The following is not a complete listing of every world, or Australian, special day or event, only those felt likely to be of value to schools. Some major religion-specific dates are found here, but a more complete listing can be found through the Multifaith Calendar page.

Calendar events are given in date [then alphabetical] order listings for each month.

Where the date is not known at this time, we have used the code “TBC” [To Be Confirmed]. The actual date will be added as soon as it is known.

The date/events given for the months already completed this year, provide 2023 dates, where these are known.

“Year of …  ” Information

The following is a list of “Years” allotted to 2022. They include international nominations as well as others such as the “Chinese Year of …”. Every effort has been made to include all major nominations.

The first group are Officially Nominated Years [International, e.g. United Nations, Chinese Calendar, … ]; the second “United Nations Decades of” ; while the third are those declared by a range of other bodies. A group of “Future Years of …” has also been added.

“Year of …  ”

“Decade of …  ”

“Other Years of …  ”

“Future Years of …  ”

Listed in the same groupings and order as above. Others will be added as we become aware of them.

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March 2024
Date Event
1 First Day of Autumn
1 2023 HSC written examination elective surveys open
TBC Premier’s Reading Challenge starts - VIC
1-7 Hearing Awareness Week
1-31 Australian Women’s History Month
1-31 Bandaged Bear Appeal
1-31 National Epilepsy Awareness Month
3 Girls’ Day - Japan [Hina-matsuri]
3 School’s Clean Up Day
3 World Day of Prayer
3 World Wildlife Day
4-12 National Seaweek
5 Clean Up Australia Day
5-11 World Glaucoma Week
6 Labour Day : WA
6 Purim [Judaism] [Sunset, 6 March – nightfall, 7 March]
8 International Women’s Day
8 World Maths Day
9 Australian Reading Hour
9 World Kidney Day
11-21 Cultural Diversity Week [Vic]
13 Adelaide Cup Holiday
13 Canberra Day
13 Commonwealth Day
13 Eight Hour Day : Tas
13 Labour Day : Vic
13-17 Catholic Education Week [Vic]
13-19 Brain Awareness Week
13-20 Coeliac Awareness Week
14 International Pi Day
15 Ides of March
15 Silver is Gold Seniors Expo - COTA ACT [This replaces Seniors Week]
15-27 NAPLAN Online Test Window 2023
16 National Close the Gap Day
17 National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence [Bullying noWay !]
17 St Patrick’s Day
19 Sustainable House Day
20 World Storytelling Day
20-26 Harmony Week
21 Autumn Equinox
21 Eliminating Racial Discrimination Day
21 Harmony Day
21 International Day of Forests
21 International Day of Nowruz
21 World Down Syndrome Day
21 World Home Economics Day
21 World Poetry Day
22 World Water Day
23 Beginning of Ramadan
23 World Meteorological Day
24 Earth Hour Schools Day
24 National Ride2School Day
24 World TB Day
25 Earth Hour
26 Purple Day for Epilepsy Awareness
27 World Theatre Day
28 Term 1 Ends : Vic
28 Term 1 Ends : WA
28/3-1/4 Updated !National Folk Festival
29 Good Friday
End of Term 1 WAKAKIRRI Dance Challenge [Registrations close]
End of Term 1 WAKAKIRRI Primary Challenge [Registrations close]
End of Term 1 WAKAKIRRI Secondary School Challenge [Registrations close]
31 Easter Sunday
31 Term 1 Ends : Qld

Beginning of March

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