Australia Public Holidays Calendar 2013 & 2014
Welcome! Australians are experts at holidaying and this Public Holidays Australia website is the ultimate resource for planning your days off and long weekends!
What are public holidays?
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.
Full List of 2013 Public Holidays
Date Day Holiday State
1 January Tuesday New Year's Day Nationa
26 January Saturday Australia Day National
28 January Monday Australia Day Replacement National
4 March Monday Labour Day Western Australia
11 March Monday Adelaide Cup Day South Australia
11 March Monday Labour Day Victoria
11 March Monday Eight Hour Day Tasmania
11 March Monday Canberra Day Australia Capital Territory
29 March Friday Easter - Good Friday National
1 April Monday Easter Monday National
25 April Thursday ANZAC Day National
6 May Monday May Day Northern Territory
3 June Monday Western Australia Day Western Australia
10 June Monday Queen's Birthday All states except Western Australia
5 August Monday Bank Holiday (not a public holiday) New South Wales & Australia Capital Territory
14 August Wednesday Royal Queensland Show Queensland (Brisbane only)
3 September Tuesday Australian National Flag Day (not a public holiday) National
30 September Monday Queen's Birthday Western Australia
30 September Monday Family and Community Day Australian Capital Territory
7 October Monday Labour Day Queensland, New South Wales, Australia Capital Territory & South Australia
5 November Tuesday Melbourne Cup Day Victoria
25 December Wednesday Christmas Day National
26 December Thursday Boxing Day National
Full List of 2014 Public Holidays
|1 January||Wednesday||New Year's Day||National|
|26 January||Sunday||Australia Day||National|
|27 January||Monday||Australia Day Replacement||National|
|3 March||Monday||Labour Day||Western Australia|
|10 March||Monday||Adelaide Cup Day||South Australia|
|10 March||Monday||Labour Day||Victoria|
|10 March||Monday||Eight Hour Day||Tasmania|
|10 March||Monday||Canberra Day||Australian Capital Territory|
|18 April||Friday||Easter - Good Friday||National|
|21 April||Monday||Easter Monday||National|
|25 April||Friday||ANZAC Day||National|
|5 May||Monday||May Day||Northern Territory|
|2 June||Monday||Western Australia Day||Western Australia|
|9 June||Monday||Queen's Birthday||All states except Western Australia|
|13 August||Wednesday||Royal Queensland Show||Queensland (Brisbane area only)|
|29 September||Monday||Queen's Birthday||Western Australia|
|29 September||Monday||Family and Community Day||Australian Capital Territory|
|6 October||Monday||Labour Day||Queensland, New South Wales, Australia Capital Territory & South Australia|
|4 November||Tuesday||Melbourne Cup Day||Victoria|
|25 December||Thursday||Christmas Day||National|
|26 December||Friday||Boxing Day||National|
While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the dates we publish, dates of holidays do change from time to time.
We therefore encourage you to cross-check your travel dates with other public holidays information sources before making flight/hotel/travel plans.
The website owner shall not be liable for any inaccuracy in the information provided here.
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