The Tasmanian Industrial Commission has announced a final decision for the state to move to a four-term school year system.


State Minister for Education and Skills, Nick McKim, welcomed the announcement, made by Commissioner James McAlpine.


“The amendment has become necessary as a result of the Minister for Education and Skills proposing to change the school academic year from three terms to four terms from the commencement of the school year in 2013,” Mr McAlpine said in a statement.


Mr McKim said the decision validates ministerial authority over the constitution of school term dates so long as there are no reductions in teachers’ entitlements.


“As there will be no reduction in teachers’ entitlements, I now intend to continue with the implementation of the four term school year from next year.


The term dates for 2013 will be as follows:


  • Term 1:                4 Feb – 19 April (Easter break: 29 March - 2 April)
  • Term 2:                6 May – 5 July
  • Term 3:                22 July -27 September
  • Term 4:                14 October – 19 December


“The Commission has found that it does not have the jurisdiction to mandate the number and or the length of school terms.


 “As I have previously said, the move to a four term school year will be in the best interests of students’ learning and well-being as outlined in the advisory group’s report.


“In accordance with Commissioner McAlpine’s recommendation, we will seek to meet with the Australian Education Union to work through any areas of concern which still require resolution.”