VIC public holidays

Public holidays Victoria 2021 – 2023

There are 15 public holidays observed by Victoria each calendar year. Individual public holiday dates for 2021 to 2023 are listed in the tables below:

Holiday2021
New Year’s DayFriday 1 January
Australia Day HolidayTuesday 26 January
Labour DayMonday 8 March
Good Friday*Friday 2 April
Saturday before Easter SundaySaturday 3 April
Easter SundaySunday 4 April
Easter MondayMonday 5 April
Anzac Day*Sunday 25 April
Queen’s BirthdayMonday 14 June
Friday before AFL Grand FinalFriday 24 September
Melbourne CupTuesday 2 November
Christmas Day*^Saturday 25 December
& Monday 27 December
Boxing Day^Sunday 26 December
& Tuesday 28 December

Public holidays Victoria notes

* Restricted Trading Days
Melbourne Cup Day is a public holiday across all of Victoria unless alternate local holiday has been arranged by a Non-Metropolitan council.
^ An additional holiday is provided where the holiday falls on the weekend.

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Holiday2022
New Year’s Day^Saturday 1 January
& Monday 3 January
Australia Day HolidayWednesday 26 January
Labour DayMonday 14 March
Good Friday*Friday 15 April
Saturday before Easter SundaySaturday 16 April
Easter SundaySunday 17 April
Easter MondayMonday 18 April
Anzac Day*Monday 25 April
Queen’s BirthdayMonday 13 June
Friday before AFL Grand FinalSubject to AFL schedule
Melbourne CupTuesday 1 November
Christmas Day*^Sunday 25 December
& Tuesday 27 December^
Boxing DayMonday 26 December

Holiday2023
New Year’s Day^Sunday 1 January
& Monday 2 January
Australia Day HolidayThursday 26 January
Labour DayMonday 13 March
Good Friday*Friday 7 April
Saturday before Easter SundaySaturday 8 April
Easter SundaySunday 9 April
Easter MondayMonday 10 April
Anzac Day*Tuesday 25 April
Queen’s BirthdayMonday 12 June
Friday before AFL Grand FinalSubject to AFL schedule
Melbourne CupTuesday 7 November
Christmas Day*Monday 25 December
Boxing DayTuesday 26 December
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Victoria regional holidays 2021 – 2022

Non-Metropolitan Victoria public holidays are declared in accordance with the Public Holidays Act 1993 and details are published as and when available from local municipalities.

Holiday202120222023
Golden Plains ShireTBATBATBA
City of Greater GeelongTBATBATBA
Numurkah District within the municipal
district of the Shire of Moira
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Moira ShireTBATBATBA
Greater Bendigo City CouncilTBATBATBA
Macedon Ranges Shire CouncilTBATBATBA
Golden Plains ShireTBATBATBA
Wodonga City CouncilTBATBATBA
Warrnambool City municipalityThursday
6 May
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public holidays victoria 2021

Government website

Vic public holidays are administered by Business Victoria.

Victoria Public holidays are prescribed by the Public Holidays Act 1993.

Previous public holidays Victoria

Holiday2020
New Year’s DayWednesday 1 January
Australia Day HolidayMonday 27 January
Labour DayMonday 9 March
Good Friday*Friday 10 April
Saturday before Easter SundaySaturday 11 April
Easter SundaySunday 12 April
Easter MondayMonday 13 April
Anzac Day*Saturday 25 April
Queen’s BirthdayMonday 8 June
Friday before AFL Grand FinalFriday 23 October
Melbourne CupTuesday 3 November
Christmas Day*Friday 25 December
Boxing Day^Saturday 26 December
& Monday 28 December^

Previous Victoria regional holidays

Holiday2020
Golden Plains ShireFriday 16 October
City of Greater GeelongWednesday 21 October
Numurkah District within the municipal
district of the Shire of Moira
Wednesday 21 October
Moira ShireWednesday 21 October
Greater Bendigo City CouncilWednesday 28 October
Macedon Ranges Shire CouncilWednesday 4 November
Golden Plains ShireFriday 13 November
Wodonga City CouncilFriday 27 November
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Victoria / Vic public holiday dates

In 2021, the state of Victoria will observe 15 public holidays. This is the highest number of public holidays observed by any Australian state or territory and it remains unchanged each year.

Victorian public holidays comprise national holidays, holidays legislated by the state of Victoria and regional public holidays.

Victoria public holiday timings

Public holidays in Victoria are scattered through the calendar year. A number of public holidays are observed during summer school holidays. This is the case for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.

Other Vic public holidays take place during the school term, resulting in multiple ‘long’ weekends.

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

Both Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are an Observance rather than a public holiday for Victorians. Unfortunately, Victoria does not receive a legislated holiday, or day off in lieu.

From time to time, Easter public holidays are observed during Vic school holiday periods. However, sometimes, Easter is timed to coincide with the school term.

Visiting Vic during a public holiday

The state of Victoria can be a busy place to visit during a public holiday. This is particularly the case if the public holiday falls on a long weekend or during a popular school holiday period.

If you are planning to visit Vic during a public holiday, it’s important to prepare in advance.

Some services and attractions are in very high demand during a Vic public holiday weekend. So, plan ahead and book as early as you can.

Are Vic businesses open on public holidays?

Selected Victorian businesses operate restricted hours of operation during some public holidays, either through choice or as a legislated requirement. Liquor legislation may prevent the consumption of alcohol on commercial premises at specific times of the day on selected public holidays. This is the case on Easter Friday.

Some Victorian services, such as public transport, carry an amended schedule for public holidays.

Different types of public holidays in Vic

There are three types of public holidays in Victoria – national, state and regional holidays.

National public holidays: These are Victorian public holidays which are also recognised throughout all Australian states and territories. Examples include Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Australia Day.

Statewide Vic public holidays: These are holidays which are specific to Victoria. For example, the AFL Grand Final holiday and Melbourne Cup holiday are exclusive to Victoria.

Non-metropolitan public holidays: These public holidays are observed within specific Vic regional locations. Full or part day holidays may be observed.

Victorian AFL Grand Final public holiday

The AFL Grand Final holiday (also known as ‘Grand Final Eve’) is a relatively new public holiday, exclusively celebrated in the state of Victoria.

This public holiday is based on the AFL playing schedule. In 2020, it was Friday 23 October, as the AFL playing schedule was altered due to the response to COVID-19.

Melbourne Cup public holiday

The Melbourne Cup public holiday celebrates Australia’s most famous annual horse race. This exclusively Vic public holiday is held on the first Tuesday in November.

About Vic non-metropolitan public holidays

In addition to state wide public holidays, Vic observes regional or non-metropolitan public holidays. In 2020, three regional public holidays are observed on 21 October.

Victoria / Vic school holiday and term dates

This website maintains a full list of Victorian school holiday and term dates.
To view 2021 and 2022 school holiday and school term dates for Victoria, please click here.

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

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