Australia Public Holidays

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A public holiday, national holiday or legal holiday is a holiday generally established by law and is usually a non-working day during the year. This page contains public holidays sorted by years. Holiday dates may be change from time to time, so please check back regularly for updates. Scroll down to view the national holidays and short description of each holiday.

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DateDayHolidayState
1 JanSunNew Year's DayNational
2 JanMonNew Year's DayPublic Holiday as New Year's Day falls on a Sunday
26 JanThursAustralia DayNational (26 January or, if that day falls on weekend, the following Monday)
6 MarMonLabour DayWA only (1st Monday in March)
13 MarMonAdelaide CupSA only (2nd Monday in March)
13 MarMonCanberra DayAustralian Capital Territory only (2nd Monday in March)
13 MarMonEight Hour DayVIC and TAS only (2nd Monday in March)
14 AprFriGood FridayNational (Friday before Easter Sunday)
15 AprSatEaster SaturdayNational (Except TAS & WA)
16 AprSunEaster SundayPublic Holiday in ACT and NSW
17 AprMonEaster MondayNational (Monday after Easter Sunday)
18 AprTueEaster TuesdayTAS Government only
25 AprTueANZAC DayNational
1 MayMonLabour Day1st Monday in May. QLD and NT only.
14 MaySunMother's Day2nd Sunday in May. Not a Public Holiday
5 JunMonWestern Australia DayWA only (First Monday in June)
12 JunMonQueen's BirthdayNational (2nd Monday in June, Except WA & QLD)
7 AugMonPicnic Day1st Monday in August. NT only
16 AugWedEkka People's DayRoyal Queensland Show. Brisbane only
3 SeptSunFather's Day1st Sunday in September. Not a Public Holiday
25 SeptMonFamily and Community DayACT only (1st Monday of 3rd term school holidays)
25 SeptMonQueen's BirthdayWA only (Last Monday in Sept, or 1st Monday in Oct)
2 OctMonLabour DayACT, NSW & SA only (1st Monday in October)
2 OctMonQueens BirthdayQLD only (1st Monday in October)
7 NovTueMelbourne Cup DayVIC only (1st Tuesday in November)
25 DecMonChristmas DayNational
26 DecTueBoxing DayNational (Except South Australia)
26 DecTueProclamation Day HolidayFirst working day after Christmas Day

DateDayHolidayState
1 JanWedNew Year's DayNational
26 JanSunAustralia DayNational
27 JanMonAustralia DayNational - Observed
3 MarMonLabour Day WA
3 MarTueKing Island Show *Tasmania
(Municipal area of King Island only)
10 MarMonCanberra DayAustralian Capital Territory
10 MarMonMarch Public HolidaySA
10 MarMonEight Hour DayTAS
10 MarMonLabour DayVIC
18 AprFriGood FridayNational
21 AprMonEaster MondayNational
25 AprFriAnzac DayNational
5 MayMonMay DayNT
2 JunMonWestern Australia DayWA
9 JunMonQueen's BirthdayNational (Except WA)
4 AugMonPicnic DayNT
29 SeptMonFamily and Community DayACT
29 SeptMonQueen's BirthdayWA
6 OctMonLabour DayACT, NSV, QLD & SA
4 NovTueMelbourne Cup Day **VIC
14 NovFriDevonport Show *TAS
24 DecWedChristmas Eve * SA
25 DecThursChristmas DayNational
26 DecFriBoxing DayNational (Except SA)
28 DecSunProclamation Day HolidaySA
31 DecWedNew Year's Eve *SA

DateDayHolidayState
1 JanThursNew Year's DayNational
7 JanWedDevonport Cup *TAS
26 JanMonAustralia DayNational
9 FebMonRoyal Hobart Regatta *South of Tasmania & including
Oatlands and Swansea excluding
Bronte Park, Catagunya, Strathgordon,
Tarraleah, Wayatinah & West Coast.
25 FebWedLaunceston Cup *TAS
2 MarMonLabour Day WA
3 MarTueKing Island Show *Tasmania
(Municipal area of King Island only)
9 MarMonCanberra DayAustralian Capital Territory
9 MarMonMarch Public HolidaySA
9 MarMonEight Hour DayTAS
9 MarMonLabour DayVIC
3 AprFriGood FridayNational
4 AprSatEaster SaturdayNational (Except TAS & WA)
5 AprSunEaster SundayNSW & VIC
6 AprMonEaster MondayNational
7 AprTueEaster Tuesday **TAS
25 AprSatAnzac DayNational
27 AprMonAnzac Day - ReplacementWA, ACT - for state government employees only)
4 MayMonMay DayNT
8 MayFriAGFEST *TAS
1 JunMonWestern Australia DayWA
8 JunMonQueen's BirthdayNational (Except WA)
26 JunFriBorroloola Show DayNT
3 JulFriAlice Springs Show DayNT
10 JulFriTennant Creek Show DayNT
17 JulFriKatherine Show DayNT
24 JulFriDarwin Show DayNT
3 AugMonPicnic DayNT
10 AugMonRoyal Queensland Show *QLD
12 AugWedRoyal Queensland Show *QLD
28 SeptMonFamily and Community DayACT
28 SeptMonQueen's BirthdayWA
2 OctFriBurnie Show *TAS
2 OctFriAFL Grand Final ParadeVIC
5 OctMonLabour DayACT, NSW, QLD & SA
8 OctThursRoyal Launceston Show *TAS
16 OctFriFlinders Island Show *TAS
22 OctThursRoyal Hobart Show *TAS
2 NovMonRecreation Day *TAS
3 NovTueMelbourne Cup Day **VIC
27 NovFriDevonport Show *TAS
24 DecThursChristmas Eve * SA
25 DecFriChristmas DayNational
26 DecSatBoxing DayNational (Except SA)
28 DecMonBoxing Day - ReplacementNational (Except SA)
28 DecMonProclamation Day HolidaySA
31 DecThursNew Year's Eve *SA

DateDayHolidayState
1 JanFriNew Year's DayNational
6 JanWedDevonport Cup *TAS
26 JanTueAustralia DayNational
8 FebMonRoyal Hobart Regatta *South of Tasmania & including
Oatlands and Swansea excluding
Bronte Park, Catagunya, Strathgordon,
Tarraleah, Wayatinah & West Coast.
24 FebWedLaunceston Cup *TAS
1 MarTueKing Island Show *Tasmania
(Municipal area of King Island only)
7 MarMonLabour DayWA
14 MarMonCanberra DayAustralian Capital Territory
14 MarMonMarch Public HolidaySA
14 MarMonEight Hour DayTAS
14 MarMonLabour DayVIC
25 MarFriGood FridayNational
26 MarSatEaster SaturdayNational (Except TAS & WA)
27 MarSunEaster SundayNSW
28 MarMonEaster MondayNational
29 MarTueEaster Tuesday **TAS
25 AprMonAnzac DayNational
2 MayMonMay DayNT
6 MayFriAGFEST *TAS
6 JunMonWestern Australia DayWA
13 JunMonQueen's BirthdayNational (Except WA & QLD)
24 JunFriBorroloola Show DayNT
1 JulFriAlice Springs Show DayNT
8 JulFriTennant Creek Show DayNT
15 JulFriKatherine Show DayNT
22 JulFriDarwin Show DayNT
1 AugMonPicnic DayNT
17 AugWedRoyal Queensland Show *QLD
26 SeptMonFamily and Community DayACT
26 SeptMonQueen's BirthdayWA
30 SeptFriBurnie Show *TAS
3 OctMonLabour DayACT, NSW & SA
6 OctThursRoyal Launceston Show *TAS
14 OctFriFlinders Island Show *TAS
20 OctThursRoyal Hobart Show *TAS
7 NovMonRecreation Day *TAS
1 NovTueMelbourne Cup Day **VIC
25 NovFriDevonport Show *TAS
24 DecSatChristmas Eve * SA
25 DecSunChristmas DayNational
26 DecMonBoxing DayNational (Except SA)
26 DecMonProclamation Day HolidaySA
27 DecTueChristmas Holidays - Additional DayNational
31 DecSatNew Year's Eve *SA

DateDayHolidayState
1 JanMonNew Year's DayNational
26 JanFriAustralia DayNational (26 January or, if that day falls on weekend, the following Monday)
14 FebWedSt. Valentines DayNot a public Holiday
5 MarMonLabour DayWA only (1st Monday in March)
12 MarMonAdelaide CupSA only (2nd Monday in March)
12 MarMonCanberra DayAustralian Capital Territory only (2nd Monday in March)
12 MarMonEight Hour DayVIC and TAS only (2nd Monday in March)
30 MarFriGood FridayNational (Friday before Easter Sunday)
31 MarSatEaster SaturdayNational (Except TAS & WA)
1 AprSunEaster SundayPublic Holiday in ACT, VIC and NSW
2 AprMonEaster MondayNational (Monday after Easter Sunday)
3 AprTueEaster TuesdayTAS Government only
25 AprWedANZAC DayNational
7 MayMonLabour Day1st Monday in May. QLD and NT only.
13 MaySunMother's Day2nd Sunday in May. Not a Public Holiday
4 JunMonWestern Australia DayWA only (First Monday in June)
11 JunMonQueen's BirthdayNational (2nd Monday in June, Except WA & QLD)
6 AugMonPicnic Day1st Monday in August. NT only
15 AugWedEkka People's DayRoyal Queensland Show. Brisbane only
2 SeptSunFather's Day1st Sunday in September. Not a Public Holiday
24 SeptMonQueens BirthdayWA only (Last Monday in Sept or 1st Monday in Oct)
28 SeptFriGrand Final EveVictoria. To be confirmed
1 OctMonFamily and Community DayACT only (1st Monday of 3rd term school holidays)
1 OctMonLabour DayACT, NSW & SA only (1st Monday in October)
1 OctMonQueen's BirthdayQLD only (1st Monday in Oct)
6 NovTueMelbourne Cup DayVIC only (1st Tuesday in November)
25 DecTueChristmas DayNational
26 DecWedBoxing DayNational (Except South Australia)
26 DecWedProclamation Day HolidayFirst working day after Christmas Day

Note:
* Only selected areas. Please refer to individual holiday page for more details.
Restricted public holiday in Tasmania. Observed by some awards/agreements and the State Public Service. 
* South Australia is a part-day public holiday from 7 pm to 12 midnight.
All of Victoria unless alternate local holiday has been arranged by non-metro council.

Important state-specific information

Australian Capital Territory

Public holidays in the ACT are governed by the Holidays Act 1958 (last amended in 2014).

New South Wales

New South Wales public holidays are provided for by a state law called the Public Holidays Act 2010. This law sets out the 11 standard public holidays given to people in New South Wales – though the number of applicable public holidays is really 9, since many people don’t benefit from the official Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday holidays the Act sets out. (These 2 Easter holidays do greatly impact workers in cafes and restaurants, though, who get paid penalty rates if they work on these days).

The NSW public holidays set out in the Act are listed in the tables below. Some other key points contained in this law are:

  • The designated Minister of the state government can declare additional public holidays for any given year, by publishing the announcement on the NSW legislation website a minimum of 7 days beforehand.
  • Employees are entitled to be absent from work on a public holiday according to Section 114 of the Fair Work Act 2009
  • Employees are entitled to pay while absent from work on public holidays, provided they meet the criteria set out in Section 116 of the Fair Work Act 2009.
  • The designated Minister can declare special Local Event days at the request of local councils if the day is deemed to be of special significance to the community. These Local Event days are not official public holidays and employees are not entitled to be absent, to be paid while absent, or for penalty rates.
  • This Act of 2010 replaces the original Bank and Bank Holidays Act 1912.

Queensland

In Queensland, public holiday dates are governed by the Holidays Act 1983. As well as defining the schedule of public usual public holidays for the state, this is the law that provides for special public holidays such as the 14 November 2014 Brisbane area holiday for the Group of 20 leaders’ summit.

South Australia

South Australia public holidays are determined by a state law called the Holidays Act 1910. The law was originally enacted in 1910 and has since been amended 17 times – the last amendment being made in 2012. The Holidays Act 1910 provides 9 official public holidays for South Australians every year. This is in addition to every Sunday of the year – which by law are public holidays in South Australia.

According to the law, the Governor may also proclaim special one-off public holidays for the whole state or parts of the state. And they may also choose to change the observed date of any given public holiday by substituting the holiday on another day in the year.

Tasmania

The Statutory Holidays Act 2000 governs state holidays in Tasmania. The act was given royal assent on 13 December 2000 and replaces the now repealed Bank Holidays Act of 1919. It is unique amongst laws governing holidays across Australia since it provides an additional Easter Tuesday holiday for certain workers in government service. Tasmania also has a uniquely high number of “show days” comparable only with the high number of show days provided in the Northern Territory.

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