School term dates 2018

School term dates have been compiled from information obtained from state and territory government departments and are subject to change without notice.

Independent and Catholic schools base their holidays on the state school dates but these can vary from school to school. Check with your school for details.

Australian Capital Territory

  • Term 1: Friday 2 February – Friday 13 April
    Teachers commence on Friday. New students start school on the Monday of Term 1, with all continuing students returning on Tuesday. Term break includes Anzac Day public holiday.
  • Term 2 Monday 30 April – Friday 6 July
  • Term 3: Monday 23 July – Friday 28 September
  • Term 4: Monday 15 October – Friday 21 December

For further information, please visit the ACT Government Education and Training Directorate website.

New South Wales

  • Term 1: (Eastern division for students) Monday 29 January – Friday 13 April (see local school for class starting dates), (Western division for students) Monday 5 February – Friday 13 April (see local school for class starting dates)
  • Term 2: Monday 30 April – Friday 6 July
  • Term 3: Monday 23 July – Friday 28 September
  • Term 4: Monday 15 October – Friday 21 December

For further information, please visit NSW Government Public Schools website.

South Australia

  • Term 1: Monday 29 January – Thursday 13 April
  • Term 2: Monday 30 April – Friday 6 July
  • Term 3: Monday 23 July – Friday 28 September
  • Term 4: Monday 15 October – Friday 14 December

For further information, please visit the SA Government Department for Education and Child Development website.

Queensland

  • Term 1: Monday 22 January – Thursday 29 March
  • Term 2: Tuesday 17 April – Friday 29 June
  • Term 3: Monday 16 July – Friday 21 September
  • Term 4: Monday 8 October – Friday 14 December

Year 10 and 12 finishing dates for 2018
Year 12 – Friday 16 November
Year 10 and 11 – Friday 30 November

For further information, please visit the QLD Department of Education and Training website.

Northern Territory

  • Term 1 : Monday 29 January – Friday 13 April (urban schools only)
    Tuesday 30 January – Friday 13 April (remote schools only)
  • Term 2: Monday 23 April – Friday 29 June (all schools)
  • Term 3: Tuesday 24 July – Friday 28 September (all schools) (Teachers resume Monday 23 July)
  • Term 4: Monday 15 October – 13 December (urban schools only)
    Monday 15 October – 14 December (remote schools only)

For further information, please visit the NT Government Department of Education website.

Western Australia

  • Term 1: Wednesday 31 January – Friday 13 April
  • Term 2: Monday 30 April – Friday 29 June
  • Term 3: Monday 16 July – Friday 21 September
  • Term 4: Monday 8 October – Thursday 13 December

In Western Australia, end of year dates for Year 12 students is a school-based decision. For many students, their last day of school is the day of their last exam.

For further information, please visit the WA Government Department of Education website.

Victoria

  • Term 1: Monday 29 January (school teachers start)* – Thursday 29 March
  • Term 2: Monday 16 April – Friday 29 June
  • Term 3: Monday 16 July – Friday 21 September
  • Term 4: Monday 8 October – Friday 21 December

* The first day of Term 1 is a student-free day in all government schools to allow for appropriate planning to take place for the arrival of students. Each year government schools are provided with four student-free days for professional development, school planning and administration, curriculum development, and student assessment and reporting purposes. The remaining three student-free days are determined by each individual school, so contact your school for details.

For further information, please visit the VIC Department of Education and Early Childhood Development website

Tasmania

  • Term 1 Start: Monday 5 February (teachers commence). Wednesday 7 February (students commence).
  • Term 1 Finish: Thursday 12 April (students finish). Friday 13 April (teachers finish).
  • Term 2: Monday 3 April – Friday 6 July
  • Term 3: Monday 23 July – Friday 28 September
  • Term 4: Monday 15 October
  • Term 4 Finish: Thursday 20 December (students finish); Friday 21 December (teachers finish)

For further information, please visit the TAS Government Department of Education Tasmania website.

For information on the Government's vision for schooling in Australia, visit the Quality Schools page.