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

  • Sunday 25 December - Christmas Day
  • Monday 26 December - Boxing Day
  • Tuesday 27 December - Additional Day*
  • Sunday 1 January - New Year's Day
  • Monday 2 January - Additional Day**
  • Thursday 26 January - Australia Day

*applies as Christmas Day falls on a weekend

**applies as New Year's Day falls on a weekend

New South Wales

  • Sunday 25 December - Christmas Day
  • Monday 26 December - Boxing Day
  • Tuesday 27 December - Additional Day*
  • Sunday 1 January - New Year's Day
  • Monday 2 January - Additional Day**
  • Thursday 26 January - Australia Day

*applies as Christmas Day falls on a weekend

**applies as New Year's Day falls on a weekend

Northern Territory

  • Sunday 25 December - Christmas Day
  • Monday 26 December - Boxing Day
  • Tuesday 27 December - Additional Day*
  • Sunday 1 January - Additional Day**
  • Monday 2 January - New Year's Day
  • Thursday 26 January - Australia Day

*additional day for Sunday 25 December 

**in recognition that New Year's Day falls on a Sunday

    Queensland

    • Sunday 25 December - Christmas Day     
    • Monday 26 December - Boxing Day
    • Tuesday 27 December - Additional Day*
    • Sunday 1 January - New Year's Day
    • Monday 2 January - Additional Day**
    • Thursday 26 January - Australia Day

    *applies as Christmas Day falls on a weekend

    **applies as New Year's Day falls on a weekend

    South Australia

    • Saturday 24 December - Christmas Eve* 
    • Sunday 25 December - Christmas Day
    • Monday 26 December - Additional Day**
    • Tuesday 27 December - Boxing Day / Proclamation Day***
    • Saturday 31 December - New Year's Eve*
    • Sunday 1 January - New Year's Day
    • Monday 2 January - Additional Day****
    • Thursday 26 January - Australia Day

    *from 7pm to midnight

    **additional day for Sunday 25 December

    ***additional day as 26 December is the Christmas Day public holiday

    ****applies as New Year's Day falls on a weekend

    Tasmania

    • Sunday 25 December - Christmas Day
    • Monday 26 December - Boxing Day
    • Tuesday 27 December - Additional Day*
    • Monday 2 January - New Year's Day**
    • Thursday 26 January - Australia Day

    *applies as Christmas Day falls on a weekend

    **applies as New Year's Day falls on a weekend

    Victoria

    • Sunday 25 December - Christmas Day 
    • Monday 26 December - Boxing Day
    • Tuesday 27 December - Additional Day*
    • Sunday 1 January - New Year's Day
    • Monday 2 January - Additional Day**
    • Thursday 26 January - Australia Day

    *applies as Christmas Day falls on a weekend

    **applies as New Year's Day falls on a weekend

    Western Australia

    • Sunday 25 December - Christmas Day
    • Monday 26 December - Boxing Day
    • Tuesday 27 December - Additional Day*
    • Sunday 1 January - New Year's Day
    • Monday 2 January - Additional Day**
    • Thursday 26 January - Australia Day

    *applies as Christmas Day falls on a weekend and Boxing Day falls on a Monday

    **applies as New Year's Day falls on a weekend

    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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