Public holidays

National Day of Mourning for Her Majesty The Queen: public holiday announced

It has been announced that Thursday 22 September 2022 will be a public holiday for the National Day of Mourning for Her Majesty The Queen.

Visit National Day of Mourning and other upcoming public holidays for more information, including where to find information about trading hours, and minimum wages and conditions for working and not working on a public holiday.

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.

You can calculate these entitlements using our Pay and Conditions Tool.

Go to our 2022 public holidays page for a full list of public holidays in your state or territory,

For a quick overview of public holidays, watch our short video to understand who is entitled to take a day off on a public holiday and what you should be paid.

Upcoming public holidays in your state or territory include:

Australian Capital Territory

  • Thursday 22 September - National Day of Mourning for Her Majesty The Queen*
  • Monday 3 October - Labour Day
  • Sunday 25 December - Christmas Day
  • Monday 26 December - Boxing Day
  • Tuesday 27 December - Additional public holiday for Christmas Day

*For more information see ACT Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate

New South Wales

  • Thursday 22 September - National Day of Mourning for Her Majesty The Queen*
  • Monday 3 October - Labour Day
  • Sunday 25 December - Christmas Day
  • Monday 26 December - Boxing Day
  • Tuesday 27 December - Additional public holiday for Christmas Day

*For more information see NSW Government

Northern Territory

  • Thursday 22 September - National Day of Mourning for Her Majesty The Queen*
  • Saturday 24 December - Christmas Eve (from 7pm to 12 midnight)
  • Sunday 25 December - Christmas Day
  • Monday 26 December - Additional public holiday for Christmas Day
  • Tuesday 27 December – Substitute day for Boxing Day
  • Saturday 31 December - New Year's Eve (from 7pm to 12 midnight)

*For more information see NT Government

Queensland

  • Thursday 22 September - National Day of Mourning for Her Majesty The Queen*
  • Monday 3 October - Queen's Birthday
  • Saturday 24 December - Christmas Eve (from 6pm to 12 midnight)
  • Sunday 25 December - Christmas Day
  • Monday 26 December - Boxing Day
  • Tuesday 27 December - Additional public holiday for Christmas Day

*For more information see Queensland Government

South Australia

  • Thursday 22 September - National Day of Mourning for Her Majesty The Queen*
  • Monday 3 October - Labour Day
  • Saturday 24 December - Christmas Eve (from 7pm to 12 midnight)
  • Sunday 25 December - Christmas Day
  • Monday 26 December - Additional public holiday for Christmas Day
  • Tuesday 27 December - Boxing Day/Proclamation Day
  • Saturday 31 December - New Year's Eve (from 7pm to 12 midnight)

*For more information see Public holiday trading hours for 22 September as Day of Mourning proclaimed

Tasmania

  • Thursday 22 September - National Day of Mourning for Her Majesty The Queen*
  • Monday 7 November - Recreation Day (all parts of the state which do not observe Royal Hobart Regatta)
  • Sunday 25 December - Christmas Day
  • Monday 26 December - Boxing Day
  • Tuesday 27 December - Additional public holiday for Christmas Day

*For more information see WorkSafe Tasmania

Victoria

  • Thursday 22 September - National Day of Mourning for Her Majesty The Queen*
  • Friday 23 September - Friday before AFL Grand Final (subject to AFL schedule)
  • Tuesday 1 November - Melbourne Cup
  • Sunday 25 December - Christmas Day
  • Monday 26 December - Boxing Day
  • Tuesday 27 December - Additional public holiday for Christmas Day

*For more information see Business Victoria

Western Australia

  • Thursday 22 September - National Day of Mourning for Her Majesty The Queen*
  • Monday 26 September - King's Birthday* (Some regional areas in WA hold the King's Birthday public holiday on a different date)
  • Sunday 25 December - Christmas Day
  • Monday 26 December - Boxing Day/Additional public holiday for Christmas Day
  • Tuesday 27 December - Additional public holiday for Boxing Day

*For more information see WA Government

Working outside your state or region 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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