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Western Australia

Public Holidays

Western Australia Public Holidays 2016 and 2017

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

Western Australia currently celebrates 10 national holidays – including one that is unique to the state, Western Australia Day. The labour laws of Australia provide all employees with a paid day off for public holidays. These laws apply to all area of Australia. If an employee is required to work on those dates, they are entitled to receive double their normal hourly rate as compensation.

Any holiday which occurs on the weekend is moved to the following Monday for observance. If there are two holidays in a row, the celebration of the weekend national holiday is moved to the next available workday.

Celebration of the Queen’s Birthday is the only holiday that may be substituted in some small regions of Western Australia. However, this is a very limited practice.

Two of the holidays that are celebrated in WA have floating dates. These are holidays based on the Christian religion and their celebration dates are calculated each year based on the lunar cycle. The local government of Western Australia publishes the official dates for these holidays at the end of each year for the following year celebration.

Indigenous and Cultural Holidays

Western Australia is home to many Aborigines that have their own set of beliefs and religious practices. The state government acknowledges that these celebrations occur, but does not recognise any specific public holiday related to the indigenous population.

Public Holidays 2016

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

DateDayHoliday
1 JanFriNew Year's Day
26 JanTueAustralia Day
7 MarMonLabour Day
25 MarFriGood Friday
28 MarMonEaster Monday
25 AprMonAnzac Day
6 JunMonWestern Australia Day
26 SepMonQueen's Birthday
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 Government of Western Australia.

DateDayHoliday
1 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonNew Year's Day
Additional Holiday
26 JanThuAustralia Day
6 MarMonLabour Day
14 AprFriGood Friday
17 AprMonEaster Monday
25 AprTueAnzac Day
5 JunMonWestern Australia Day
25 SepMonQueen's Birthday
25 DecMonChristmas Day
26 DecTueBoxing Day

Visit wa.gov.au for the original release.