Public Holidays 2017 and 2018

We currently have public holidays for 2017 and 2018 listed. Scroll down to view.

Introduction

Public holidays in Australia are either national or state based.

Our National Public Holidays are New Year’s Day, Australia Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Anzac Day, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

All other public holidays such as Queen’s Birthday and Labour Day are individually declared by the state and territory governments.

If a holiday falls on a weekend it’s up to each individual state to decide if the holiday will be moved to a working day. Generally, states make the following Monday a substitute holiday. There are a few exceptions and you will need to check the individual state on our site.

Traditionally, employees, whether in the public or private sector, were entitled to take off a public holiday with regular pay. In recent years this has started to change. For example, businesses that are normally open on a public holiday may request employees to work on the day.

The good news is that since the implementation of the Fair Work Act 2009 most public holiday penalty rates have increased dramatically. Currently, employees are generally paid at a penalty rate—usually 2.5 times (known as “double time and a half”) the base rate of pay for working a public holiday. Again this is general advice and you should check the site for details of how each state handles things.

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 2017 Public Holidays

Date Day Holiday Notes
1 Jan Sun New Year’s Day National
2 Jan Mon New Year’s Day
Additional Holiday
National
11 Jan Wed Devonport Cup ^ TAS
26 Jan Thu Australia Day National
13 Feb Mon Royal Hobart Regatta ^ TAS
22 Feb Wed Launceston Cup ^ TAS
6 Mar Mon Labour Day WA
7 Mar Tue King Island Show ^ TAS
13 Mar Mon Canberra Day ACT
13 Mar Mon March Public Holiday SA
13 Mar Mon Eight Hour Day TAS
13 Mar Mon Labour Day VIC
14 Apr Fri Good Friday National
15 Apr Sat Easter Saturday National
(Except TAS & WA)
16 Apr Sun Easter Sunday ACT, NSW & VIC
17 Apr Mon Easter Monday National
18 Apr Tue Easter Tuesday ^ TAS
25 Apr Tue Anzac Day National
5 May Fri AGFEST ^ TAS
1 May Mon May Day NT
1 May Mon Labour Day QLD
5 Jun Mon Western Australia Day WA
12 Jun Mon Queen’s Birthday National
(Except WA & QLD)
30 Jun Fri Borroloola Show Day NT
7 Jul Fri Alice Springs Show Day NT
14 Jul Fri Tennant Creek Show Day NT
21 Jul Fri Katherine Show Day NT
28 Jul Fri Darwin Show Day NT
7 Aug Mon Picnic Day NT
25 Sep Mon Family and Community Day ACT
25 Sep Mon Queen’s Birthday WA
2 Oct Mon Labour Day ACT, NSW & SA
2 Oct Mon Queen’s Birthday QLD
6 Oct Fri Burnie Show ^ TAS
12 Oct Thu Royal Launceston Show ^ TAS
20 Oct Fri Flinders Island Show ^ TAS
26 Oct Thu Royal Hobart Show ^ TAS
6 Nov Mon Recreation Day ^ TAS
7 Nov Tue Melbourne Cup Day ** VIC
1 Dec Fri Devonport Show ^ TAS
24 Dec Sun Christmas Eve * SA
25 Dec Mon Christmas Day National
26 Dec Tue Boxing Day National
(Except SA)
26 Dec Tue Proclamation Day SA
31 Dec Sun New Year’s Eve * SA

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.

2018 Public Holidays

Date Day Holiday State
1 Jan Mon New Year’s Day National
10 Jan Wed Devonport Cup
(Devonport only)
TAS
26 Jan Fri Australia Day National
12 Feb Mon Royal Hobart Regatta
(Hobart only)
TAS
28 Feb Wed Launceston Cup
(Launceston only)
TAS
5 Mar Mon Labour Day WA
6 Mar Tue King Island Show
(Kings Island only)
TAS
12 Mar Mon Canberra Day ACT
12 Mar Mon March Public Holiday SA
12 Mar Mon Eight Hours Day TAS
12 Mar Mon Labour Day VIC
30 Mar Fri Good Friday National
31 Mar Sat Easter Saturday National
(Except TAS & WA)
1 Apr Sun Easter Sunday ACT, NSW & VIC
2 Apr Mon Easter Monday National
3 Apr Tue Easter Tuesday ^ TAS
25 Apr Wed Anzac Day National
4 May Fri AGFEST ^
(Circular Head only)
TAS
7 May Mon May Day NT 
7 May Mon Labour Day QLD
4 Jun Mon Western Australia Day WA
11 Jun Mon Queen’s Birthday National
(Except WA & QLD)
29 Jun Fri Borroloola Show Day NT
6 Jul Fri Alice Springs Show Day NT
13 Jul Fri Tennant Creek Show Day NT
20 Jul Fri Katherine Show Day NT
27 Jul Fri Darwin Show Day NT
6 Aug Mon Picnic Day NT
15 Aug Wed Royal Queensland Show
(Brisbane area only)
QLD
24 Sep Mon Family and Community Day ACT
24 Sep Mon Queen’s Birthday WA
1 Oct Mon Labour Day ACT, NSW & SA
1 Oct Mon Queen’s Birthday  QLD
 5 Oct  Fri Burnie Show
(Burnie only)
 TAS
 11 Oct  Thu Royal Launceston Show
(Launceston only)
 TAS
 19 Oct  Fri Flinders Island Show
(Flinders Island only)
TAS
 25 Oct  Thu  Royal Hobart Show
(Hobart only)
TAS
 5 Nov  Thu Recreation Day
(All parts of Tasmania that do not
observe Royal Hobart Regatta)
 TAS
6 Nov Tue Melbourne Cup Day ** VIC
30 Nov Fri Devonport Show
(Devonport only)
TAS
24 Dec Mon Christmas Eve * SA
25 Dec Tue Christmas Day National
26 Dec Wed Boxing Day National
(Except SA)
26 Dec Wed Proclamation Day SA
31 Dec Mon New Year’s Eve * SA