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New South Wales

Public Holidays

New South Wales Public Holidays 2016 and 2017

We currently have public holidays for 2016 and 2017 listed. Scroll down to view.

New South Wales public holidays are provided for by a state law called the Public Holidays Act 2010. This law sets out the 11 standard public holidays given to people in New South Wales – though the number of applicable public holidays is really 9, since many people don't benefit from the official Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday holidays the Act sets out. (These 2 Easter holidays do greatly impact workers in cafes and restaurants, though, who get paid penalty rates if they work on these days).

The NSW public holidays set out in the Act are listed in the tables below. Some other key points contained in this law are:

  • The designated Minister of the state government can declare additional public holidays for any given year, by publishing the announcement on the NSW legislation website a minimum of 7 days beforehand.
  • Employees are entitled to be absent from work on a public holiday according to Section 114 of the Fair Work Act 2009
  • Employees are entitled to pay while absent from work on public holidays, provided they meet the criteria set out in Section 116 of the Fair Work Act 2009.
  • The designated Minister can declare special Local Event days at the request of local councils if the day is deemed to be of special significance to the community. These Local Event days are not official public holidays and employees are not entitled to be absent, to be paid while absent, or for penalty rates.
  • This Act of 2010 replaces the original Bank and Bank Holidays Act 1912.

Public Holidays 2016

This list has been updated to reflect the official dates released by the NSW Government.

DateDayHoliday
1 JanFriNew Year's Day
26 JanTueAustralia Day
25 MarFriGood Friday
26 MarSatEaster Saturday
27 MarSunEaster Sunday
28 MarMonEaster Monday
25 AprMonAnzac Day
13 JunMonQueen's Birthday
3 OctMonLabour Day
25 DecSunChristmas Day
26 DecMonBoxing Day
27 DecTueChristmas Holidays
(Additional Day)

Public Holidays 2017

This list has been updated to reflect the official dates released by the NSW Government.

DateDayHoliday
1 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonNew Year's Day
Additional Holiday
26 JanThuAustralia Day
14 AprFriGood Friday
15 AprSatEaster Saturday
16 AprSunEaster Sunday
17 AprMonEaster Monday
25 AprTueAnzac Day
12 JunMonQueen's Birthday
2 OctMonLabour Day
25 DecMonChristmas Day
26 DecTueBoxing Day

Visit nsw.gov.au for the original release.