Victoria Public Holidays 2017 and 2018

Introduction

Employees in Victoria have the following public holidays:  New Year’s Day, Australia Day, Labour Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Easter Monday, Anzac Day, The Queen’s Birthday, Melbourne Cup Day, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. If a public holiday falls on a weekend, employees are entitled to a replacement holiday, to be taken on the first work day after the designated holiday. Designated extra holidays may be allowed as full paid holidays or half-day holidays, depending on the type of holiday and the territory or region in which it is celebrated.

Public Holidays Law in Victoria

Public holidays in Victoria are regulated by the Victorian Public Holidays Act 1993.

Employee entitlements to public holidays and additional pay depend on whether they are covered by a federal award or agreement.

Employees not covered by a federal award or agreement are entitled to public holidays under the Public Holidays Act 1993.  Also, all full time employees not covered and who would normally work on a public holiday (or a substitute public holiday) are entitled to the holiday without loss of pay. Their employers are not required to provide additional payment if they work on a public holiday, but this does not exclude the possibility of employees and employers negotiating privately additional pay.

Employees who are covered by a federal award or agreement are entitled to public holidays as detailed by the relevant federal award or agreement and the Public Holidays Act 1993. Many federal awards and agreements also provide for additional penalty rates for work performed on a public holiday.

Restricted shop trading laws apply to Good Friday, Christmas Day and before 1 pm on Anzac Day. Only exempted businesses are permitted to open for trading on these days. 

2017

This list has been updated to reflect the official dates issued by the Victoria State 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 Labour 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
TBC TBC AFL Grand Final parade (one-off)
7 Nov Tue Melbourne Cup Day **
25 Dec Mon Christmas Day
26 Dec Tue Boxing Day

Note:
** All of Victoria unless alternate local holiday has been arranged by non-metro council.

2018

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

Date Day Holiday
1 Jan Mon New Year’s Day
26 Jan Fri Australia Day
12 Mar Mon Labour 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
6 Nov Tue Melbourne Cup Day **
25 Dec Tue Christmas Day
26 Dec Wed Boxing Day

Note:
** All of Victoria unless alternate local holiday has been arranged by non-metro council.