Australian public holidays can be national or state based. Some national holidays (like the Queen’s Birthday for example) may appear on different dates depending on the state. Furthermore, it is up to each state to decide whether or not a particular holiday is extended if it falls on a weekend. With all that in mind, the overall calendar of Australian public holidays can appear quite complex indeed.

Australian Public Holidays

If you are moving from overseas, Australian public holidays can affect your moving plans and need to be accounted for. It is recommended that you take this aspect into consideration in order to avoid delays and unwanted surprises.

We have compiled an entire calendar of Australian public holidays – state by state, so you can find this information quickly and easily.

Australian Capital Territory

2015 Calendar

  • New Year’s Day – Thursday 1 January
  • Australia Day – Monday 26 January
  • Canberra Day – Monday 9 March
  • Good Friday – Friday 3 April
  • Easter Saturday – Saturday 4 April
  • Easter Monday – Monday 6 April
  • Anzac Day – Saturday 25 April
  • Queen’s Birthday – Monday 8 June
  • Family and Community Day – Monday 28 September
  • Labour Day – Monday 5 October
  • Christmas Day – Friday 25 December
  • Boxing Day – Saturday 26 December
  • Boxing Day (additional day) – Monday 28 December

2016 Calendar

  • New Year’s Day – Friday 1 January
  • Australia Day – Tuesday 26 January
  • Canberra Day – Monday 14 March
  • Good Friday – Friday 25 March
  • Easter Saturday – Saturday 26 March
  • Easter Monday – Monday 28 March
  • Anzac Day – Monday 25 April
  • Queen’s Birthday – Monday 13 June
  • Family and Community Day – Monday 26 September
  • Labour Day – Monday 3 October
  • Christmas Day – Sunday 25 December
  • Boxing Day – Monday 26 December
  • Christmas Day (additional day) – Tuesday 27 December

New South Wales

2015 Calendar

  • New Year’s Day – Thursday 1 January
  • Australia Day – Monday 26 January
  • Good Friday – Friday 3 April
  • Easter Saturday – Saturday 4 April
  • Easter Sunday – Sunday 5 April
  • Easter Monday – Monday 6 April
  • Anzac Day – Saturday 25 April
  • Queen’s Birthday – Monday 8 June
  • Bank Holiday – Monday 3 August *
  • Labour Day – Monday 5 October
  • Christmas Day – Friday 25 December
  • Boxing Day – Saturday 26 December
  • Boxing Day (additional day) – Monday 28 December

2016 Calendar

  • New Year’s Day – Friday 1 January
  • Australia Day – Tuesday 26 January
  • Good Friday – Friday 25 March
  • Easter Saturday – Saturday 26 March
  • Easter Sunday – Sunday 27 March
  • Easter Monday – Monday 28 March
  • Anzac Day – Monday 25 April
  • Queen’s Birthday – Monday 13 June
  • Bank Holiday – Monday 1 August*
  • Labour Day – Monday 3 October
  • Christmas Day – Sunday 25 December
  • Boxing Day – Monday 26 December
  • Christmas Day (additional day) – Tuesday 27 December
* Partial holiday, applies to banks and some financial institutions.

Northern Territory

2015 Calendar

  • New Year’s Day – Thursday 1 January
  • Australia Day – Monday 26 January
  • Good Friday – Friday 3 April
  • Easter Saturday – Saturday 4 April
  • Easter Monday – Monday 6 April
  • Anzac Day – Saturday 25 April
  • May Day – Monday 4 May
  • Queen’s Birthday – Monday 8 June
  • Picnic Day – Monday 3 August
  • Christmas Day – Friday 25 December
  • Boxing Day – Saturday 26 December
  • Boxing Day (additional day) – Monday 28 December

2016 Calendar

  • New Year’s Day – Friday 1 January
  • Australia Day – Tuesday 26 January
  • Good Friday – Friday 25 March
  • Easter Saturday – Saturday 26 March
  • Easter Monday – Monday 28 March
  • Anzac Day – Monday 25 April
  • May Day – Monday 2 May
  • Queen’s Birthday – Monday 13 June
  • Picnic Day – Monday 1 August
  • Christmas Day – Sunday 25 December
  • Boxing Day – Monday 26 December
  • Christmas Day (additional day) – Tuesday 27 December

Queensland

2015 Calendar

  • New Year’s Day – Thursday 1 January
  • Australia Day – Monday 26 January
  • Good Friday – Friday 3 April
  • Easter Saturday – Saturday 4 April
  • Easter Monday – Monday 6 April
  • Anzac Day – Saturday 25 April
  • Queen’s Birthday – Monday 8 June
  • Royal Queensland Show (Brisbane Only) – Wednesday 12 August
  • Labour Day – Monday 5 October
  • Christmas Day – Friday 25 December
  • Boxing Day – Saturday 26 December
  • Boxing Day (additional day) – Monday 28 December

2016 Calendar

  • New Year’s Day – Friday 1 January
  • Australia Day – Tuesday 26 January
  • Good Friday – Friday 25 March
  • Easter Saturday – Saturday 26 March
  • Easter Monday – Monday 28 March
  • Anzac Day – Monday 25 April
  • Queen’s Birthday – Monday 13 June
  • Royal Queensland Show (Brisbane Only) – Wednesday 17 August
  • Labour Day – Monday 3 October
  • Christmas Day – Sunday 25 December
  • Boxing Day – Monday 26 December
  • Christmas Day (additional day) – Tuesday 27 December

South Australia

2015 Calendar

  • New Year’s Day – Thursday 1 January
  • Australia Day – Monday 26 January
  • Adelaide Cup – Monday 9 March
  • Good Friday – Friday 3 April
  • Saturday after Good Friday – Saturday 4 April
  • Easter Monday – Monday 6 April
  • Anzac Day – Saturday 25 April
  • Queen’s Birthday / Volunteers Day – Monday 8 June
  • Labour Day – Monday 5 October
  • Christmas Eve (7pm – midnight) – Thursday 24 December
  • Christmas Day – Friday 25 December
  • Proclamation Day – Monday 28 December
  • New Year’s Eve (7pm – midnight) – Thursday 31 December

2016 Calendar

  • New Year’s Day – Friday 1 January
  • Australia Day – Tuesday 26 January
  • March Public Holiday – Monday 14 March
  • Good Friday – Friday 25 March
  • Saturday after Good Friday – Saturday 26 March
  • Easter Monday – Monday 28 March
  • Anzac Day – Monday 25 April
  • Queen’s Birthday / Volunteers Day – Monday 13 June
  • Labour Day – Monday 3 October
  • Christmas Eve (7pm – midnight) – Saturday 24 December
  • Christmas Day – Monday 26 December
  • Proclamation Day – Tuesday 27 December
  • New Year’s Eve (7pm – midnight) – Saturday 31 December

Tasmania

2015 Calendar

  • New Year’s Day – Thursday 1 January
  • Australia Day – Monday 26 January
  • Royal Hobart Regatta – Monday 9 February *
  • Eight Hours Day – Monday 9 March
  • Good Friday – Friday 3 April
  • Easter Monday – Monday 6 April
  • Easter Tuesday – Tuesday 7 April **
  • Anzac Day – Saturday 25 April
  • Queen’s Birthday – Monday 8 June
  • Recreation Day – Monday 2 November ***
  • Christmas Day – Friday 25 December
  • Boxing Day – Saturday 26 December
  • Boxing Day (additional day) – Monday 28 December

2016 Calendar

  • New Year’s Day – Friday 1 January
  • Australia Day – Tuesday 26 January
  • Royal Hobart Regatta – Monday 8 February *
  • Eight Hours Day – Monday 14 March
  • Good Friday – Friday 25 March
  • Easter Monday – Monday 28 March
  • Easter Tuesday – Tuesday 29 March **
  • Anzac Day – Monday 25 April
  • Queen’s Birthday – Monday 13 June
  • Recreation Day – Monday 7 November ***
  • Christmas Day – Sunday 25 December
  • Boxing Day – Monday 26 December
  • Christmas Day (additional day) – Tuesday 27 December

* only observed in certain areas of the state
** restricted public holiday in Tasmania. Observed by some awards/agreements and the State Public Service.
*** applies to all parts of the state which do not observe Royal Hobart Regatta

Victoria

2015 Calendar

  • New Year’s Day – Thursday 1 January
  • Australia Day – Monday 26 January
  • Labour Day – Monday 9 March
  • Good Friday – Friday 3 April
  • Saturday after Good Friday – Saturday 4 April
  • Easter Sunday – Sunday 5th April
  • Easter Monday – Monday 6 April
  • Anzac Day – Saturday 25 April
  • Queen’s Birthday – Monday 8 June
  • Melbourne Cup – Tuesday 3 November
  • Christmas Day – Friday 25 December
  • Boxing Day – Saturday 26 December
  • Boxing Day (additional day) – Monday 28 December

2016 Calendar

  • New Year’s Day – Friday 1 January
  • Australia Day – Tuesday 26 January
  • Labour Day – Monday 14 March
  • Good Friday – Friday 25 March
  • Saturday after Good Friday – Saturday 26 March
  • Easter Monday – Monday 28 March
  • Anzac Day – Monday 25 April
  • Queen’s Birthday – Monday 13 June
  • Melbourne Cup – Tuesday 1 November
  • Christmas Day – Sunday 25 December
  • Boxing Day – Monday 26 December
  • Christmas (additional day) – Tuesday 27 December

Western Australia

2015 Calendar

  • New Year’s Day – Thursday 1 January
  • Australia Day – Monday 26 January
  • Labour Day – Monday 2 March
  • Good Friday – Friday 3 April
  • Easter Monday – Monday 6 April
  • Anzac Day – Saturday 25 April and Monday 27 April
  • Western Australia Day – Monday 1 June
  • Queen’s Birthday – Monday 28 September
  • Christmas Day – Friday 25 December
  • Boxing Day – Saturday 26 December
  • Boxing Day (additional day) – Monday 28 December

2016 Calendar

  • New Year’s Day – Friday 1 January
  • Australia Day – Tuesday 26 January
  • Labour Day – Monday 7 March
  • Good Friday – Friday 25 March
  • Easter Monday – Monday 28 March
  • Anzac Day – Monday 25 April
  • Western Australia Day – Monday 6 June
  • Queen’s Birthday – Monday 26 September
  • Christmas Day – Sunday 25 December
  • Boxing Day – Monday 26 December
  • Boxing Day (additional day) – Tuesday 27 December