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Australia Public Holidays 2017

This page contains a calendar of all 2017 public holidays for Australia. These dates may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates. Scroll down to view the national list or choose your state’s calendar.

DateDayHolidayStates
1 JanSunNew Year's Day National
2 JanMonNew Year Holiday National
11 JanWedDevonport Cup TAS
26 JanThuAustralia Day National
13 FebMonRoyal Hobart Regatta TAS
22 FebWedLaunceston Cup TAS
6 MarMonLabour Day WA
7 MarTueKing Island Show TAS
13 MarMonCanberra Day ACT
13 MarMonMarch Public Holiday SA
13 MarMonEight Hours Day TAS
13 MarMonLabour Day VIC
14 AprFriGood Friday National
15 AprSatDay following Good Friday National except TAS & WA
16 AprSunEaster Sunday ACT, NSW, QLD & VIC
17 AprMonEaster Monday National
18 AprTueEaster Tuesday * TAS
25 AprTueAnzac Day National
1 MayMonMay Day NT
1 MayMonLabour Day QLD
5 MayFriAGFEST TAS
5 JunMonWestern Australia Day WA
12 JunMonQueen's Birthday National except QLD & WA
30 JunFriBorroloola Show Day NT
7 JulFriAlice Springs Show Day NT
14 JulFriTennant Creek Show Day NT
21 JulFriKatherine Show Day NT
28 JulFriDarwin Show Day NT
7 AugMonPicnic Day NT
16 AugWedEkka Wednesday * QLD
25 SepMonFamily and Community Day ACT
25 SepMonQueen's Birthday WA
29 SepFriAFL Grand Final Friday VIC
2 OctMonLabour Day ACT, NSW & SA
2 OctMonQueen's Birthday QLD
6 OctFriBurnie Show TAS
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 Day National
26 DecTueBoxing Day National except SA
26 DecTueProclamation Day SA
31 DecSunNew Year's Eve * SA

Note:
— South Australia has a part-day public holiday for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve from 7 pm to 12 midnight.
— Easter Tuesday is a restricted public holiday in Tasmania. Observed by some awards/agreements and the State Public Service. To check award ring Fair Work Infoline on 131394.
— Ekka Wednesday is observed in Brisbane area only.
— Melbourne Cup Day is observed in all of Victoria unless alternate local holiday has been arranged by non-metro council.

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QueenslandWestern Australia

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.

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. And, if an employee is required to work on public holidays due to their job, they are still entitled to the premium pay rate for holiday work.

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