Four Term School Year Decision Wed 16 May 2012 Nick McKim Minister for Education and Skills The Minister for Education and Skills, Nick McKim, said tonight he welcomed the decision of the Tasmanian Industrial Commission on the four term year. Mr McKim said that in his findings, Commissioner James McAlpine confirms that the Minister has the authority to adjust term dates as long as there is no reduction 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 AEU to work through any areas of concern which still require resolution."