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South Australia Public Holidays 2017

This page contains a calendar of all 2017 South Australia public holidays. Please scroll down to view.

Public holidays in South Australia are regulated by the Industrial Relations Department and are updated by publication in the Government Gazette. The law was originally enacted in 1910 and has since been amended 17 times – the last amendment being made in 2012.

The Holidays Act 1910 provides 9 official public holidays for South Australians every year. This is in addition to every Sunday of the year – which by law are public holidays in South Australia. According to the law, the Governor may also proclaim special one-off public holidays for the whole state or parts of the state. And they may also choose to change the observed date of any given public holiday by substituting the holiday on another day in the year.

According to the implementation of the Fair Work Act and the Award system established in 2010, all South Australian employees who are required to work on a public holiday are compensated according to a “penalty rate,” which amounts to two and one-half times normal wages.

If a public holiday falls on a weekend, a replacement or substitute holiday is awarded on the first Monday following the designated holiday. Territorial and regional holidays are observed in South Australia, the entitlement to which are determined by an employment or Award contract. Most employers allow time off for Adelaide Cup Day, Queen’s Birthday and Labour Day.

Labour Laws in South Australia

Labour laws in South Australia are regulated by the Workplace Relations Act 1996. Although this is a nationwide law in Australia, it applies to most states in the country. All workers are required to enter into some type of employment agreement before beginning work.

A normal work schedule consists of 38 hours per week. All full-time employees are entitled to a minimum of four weeks of paid annual leave after one year of continuous employment. Public holidays occurring during a worker’s annual leave allow an extension of paid leave according to the number of official holidays during the leave period. According to Long Service Leave Acts and Commonwealth Awards, employees are entitled to three months of paid annual leave after 15 years of service with the same employer.

Public Holidays 2017

This list has been updated to reflect the official dates released by the Government of South Australia.

DateDayHoliday
1 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonNew Year's Day
Additional Holiday
26 JanThuAustralia Day
13 MarMonMarch Public Holiday
14 AprFriGood Friday
15 AprSatEaster Saturday
17 AprMonEaster Monday
25 AprTueAnzac Day
12 JunMonQueen's Birthday
2 OctMonLabour Day
24 DecSunChristmas Eve *
25 DecMonChristmas Day
26 DecTueProclamation Day
31 DecSunNew Year's Eve *

Note: * South Australia has a part-day public holiday from 7 pm to 12 midnight.

Visit sa.gov.au for the original release.