Australia's national events

26 January is Australia Day 
Australia Day is observed as a public holiday in all states and territories. People come together as a nation to celebrate what's great about Australia and being Australian. 


26 May is National Sorry Day 
National Sorry Day is an annual event that has been held in Australia on 26 May, since 1998, to remember and commemorate the mistreatment of the country's indigenous population.

25 April is ANZAC Day 
ANZAC Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders "who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations" and "the contribution and suffering of all those who have served".

The first Tuesday of every November is Melbourne Cup Day
Melbourne Cup Day s Australia's most famous Tuesday. It's a day when the nation stops whatever it's doing to listen to the race call. At 3.10pm AEST, on the first Tuesday in November, Australians everywhere stop for the Melbourne Cup.

2017 public holidays in Victoria

26 January
Australia Day
25 December
Christmas Day
13 March
Labour Day
14 April
Good Friday
16 April
Easter Sunday
17 April
Easter Monday
25 April
Anzac Day
12 June
Queen's Birthday
29 September
AFL Grand Final Holiday
7 November
Melbourne Cup Day
25 December
Christmas Day
26 December
Boxing Day


2017 Victoria school holidays and term dates

Term 1 Monday, 30 January 2017 Friday, 31 March 2017 9 weeks
School Holidays Saturday, 1 April 2017 Monday, 17 April 2017  
Term 2 Tuesday, 18 April 2017 Friday, 30 June 2017 11 weeks
School Holidays Saturday, 1 July 2017 Sunday, 16 July 2017  
Term 3 Monday, 17 July 2017 Friday, 22 September 2017 10 weeks
School Holidays Saturday, 23 September 2017 Sunday, 8 October 2017  
Term 4* Monday, 9 October 2017 Friday, 22 December 2017 11 weeks
2017/2018 Summer School Holidays Saturday, 23 December 2017 Sunday, 28 January 2018  
*Senior Years may have different finishing dates in term 4.