Australian National and State / Territory public holidays

Holidays in Australia are split into Australian National and State / Territory public holidays. Only 7 days are National Holidays in Australia – New Year’s Day, Australia Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Anzac Day, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Holidays such as Queen’s Birthday and Labour Day are declared by individual State and Territory Governments.

You can click above or scroll down to access a full list of official Australian public holiday dates for 2020, 2021 and 2022.

The information on this page is subject to change as official updates are announced. Check back regularly for updates.

Australian Public Holidays 2020

Australian Public Holidays 2020 – Notes

*The Easter Saturday public holiday (11th April 2020) is referenced using slightly different terminology across the New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria jurisdictions. For simplicity, this website uses the terminology ‘Easter Saturday’
*Easter Tuesday (14th April 2020) is a public holiday observed by certain awards/agreements and the State Public Service
*Declared Public Holiday (27th April 2020) was declared a Public Holiday by the Minister for Employment and Workplace Safety
*Bank Holiday (3rd August 2020) applies to banks and certain financial institutions in New South Wales, per Retail Trading Act 2008 of NSW
*Christmas Eve (24th December 2020) is a part holiday. This holiday is observed in the Northern Territory and South Australia, from 7 pm to midnight and in Queensland from 6 pm to midnight
*New Year’s Eve (31st December 2020) is a part holiday. This holiday is observed within the Northern Territory and South Australia only, from 7 pm to midnight

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Australian Public Holidays 2021

Australian Public Holidays 2021 – Notes

*The Easter Saturday public holiday (3rd April 2021) is referenced using slightly different terminology across the New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria jurisdictions. For simplicity, this website uses the terminology ‘Easter Saturday’
*Easter Tuesday (6th April 2021) is a public holiday observed by certain awards/agreements and the State Public Service
*The Anzac Day public holiday is observed on Monday 26th April 2021 for selected jurisdictions, due to ANZAC Day falling on a Sunday
*Bank Holiday (2nd August 2021) applies to banks and certain financial institutions in New South Wales, per Retail Trading Act 2008 of NSW

*Christmas Eve (24th December 2021) is a part holiday. This holiday is observed in the Northern Territory and South Australia, from 7 pm to midnight and in Queensland from 6 pm to midnight
*Christmas Day (additional day) and Boxing Day / Proclamation Day (SA) (additional day) apply due to respective holidays falling on weekends

*New Year’s Eve (31st December 2021) is a part holiday. This holiday is observed within the Northern Territory and South Australia only, from 7 pm to midnight

Australian Public Holidays 2022

Australian Public Holidays 2022 – Notes

*The Easter Saturday public holiday (16th March 2022) is referenced using slightly different terminology across the New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria jurisdictions. For simplicity, this website uses the terminology ‘Easter Saturday’
*Easter Tuesday (19th March 2022) is a public holiday observed by certain awards/agreements and the State Public Service
*Bank Holiday (1st August 2022) applies to banks and certain financial institutions in New South Wales, per Retail Trading Act 2008 of NSW
*Christmas Eve (24th December 2022) is a part holiday. This holiday is observed in the Northern Territory and South Australia, from 7 pm to midnight and in Queensland from 6 pm to midnight
*Christmas Day (additional day) and Boxing Day / Proclamation Day (SA) (additional day) apply due to respective holidays falling on weekends
*New Year’s Eve (31st December 2022) is a part holiday. This holiday is observed within the Northern Territory and South Australia only, from 7 pm to midnight

Australian public holidays: What to know

A public holiday is a holiday recognised by law in Australia. Public holidays are either prescribed by the Fair Work Act or declared by a state or territory government.

Each calendar year, seven public holidays are celebrated nationally across Australia. While other public holidays are declared on a state and territory basis, these seven official national public holidays are recognised by all jurisdictions of Australia.

Official Australian public holiday dates

The following national public holidays are observed in all Australian states and territories:

New Year’s Day: New Year’s Day is celebrated on 1st January across all Australian states and territories. New Year’s Day falls on the first day of the new calendar each year, directly after New Year’s Eve.

Australia Day: Australia Day marks the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet of British ships in 1788. Australia Day is currently celebrated on 26th January each year. Some Australians believe that the date should be changed.

Good Friday: A religious holiday, Good Friday is observed across Australia. The public holiday is held on the Friday before Easter Sunday.

Easter Monday: Easter Monday is a religious holiday which commemorates the resurrection of Christ. Easter Monday is held the day after Easter Sunday. This religious holiday is observed in many countries, including Australia. In combination with Easter Friday, Easter Monday provides many Australians with a four day long weekend.

ANZAC Day: Anzac Day is observed on 25th April each year. This public holiday commemorates Australian and New Zealand members of the armed forces. It is a national day of remembrance in both Australia and New Zealand.

Christmas Day: Christmas Day commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ. This public holiday is celebrated across Australia on 25th December each calendar year.

Boxing Day: Boxing Day is observed in selected countries that previously formed part of the British Empire. This holiday is observed the day after Christmas Day, on 26th December.

Events such as Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve are not typically legislated Australian public holidays, although some jurisdictions may observe part day holidays.

The timing of Australian public holidays

A number of national public holidays are timed to coincide with school holiday periods. Where a public holiday falls on a weekend, there is generally a declaration in lieu made for the following Monday.

Visiting Australia during a public holiday

Many Australians choose to take time off or to take a trip on public holidays. If you are planning to travel to or around Australia during a public holiday or peak holiday season, make sure you plan ahead to avoid missing out. Services such as flights, restaurants, tours and accommodation can book out well in advance. Selected businesses and shops may close during a public holiday. This can differ between jurisdictions.

State and territory public holidays

All Australian states and territories celebrate jurisdictional public holidays. These holidays are observed in addition to the national public holidays prescribed by the Fair Work Act.

Jurisdictional public holidays can differ, depending on the state or territory. A state or territory law may also change the date of observance of a statutory public holiday (for example, the Queen’s Birthday holiday or Labour Day).

The Melbourne Cup and the AFL Grand Final Day, celebrated in the state of Victoria, are examples of public holidays declared by a state or territory government. Some cities and towns also observe regional holidays for local events, such as the Agricultural Show or regional NSW bank holidays. Regional public holidays are non-statutory holidays.

To view individual state or territory public holiday dates, select from the list below:

What to do on a public holiday in Australia?

Wherever you are located in Australia, there are lots of things to see and do on a public holiday. Whether you are looking for family-friendly activities, or adult inspiration, Australian states and territories have you covered with plenty of events.

Why are Mother’s Day and Father’s Day not listed as a public holiday?

Both Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are an Observance rather than a public holiday. Australians do not receive a legislated holiday, or day off in lieu.