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.

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 should be paid.

 

 

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

Australian Capital Territory

  • Thursday 26 January - Australia Day
  • Monday 13 March - Canberra Day

New South Wales

  • Thursday 26 January - Australia Day

Northern Territory

  • Thursday 26 January - Australia Day

    Queensland

    • Thursday 26 January - Australia Day

    South Australia

    • Thursday 26 January - Australia Day
    • Monday 13 March - March Public Holiday

    Tasmania

    • Thursday 26 January - Australia Day
    • Monday 13 February - Royal Hobart Regatta*
    • Monday 13 March - Eight Hours Day

    *only observed in certain areas of the state

    Victoria

    • Thursday 26 January - Australia Day
    • Monday 13 March - Labour Day

    Western Australia

    • Thursday 26 January - Australia Day
    • Monday 6 March - Labour 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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