SA / South Australia public holiday dates 2020 – 2022

The table below sets out public holiday dates for South Australia (SA) across 2020, 2021 and 2022:

Holiday202020212022
New Year’s DayWednesday
1 January
Friday
1 January
Monday
3 January
Australia Day HolidayMonday
27 January
Tuesday
26 January
Wednesday
26 January
Adelaide Cup DayMonday
9 March
Monday
8 March
(if proclamation)
Monday
14 March
(if proclamation)
Good FridayFriday
10 April
Friday
2 April
Friday
15 April
Easter SaturdaySaturday
11 April
Saturday
3 April
Saturday
16 April
Easter MondayMonday
13 April
Monday
5 April
Monday
18 April
Anzac DaySaturday
25 April
Monday
26 April
Monday
25 April
Queen’s Birthday / Volunteer’s DayMonday
8 June
Monday
14 June
Monday
13 June
Labour DayMonday
5 October
Monday
4 October
Monday
3 October
Christmas Eve*Thursday
24 December
Friday
24 December
Saturday
24 December
Christmas DayFriday
25 December
Monday
27 December
Monday
26 December
Boxing Day / Proclamation DayMonday
28 December
Tuesday
28 December
Tuesday
27 December
New Year’s Eve*Thursday
31 December
Friday
31 December
Saturday
31 December

* Part day holiday from 7pm to midnight

Every Sunday is prescribed as a public holiday under the The Holidays Act 1910 (SA).

If New Year’s Day, Australia Day, Anzac Day and Christmas Day fall on a Sunday there is to be an additional public holiday on the following Monday.

If 26 December occurs on a Sunday the additional Boxing Day/Proclamation Day public holiday is prescribed for the following Tuesday (due to the Christmas Day public holiday occupying the Monday).

The Sunday is still deemed to be a public holiday in these instances by virtue of all Sundays being prescribed as a public holiday.

SA Government website

South Australian public and bank holidays are prescribed by the Holidays Act 1910.

SA public holidays are administered by Safework SA.

What to know about SA public holiday dates

There are thirteen South Australian public holidays observed each year. This includes a range of twelve official national public holidays along with one that is unique to South Australia.

Public holidays that are unique to SA

  • Adelaide Cup Day

Note: Queen’s Birthday holiday is also known as Volunteer’s Day and Boxing Day is also known as Proclamation Day. These two holidays per se are not unique to SA.

SA Adelaide Cup Day public holiday

Adelaide Cup Day is a public holiday that is unique to South Australia. It conveniently provides a long weekend. It is a Group 2 handicap thoroughbred horse race, run by the South Australian Jockeys Club at Morphettville race course. The event was first run in 1864.

Adelaide Cup Day is held on the second Monday of March each year. Adelaide Cup Day public holidays are as follows:

  • Monday, 9th March, 2020
  • Monday, 8th March, 2021
  • Monday, 14th March, 2022

SA Queen’s Birthday / Volunteers Day

This holiday is a movable celebration of the birth of Queen Elizabeth II, the head of state of Australia and of the Commonwealth.

The Queen was born on April 21st, 1926.

Proclamation Day

Proclamation Day replaces Boxing Day in South Australia. It celebrates the arrival of 8 British ships to Adelaide, and the subsequent proclamation of South Australia as a province of the British empire on 28th December 1836.

South Australia regional public holiday dates

South Australia is one of few states and territories without regional holidays.

The timing of South Australia public holidays

Adelaide Cup Day provides a long weekend in the middle of Term 1 school holidays.

SA Queen’s Birthday / Volunteers Day acts a marker for the commencement of the ski season in Australia, though SA has no ski fields.

Visiting SA during a public holiday

The best time to visit SA is February – March. This coincides with Adelaide Cup Day. The Fringe Festival, car races and the Tour Downunder makes the CBD particular busy during this period. Booking accommodation in advance will help ease the price pain.

SA school holiday and term dates

If you’re looking for school holiday and school term dates for South Australia, you can view them here.

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

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