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Public Holidays 2016 and 2017

Choose your state in the list below, or scroll down for a national list of all 2016 and 2017 public holidays.

Australia celebrates seven national public holidays that are recognised in each of the eight states and territories. However, each state also has its own public holidays that are recognised in their region. Some of these holidays may be the same as other states or simply celebrated on different days. It’s also worth noting that holidays in Australia – like many countries – have become more of a reason to travel and enjoy recreational activities than to commemorate historical or religious events.

Public holiday law is determined by each of the states and territories of Australia. The federal government has established only the seven official holidays and has granted each area their own power to create additional holidays for their areas.

The Fair Work Act of 2009 requires that all employers provide additional pay to their employees that are required to work on a public holiday. Most work contracts in Australia provide employees with a pay rate of double and one half their normal per hour rate for all work completed on a holiday.

Commerce is restricted or prohibited on some national holidays such as Easter and Anzac Day morning. Also, if an employee is required to work on public holidays due to the nature of their job, they are still entitled to the premium pay rate for holiday work.

The diverse nature of Australia’s population has also given rise to many cultural and religious celebrations that are not recognised on a national level, such as Chinese New Year. Each of these different celebrations is important within these cultural and religious communities.

Choose Your State

Either choose your state below, or scroll down to view a full national list of public holidays.

Australian Capital TerritorySouth Australia
New South WalesTasmania
Northern TerritoryVictoria
QueenslandWestern Australia

2016 Public Holidays

DateDayHolidayState
1 JanFriNew Year's DayNational
6 JanWedDevonport Cup ^ TAS
26 JanTueAustralia DayNational
8 FebMonRoyal Hobart Regatta ^TAS
24 FebWedLaunceston Cup ^TAS
7 MarMonLabour DayWA
1 MarTueKing Island Show ^TAS
14 MarMonCanberra DayACT
14 MarMonMarch Public HolidaySA
14 MarMonEight Hours DayTAS
14 MarMonLabour DayVIC
25 MarFriGood FridayNational
26 MarSatEaster SaturdayNational
(Except TAS & WA)
27 MarSunEaster SundayACT, NSW & VIC
28 MarMonEaster MondayNational
29 MarTueEaster Tuesday ^^TAS
25 AprMonAnzac DayNational
2 MayMonLabour Day***QLD
2 MayMonMay DayNT
6 MayFriAGFEST ^TAS
6 JunMonWestern Australia DayWA
13 JunMonQueen's BirthdayNational
(Except WA & QLD)
24 JunFriBorroloola Show DayNT
1 JulFriAlice Springs Show DayNT
8 JulFriTennant Creek Show DayNT
15 JulFriKatherine Show DayNT
22 JulFriDarwin Show DayNT
1 AugMonPicnic DayNT
10 AugWedRoyal Queensland Show ^QLD
26 SepMonFamily and Community DayACT
26 SepMonQueen's BirthdayWA
30 SepFriBurnie Show ^TAS
30 SepFriAFL Grand Final FridayVIC
3 OctMonQueen's Birthday***QLD
3 OctMonLabour DayACT, NSW & SA
6 OctThuRoyal Launceston Show ^TAS
14 OctFriFlinders Island Show ^TAS
20 OctThuRoyal Hobart Show ^TAS
1 NovTueMelbourne Cup Day **VIC
7 NovMonRecreation Day ^TAS
25 NovFriDevonport Show ^TAS
24 DecSatChristmas Eve *SA
25 DecSunChristmas DayNational
26 DecMonBoxing DayNational
(Except SA)
26 DecMonProclamation Day SA
27 DecTueChristmas Holidays
(Additional Day)
National
31 DecSatNew Year's Eve * SA

Note:
^ Only selected areas. Please refer to individual holiday page for more details.
^^ Restricted public holiday in Tasmania. Observed by some awards/agreements and the State Public Service. 
* South Australia is a part-day public holiday from 7 pm to 12 midnight.
** All of Victoria unless alternate local holiday has been arranged by non-metro council.
*** On 13 October 2015 amendments to the Holidays Act 1983 were passed by Parliament prescribing that from 2016, Labour Day public holiday is to be observed on the first Monday in May and the Birthday of the Sovereign (Queen’s Birthday) public holiday is to be observed on the first Monday in October.

2017 Public Holidays

DateDayHolidayState
1 JanSunNew Year's DayNational
2 JanMonNew Year's Day
Additional Holiday
National
11 JanWedDevonport Cup ^ TAS
26 JanThuAustralia DayNational
13 FebMonRoyal Hobart Regatta ^TAS
22 FebWedLaunceston Cup ^TAS
6 MarMonLabour DayWA
7 MarTueKing Island Show ^TAS
13 MarMonCanberra DayACT
13 MarMonMarch Public HolidaySA
13 MarMonEight Hours DayTAS
13 MarMonLabour DayVIC
14 AprFriGood FridayNational
15 AprSatEaster SaturdayNational
(Except TAS & WA)
16 AprSunEaster SundayACT, NSW & VIC
17 AprMonEaster MondayNational
18 AprTueEaster Tuesday ^^TAS
25 AprTueAnzac DayNational
5 MayFriAGFEST ^TAS
1 MayMonMay DayNT
1 MayMonLabour DayQLD
5 JunMonWestern Australia DayWA
12 JunMonQueen's BirthdayNational
(Except WA & QLD)
30 JunFriBorroloola Show DayNT
7 JulFriAlice Springs Show DayNT
14 JulFriTennant Creek Show DayNT
21 JulFriKatherine Show DayNT
28 JulFriDarwin Show DayNT
7 AugMonPicnic DayNT
16 AugWedRoyal Queensland Show ^QLD
25 SepMonFamily and Community DayACT
25 SepMonQueen's BirthdayWA
6 OctFriBurnie Show ^TAS
29 SepFriAFL Grand Final FridayVIC
2 OctMonLabour DayACT, NSW & SA
2 OctMonQueen's BirthdayQLD
12 OctThuRoyal Launceston Show ^TAS
20 OctFriFlinders Island Show ^TAS
26 OctThuRoyal Hobart Show ^TAS
6 NovMonRecreation Day ^TAS
7 NovTueMelbourne Cup Day **VIC
1 DecFriDevonport Show ^TAS
24 DecSunChristmas Eve *SA
25 DecMonChristmas DayNational
26 DecTueBoxing DayNational
(Except SA)
26 DecTueProclamation Day SA
31 DecSunNew Year's Eve * SA

Note:
^ Only selected areas. Please refer to individual holiday page for more details.
^^ Restricted public holiday in Tasmania. Observed by some awards/agreements and the State Public Service. 
* South Australia is a part-day public holiday from 7 pm to 12 midnight.
** All of Victoria unless alternate local holiday has been arranged by non-metro council.