Public holidays

Public holidays can be different depending on the state or territory you work in.

It's important to know when public holidays are because employees can get different entitlements on these days.

Public holidays coming up in the next few months in your state or territory include:

Australian Capital Territory

  • Monday 29 September - Family and Community Day
  • Monday 6 October - Labour Day

New South Wales

  • Monday 6 October - Labour Day

Northern Territory

  • There are no public holidays coming up in the Nothern Territory


  • Monday 6 October - Labour Day
  • Friday 14 November - G20 Summit Holiday (Brisbane City Council Area Only)

South Australia

  • Monday 6 October - Labour Day


  • Monday 3 November - Recreation Day (All parts of the state that don't observe Royal Hobart Regatta)

For more information on public holidays in Tasmania (eg. regional holidays), contact Tasmania Online.


  • Tuesday 4 November - Melbourne Cup (All Victorians except where a different local holiday has been declared for non-metropolitan areas)

Western Australia

  • Monday 29 September - Queen's Birthday (non-metropolitan local authorities in Western Australia may celebrate the Queen's Birthday Public Holiday on a different day. Check the Western Australia Department of Commerce external-icon.png for more information.)

Working outside your state on a public holiday

An employee is entitled to public holidays depending on where they are based for work not where they are working on the day of the public holiday.

Example: Employee working outside their state on a day that is a public holiday

Cass is an employee of a business located in Melbourne. She has been sent to Sydney to perform work during November. During her interstate visit, the Melbourne Cup public holiday is observed. As Cass's base of employment is Melbourne, she is entitled to the public holiday entitlements for that day, even though it is not a public holiday where she is physically working.

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