TAS / Tasmania public holiday dates 2020 – 2022

Tasmania public holiday dates for 2020, 2021 and 2022 are set out in the table below:

Holiday202020212022
New Year’s DayWednesday
1 January
Friday
1 January
Saturday
1 January
Australia Day Holiday^Monday
27 January
Tuesday
26 January
Wednesday
26 January
Eight Hours DayMonday
9 March
Monday
8 March
Monday
14 March
Good FridayFriday
10 April
Friday
2 April
Friday
15 April
Easter MondayMonday
13 April
Monday
5 April
Monday
18 April
Easter Tuesday – generally Public Service onlyTuesday
14 April
Tuesday
6 April
Tuesday
19 April
Anzac DaySaturday
25 April*
Monday
25 April
Monday
25 April
Queen’s BirthdayMonday
8 June
Monday
14 June
Monday
13 June
Christmas Day^Friday
25 December
Saturday
25 December
&
Monday
27 December
Sunday
25 December
&
Tuesday
27
December
Boxing Day^Saturday
26 December
&
Monday
28 December
Sunday
26 December
&
Tuesday
28 December
Monday
26 December

*When Anzac Day falls on Saturday or Sunday, no substitute or additional holiday is observed.

^Substitute holidays apply.

Tasmania regional holidays

Holiday202020212022
Devonport Cup (generally public service only – 11am onwards)Wednesday
8 January
Wednesday
6 January
Wednesday
5 January
Royal Hobart Regatta (southern Tasmania)
Monday
10 February
Monday
8 February
Friday
14 February
Launceston Cup (generally public service all day and others – 11am onwards)
Wednesday
26 February
Wednesday
24 February
Wednesday
23 February
King Island Show
Tuesday
3 March
Tuesday
2 March
Tuesday
1 March
AGFEST
Friday
8 May
Friday
7 May
Friday
6 May
Burnie Show
Friday
2 October
Friday
1 October
Friday
30 September
Royal Launceston Show
Thursday
8 October
Thursday
7 October
Thursday
6 October
Flinders Island Show
Friday
16 October
Friday
15 October
Friday
14 October
Royal Hobart Show (south Tasmania)
Thursday
22 October
Thursday
21 October
Thursday
20 October
Recreation Day (northern Tasmania/those that do not celebrate the Royal Hobart Regatta)
Monday
2 November
Monday
1 November
Monday
7 November
Devonport Show
Friday
27 November
Friday
26 November
Friday
25 November

Government website

Tasmania public and bank holidays are prescribed by the Statutory Holidays Act 2020.

Tasmanian public holidays are administered by the Worksafe Tasmania.

Tasmania / Tasmania Public Holiday Dates

The state of Tasmania observes ten public holidays in 2020. 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 includes New Year’s Day, Australia Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, ANZAC Day and Christmas Day.

State-wide Tas public holidays are the holidays that specific to Tasmania, including Queen’ 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 likely to be able to access several regional holidays (maybe more if public service).

Tas public holiday 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 for 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 12.30pm.

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 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 an Observance rather than a public holiday for Tasmanians. Unfortunately, Tasmania does not receive a legislated holiday, or day off in lieu.