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
1-7 Be Kind to Animals Week
1-31 International School Library Month
1-31 International Walk to School Month
1-31 New !Talk-And-Walk-A-Thon [Register to receive a free digital tool kit]
1-31 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 VCE Examinations Vic. commence [includes oral and performance]
4 World Animal Day
4 World Habitat Day
4-5 Updated !Yom Kippur 2022 [sunset 4th to nightfall 5th]
4-10 World Space Week
5 Term 4 begins : ACT
5 Term 4 begins : NSW
5 Term 4 begins : Qld
5 World Teachers Day
7-13 Stay Smart Online Week [TBC]
9 World Post Day
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
12 HSC Examinations [written] begin NSW
13 International Day for Disaster Reduction
14 World Sight Day
15 World Rural Women’s Day
16 Light the Night
16 World Food Day
17 Int. Day for Eradication of Poverty
17 Sustainable House Day
17-23 Anti-Poverty Week
17-23 Sock It to Suicide Week
18 Term 4 begins : New Zealand
18-24 Aussie Backyard Bird Count
18-24 National Water Week
19 Muhammad’s Birthday
19 Senior External Examinations begin Qld.
19 VCE Written Examinations begin [Languages]
19 SACE [SA] & NT Examinations Begin
19-25 Enviroweek
20 Ride2Work Day
20 World Statistics Day
21 Proclamation Day : WA
22 Loud Shirt Day [Date is flexible for your group]
22 Pink Ribbon Day
23-31 Children’s Week
24 United Nations Day
24 World Mission Sunday
24-30 World Disarmament Week
25-31 Open Access Week
25-31 State Education Week - Queensland
27 National Kidsafe Day [TBC]
29 Aust. World Teachers Day
29 Day For Daniel
31 Grandparents Day - QLD
31 Halloween

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