Public holidays

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

Find recent and upcoming public holidays in your state or territory below.

About public holidays

It's important to know when public holidays fall each year because different pay and entitlements can apply on these days.

Calculating public holiday rates

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

Working a public holiday

Learn more about workplace entitlements for working a public holiday, including:

  • extra pay (for example, public holiday rates)
  • taking an extra day off
  • minimum shift lengths.

Go to Public holiday penalty rates.

Not working a public holiday

Find out about entitlements and responsibilities for not working a public holiday, including:

  • pay
  • leave (such as during a period of paid leave).

Go to Not working on public holidays.

Upcoming 2023 public holidays

Below are the public holidays over the next few months in each state and territory.

Go to our 2023 Public holidays page for a full list of public holidays in your state or territory this year.

Australian Capital Territory

  • Sunday 1 January - New Year's Day
  • Monday 2 January - Additional public holiday for New Year's Day
  • Thursday 26 January - Australia Day
  • Monday 13 March - Canberra Day
  • Friday 7 April - Good Friday
  • Saturday 8 April - Easter Saturday
  • Sunday 9 April - Easter Sunday
  • Monday 10 April - Easter Monday
  • Tuesday 25 April - Anzac Day

New South Wales

  • Sunday 1 January - New Year's Day
  • Monday 2 January - Additional public holiday for New Year's Day
  • Thursday 26 January - Australia Day
  • Friday 7 April - Good Friday
  • Saturday 8 April - Easter Saturday
  • Sunday 9 April - Easter Sunday
  • Monday 10 April - Easter Monday
  • Tuesday 25 April - Anzac Day

Northern Territory

  • Sunday 1 January - New Year's Day
  • Monday 2 January - Additional public holiday for New Year's Day
  • Thursday 26 January - Australia Day
  • Friday 7 April - Good Friday
  • Saturday 8 April - Easter Saturday
  • Monday 10 April - Easter Monday
  • Tuesday 25 April - Anzac Day

Queensland

  • Sunday 1 January - New Year's Day
  • Monday 2 January - Additional public holiday for New Year's Day
  • Thursday 26 January - Australia Day
  • Friday 7 April - Good Friday
  • Saturday 8 April - Easter Saturday
  • Sunday 9 April - Easter Sunday
  • Monday 10 April - Easter Monday
  • Tuesday 25 April - Anzac Day

South Australia

  • Sunday 1 January - New Year's Day
  • Monday 2 January - Additional public holiday for New Year's Day
  • Thursday 26 January - Australia Day
  • Monday 13 March - Adelaide Cup Day (subject to proclamation)
  • Friday 7 April - Good Friday
  • Saturday 8 April - Easter Saturday
  • Monday 10 April - Easter Monday
  • Tuesday 25 April - Anzac Day

Tasmania

  • Monday 2 January - New Year's Day (substitute day as New Year's Day falls on a weekend)
  • Thursday 26 January - Australia Day
  • Monday 13 February - Royal Hobart Regatta (only observed in certain areas of the state)
  • Monday 13 March - Eight Hours Day
  • Sunday 7 April - Good Friday
  • Monday 10 April - Easter Monday
  • Tuesday 11 April - Easter Tuesday (generally Public Service only)
  • Tuesday 25 April - Anzac Day

Victoria

  • Sunday 1 January - New Year's Day
  • Monday 2 January - Additional public holiday for New Year's Day
  • Thursday 26 January - Australia Day
  • Monday 13 March - Labour Day
  • Friday 7 April - Good Friday
  • Saturday 8 April - Saturday before Easter Sunday
  • Sunday 9 April - Easter Sunday
  • Monday 10 April - Easter Monday
  • Tuesday 25 April - Anzac Day

Western Australia

  • Sunday 1 January - New Year's Day
  • Monday 2 January - Additional public holiday for New Year's Day
  • Thursday 26 January - Australia Day
  • Monday 6 March - Labour Day
  • Friday 7 April - Good Friday
  • Sunday 9 April - Easter Sunday
  • Monday 10 April - Easter Monday
  • Tuesday 25 April - Anzac Day

Working outside your state or region on a public holiday

An employee is entitled to the public holidays that fall 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 in Melbourne. As Cass's job is based in Melbourne, she's entitled to her public holiday entitlements that day, even though there isn't a public holiday where she is physically working in Sydney.

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