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
TBC Light the Night
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 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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