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 2021 dates, where these are known.

October 2021
Date Event
1 Term 3 Ends : New Zealand
1 World Day of Older Persons
TBC Be Kind to Animals Week
1-31 International School Library Month
1-31 International Walk to School Month
1-31 Updated ! World Mission Month
1-31 Zootober
2 International Day of Non-Violence
3 Daylight Savings begins : ACT/NSW/SA/Tas/Vic
4 Labour Day : ACT/NSW/SA
4 Term 4 begins : Vic
4 World Animal Day
4 World Habitat Day
4-10 World Space Week
5 Term 4 begins : ACT
5 Term 4 begins : NSW
5 Term 4 begins : Qld
5 World Teachers Day
TBC VCE Examinations Vic. commence [includes oral and performance]
TBC Updated ! Stay Smart Online Week
9 World Post Day
TBC Light the Night
10 World Mental Health Day
10-16 Earth Science Week
11 Students begin Term 4 : WA
11 Term 4 begins : NT
11 Term 4 begins : SA
11 Term 4 begins : Tas
11 Teachers begin Term 4 : WA
11 UN International Day of the Girl Child
11-17 National Nutrition Week
13 International Day for Disaster Reduction
14 World Sight Day
TBC HSC Examinations [written] begin NSW
15 World Rural Women’s Day
16 World Food Day
17 Int. Day for Eradication of Poverty
17 World Mission Sunday [TBC]
17-23 Anti-Poverty Week [TBC]
17-23 National Water Week [TBC]
17-23 Sock It to Suicide Week [TBC]
18 Term 4 begins : New Zealand
19 Updated ! Muhammad’s Birthday
19 Senior External Examinations begin Qld.
TBC Aussie Backyard Bird Count
TBC Open Access Week
TBC SACE [SA] & NT Examinations Begin
20 World Statistics Day
TBC Pink Ribbon Day
21 Proclamation Day : WA
TBC Ride2 Work Day
TBC Enviroweek
TBC Loud Shirt Day [Date is flexible for your group}
24 United Nations Day
24-30 World Disarmament Week
24-30 Children’s Week [TBC]
25-31 State Education Week - Queensland
27 National Kidsafe Day [TBC]
29 Aust. World Teachers Day
29 Day For Daniel
TBC WACE Written Examinations begin [WA]
31 Grandparents Day - QLD
31 Halloween

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