Australian public holidays

Find out when the Australian public holidays are in 2018, 2019 and 2020.

The following tables show all 2018 and 2019 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 2018

New Year's DayMonday, 1 Januaryall state
Australia DayFriday, 26 Januaryall state
Labour DayMonday, 5 MarchWA
Eight Hours DayMonday, 12 MarchTAS
Adelaide Cup DayMonday, 12 MarchSA
Labour DayVIC
Canberra DayACT
Good FridayFriday, 30 Marchall state
Easter SaturdaySaturday, 31 MarchNSW,ACT,VIC,QLD,SA,NT
Easter SundaySunday, 1 AprilVIC,NSW,ACT
Easter MondayMonday, 2 Aprilall state
Easter TuesdayMonday, 3 AprilTAS
Anzac DayWednesday, 25 Aprilall state
May DayNT
Western Australia DayMonday, 4 JuneWA
Labour Day
Queen's BirthdayMonday, 11 Juneall state
 Bank HolidayMonday, 6 AugustNSW
Picnic DayNT
Royal Queensland ShowQLD
Queen's BirthdayMonday, 24 SeptemberWA
Family and Community DayACT
Friday before the AFL Grand FinalVIC
Labour DayMonday, 1 OctoberSA,NSW,ACT
Melbourne CupVIC
Christmas EveMonday, 24 DecemberSA
Christmas DayTuesday, 25 DecemberSA,NT,WA
Christmas DayTuesday, 25 DecemberVIC,NSW,ACT,QLD,TAS
Proclamation DayWednesday, 26 DecemberSA
Boxing DayTuesday, 26 DecemberNT,WA
Boxing DayTuesday, 26 DecemberVIC,NSW,ACT,QLD,TAS
New Year's EveMonday, 31 DecemberSA

Public Holidays 2019

New Year's DayTue,1 JanNational
Devonport CupWed,9 JanTAS
Australia DaySat,26 JanNational
Australia Day HolidayMon,28 JanNational
Royal Hobart RegattaMon,11 FebTAS
Launceston CupWed,27 FebTAS
Labour DayMon,4 MarWA
King Island ShowTue,5 MarTAS
Canberra DayMon,11 MarACT
March Public HolidayMon,11 MarSA
Eight Hours DayMon,11 MarTAS
Labour DayMon,11 MarVIC
Good FridayFri,19 AprNational
Easter SaturdaySat,20 AprNational except TAS & WA
Easter SundaySun,21 AprACT, NSW, QLD & VIC
Easter MondayMon,22 AprNational
Easter Tuesday Tue,23 AprTAS
Anzac DayThu,25 AprNational
May DayMon,6 MayNT
Labour DayMon,6 MayQLD
Western Australia DayMon,3 JunWA
Queen's BirthdayMon,10 JunNational except QLD & WA
Borroloola Show DayFri,28 JunNT
Alice Springs Show DayFri,5 JulNT
Tennant Creek Show DayFri,12 JulNT
Katherine Show DayFri,19 JulNT
Darwin Show DayFri,26 JulNT
Picnic DayMon,5 AugNT
Ekka WednesdayWed,14 AugQLD
Queen's BirthdayMon,23 SepWA
Family and Community DayMon,30 SepACT
Burnie ShowFri,4 OctTAS
Labour DayMon,7 OctACT, NSW & SA
Queen's BirthdayMon,7 OctQLD
Royal Launceston ShowThu,10 OctTAS
Flinders Island ShowFri,18 OctTAS
Royal Hobart ShowThu,24 OctTAS
Recreation DayMon,4 NovTAS
Melbourne Cup DayTue,5 NovVIC
Devonport ShowFri,29 NovTAS
Christmas EveTue,24 DecSA
Christmas DayWed,25 DecNational
Boxing DayThu,26 DecNational except SA
Proclamation DayThu,26 DecSA
New Year's EveTue,31 DecSA

Public Holidays 2020

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
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 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.