Public holidays

People on beach with message that Monday 28 January 2019 is public holiday for Australia Day
Upcoming Australia Day public holiday

This year Australia Day falls on a Saturday, so Monday 28 January has been substituted as the public holiday.

Normal Saturday rates apply to anyone working on the 26th. Public holiday rules apply to work on the Monday.

Read more about substitute public holidays in our Library.


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 28 January - Australia Day (substitute day as Australia Day falls on a weekend)
  • Monday 11 March - Canberra Day

New South Wales

  • Monday 28 January - Australia Day (substitute day as Australia Day falls on a weekend)

Northern Territory

  • Monday 28 January - Australia Day (substitute day as Australia Day falls on a weekend)

Queensland

  • Monday 28 January - Australia Day (substitute day as Australia Day falls on a weekend)

South Australia

  • Monday 28 January - Australia Day (substitute day as Australia Day falls on a weekend)
  • Monday 11 March - Adelaide Cup Day (March Public Holiday)

Tasmania

  • Monday 28 January - Australia Day (substitute day as Australia Day falls on a weekend)
  • Monday 11 February - Royal Hobart Regatta (only observed in certain areas of the state)
  • Monday 11 March - Eight Hours Day

Victoria

  • Monday 28 January - Australia Day (substitute day as Australia Day falls on a weekend)
  • Monday 11 March - Labour Day

Western Australia

  • Monday 28 January - Australia Day (substitute day as Australia Day falls on a weekend)
  • Monday 4 March - Labour 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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