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.

For Year of … Information go to this page for known listings.

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 2020 dates, where these are known.

April 2021
Date Event
1 April Fool’s Day
1 Term 1 Ends : ACT
1 Term 1 Ends : NSW
1 Term 1 Ends : Qld
1 Term 1 Ends : Vic
1 Term 1 Ends : WA
1-30 Go Blue for Autism - Autism Awareness Month
1-30 Victorian Premier’s Active April
2 Good Friday
2 International Children’s Book Day
2 World Autism Awareness Day
4 WAKAKIRRI Dance Challenge [Registrations close]
4 WAKAKIRRI Primary Challenge [Registrations close]
4 WAKAKIRRI Secondary School Challenge [Registrations close]
TBC - 2020 Victorian Youth Week [formerly National Youth Week.
To be moved to the second half of the year.]
4 Daylight Saving Ends : ACT/NSW/SA/Tas/Vic
4 Easter Sunday
4 International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action
5 Easter Monday
7 World Health Day
9 Term 1 Ends : NT
9 Term 1 Ends : SA
9 Term 1 Ends : Tas
TBC National Folk Festival
11 World Parkinson’s Day
12 International Day of Human Space Flight
13 Beginning of Ramadan
15, 16 Flexible Student Free Days Qld
15-21 World Creativity & Innovation Week
17 World Haemophilia Day
18 World Heritage Day
TBC Australian Heritage Festival
TBC National Trust Heritage Festival - ACT
TBC National Trust Heritage Festival - NSW
TBC National Trust Heritage Festival - NT
TBC National Trust Heritage Festival - Qld.
TBC National Trust Heritage Festival - SA
TBC National Trust Heritage Festival - Tas.
TBC National Trust Heritage Festival - Vic.
TBC National Trust Heritage Festival - WA
19 Students begin Term 2 : WA
19 Term 2 begins : ACT
19 Teachers begin Term 2 : NSW
19 Term 2 begins : NT
19 Term 2 begins : Qld
19 Term 2 begins : Vic
19 Teachers begin Term 2 : WA
20 Students begin Term 2 : NSW [TBC]
22 Earth Day
22 International Mother Earth Day
TBC International Girls in ICT Day
23 World Book and Copyright Day
25 ANZAC Day
25 World Malaria Day
25/4-1/5 Heart Week [TBC]
TBC Premier’s Reading Challenge, Tasmania Begins
27 Term 2 Begins : SA
27 Term 2 Begins : Tas [Teachers]
TBC Computational and Algorithmic Thinking [CAT] [formerly Australian Informatics Competition]
28 International Guide Dog Day
28 Term 2 Begins : Tas [Students]
29 International Dance Day
29 Pay It Forward Day
30 International Jazz Day

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May 2021
Date Event
May-June Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea
1 Kiss Goodbye to MS
1 May Day
1 Mother Goose Day
1 MS Readathon Registrations open
1-31 Domestic Violence Prevention Month
1-31 Information Awareness Month
1-31 National Family Reading Month
2 Easter Sunday [Orthodox]
2-8 International Compost Awareness Week [TBC]
3 Labour Day : Qld
3 May Day : NT
3 Starlight Day [TBC]
3 Term 2 begins New Zealand
3 World Press Freedom Day
TBC WAKAKIRRI Dance Challenge
TBC WAKAKIRRI Primary Challenge
TBC WAKAKIRRI Secondary School Challenge
4 World Asthma Day
TBC Sydney Writers’ Festival Secondary School Days
TBC Sydney Writers’ Festival Primary School Days
5 Children’s Day [Japan]
7 World Athletics Day
8 Red Cross/Red Crescent Day
8 World Fair Trade Day
8-9 World Migratory Bird Day
12 International Nurses Day
10 Mothers Day
11-21 National Literacy/Numeracy Testing [Paper Test]
‘Full transition to NAPLAN Online will now move to 2022’.
11–21 National Literacy/Numeracy Testing [Online Test Window]
** Walk Safely to School Day
Now to be held on 11 September 2020
13 Ramadan Ends [Eid al-Fitr]
15 National Community Language Schools Day
15-21 National Families Week
16-22 Education Week : Vic
17 World Telecommunication & Information Society Day
18 International Museum Day
TBC Law Week ACT
TBC Law Week NSW
TBC Law Week NT
TBC Law Week Qld
TBC Law Week SA
TBC Law Week Vic
TBC Law Week WA
20-26 National Volunteer Week [TBC]
TBC Big Science Competition [Held during this period.]
19 Million Paws Walk [TBC]
21 National Simultaneous Storytime
21 World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
22 ENO Tree Planting Day
22 International Day for Biological Diversity
23 World Turtle Day
24 Escargot Day
TBC Food Allergy Week
25 African Liberation Day
25 International Missing Children’s Day
TBC Updated ! Library & Information Week
25-31 International Arts Education Week
26 Australian Schools National Sorry Day
26 National Sorry Day
26 Updated ! Vesak - Buddha Day
27/5-3/6 National Reconciliation Week
29 International UN Peacekeepers Day
29 National Day of Thanks
31 Last Day of Autumn
31 World No Tobacco Day

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