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ACT public schools will return for term 1 from 30 January 2023.

19 January 2023

The ACT’s 90 public schools will welcome 50,000 students on Monday, 30 January as they begin term 1 for the new school year.

This year, the ACT celebrates 50 years of public education, as well as milestone birthdays for several Canberra schools.

Sixty schools will benefit from upgrades this financial year with improvements including new shade sails, inclusive upgrades, bike shelters and enhanced building facilities being installed.

For more information on school upgrades visit

As students return to school for 2023, there are a few important points to keep in mind.

2023 term dates:

  • Term 1: Monday 30 January to Thursday 6 April 2023
    • New students start school on Monday 30 January 2023.
    • Continuing students return to school on Tuesday 31 January 2023.
  • Term 2: Monday 24 April to Friday 30 June 2023
  • Term 3: Monday 17 July to Friday 22 September 2023
  • Term 4: Monday 9 October to Friday 15 December 2023

Getting to and from school on public transport:

Changes to the bus network and timetable will be in place from Monday 30 January 2023. This includes changes to a number of school services based on school and community feedback.

Updated school transport packs and timetables are now available. If your child is catching the bus to school, we recommend familiarising them with their school route so they know which stop the bus will pick them up from in the morning and where to get off at the end of the day.

All school students receive a discounted fare when using MyWay. Students are reminded to tap on and off to pay the cheapest fare.

Whether your child is new to catching buses or light rail or is a regular user, don’t forget that safety is important so make sure your child is familiar with how to travel safely on public transport.

If students live close to school, consider walking, riding, scooting or skating. Riding or walking to school can help your kids develop the confidence and skills to independently travel as they get older.

With works underway to raise London Circuit, there will be significant travel disruptions through the city. Please allow extra time to travel and consider changing your route. Stay up to date with travel impacts at:

The Transport Canberra website has a range of resources, maps and safety tips for students. Check out these other helpful links from Transport Canberra:

40km/h school zones:

Did you know on average it takes just under 30 metres to stop when you hit the brakes going 40km/h?

The stopping distance significantly increases when your speed does.

Road safety is everyone’s responsibility. As students return to school remember to slow down and stick to the 40km/h limit around our schools between 8am and 4pm.

To support safety, mobile speed vans and police regularly patrol school zones. Let’s all slow down and support the safety of our kids.

Parking around schools:

The start of the school year is a particularly busy time in our school carparks and surrounding streets.

Unsafe and illegal parking reduces visibility for students and motorists to see each other, creating a significant hazard when students cross the road.

Parking inspectors including Licence Plate Recognition vehicles will be out and about enforcing parking around schools to support our kid’s safety.

More information about travelling safely to school is available on the Transport ACT website.

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