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.

Beginning of July

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August 2020
Date Event
1 Horse’s Birthday
1-31 MS Readathon Reading Period begins
1-31 National Family History Month
1-31 Stamp Collecting Month
2 International Friendship Day
2 National Tree Day
3 Bank Holiday - NSW
3 Picnic Day : NT
3-7 Education Week : NSW [TBC]
3-9 National Homeless Persons’ Week [TBC]
4 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day
TBC National Missing Persons Week
5 Australian Science Olympiads/Chemistry
5-6 CareersXpo Canberra
6 Hiroshima Day
7 Earth & Environmental Science Exam - Australian Science Olympiad Competition
7 Jeans4Genes Day
7 Updated ! WAKAKIRRI Screen Challenge [Registrations close]
7-16 Royal Queensland Show [EKKA]
8 Mary MacKillop’s Day
9 World Indigenous People’s Day
10 Australian Science Olympiads/Biology
10-16 National Student Volunteer Week
12 Australian Science Olympiads/Physics
12 International Youth Day
13 International Left-Handers Day
15-16 International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend
15-23 National Science Week
17 RSPCA Cupcake Day
17-23 Keep Australia Beautiful Week
18 Vietnam Veterans’ Day
19 World Humanitarian Day
20 Muharram Begins [Islam]
21 Children’s Book Council Book of the Year announced
22-28 Children’s Book Council Book Week
24-30 National Skills Week
TBC Updated ! Healthy Bones Action Week
28 Daffodil Day
TBC Freedom Day NT
29 Ashura [Islam]
29 International Day against Nuclear Tests
TBC Premier’s Reading Challenge finishes - NSW
31 Last Day of Winter
31 MS Readathon Ends
31 MS Readathon/Sponsorships Due

Beginning of August

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September 2020
Date Event
1 First Day of Spring
1 Wattle Day
1-8 Adult Learner’s Week
1-30 National Biodiversity Month
1-30 Save the Koala Month
1-30 Sidetember
TBC Legacy Week
[Badge Day 2020 - TBC]
TBC National Seaweek
2 National HPE Day
2 Indigenous Literacy Day
3 Australian National Flag Day
3 Fred Hollows Foundation Day
4 Student Free Day : Qld
TBC Chief Minister’s Reading Challenge : ACT. End of Challenge.
TBC Premier’s Reading Challenge finishes - SA
TBC Premier’s Reading Challenge finishes - VIC
5-13 Updated ! History Week : NSW
TBC 40 Hour Famine [Backpack Challenge]
6 Fathers Day
6-12 Updated ! National Asthma Week [TBC]
6-12 National Child Protection Week
7 National Threatened Species Day
8 International Literacy Day
10 Australian Intermediate Mathematics Olympiad
10 R U OK ? Day
11 White Balloon Day
12 World First Aid Day
13 National Bilby Day
13 Roald Dahl Day
15 International Day of Democracy
TBC Sustainable House Day
16 International Day for the Protection of the Ozone Layer
17 Australian Citizenship Day
17 Muharram ends [Islam]
18 Term 3 Ends : Qld
18 Term 3 Ends : Vic
18 World Water Monitoring Day
18-20 Jewish New Year [Rosh Hashanah]
19 Software Freedom Day
19 Talk Like a Pirate Day
19-20 Clean up the World Weekend
TBC The Australian Reading Hour
21 ENO Tree Planting Day
21 International Day of Peace
22 World Carfree Day
23 Spring Equinox
25 Premier’s Be Active Challenge ends - SA
25 Term 3 Ends : ACT
25 Term 3 Ends NSW
25 Term 3 Ends : New Zealand
25 Term 3 Ends : NT
25 Term 3 Ends : SA
25 Term 3 Ends : Tas
25 Term 3 Ends : WA
25 World Maritime Day
26 WACE Practical Examinations begin [WA]
27 World Tourism Day
27-28 Yom Kippur [2020]
28 Queen’s Birthday, WA
28 World Rabies Day
29 World Heart Day
29/9-1/10 Australian Schools Orienteering Championships
30 World School Milk Day

Beginning of September

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