NSW School Holidays 2018


In this post, you will find everything parents and NSW school students need to know about NSW school holidays 2018, term dates and public holidays list. The key dates and information on NSW public school holiday dates 2018 in this post can be used by parents and students who are searching for the dates of school holidays ACT online.

New South Wales (abbreviated as NSW) is a state on the east coast of Australia. New South Wales’ state capital is Sydney, which is also Australia’s most populous city. The NSW school system comprises a kindergarten to year 12 system with primary schooling up to year 6 and secondary schooling between years 7 and 12.

NSW School Holidays 2018

The Department of Education and Communities sets the term and school holiday dates for all NSW public schools. The NSW public school holiday dates 2018 includes all holidays including national, public, and school term breaks.

The school holiday list here applies to all state schools. Independent and Catholic schools do base their terms on the state school dates but their term dates can vary from school to school. So you are advised to check directly with the relevant school to find out the correct term date information.


The table given above shows all the school holidays of NSW public schools. In NSW school holidays dates are broken into Eastern Division and Western Division. Besides the summer holidays, other three holidays viz. autumn break, spring holidays and winter break dates are same in both the divisions. The NSW school holiday calendar 2018 will help you to plan your vacations in advance.

ACT School Holidays 2018

  • Term 1 (Eastern Division) – Monday, 29 January 2018 to Friday, 13 April 2018
  • Term 1 (Western Division) – Monday, 5 February 2018 to Friday, 13 April 2018
  • Term 2 – Monday, 30 April 2018 to Friday, 6 July 2018
  • Term 3 – Monday, 23 July 2018 to Friday, 28 September 2018
  • Term 4 – Monday 15 October 2018 to Friday, 21 December 2018

School development days happen at the start of terms 1, 2 & 3 and the last 2 days of the school year. These days may vary from school to school.

*Year 12 has different finishing dates in term 4. Year 12 only goes for 3 terms and graduate late September/early October. There is then a short break before returning for final exams (HSC) which start mid-October and end around the same time in November.

Note that the dates given above represent official term dates however many schools elect to start the students back on slightly different dates. For instance, it is common for the first day back at school to be a Tuesday for students rather than the Monday. It is also common for students to finish term 4 in the days prior to the final Friday.

NSW Public Holidays 2018

Public Holidays in New South Wales are quite similar to the holiday dates in other states viz. ACT, South Australia, Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia though some variations are always noted in different states for school vacations. Check with your local school as some dates may be changed.

  • Parents and NSW school students can visit official NSW public schools 2018 calendar (PDF 72.47 KB) which includes term dates, school holidays, public holidays, test and exam dates.

The structure of the academic year remains same for all the state schools in Australian states. Tasmania, Victoria, Queensland, and all other states follow the four terms and four school holidays. With this handy calendar, parents and pupils can plan their vacations or activities well in advance. When the NSW schools terms start and end? When do the NSW school holidays begin? This post on “NSW School Holidays 2018” will answer all these. We have also shared a list of term dates and school holidays for other Australian states schools.

With the complete list of NSW school holiday dates ready with you, it will be easier to plan your vacations. Share our NSW school holidays 2018 with your friends and family so you can plan activities, record assessment task and exam dates throughout the term. Happy Holidays!

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