NSW and ACT School Zones

School Zones
School Zones

What are school zones?

School zones are in place outside every school in NSW and the ACT to keep children safe during school travel times. They are marked by school zone road signs, flashing lights and dragon’s teeth road markings. There is a 40km/h speed limit within each school zone and heavy penalties for motorists who drive over the speed limit or break other school zone laws

School zones also include designated drop-off and pick-up areas to allow parents and carers a safe environment to take children to and from school by car. Many school zones also have school crossing supervisors in place to help students use crossings on roads adjacent to or nearby schools. 

Most* school zones operate from 8:00am to 9.30am and from 2.30pm to 4pm on gazetted school days (including school development days) in NSW and from 8am to 4pm in the ACT.

School Zone Dates - NSW - 2021

Dates  include school development days (also known as student-free days) as some students may attend their school on these days.

Notified school days 2021
Term 1 - Eastern Division NSW Wednesday 27 January to Thursday 1 April (inclusive)
Term 1 - Western Division NSW  Wednesday 3 February to Thursday 1 April (inclusive) 
Term 2 (Eastern and Western Divisions NSW)  Monday 19 April to Friday 25 June (inclusive) 
Term 3 (Eastern and Western Divisions NSW)  Monday 12 July to Friday 17 September (inclusive) 
Term 4 (Eastern and Western Divisions NSW)  Tuesday 5 October to Friday 17 December (inclusive) 

School Zone Dates - ACT - 2021

Dates  include school development days (also known as student-free days) as some students may attend their school on these days.

Notified school days 2021
Term 1                                                         Friday 29 January to 1 April (inclusive)
Term 2 Monday 19 April to Friday 25 June (inclusive) 
Term 3 Monday 12 July to Friday 17 September (inclusive) 
Term 4 Tuesday 5 October to Friday 17 December (inclusive) 


Why do school zones operate on pupil free days?

School zones operate and are enforced on pupil free days because pupil free days can vary from school to school. Consistent operation of school zones aims to reduce driver confusion, which improves the safety of school children.

*There are a small number of non-standard school zone times in NSW and ACT. They are identified by red/orange school zone signs to show non-standard times. Signs at these schools show the times that apply.

 

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