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2013 Public & School Holidays in Australia



When travelling to Australia, it is helpful to know when national and state holidays fall in the calendar. Australia is a federation of states. There are six states and two Territories. Nationally, Australia celebrates some holidays, but as you will see from a state perspective, some holidays are celebrated at different times of the year.

Here is a list of national holidays that have been scheduled during 2013. These holidays are celebrated throughout Australia on the same day

New Year's Day – Tuesday , January 1
New Year’s Day Holiday – Monday, January 2
Australia Day Monday – January 28 (In lieu of the 26th which falls on a Saturday in 2013)
Good Friday - Friday, March 29
Easter Sunday - Sunday, March 31
Easter Monday - Monday, April 1
Anzac Day - Thursday, April 25
Christmas Day 2013 - Wednesday, December 25
Boxing Day 2013 - Thursday, December 26
New Years Day 2014 - Wednesday, January 1

The following is a compilation of all the public holidays that are scheduled in each of the States and Territories, and have been catalogued into months for easy navigating.

MARCH 2013:
Labour Day (WA) – Monday March 4
Adelaide Cup Day (SA) – Monday, March 11
Canberra Day (ACT) – Monday March 11
Labour Day (VIC) – Monday, March 11
Eight Hour Day (TAS) – Monday March 11

APRIL 2013
Easter Monday – Monday April 1
Anzac Day – Thursday April 25

MAY 2013:
Labour Day (QLD) – Monday, May 6
May Day (NT) – Monday, May 6

JUNE 2013:
Foundation Day (WA) - Monday, June 3
Queen's Birthday Holiday (all States except WA) - Monday, June 10

AUGUST 2013:
Bank Holiday (NSW & ACT) - Monday, August 5 (Not Public Holiday)

SEPTEMBER 2013:
Family & community Day (ACT) – Monday September 30
Queen’s Birthday Holiday (WA) – Monday September 30

OCTOBER 2013:
Labour Day (NSW, ACT & SA) - Monday, October 7
Queen's Birthday Holiday (WA) - Monday, October 7

NOVEMBER 2013:
Melbourne Cup Day (Melbourne Metropolitan only) - Tuesday November 5

The following is a list of SCHOOL TERMS for 2013, as they occur in each State or Territory. You will notice that some states schedule their schools holidays at different times to other states!

Australian Capital Territory:

1st Term: Feb 1 - Apr 14
2nd Term: Apr 29 – Jul 5
3rd Term: Jul 22 - Sep 27
4th Term: Oct 14 - Dec 20
(resumes Jan 31, 2014)

New South Wales:


1st Term: Jan 29 - Apr 12
2nd Term: Apr 29 - Jun 28
3rd Term: Jul 15 - Sep 20
4th Term: Oct 8 - Dec 20
(resumes Jan 28, 2014)

Northern Territory:

1st Term: Jan 29 - Apr 5
2nd Term: Apr 15 - Jun 21
3rd Term: Jul 22 - Sep 27
4th Term: Oct 7 - Dec 12
(resumes Jan 28 , 2014)

Queensland:

1st Term: Jan 29 - Mar 28
2nd Term: Apr 15 - Jun 21
3rd Term: Jul 8 – Sep 20
4th Term: Oct 8 - Dec 13
(resumes Jan 28 , 2014)

South Australia:

1st Term: Jan 29 - Apr 12
2nd Term: Apr 29 - Jul 5
3rd Term: Jul 22 - Sep 27
4th Term: Oct 14 - Dec 13
(resumes Jan 28, 2014)

Tasmania:

1st Term: Feb 4 - Apr 19
2nd Term: May 6 - Jul 5
3rd Term: Jul 22 - Sep 27
4th Term: Oct 14 - Dec 19
(resumes --, 2014)
Victoria:

1st Term: Jan 30 - Mar 28
2nd Term: Apr 15 - Jun 28
3rd Term: Jul 15 - Sep 20
4th Term: Oct 7 - Dec 20
(resumes Jan 29, 2014)

Western Australia:

1st Term: Feb 4 - Apr 19
2nd Term: May 6 - Jul 5
3rd Term: Jul 22 – Sep 27
4th Term: Oct 14 - Dec 19
(resumes Feb 3, 2014)
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