Universities Australia maintains information on principal academic dates for all member universities in a central repository. This information has been sought by employers of university graduates, embassies, international organisations and government bodies planning for key events for the higher education sector.
Details on summer teaching have been added where applicable, showing the start and end dates of the teaching period. Where no details are shown for summer, either no formal summer teaching period occurs at that university, or no significant teaching activities take place during this period. As advised by multi-campus universities, a single set of dates is used by all on-shore campuses within the university.
Common vacation weeks
On 26 June 2007, Universities Australia's board of directors agreed to publish a list of suggested common vacation weeks as a guide to universities in planning their academic calendars and other campus events.
Universities Australia uses a formula based on Week 1 being counted from the Monday nearest 1 March. The common vacation weeks are:
- the week beginning with Easter Monday
- week 19
- week 31.
The common vacation weeks for 2012-2020 are therefore:
|2012||9 - 13 April||2 - 6 July||24 - 28 September|
|2013||1 - 5 April||8 - 12 July||30 September - 4 October|
|2014||21 - 25 April||7 - 11 July||29 September - 3 October|
|2015||6 - 10 April||6 - 10 July||28 September - 2 October|
|2016||28 March - 1 April||4 - 8 July||26 - 30 September|
|2017||17 - 22 April||3 - 7 July||25 - 29 September|
|2018||2 - 6 April||2 - 6 July||24 - 28 September|
|2019||22 - 26 April||8 - 12 Juy||30 September - 4 October|
|2020||13 - 17 April||6 - 10 July||28 September - 2 October|