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.
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.
“Year of … ” Information
The following is a list of “Years” allotted to 2019. They include international nominations as well as others such as the “Chinese Year of …”. Every effort has been made to include all major nominations.
The first group are Officially Nominated Years [International, e.g. United Nations, Chinese Calendar, … ]; the second “United Nations Decades of” ; while the third are those declared by a range of other bodies. A group of “Future Years of …” have also been added.
“Year of … ”
“Decade of … ”
- United Nations Decade for Deserts and the Fight against Desertification 2010-2020
- Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020
- Third International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism 2011-20
- United Nations Decade on Biodiversity 2011-20
- Decade of Sustainable Energy for All 2014-2024
- International Decade for People of African Descent 2015-2024
- United Nations Decade of Action on Nutrition 2016-2025
- The Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa 2016-2025
- Third United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty 2018-2027
- International Decade for Action on Water for Sustainable Development 2018-2028
- Nelson Mandela Decade of Peace 2019-2028
- United Nations Decade of Family Farming 2019-2028
“Other Years of … ”
- 2020 A Year Without War
- 2020 Olympics - Tokyo 2020
This has now been moved to 2021 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- 2020 Scotland’s Year of Coast and Waters
- International Year of Nurse and Midwife [WHO] 2020
- International Year of Sound 2020
- Year of Scotland In Australia 2020
“Future Years of … ”
Listed in the same groupings and order as above. Others will be added as we become aware of them.
- International Year of Peace and Trust 2021
- 2021 International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour
- 2021 International Year of Caves and Karst
- 2021 Year of the Ox
|1||New Years Day|
|1||Public Domain Day|
|TBC||National Youth Science Forum [Session A, Canberra]|
|4||World Braille Day|
|TBC||National Mathematics Summer School [ANU-AAMT]|
|TBC||AMSI Summer School|
|TBC||National Youth Science Forum [Session B, Brisbane]|
|TBC||National Youth Science Forum [Session C, Canberra]|
|17||World Religion Day|
|TBC||Aboriginal Cultural Showcase [Tamworth Country Music Festival]|
|21/22/25||Student Free Days : Qld|
|26||World Leprosy Day [Can be held on nearest Sunday to this date]|
|26||Yabun : Celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures [NSW]|
|27||Holocaust Memorial Day|
|27||Premier’s Be Active Challenge starts - SA|
|27||Updated ! Students begin Term 1 : Qld|
|27||Teachers begin Term 1 : NSW|
|27||Term 1 begins : SA|
|27||Teachers begin Term 1 : Vic|
|28||Data Protection Day|
|28||Students begin Term 1 : NSW|
|28||Students begin Term 1 : Vic|
|29||Premier’s Reading Challenge starts - SA|
|29||Teachers begin Term 1 : ACT|