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School holidays

Holidays and term dates for Queensland state schools are listed below.

Independent schools and Catholic schools base their holidays on the state school dates but these can vary from school to school—check with your school for details.

Some schools in Far North Queensland and Western Queensland start the summer holiday 1 week before other state schools.

Schools that have early summer holidays.

Term dates for 2016




Term 1

Wednesday 27 January – Thursday 24 March

9 weeks

Term 2

Monday 11 April – Friday 24 June

11 weeks

Term 3

Monday 11 July – Friday 16 September

10 weeks

Term 4

Tuesday 4 October – Friday 9 December

10 weeks

Staff professional development days for 2016

  • Thursday 21, Friday 22 and Monday 25 January
  • Wednesday 6, Thursday 7 and Friday 8 April
  • Monday 17 October

Year 10 and 12 finishing dates for 2016

  • Year 12—Friday 18 November
  • Year 10 and 11—Friday 25 November

View school term and holiday dates for 2016 to 2020 for Queensland.

Public holidays

Find information on public holidays, show holidays and special holidays in Queensland.

Other Australian states and territories

Check the Australian Government's school term dates.

School calendar

Download a printable calendar:

  • School calendar for 2016 (PDF, 491KB)
  • Holiday activities and tips

    Find school holiday activities and programs.

    Read tips on how to better manage school holidays and reduce stress if you’re a parent or carer of a child with disability.

    Keep a watch on our schools

    School Watch is a community based awareness and crime prevention program aimed at safeguarding Queensland schools against vandalism, theft and arson.

    We depend on the local community to: Look, Listen and Report. If you see something suspicious outside of school hours or during school holidays, please do not attempt to intervene. Call School Watch on 13 17 88 and let the authorities deal with the matter.

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    Last updated
    14 January 2016

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