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Australian Capital Territory
Public Holidays

Australian Capital Territory Public Holidays 2017

This page contains a calendar of all 2017 Australian Capital Territory public holidays. Please scroll down to view.

Public holidays in the Australian Capital Territory are governed by the Holidays Act 1958 (last amended in 2014). If a public holiday falls on a weekend, the following workday is observed as a paid holiday. All workers are entitled to a minimum of 12 paid holidays per year.

Australia recently established a “Modern Award” program, legislated by the Fair Work Act 2007. According to earned awards, workers may be entitled to additional holidays throughout the year. According to the Fair Work Act, if an employee is required to work on a public holiday, compensation, known as a “penalty rate” is paid. This amounts to two and one-half times an employee’s normal wage.

The statute pertaining to labour laws in the Australian Capital Territory is called the Workplace Relations Act 1996. Awards programs, certified employment contracts and collective bargaining agreements outline terms and conditions of employment including overtime compensation and entitlement to paid holidays and annual leave. Normal working hours consist of 38 hours per week.

If an employee works more than 38 hours per week, he or she has the option of choosing compensatory time off in lieu of financial compensation. All workers in Australia are entitled to a minimum of four weeks of paid annual leave after one year of continuous employment.

If a public holiday falls during an employee’s scheduled annual leave, extra days are awarded. Workers are entitled to receive long-service entitlements, which amount to four 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 ACT Government.

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

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