TAS / Tasmania public holiday dates 2020 – 2022
Tasmania public holiday dates for 2020, 2021 and 2022 are set out in the table below:
|New Year’s Day||Wednesday|
|Australia Day Holiday^||Monday|
|Eight Hours Day||Monday|
|Easter Tuesday – generally Public Service only||Tuesday|
*When Anzac Day falls on Saturday or Sunday, no substitute or additional holiday is observed.
^Substitute holidays apply.
Tasmania regional holidays
|Devonport Cup (generally public service only – 11am onwards)||Wednesday|
|Royal Hobart Regatta (southern Tasmania)||Monday|
|Launceston Cup (generally public service all day and others – 11am onwards)||Wednesday|
|King Island Show||Tuesday|
|Royal Launceston Show||Thursday|
|Flinders Island Show||Friday|
|Royal Hobart Show (south Tasmania)||Thursday|
|Recreation Day (northern Tasmania/those that do not celebrate the Royal Hobart Regatta)||Monday|
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.