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Australia public holidays in 2018 and 2019

The calendar of public holidays in Australia is a very complex one. While only seven holidays are celebrated nation-wide, each of the country’s states and territories observes their own holidays and have autonomy to determine the date for some of them each year.

See below the list of national public holidays in Australia (common to the entire country):

2018

Public holiday

2019

1 January (Monday)

New Year’s Day

1 January (Tuesday)

26 January (Friday)

Australia Day

26 January (Saturday), observed 28 January (Monday)

30 March (Friday)

Good Friday

19 April (Friday)

2 April (Monday)

Easter Monday

22 April (Monday)

25 April (Wednesday)

ANZAC Day*

25 April (Thursday)

25 December (Tuesday)

Christmas Day

25 December (Wednesday)

26 December (Wednesday)

Boxing Day

26 December (Thursday)

*ANZAC Day commemorates the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps who fought during WWI.

Please note that all public holidays falling on a weekend are usually celebrated on the Monday after (substitute public holiday), depending on the territory or state.

Map of Australia
Australia administrative division.

New Year’s and Australia Day falling on a Saturday or Sunday are always observed on the Monday after the weekend.

All other holidays, not included in the table above are individually declared by the states and territories. Apart from the national public holidays each of the states and territories celebrates:

Australian Capital Territory public holidays

  • Canberra Day – 2nd Monday in March. In 2018: 12 March; in 2019: 11 March.
  • The day after Good Friday (Easter Saturday). In 2018: 31 March; in 2019: 20 April.
  • Easter Sunday. In 2018: 1 April; in 2019: 21 April.
  • Queens’s Birthday – 2nd Monday of June. In 2018: 11 June; in 2019: 10 June.
  • Family and Community Day – 1st Monday of third term school holidays. In 2018: 8 October; in 2019: 30 September.
  • Labour Day – 1st Monday of October. In 2018: 1October; in 2019: 7 October.

Queensland public holidays

  • The day after Good Friday (Easter Saturday). In 2018: 31 March; in 2019: 20 April.
  • Easter Sunday. In 2018:1 April; in 2019: 21 April
  • Labour Day – on the first Monday of May. In 2018: 7 May; in 2019: 6 May.
  • Royal Queensland Show (in Brisbane only). A variable date; in 2018 it is 15 August (Wednesday); in 2019 – 14 August (Wednesday)
  • Queen’s Birthday – on the 1st Monday of October. In 2018: 1October; in 2019: 7 October.

Victoria public holidays

  • Labour Day – 2nd Monday of March. In 2018: 12 March; in 2019: 11March.
  • The day after Good Friday (Easter Saturday). In 2018: 31 March; in 2019: 20 April.
  • Easter Sunday. In 2018:1 April; in 2019: 21 April
  • Queens’s Birthday – 2nd Monday of June. In 2018: 11 June; in 2019: 10 June.
  • Friday before the Australian Football League Grand Final – variable date. Dates for 2018 and 2019 to be defined.
  • Melbourne Cup – 1st Tuesday of November. In 2018: 6 November; in 2019: 5 November.

Northern Territory public holidays

  • The day after Good Friday (Easter Saturday). In 2018: 31 March; in 2019: 20 April.
  • May Day – 1st Monday in May. In 2018: 7 May; in 2019: 6 May.
  • Queens’s Birthday – 2nd Monday of June. In 2018: 11 June; in 2019: 10 June.
  • Picnic Day – 1st Monday in August. In 2018: 6 August; in 2019: 5 August.

New South Wales public holidays

  • The day after Good Friday (Easter Saturday). In 2018: 31 March; in 2019: 20 April.
  • Queens’s Birthday – 2nd Monday of June. In 2018: 11 June; in 2019: 10 June.
  • Bank Holiday – 1st Monday of August; applies to banks and other financial institutions. In 2018: 6 August; in 2019: 5 August.
  • Labour Day – 1st Monday of October. In 2018: 1October; in 2019: 7 October.

South Australia public holidays

  • Adelaide Cup – 2nd Monday in March. In 2018: 12 March; in 2019: 11 March.
  • The day after Good Friday (Easter Saturday). In 2018: 31 March; in 2018: 20 April.
  • Queens’s Birthday – 2nd Monday of June. In 2018: 11 June; in 2019: 10 June.
  • Labour Day – 1st Monday of October. In 2018: 1October; in 2019: 7 October.
  • South Wales observes part-day public holidays, from 7 pm to midnight on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

Western Australia

  • Labour Day – 1st Monday of March. In 2018: 5 March; in 2019: 4 March.
  • Western Australia Day – 1st Monday of June. In 2018: 4 June; in 2019: 3 June.
  • Queen’s Birthday – as proclaimed by the Governor of Western Australia. In 2018: 1 October; in 2019: 30 September.

Tasmania public holidays

  • Royal Hobart Regatta – 2nd Monday of February. In 2018: 12 February; in 2019: 11 February.
  • Eight Hours Day – 2nd Monday of March. In 2018: 12 March; in 2019: 11 March.
  • Queens’s Birthday – 2nd Monday of June. In 2018: 11 June; in 2019: 10 June.
  • Recreation Day – 1st Monday in November.  In 2018: 5 November; in 2019: 4 November.

Australia public holidays in 2018 and 2019
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