VIC / Victoria public holiday dates 2020 – 2022
There are 15 public holidays observed by Victoria each calendar year. Individual public holiday dates for 2020, 2021 and 2022 are listed in the table below:
|New Year’s Day||Wednesday|
|Australia Day Holiday||Monday|
|Saturday before Easter Sunday||Saturday|
|Friday before AFL Grand Final||TBA due to COVID-19||Subject to AFL schedule||Subject to AFL schedule|
|Christmas Eve||Thursday |
* Restricted Trading Days
Melbourne Cup Day is a public holiday across all of Victoria unless alternate local holiday has been arranged by a Non-Metropolitan council.
Victoria regional holidays 2020 – 2022
Non-Metropolitan public holidays are declared in accordance with the Public Holidays Act 1993 and details are published as and when available from local municipalities.
|City of Greater Geelong||Wednesday|
|Numurkah District within the municipal district of the Shire of Moira||Wednesday|
Vic public holidays are administered by Business Victoria.
Public holidays are prescribed by the Public Holidays Act 1993.
Victoria / Vic public holiday dates
In 2020, the state of Victoria will observe 15 public holidays. This is the highest number of public holidays observed by any Australian state or territory and it remains unchanged each year.
Victorian public holidays comprise national holidays, holidays legislated by the state of Victoria and regional public holidays.
Victoria public holiday timings
Public holidays in Victoria are scattered through the calendar year. A number of public holidays are observed during summer school holidays. This is the case for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.
Other Vic public holidays take place during the school term, resulting in multiple ‘long’ weekends.
Why are Mother’s Day and Father’s Day not listed as a public holiday in Victoria?
Both Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are an Observance rather than a public holiday for Victorians. Unfortunately, Victoria does not receive a legislated holiday, or day off in lieu.
Visiting Vic during a public holiday
The state of Victoria can be a busy place to visit during a public holiday. This is particularly the case if the public holiday falls on a long weekend or during a popular school holiday period.
If you are planning to visit Vic during a public holiday, it’s important to prepare in advance.
Some services and attractions are in very high demand during a Vic public holiday weekend. So, plan ahead and book as early as you can.
Are Vic businesses open on public holidays?
Selected Victorian businesses operate restricted hours of operation during some public holidays, either through choice or as a legislated requirement. Liquor legislation may prevent the consumption of alcohol on commercial premises at specific times of the day on selected public holidays. This is the case on Easter Friday.
Some Victorian services, such as public transport, carry an amended schedule for public holidays.
Different types of public holidays in Vic
There are three types of public holidays in Victoria – national, state and regional holidays.
National public holidays: These are Victorian public holidays which are also recognised throughout all Australian states and territories. Examples include Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Australia Day.
Statewide Vic public holidays: These are holidays which are specific to Victoria. For example, the AFL Grand Final holiday and Melbourne Cup holiday are exclusive to Victoria.
Non-metropolitan public holidays: These public holidays are observed within specific Vic regional locations. Full or part day holidays may be observed.
Victorian AFL Grand Final public holiday
The AFL Grand Final holiday (also known as ‘Grand Final Eve’) is a relatively new public holiday, exclusively celebrated in the state of Victoria.
This public holiday is based on the AFL playing schedule. In 2020, the date is not currently known, as the AFL playing schedule may be altered due to the response to COVID-19.
An update will be provided on this website if new information becomes available.
Melbourne Cup public holiday
The Melbourne Cup public holiday celebrates Australia’s most famous annual horse race. This exclusively Vic public holiday is held on the first Tuesday in November.
About Vic non-metropolitan public holidays
In addition to state wide public holidays, Vic observes regional or non-metropolitan public holidays. In 2020, three regional public holidays are observed on 21 October.
Victoria / Vic school holiday and term dates
This website maintains a full list of Victorian school holiday and term dates.
To view 2020 and 2021 school holiday and school term dates for Victoria, please click here.