Public holidays

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As an employee or employer, you need to know your entitlements and obligations for public holidays over the Easter and ANZAC Day period.

Easter public holidays are different in each state and territory. The following table tells you which days are public holidays in your state or territory.

Date Day Is a public holiday in...
Friday 18 April Good Friday all states and territories
Saturday 19 April Easter Saturday all states and territories except Tasmania and Western Australia
Sunday 20 April Easter Sunday NSW only
Monday 21 April Easter Monday all states and territories
Tuesday 22 April Easter Tuesday Tasmania only*
Friday 25 April ANZAC Day all states and territories

* restricted public holiday - only applies under certain awards or agreements and to the state public service. Contact us or WorkSafe Tasmania external link icon for more information.

What do employees get on public holidays?

Casual employees aren’t entitled to be paid for a day off for a public holiday. Part-time and full-time employees who get the public holiday off are generally entitled to be paid their base rate of pay for the hours they would have ordinarily worked. For more information go to What employees get to make sure you understand your rights and obligations.

What’s the rate of pay for working on a public holiday?

Some employees are entitled to be paid a higher rate (penalty rates) when they work on a public holiday. Whether or not an employee is entitled to penalty rates depends on a number of things, including the industry and the job. Visit Finding the right pay for tools to help you calculate minimum wages and penalty rates.

Shop trading hours

It’s quite common for there to be restrictions on trading on some public holidays, such as Good Friday or Christmas. This is regulated by each state - see Shop trading hours on public holidays to find out where you can get more information

What are the public holidays in my state/territory?

Public holidays can be different depending on the state or territory you’re in. See our List of 2013 public holidays for the main public holidays in your state or territory.

States and territories can declare their own extra public holidays. For example:

  • in South Australia, part-day public holidays have been declared from 7pm - midnight on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve
  • regional public holidays that apply only in a specific area (eg. Borroloola Show Day in the Northern Territory)
  • state public holidays for Labour Day
  • other state and territory public holidays such as Melbourne Cup Day in Victoria.

For more information about public holidays in your state or territory, see our List of 2013 public holidays or call the relevant state or territory department below.

State State Department Contact number
Victoria Business Victoria External link icon 1800 287 287
New South Wales NSW Government External links icon 131 628
Queensland Department of Justice and Attorney-General External link icon (07) 3225 2299
Northern Territory Office of the Commisioner for Public Employment External link icon (08) 8999 5511
Western Australia Department of Commerce External link icon 1300 655 266
South Australia SafeWork SA External link icon 1300 365 255
Tasmania WorkSafe Tasmania External link icon Inside Tasmania
1300 366 322
Outside Tasmania
(03) 6166 4600
Australian Capital Territory Chief Minister and Cabinet External link icon 13 22 81

Have a public holiday question?

Try our Public Holidays FAQs for answers to common public holiday questions.

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Page last updated: 07 Apr 2014