Australian Capital Territory Public Holidays 2017 and 2018

Introduction

All public holidays in the ACT are state-wide. This differs from many other states in Australia that can have a number of local regional holidays that are set by the relevant local councils.

The ACT has two public holidays that are unique from the rest of the states in Australia – Canberra Day and Family and Community Day.

Public holidays in the ACT are governed by the Holidays Act 1958. If a public holiday falls on a weekend, the following workday is observed as a paid holiday. All workers are entitled to a minimum of 12 paid holidays per year. Workers may also be entitled to additional holidays during the year under the “Modern Award” programme, legislated by the Fair Work Act 2009.

According to the Fair Work Act, if an employee is required to work on a public holiday, compensation, known as a “penalty rate” is paid. This amounts to two and one-half times an employee’s normal wage.

Labour Laws in ACT State

Normal working hours in ACT consist of 38 hours per week. If an employee works over 38 hours per week, they have the option of choosing compensatory time off in lieu of financial compensation. All workers in Australia are entitled to a minimum of four weeks of paid annual leave after one year of continuous employment. If a public holiday falls during an employee’s scheduled annual leave, extra days are awarded. Workers are entitled to receive long-service entitlements, which amount to four months of paid annual leave after 15 years of service with the same employer.

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

2017

This list has been updated to reflect the official dates issued by the ACT Government.

Date Day Holiday
1 Jan Sun New Year’s Day
2 Jan Mon New Year’s Day
Additional Holiday
26 Jan Thu Australia Day
13 Mar Mon Canberra Day
14 Apr Fri Good Friday
15 Apr Sat Easter Saturday
16 Apr Sun Easter Sunday
17 Apr Mon Easter Monday
25 Apr Tue Anzac Day
12 Jun Mon Queen’s Birthday
25 Sep Mon Family & Community Day
2 Oct Mon Labour Day
25 Dec Mon Christmas Day
26 Dec Tue Boxing Day

 

2018

This list has been updated to reflect the official dates issued by the ACT Government.

Date Day Holiday
1 Jan Mon New Year’s Day
26 Jan Fri Australia Day
12 Mar Mon Canberra Day
30 Mar Fri Good Friday
31 Mar Sat Easter Saturday
1 Apr Sun Easter Sunday
2 Apr Mon Easter Monday
25 Apr Wed Anzac Day
11 Jun Mon Queen’s Birthday
24 Sep Mon Family & Community Day
1 Oct Mon Labour Day
25 Dec Tue Christmas Day
26 Dec Wed Boxing Day