South Australia Public Holidays 2017 and 2018

Introduction

Public holidays in South Australia are regulated by the Holidays Act 1910 this provides 9 official public holidays for South Australians every year. In addition to every Sunday of the year – which by law are public holidays in South Australia. The Governor may also proclaim special one-off public holidays for the whole state or parts of the state. They may also choose to change the observed date of any given public holiday by substituting the holiday for another day.

All South Australian employees who are required to work on a public holiday are compensated at a “penalty rate,” which amounts to two and a half times normal wages. If a public holiday falls on a weekend, a replacement or substitute holiday is awarded on the first Monday following the designated holiday. Territorial and regional holidays are observed in South Australia, the entitlement to which are determined by an employment or Award contract. Most employers allow time off for the Queen’s Birthday, Labour Day and Adelaide Cup Day.

2017

This list has been updated to reflect the official dates issued by the Government of South Australia.

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 March Public Holiday
14 Apr Fri Good Friday
15 Apr Sat Easter Saturday
17 Apr Mon Easter Monday
25 Apr Tue Anzac Day
12 Jun Mon Queen’s Birthday
2 Oct Mon Labour Day
24 Dec Sun Christmas Eve *
25 Dec Mon Christmas Day
26 Dec Tue Proclamation Day Holiday
31 Dec Sun New Year’s Eve *

Note: * South Australia has a part-day public holiday from 7 pm to 12 midnight.

2018

This list has been updated to reflect the official dates issued by the Government of South Australia.

Date Day Holiday
1 Jan Mon New Year’s Day
26 Jan Fri Australia Day
12 Mar Mon March Public Holiday
30 Mar Fri Good Friday
31 Mar Sat Easter Saturday
2 Apr Mon Easter Monday
25 Apr Wed Anzac Day
11 Jun Mon Queen’s Birthday
1 Oct Mon Labour Day
24 Dec Mon Christmas Eve *
25 Dec Tue Christmas Day
26 Dec Wed Proclamation Day
31 Dec Mon New Year’s Eve *

Note: * South Australia has a part-day public holiday from 7 pm to 12 midnight.