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 2019
Date Event
1 World Day of Older Persons
1-3 Australian Schools Orienteering Championships
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
2-20 Melbourne Int. Arts Festival
4 National Walk To Work Day
4 World Animal Day
4-10 World Space Week
5 World Teachers Day
6 Daylight Savings begins : ACT/NSW/SA/Tas/Vic
7 Labour Day : ACT/NSW/SA
7 VCE Examinations Vic. commence [includes oral and performance]
7 World Habitat Day
7-13 Stay Smart Online Week
8 Term 4 begins : Qld
8 Term 4 begins : Vic
8-9 Yom Kippur [2019]
9 World Post Day
10 World Mental Health Day
10 World Sight Day
11 Light the Night
11 UN International Day of the Girl Child
13 International Day for Disaster Reduction
13-19 Anti-Poverty Week
13-19 Earth Science Week
13-19 National Nutrition Week
14 Students begin Term 4 : WA
14 Teachers begin Term 4 : WA
14 Term 4 begins : ACT
14 Term 4 begins : New Zealand
14 Term 4 begins : NSW
14 Term 4 begins : NT
14 Term 4 begins : SA
14 Term 4 begins : Tas
15 World Rural Women’s Day
16 Ride2 Work Day
16 World Food Day
17 HSC Examinations [written] begin NSW
17 Int. Day for Eradication of Poverty
17 Senior External Examinations begin Qld.
19-27 Children’s Week
20 Loud Shirt Day [Date is flexible for your group}
20 World Statistics Day
20 World Mission Sunday
20-26 National Water Week
20-26 State Education Week - Queensland
20-27 Sock It to Suicide Week
21 Proclamation Day : WA
21 Student Free Day : Qld
21-27 Aussie Backyard Bird Count
21-27 Enviroweek
21-27 Open Access Week
22 National Kidsafe Day
23 SACE [SA] & NT Examinations Begin
23 VCE Written Examinations begin [Languages]
24 Pink Ribbon Day
24 United Nations Day
24-30 World Disarmament Week
25 Aust. World Teachers Day
26 Grandparents Day - QLD
27 Day For Daniel
27 Diwali Hindu Festival
29 WACE Written Examinations begin [WA]
31 Halloween

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