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.

October 2020
Date Event
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 World Mission Month
1-31 Zootober
2 International Day of Non-Violence
** Melbourne Int. Arts Festival [A new major cultural event is launching in 2021]
4 Daylight Savings begins : ACT/NSW/SA/Tas/Vic
4 National Walk To Work Day
4 World Animal Day
4-10 World Space Week
5 Labour Day : ACT/NSW/SA
5 Term 4 begins : Vic
5 World Habitat Day
5 World Teachers Day
6 Term 4 begins : Qld
5 VCE Examinations Vic. commence [includes oral and performance]
5-9 Stay Smart Online Week
8 World Sight Day
9 World Post Day
10 Light the Night
10 World Mental Health Day
11 UN International Day of the Girl Child
11-17 Earth Science Week
11-17 Anti-Poverty Week
11-17 National Nutrition Week
12 Students begin Term 4 : WA
12 Teachers begin Term 4 : WA
12 Term 4 begins : ACT
12 Term 4 begins : New Zealand
12 Term 4 begins : NSW
12 Term 4 begins : NT
12 Term 4 begins : SA
12 Term 4 begins : Tas
13 International Day for Disaster Reduction
15 HSC Examinations [written] begin NSW
15 World Rural Women’s Day
16 World Food Day
17 Int. Day for Eradication of Poverty
18 World Mission Sunday
18-24 National Water Week
18-24 Sock It to Suicide Week
19 Senior External Examinations begin Qld.
19-25 Aussie Backyard Bird Count
19-25 Open Access Week
20 SACE [SA] & NT Examinations Begin
20 World Statistics Day
TBC Updated ! Pink Ribbon Day
21 Proclamation Day : WA
21 Ride2 Work Day
21-27 Enviroweek
23 Loud Shirt Day [Date is flexible for your group}
24 United Nations Day
24-30 World Disarmament Week
24/10-1/11 Children’s Week
25 Grandparents Day - QLD
25-31 State Education Week - Queensland
27 National Kidsafe Day [TBC]
29 Muhammad’s Birthday
30 Aust. World Teachers Day
30 Day For Daniel
30 WACE Written Examinations begin [WA]
31 Halloween

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