Australian public holidays

Find out when the Australian public holidays are in 2020, 2021 and 2022.

The following tables show all 2020,2021 and 2022 public holidays in Australia. These dates are subject to change as per state government department announcement. We will do our best to make sure the information provided here are most up to date.

Public Holidays 2020

Holiday2020States
New Year's DayWed,1-JanNational
Devonport CupWed,8-JanTAS
Australia Day HolidayMon,27-JanNational
Royal Hobart RegattaMon,10-FebTAS
Launceston CupWed,26-FebTAS
Labour DayMon,2-MarWA
King Island ShowTue,3-MarTAS
Canberra DayMon,9-MarACT
March Public HolidayMon,9-MarSA
Eight Hours DayMon,9-MarTAS
Labour DayMon,9-MarVIC
Good FridayFri,10-AprNational
Day following Good FridaySat,11-AprNational except TAS & WA
Easter SundaySun,12-AprACT, NSW, QLD & VIC
Easter MondayMon,13-AprNational
Easter TuesdayTue,14-AprTAS
Anzac DaySat,25-AprNational
Anzac Day HolidayMon,27-AprWA
May DayMon,4-MayNT
Labour DayMon,4-MayQLD
AGFESTFri,8-MayTAS
Reconciliation DayMon,1-JunACT
Western Australia DayMon,1-JunWA
Queen's BirthdayMon,8-JunNational except QLD & WA
Borroloola Show DayFri,26-JunNT
Alice Springs Show DayFri,3-JulNT
Tennant Creek Show DayFri,10-JulNT
Katherine Show DayFri,17-JulNT
Darwin Show DayFri,24-JulNT
Picnic DayMon,3-AugNT
Ekka WednesdayWed,12-AugQLD
AFL Grand Final FridayTBAVIC
Queen's BirthdayMon,28-SepWA
Burnie ShowFri,2-OctTAS
Labour DayMon,5-OctACT, NSW & SA
Queen's BirthdayMon,5-OctQLD
Royal Launceston ShowThu,8-OctTAS
Flinders Island ShowFri,16-OctTAS
Royal Hobart ShowThu,22-OctTAS
Recreation DayMon,2-NovTAS
Melbourne Cup DayTue,3-NovVIC
Devonport ShowFri,27-NovTAS
Christmas EveThu,24-DecSA
Christmas DayFri,25-DecNational
Boxing DaySat,26-DecNational except SA
Proclamation DaySat,26-DecSA
Proclamation Day HolidayMon,28-DecSA
Boxing Day HolidayMon,28-DecNational except SA
New Year's EveThu,31-DecSA

Public Holidays 2021

HolidayDayDateStates
New Year's DayFri1-JanNational
Devonport CupWed6-JanTAS
Australia DayTue26-JanNational
Royal Hobart RegattaMon8-FebTAS
Launceston CupWed24-FebTAS
Labour DayMon1-MarWA
King Island ShowTue2-MarTAS
March Public HolidayMon8-MarSA
Canberra DayMon8-MarACT
Eight Hours DayMon8-MarTAS
Labour DayMon8-MarVIC
Good FridayFri2-AprNational
Day following Good FridaySat3-AprNational except TAS & WA
Easter SundaySun4-AprACT, NSW, QLD & VIC
Easter MondayMon5-AprNational
Easter TuesdayTue6-AprTAS
Anzac DaySun25-AprNational
Anzac Day HolidayMon26-AprACT, QLD, SA & WA
Labour DayMon3-MayQLD
May DayMon3-MayNT
AGFESTFri7-MayTAS
Reconciliation DayMon31-MayACT
Western Australia DayMon7-JunWA
Queen's BirthdayMon14-JunNational except QLD & WA
Borroloola Show DayFri25-JunNT
Alice Springs Show DayFri2-JulNT
Tennant Creek Show DayFri9-JulNT
Katherine Show DayFri16-JulNT
Darwin Show DayFri23-JulNT
Picnic DayMon2-AugNT
Ekka WednesdayWed11-AugQLD
AFL Grand Final FridayTBAVIC
Queen's BirthdayMon27-SepWA
Burnie ShowFri1-OctTAS
Labour DayMon4-OctACT, NSW & SA
Queen's BirthdayMon4-OctQLD
Royal Launceston ShowThu7-OctTAS
Flinders Island ShowFri15-OctTAS
Royal Hobart ShowThu21-OctTAS
Recreation DayMon1-NovTAS
Melbourne Cup DayTue2-NovVIC
Devonport ShowFri26-NovTAS
Christmas EveFri24-DecNT, QLD & SA
Christmas DaySat25-DecNational
Boxing DaySun26-DecNational except SA
Proclamation DaySun26-DecSA
Christmas HolidayMon27-DecNational
Boxing Day HolidayTue28-DecNational except SA
Proclamation Day HolidayTue28-DecSA
New Year's EveFri31-DecNT & SA

Public Holidays 2022

HolidayDayDateStates
New Year's DaySat1-JanNational
New Year HolidayMon3-JanNational
Devonport CupWed5-JanTAS
Australia DayWed26-JanNational
Royal Hobart RegattaMon14-FebTAS
Launceston CupWed23-FebTAS
King Island ShowTue1-MarTAS
Labour DayMon7-MarWA
March Public HolidayMon14-MarSA
Canberra DayMon14-MarACT
Eight Hours DayMon14-MarTAS
Labour DayMon14-MarVIC
Good FridayFri15-AprNational
Day following Good FridaySat16-AprNational except TAS & WA
Easter SundaySun17-AprACT, NSW, QLD & VIC
Easter MondayMon18-AprNational
Easter Tuesday *Tue19-AprTAS
Anzac DayMon25-AprNational
Labour DayMon2-MayQLD
May DayMon2-MayNT
AGFESTFri6-MayTAS
Reconciliation DayMon30-MayACT
Western Australia DayMon6-JunWA
Queen's BirthdayMon13-JunNational except QLD & WA
Borroloola Show DayFri24-JunNT
Alice Springs Show DayFri1-JulNT
Tennant Creek Show DayFri8-JulNT
Katherine Show DayFri15-JulNT
Darwin Show DayFri22-JulNT
Picnic DayMon1-AugNT
Ekka Wednesday *Wed10-AugQLD
AFL Grand Final FridayTBAVIC
Queen's BirthdayMon26-SepWA
Burnie ShowFri30-SepTAS
Labour DayMon3-OctACT, NSW & SA
Queen's BirthdayMon3-OctQLD
Royal Launceston ShowThu6-OctTAS
Flinders Island ShowFri14-OctTAS
Royal Hobart ShowThu20-OctTAS
Melbourne Cup Day *Tue1-NovVIC
Recreation DayMon7-NovTAS
Devonport ShowFri25-NovTAS
Christmas Eve *Sat24-DecNT, QLD & SA
Christmas DaySun25-DecNational
Boxing DayMon26-DecNational except SA
Proclamation DayMon26-DecSA
Christmas HolidayTue27-DecNational
New Year's Eve *Sat31-DecNT & SA

Public holidays in Australia

Public holidays in Australia are either national or state based. However it’s up to the individual states to decide if public holidays can be substituted when they occur on weekends. Generally, most states allow for extra public holidays if New Years Day, Australia Day, ANZAC Day, Christmas Day or Boxing Day fall on a Saturday or Sunday. If this happens, a public holiday Monday is added to create a long weekend.

The climate in Australia is comparatively temperate, so even a simple three-day weekend becomes a great reason to holiday. Generally people head to the beach, mountains or lakes. And in winter the snowfields in southern New South Wales and Victoria are sure to be busy on a public holiday weekend.

Rules for whether the day is a paid day off or not also depend on which state and what pay award affects the worker. Largely, if someone has to work on a public holiday, that person is paid a penalty rate of up to ‘double-time-and-a-half’ (two and a half times their normal hourly rate).

Summer and the Christmas season are the most prolific time of the year for public holidays in Australia, as in many other parts of the world. From Christmas Day through to New Years Day, some people can swing a ten-day break with only one or two days of their annual leave being affected.

The culture of Australia, no matter what the individual family heritage, is very laid back. Holidays here are times for sitting back with family and friends and relaxing, whether at home or away on holiday.