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

  • Thursday 25 December - Christmas Day
  • Friday 26 December - Boxing Day
  • Thursday 1 January 2015 - New Year's Day
  • Monday 26 January - Australia Day
  • Monday 9 March - Canberra Day

New South Wales

  • Thursday 25 December - Christmas Day
  • Friday 26 December - Boxing Day
  • Thursday 1 January 2015 - New Year's Day
  • Monday 26 January - Australia Day

Northern Territory

  • Thursday 25 December - Christmas Day
  • Friday 26 December - Boxing Day
  • Thursday 1 January 2015 - New Year's Day
  • Monday 26 January - Australia Day

Queensland

  • Thursday 25 December - Christmas Day
  • Friday 26 December - Boxing Day
  • Thursday 1 January 2015 - New Year's Day
  • Monday 26 January - Australia Day

South Australia

  • Wednesday 24 December* - Christmas Eve
  • Thursday 25 December - Christmas Day
  • Friday 26 December - Boxing Day / Proclamation Day
  • Wednesday 31 December* - New Year's Eve
  • Thursday 1 January 2015 - New Year's Day
  • Monday 26 January - Australia Day
  • Monday 9 March - Adelaide Cup

*from 7pm to midnight

Tasmania

  • Thursday 25 December - Christmas Day
  • Friday 26 December - Boxing Day
  • Thursday 1 January 2015 - New Year's Day
  • Monday 26 January - Australia Day
  • Monday 9 March - Eigh Hours Day

Victoria

  • Thursday 25 December - Christmas Day
  • Friday 26 December - Boxing Day
  • Thursday 1 January 2015 - New Year's Day
  • Monday 26 January - Australia Day
  • Monday 9 March - Labour Day

Western Australia

  • Thursday 25 December - Christmas Day
  • Friday 26 December - Boxing Day
  • Thursday 1 January 2015 - New Year's Day
  • Monday 26 January - Australia Day
  • Monday 2 March - Labour Day

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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