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 Calculator. 

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

Public holidays coming up in the next few months in your state or territory include:

Australian Capital Territory

  • Monday 12 June - Queen's Birthday

New South Wales

  • Monday 12 June - Queen's Birthday
  • Monday 7 August - Bank Holiday*

*applies to banks and certain financial institutions

Northern Territory

  • Monday 1 May - May Day
  • Monday 12 June - Queen's Birthday
  • Monday 7 August - Picnic Day

Show days in Northern Territory

  • Friday 30 June - Borroloola Show Day
  • Friday 7 July - Alice Springs Show Day
  • Friday 14 July - Tennant Creek Show Day
  • Friday 21 July - Katherine Show Day
  • Friday 28 July - Darwin Show Day

Queensland

  • Monday 1 May - Labour Day
  • Wednesday 16 August - Royal Queensland Show - Brisbane Only

South Australia

  • Monday 12 June - Queen's Birthday / Volunteer Day

Tasmania

  • Monday 12 June - Queen's Birthday

Victoria

  • Monday 12 June - Queen's Birthday

Western Australia

  • Monday 5 June - Western Australia Day

Working outside your state 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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