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.

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

  • Monday 30 May - Reconciliation Day
  • Monday 13 June - Queen's Birthday
  • Monday 3 October - Labour Day
  • Sunday 25 December - Christmas Day
  • Monday 26 December - Boxing Day
  • Tuesday 27 December - Additional public holiday for Christmas Day

New South Wales

  • Monday 13 June - Queen's Birthday
  • Monday 3 October - Labour Day
  • Sunday 25 December - Christmas Day
  • Monday 26 December - Boxing Day
  • Tuesday 27 December - Additional public holiday for Christmas Day

Northern Territory

  • Monday 2 May - May Day
  • Monday 13 June - Queen's Birthday
  • Monday 1 August - Picnic 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 – Substitute day for Boxing Day
  • Saturday 31 December - New Year's Eve (from 7pm to 12 midnight)

Queensland

  • Monday 2 May - Labour Day
  • Wednesday 10 August - Royal Queensland Show (Brisbane area only)
  • 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

South Australia

  • Monday 13 June - Queen's Birthday
  • 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)

Tasmania

  • Monday 13 June - Queen's Birthday
  • 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

Victoria

  • Monday 13 June - Queen's Birthday
  • TBC - 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

Western Australia

  • Monday 6 June - Western Australia Day
  • Monday 26 September - Queen's Birthday (Some regional areas in WA hold the Queen'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

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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