TAS public holidays

tasmania australian public holidays and school holidays

Tasmania public holidays 2021 – 2023

Tasmania public holidays for 2021 to 2023 are set out in the table below:

New Year’s DayFriday 1 January
Australia Day HolidayTuesday 26 January
Eight Hours DayMonday 8 March
Good FridayFriday 2 April
Easter MondayMonday 5 April
Easter Tuesday^^Tuesday 6 April
Anzac Day*Sunday 25 April
Queen’s BirthdayMonday 14 June
Christmas Day^Saturday 25 December
& Monday 27 December
Boxing Day^Sunday 26 December
& Tuesday 28 December

*When Anzac Day falls on Saturday or Sunday, no substitute or additional holiday is observed.
^Substitute holidays apply.
^^Easter Tuesday is generally a Public Service only holiday

New Year’s DaySaturday 1 January
Australia Day HolidayWednesday 26 January
Eight Hours DayMonday 14 March
Good FridayFriday 15 April
Easter MondayMonday 18 April
Easter Tuesday^^Tuesday 19 April
Anzac Day*Monday 25 April
Queen’s BirthdayMonday 13 June
Christmas Day^Sunday 25 December
& Tuesday 27 December
Boxing DayMonday 26 December

*When Anzac Day falls on Saturday or Sunday, no substitute or additional holiday is observed.
^Substitute holidays apply.
^^Easter Tuesday is generally a Public Service only holiday

New Year’s Day^Sunday 1 January &
Monday 2 January
Australia Day HolidayThursday 26 January
Eight Hours DayMonday 13 March
Good FridayFriday 7 April
Easter MondayMonday 10 April
Easter Tuesday^^Tuesday 11 April
Anzac Day*Tuesday 25 April
Queen’s BirthdayMonday 12 June
Christmas DayMonday 25 December
Boxing DayTuesday 26 December

*When Anzac Day falls on Saturday or Sunday, no substitute or additional holiday is observed.
^Substitute holidays apply.
^^Easter Tuesday is generally a Public Service only holiday

Tasmania regional holidays

Devonport Cup
(generally public service only
– 11am onwards)
6 January
5 January
11 January
Royal Hobart Regatta
(southern Tasmania)
8 February
14 February
13 February
Launceston Cup
(generally public service
all day and others – 11am onwards)
24 February
23 February
22 February
King Island ShowTuesday
2 March
1 March
7 March
7 May
6 May
5 May
Burnie ShowFriday
1 October
30 September
6 October
Royal Launceston ShowThursday
7 October
6 October
12 October
Flinders Island ShowFriday
15 October
14 October
20 October
Royal Hobart Show
(south Tasmania)
21 October
20 October
26 October
Recreation Day
(northern Tasmania/those that do not
celebrate the Royal Hobart Regatta)
1 November
7 November
6 November
Devonport ShowFriday
26 November
25 November
1 December

tasmania public holidays

Government website

Tasmania public and bank holidays are prescribed by the Statutory Holidays Act 2000, with various Amendments.

Tasmanian public holidays are administered by Worksafe Tasmania.

Tasmania / Tasmania Public Holiday Dates

The state of Tasmania observes ten public holidays in 2021. There are six national public holidays; two state-wide holidays legislated by the state of Tas and regional public holidays.

National public holidays are recognised throughout Australia and include New Year’s Day, Australia Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, ANZAC Day, and Christmas Day.

State-wide Tas public holidays are the holidays that are specific to Tasmania, including Queen’s Birthday, Eight Hours Day (Equiv. Labour Day), and Easter Tuesday (for public service).

Regional public holidays are part or full-day public holidays that are observed within specific regional locations within Tas.

It is reasonable to assume that Tasmanians are guaranteed eight holidays per year and are likely to be able to access several regional holidays (maybe more if public service).

Tasmania public holidays timings

Taking one day off from Thursday 22nd October to Sunday 25th October over the Royal Hobart show Holiday.

From Saturday 19th December through to Thursday 31st December, seven days annual leave gives you thirteen days off.

The first half of the year sees a decent number of holidays, with the Eight Hours Day holiday in March delivering a long weekend and then a good break for Easter, followed by Queen’s Birthday in June.

From October onward most residents will also receive regional holidays. So, mid-year, through Winter is probably the longest stretch without a holiday.

Is Easter Tuesday a public holiday in Tasmania?

No, this public holiday is only observed by the state’s public sector. It acts as a trade-off for the fact that Easter Sunday is not legislated as a public holiday within the state.

What is the Eight Hours Day holiday in Tasmania for?

Just like May Day in the NT, the Eight Hours Day holiday celebrates the granting of an eight-hour working day for workers. In other states and territories, this holiday may be known as Labour Day.

Visiting Tasmania during a public holiday

Tasmania metro centres, as well as the main tourist focal points such as the MONA, can become busy during public holidays. Mostly this occurs during the spring/summer holiday season due to the climate. Residents also tend to make strong use of the warmer weather by getting out and about to wineries and the wilder parts of Tasmania.

Are Tas businesses open on public holidays?

The Shop Trading Hours Act 1984 stipulates the trading hours possible for large retailers on Christmas Day and Good Friday. The Anzac Day Observance Act 1929 regulates this important day, disallowing shops to open prior to 12.30 pm.

Visiting Tasmania on Australia Day

Australia day is one of the most popular public holidays in Tasmania, particularly as it falls in Summer. Australia Day is held on the 26th of January every year. If it falls on a weekend, a substitute holiday applies, as was the case in 2020.

Every community in Tasmania celebrates the day outdoors and most events are family orientated.

Tasmanian / Tas school holiday and term dates

A complete list of Tas school holiday and term dates is available on this website.
To view this year and the next couple of years, please click here.

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

Both Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are Observances rather than public holidays for Tasmanians. Unfortunately, Tasmania does not receive a legislated holiday or day off in lieu.