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Find past, present and future NSW public school term and vacation dates, our printable calendar and term planner plus test and exam dates.

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2020 NSW term and vacation dates*

  • Term 1 (Eastern division) – Tuesday 28 January to Thursday 9 April
  • Term 1 (Western division) – Tuesday 4 February to Thursday 9 April
  • Autumn vacation – Monday 13 April to Friday 24 April
  • Term 2 – Monday 27 April to Friday 3 July
  • Winter vacation – Monday 6 July to Friday 17 July
  • Term 3 – Monday 20 July to Friday 25 September
  • Spring vacation – Monday 28 September to Friday 9 October
  • Term 4 – Monday 12 October to Friday 18 December
  • Summer vacation (Eastern division) – Monday 21 December to Tuesday 26 January 2021
  • Summer vacation (Western division) – Monday 21 December to Tuesday 2 February 2021

School development days*

Term dates include school development days at the start of Terms 1, 2 and 3, and the last 2 days of the school year in NSW public schools.

2020 school development days:

  • Eastern division – 28 January 2020
  • Western division – 4 February 2020
  • All schools – 27 April, 20 July, 12 October, 17 December, 18 December 2020

2019 school development days:

  • Eastern division – Tuesday 29 January 2019
  • Western division – Tuesday 5 February 2019
  • All schools – Monday 29 April, Monday 22 July, Thursday 19 December, Friday 20 December 2019

*Check with your local school as some dates may change. Note: School speed zones apply on all school days, including school development days.

Calendar and planner

The following downloads will help you plan your year.

2019 NSW term and vacation dates*

  • Term 1 (Eastern division) – Tuesday 29 January to Friday 12 April
  • Term 1 (Western division) – Tuesday 5 February to Friday 12 April
  • Autumn vacation – Monday 15 April to Friday 26 April
  • Term 2 – Monday 29 April to Friday 5 July
  • Winter vacation – Monday 8 July to Friday 19 July
  • Term 3 – Monday 22 July to Friday 27 September
  • Spring vacation – Monday 30 September to Friday 11 October
  • Term 4 – Monday 14 October to Friday 20 December
  • Summer vacation (Eastern division) – Monday 23 December 2019 to Monday 27 January 2020
  • Summer vacation (Western division) – Monday 23 December 2019 to Monday 3 February 2020

Western division

Schools in the Western Division, also known as late start schools, are located in the far western region of NSW.

Schools in Western Sydney are not considered Western Division schools.

Test and exam dates

2020 test and exam dates:

  • Selective high school placement test – 12 Mar 2020
  • NAPLAN paper test – 12 to 14 May 2020
  • NAPLAN online test window – 12 to 22 May 2020
  • Opportunity class placement test – 29 July 2020
  • VALID Science and Technology 6 and VALID Science 10 – 31 August to 11 September 2020
  • VALID Science 8 – 26 October to 6 November 2020
  • HSC written examinations – 15 October to 6 November 2020

2019 test and exam dates:

  • Selective high school placement test – Thursday 14 March 2019
  • NAPLAN paper test – Tuesday 14 May to Thursday 16 May 2019
  • NAPLAN online test window – Tuesday 14 May to Friday 24 May 2019
  • Opportunity class placement test – Wednesday 31 July 2019
  • VALID Science and Technology 6 and VALID Science 10 – Monday 2 September to Friday 13 September 2019
  • VALID Science 8 – Monday 28 October to Friday 8 November 2019
  • HSC written examinations – Thursday 17 October to Tuesday 12 November 2019

NAPLAN tests are held in the second full week of May each year. For specific dates and further information, visit National Assessment Program – key dates.

Tests are held for selective high school and opportunity class placement each year. Visit Selective high schools and opportunity classes for details.

NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) is responsible for the HSC. To learn more, visit NESA – HSC key dates.

Register your school for VALID or find out more about the tests and marking key dates.

Other term dates

Term 1 (Eastern) – Wednesday 27 January to Thursday 1 April

Term 1 (Western) – Wednesday 3 February to Thursday 1 April

Autumn vacation – Monday 5 April to Friday 16 April

Term 2 – Monday 19 April to Friday 25 June

Winter vacation – Monday  28 June to Friday 9 July

Term 3 – Monday 12 July to Friday 17 September

Spring vacation – Monday 20 September to Friday 1 October

Term 4 – Tuesday 5 October to Friday 17 December

Summer vacation (Eastern) – Monday 20 December to Thursday 27 January 2022

Summer vacation (Western) – Monday 20 December to Thursday 3 February 2022

Term 1 (Eastern) – Friday 28 January to Friday 8 April

Term 1 (Western) – Friday 4 February to Friday 8 April

Autumn vacation – Monday 11 April to Friday 22 April

Term 2 – Tuesday 26 April to Friday 1 July

Winter vacation – Monday 4 July to Friday 15 July

Term 3 – Monday 18 July to Friday 23 September

Spring vacation – Monday 26 September to Friday 7 October

Term 4 – Monday 10 October to Tuesday 20 December

Summer vacation (Eastern) – Wednesday 21 December to Thursday 26 January 2023

Summer vacation (Western) – Wednesday 21 December to Thursday 2 February 2023

Term 1 (Eastern) – Friday 27 January to Thursday 6 April

Term 1 (Western) – Friday 3 February to Thursday 6 April

Autumn vacation – Monday 10 April to Friday 21 April

Term 2 – Monday 24 April to Friday 30 June

Winter vacation – Monday 3 July to Friday 14 July

Term 3 – Monday 17 July to Friday 22 September

Spring vacation – Monday 25 September to Friday 6 October

Term 4 – Monday 9 October to Tuesday 19 December

Summer vacation (Eastern) – Wednesday 20 December to Monday 29 January 2024

Summer vacation (Western) – Wednesday 20 December to Monday 5 February 2024

Term 1 (Eastern) – Tuesday 30 January to Thursday 12 April

Term 1 (Western) – Tuesday 6 February to Thursday 12 April

Autumn vacation – Monday 15 April to Friday 26 April

Term 2 – Monday 29 April to Friday 5 July

Winter vacation – Monday 8 July to Friday 19 July

Term 3 – Monday 22 July to Friday 27 September

Spring vacation – Monday 30 September to Friday 11 October

Term 4 – Monday 14 October to Friday 20 December

Summer vacation (Eastern) – Monday 23 December to Thursday 30 January 2025

Summer vacation (Western) – Monday 23 December to Thursday 6 February 2025

Term 1 (Eastern) – Friday 31 January to Friday 11 April

Term 1 (Western) – Friday 7 February to Friday 11 April

Autumn vacation – Monday 14 April to Thursday 24 April

Term 2 – Monday 28 April to Friday 4 July

Winter vacation – Monday 7 July to Friday 18 July

Term 3 – Monday 21 July to Friday 26 September

Spring vacation – Monday 29 September to Friday 10 October

Term 4 – Monday 13 October to Friday 19 December

Summer vacation (Eastern) – Monday 22 December to Monday 26 January 2026

Summer vacation (Western) – Monday 22 December to Monday 2 February 2026

2019 NSW term and vacation dates

  • Term 1 (Eastern division) – Tuesday 29 January to Friday 12 April
  • Term 1 (Western division) – Tuesday 5 February to Friday 12 April
  • Autumn vacation – Monday 15 April to Friday 26 April
  • Term 2 – Monday 29 April to Friday 5 July
  • Winter vacation – Monday 8 July to Friday 19 July
  • Term 3 – Monday 22 July to Friday 27 September
  • Spring vacation – Monday 30 September to Friday 11 October
  • Term 4 – Monday 14 October to Friday 20 December
  • Summer vacation (Eastern division) – Monday 23 December 2019 to Monday 27 January 2020
  • Summer vacation (Western division) – Monday 23 December 2019 to Monday 3 February 2020

2018 NSW term and vacation dates

  • Term 1 (Eastern) – Monday 29 January to Friday 13 April
  • Term 1 (Western) – Monday 5 February to Friday 13 April
  • Autumn vacation – Monday 16 April to Friday 27 April
  • Term 2 – Monday 30 April to Friday 6 July
  • Winter vacation – Monday 9 July to Friday 20 July
  • Term 3 – Monday 23 July to Friday 28 September
  • Spring vacation – Monday 1 October to Friday 12 October
  • Term 4 – Monday 15 October to Friday 21 December
  • Summer vacation (Eastern) – Monday 24 December to Monday 28 January 2019
  • Summer vacation (Western) – Monday 24 December to Monday 4 February 2019

2017 NSW term and vacation dates

  • Term 1 (Eastern) – Friday 27 January to Friday 7 April
  • Term 1 (Western) – Friday 3 February to Friday 7 April
  • Autumn vacation – Monday 10 April to Friday 21 April
  • Term 2 – Monday 24 April to Friday 30 June
  • Winter vacation – Monday 3 July to Friday 14 July
  • Term 3 – Monday 17 July to Friday 22 September
  • Spring vacation – Monday 25 September to Friday 6 October
  • Term 4 – Monday 9 October to Tuesday 19 December
  • Summer vacation (Eastern) – Wednesday 20 December to Friday 26 January 2018
  • Summer vacation (Western) – Wednesday 20 December to Friday 2 February 2018

2016 NSW term and vacation dates

  • Term 1 (Eastern) – Wednesday 27 January to Friday 8 April
  • Term 1 (Western) – Wednesday 3 February to Friday 8 April
  • Autumn vacation – Monday 11 April to Friday 22 April
  • Term 2 – Tuesday 26 April to Friday 1 July
  • Winter vacation – Monday 4 July to Friday 15 July
  • Term 3 – Monday 18 July to Friday 23 September
  • Spring vacation – Monday 26 September to Friday 7 October
  • Term 4 – Monday 10 October to Tuesday 20 December
  • Summer vacation (Eastern) – Wednesday 21 December to Thursday 26 January 2017
  • Summer vacation (Western) – Wednesday 21 December to Thursday 2 February 2017
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