SA public holidays 2021 – 2022
The tables below set out public holiday dates for South Australia (SA) across 2021 and 2022:
|New Year’s Day||Friday 1 January|
|Australia Day Holiday||Tuesday 26 January|
|Adelaide Cup Day||Monday 8 March |
|Good Friday||Friday 2 April|
|Easter Saturday||Saturday 3 April|
|Easter Monday||Monday 5 April|
|Anzac Day||Sunday 25 April & Monday 26 April|
|Queen’s Birthday / Volunteer’s Day||Monday 14 June|
|Labour Day||Monday 4 October|
|Christmas Eve*||Friday 24 December|
|Christmas Day||Saturday 25 December & Monday 27 December|
|Boxing Day / Proclamation Day||Sunday 26 December & Tuesday 28 December|
|New Year’s Eve*||Friday 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.
|New Year’s Day||Saturday 1 January & Monday 3 January|
|Australia Day Holiday||Wednesday 26 January|
|Adelaide Cup Day||Monday 14 March |
|Good Friday||Friday 15 April|
|Easter Saturday||Saturday 16 April|
|Easter Monday||Monday 18 April|
|Anzac Day||Monday 25 April|
|Queen’s Birthday / Volunteer’s Day||Monday 13 June|
|Labour Day||Monday 3 October|
|Christmas Eve*||Saturday 24 December|
|Christmas Day||Sunday 25 December & Monday 26 December|
|Boxing Day / Proclamation Day||Monday 26 December & Tuesday 27 December|
|New Year’s Eve*||Saturday 31 December|
SA Government website
South Australian public and bank holidays are prescribed by the Holidays Act 1910.
SA public holidays are administered by Safework SA.
Previous SA public holidays dates
|New Year’s Day||Wednesday 1 January|
|Australia Day Holiday||Monday 27 January|
|Adelaide Cup Day||Monday 9 March|
|Good Friday||Friday 10 April|
|Easter Saturday||Saturday 11 April|
|Easter Monday||Monday 13 April|
|Anzac Day||Saturday 25 April|
|Queen’s Birthday / Volunteer’s Day||Monday 8 June|
|Labour Day||Monday 5 October|
|Christmas Eve*||Thursday 24 December|
|Christmas Day||Friday 25 December|
|Boxing Day / Proclamation Day||Saturday 26 December & Monday 28 December|
|New Year’s Eve*||Thursday 31 December|
What to know about SA public holidays
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, 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 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.