
Diocese of Wollongong

NT School Term Dates

2021 NT State School Term Dates
  • Term 1
    • Teachers development day 29 January
    • Students start 1 February
    • End 9 April
  • Term 2
    • Start 19 April
    • End Friday 25 June 2021
  • Term 3
    • Teachers’ development day Monday 19 July
    • Students start 20 July
    • End Friday 24 September
  • Term 4
    • Start Tuesday 11 October
    • Students last day Thursday 16 December
    • Remote schools end 17 December
2021 Catholic Schools NT Term Dates
  • Term 1
    • Teachers’ development day 1 and 2 February
    • Urban schools: students start 3 February
    • Remote schools: students start 8 February
    • End 9 April
  • Term 2
    • Students start 19 April
    • End 25 June
  • Term 3
    • Teachers’ development day 19 July
    • Students start 20 July
    • End 24 September
  • Term 4
    • Start 11 October
    • Students last day 16 December
    • Teachers’ development day 17 December

QLD School Term Dates

2021 QLD State School Term Dates
  • Term 1
    • Teachers development days 21 and 22 January
    • Students start 27 January
    • End 1 April
  • Term 2
    • Teachers’ development days 15 and 16 April
    • Students start 19 April
    • End Friday 25 June 2021
  • Term 3
    • Start 12 July
    • Teachers’ development day 3 September
    • End Friday 17 September
  • Term 4
    • Start Tuesday 5 October
    • End 10 December
2021 Queensland Catholic Schools Term Dates
  • Term 1
    • Teachers’ development day 20, 21, 22 January
    • Administration day 25 January
    • Start 27 January
    • End 1 April
  • Term 2
    • Start 19 April
    • End 25 June
  • Term 3
    • Start 12 July
    • Moderation day 3 September
    • End 17 September
  • Term 4
    • Start 5 October
    • Primary school: End 3 December
    • Year 7-11: End 26 November
    • Year 12: End 19 November

Please check your Catholic Education Office for more information

2021 Catholic Schools NT Term Dates
  • Term 1
    • Teachers’ development day 1 and 2 February
    • Urban schools: students start 3 February
    • Remote schools: students start 8 February
    • End 9 April
  • Term 2
    • Students start 19 April
    • End 25 June
  • Term 3
    • Teachers’ development day 19 July
    • Students start 20 July
    • End 24 September
  • Term 4
    • Start 11 October
    • Students last day 16 December
    • Teachers’ development day 17 December

SA School Term Dates

2021 SA State School Term Dates
  • Term 1
    • Start 27 January
    • End 1 April
  • Term 2
    • Students start 19 April
    • End Friday 25 June 2021
  • Term 3
    • Start 12 July
    • End Friday 17 September
  • Term 4
    • Start Tuesday 11 October
    • End 10 December
2021 South Australia Catholic Schools Term Dates
  • Term 1
    • Start 27 January
    • End 9 April
  • Term 2
    • Start 27 April
    • End 2 July
  • Term 3
    • Start 19 July
    • End 24 September
  • Term 4
    • Start 11 October
    • End 16 December

Please check your Catholic Education Office for more information

2021 Catholic Schools NT Term Dates
  • Term 1
    • Teachers’ development day 1 and 2 February
    • Urban schools: students start 3 February
    • Remote schools: students start 8 February
    • End 9 April
  • Term 2
    • Students start 19 April
    • End 25 June
  • Term 3
    • Teachers’ development day 19 July
    • Students start 20 July
    • End 24 September
  • Term 4
    • Start 11 October
    • Students last day 16 December
    • Teachers’ development day 17 December

TAS School Term Dates

2021 Tasmania State School Term Dates
  • Term 1
    • Schools: Teachers development days 1 and 2 February
    • Colleges: Teachers’ development days 25 January – 2 February
    • Students start 3 February
    • End 31 March
  • Term 2
    • Teachers’ development days 15 and 16 April
    • Students start 19 April
    • End Friday 25 June 2021
  • Term 3
    • Schools: Start 12 July
    • Colleges: Start 19 July
    • End Friday 17 September
  • Term 4
    • Start Tuesday 5 October
    • Schools: End 16 December
    • Schools: Teachers development day
    • Colleges: 10 December indicative. Check individual colleges

Check the Department of Education website

2021 Tasmania Catholic Schools Term Dates
  • Term 1
    • Teachers’ development day 20, 21, 22 January
    • Administration day 25 January
    • Start 27 January
    • End 1 April
  • Term 2
    • Start 19 April
    • End 25 June
  • Term 3
    • Start 12 July
    • Moderation day 3 September
    • End 17 September
  • Term 4
    • Start 5 October
    • Primary school: End 3 December
    • Year 7-11: End 26 November
    • Year 12: End 19 November

Please check your Catholic Education Office for more information

2021 Catholic Schools NT Term Dates
  • Term 1
    • Teachers’ development day 1 and 2 February
    • Urban schools: students start 3 February
    • Remote schools: students start 8 February
    • End 9 April
  • Term 2
    • Students start 19 April
    • End 25 June
  • Term 3
    • Teachers’ development day 19 July
    • Students start 20 July
    • End 24 September
  • Term 4
    • Start 11 October
    • Students last day 16 December
    • Teachers’ development day 17 December

VIC School Term Dates

2021 VIC State School Term Dates
  • Term 1
    • Teachers development day 27 January
    • Students start 28 January
    • End 1 April
  • Term 2
    • Students start 19 April
    • End Friday 25 June 2021
  • Term 3
    • Start 12 July
    • End Friday 17 September
  • Term 4
    • Start Tuesday 4 October
    • End 17 December
2021 Victoria Catholic Schools Term Dates
  • Term 1
    • Teachers’ development day 27 January
    • Start 28 January
    • End 1 April
  • Term 2
    • Start 19 April
    • End 25 June
  • Term 3
    • Start 12 July
    • End 17 September
  • Term 4
    • Start 4 October
    • End 17 December

Please check your Catholic Education Office for more information

2021 Catholic Schools NT Term Dates
  • Term 1
    • Teachers’ development day 1 and 2 February
    • Urban schools: students start 3 February
    • Remote schools: students start 8 February
    • End 9 April
  • Term 2
    • Students start 19 April
    • End 25 June
  • Term 3
    • Teachers’ development day 19 July
    • Students start 20 July
    • End 24 September
  • Term 4
    • Start 11 October
    • Students last day 16 December
    • Teachers’ development day 17 December

WA School Term Dates

2021 Western Australia State School Term Dates
  • Term 1
    • Start 1 February
    • End 1 April
  • Term 2
    • Students start 19 April
    • End Friday 2 July 2021
  • Term 3
    • Start 19 July
    • End Friday 24 September
  • Term 4
    • Start 11 October
    • End 16 December
2021 Western Australia Catholic Schools Term Dates
  • Term 1
    • Start 1 February
    • End 1 April
  • Term 2
    • Start 19 April
    • End 2 July
  • Term 3
    • Start 19 July
    • End 24 September
  • Term 4
    • Start 11 October
    • End 16 December

Please check your Catholic Education Office for more information

2021 Catholic Schools NT Term Dates
  • Term 1
    • Teachers’ development day 1 and 2 February
    • Urban schools: students start 3 February
    • Remote schools: students start 8 February
    • End 9 April
  • Term 2
    • Students start 19 April
    • End 25 June
  • Term 3
    • Teachers’ development day 19 July
    • Students start 20 July
    • End 24 September
  • Term 4
    • Start 11 October
    • Students last day 16 December
    • Teachers’ development day 17 December

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