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.

Video: Public holidays

Watch our short video to learn about:

  • working or not working on a public holiday
  • when an employer can ask an employee to work a public holiday
  • refusing an employer’s requests to a work a public holiday.

About public holidays

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

All employees have a right to be absent from work on a public holiday. Learn more at Not working on public holidays.

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:

  • the right not to work on a public holiday
  • pay
  • leave (such as during a period of paid leave).

Go to Not working on public holidays.

Upcoming 2024 public holidays

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

Go to our 2024 public holidays page for a full list of public holidays in your state or territory this year.

Australian Capital Territory

  • Monday 7 October - Labour Day
  • Wednesday 25 December - Christmas Day
  • Thursday 26 December - Boxing Day

New South Wales

  • Monday 7 October - Labour Day
  • Wednesday 25 December - Christmas Day
  • Thursday 26 December - Boxing Day

Northern Territory

  • Monday 5 August - Picnic Day
  • Tuesday 24 December - Christmas Eve (from 7pm to midnight)
  • Wednesday 25 December - Christmas Day
  • Thursday 26 December - Boxing Day
  • Tuesday 31 December - New Year's Eve (from 7pm to midnight)

Queensland

  • Wednesday 14 August - Royal Queensland Show (Brisbane area only)
  • Monday 7 October - King’s Birthday
  • Tuesday 24 December - Christmas Eve (from 6pm to midnight)
  • Wednesday 25 December - Christmas Day
  • Thursday 26 December - Boxing Day

South Australia

  • Monday 7 October - Labour Day
  • Tuesday 24 December - Christmas Eve (from 7pm to midnight)
  • Wednesday 25 December - Christmas Day
  • Thursday 26 December - Proclamation Day public holiday / Boxing Day
  • Tuesday 31 December - New Year's Eve (from 7pm to midnight)

Tasmania

  • Monday 4 November - Recreation Day (areas of the state that don’t observe Royal Hobart Regatta)
  • Wednesday 25 December - Christmas Day
  • Thursday 26 December - Boxing Day

Victoria

  • Friday 27 September - Friday before AFL Grand Final
  • Tuesday 5 November - Melbourne Cup
  • Wednesday 25 December - Christmas Day
  • Thursday 26 December - Boxing Day

Western Australia

  • Monday 23 September - King's Birthday (some regional areas in WA hold the King's Birthday public holiday on a different date)
  • Wednesday 25 December - Christmas Day
  • Thursday 26 December - Boxing 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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