Working on public Holidays

Understanding the timing of public holidays each year is crucial because different pay rates and entitlements may apply on these occasions.

Every employee has the right to be absent from work on a public holiday. Further details can be found under the “Not working on public holidays” section.

To determine pay and entitlements, utilize our Pay and Conditions Tool.

Explore workplace entitlements for working on public holidays, including extra pay (e.g., public holiday rates), taking an additional day off, and minimum shift lengths. Refer to the “Public holiday penalty rates” section for more information.

Discover entitlements and responsibilities for not working on a public holiday, such as the right to abstain from work, pay, and leave during a period of paid leave. Refer to the “Not working on public holidays” section.

View upcoming 2024 public holidays listed for each state and territory below.

For a comprehensive list of public holidays in your state or territory for the current year, visit our 2024 public holidays page.

Australian Capital Territory:

  • Monday 11 March – Canberra Day
  • Friday 29 March – Good Friday
  • Saturday 30 March – Easter Saturday
  • Sunday 31 March – Easter Sunday
  • Monday 1 April – Easter Monday
  • Thursday 25 April – Anzac Day
  • Monday 27 May – Reconciliation Day
  • Monday 10 June – King’s Birthday

New South Wales:

  • Friday 29 March – Good Friday
  • Saturday 30 March – Easter Saturday
  • Sunday 31 March – Easter Sunday
  • Monday 1 April – Easter Monday
  • Thursday 25 April – Anzac Day
  • Monday 10 June – King’s Birthday

Northern Territory:

  • Friday 29 March – Good Friday
  • Saturday 30 March – Easter Saturday
  • Sunday 31 March – Easter Sunday
  • Monday 1 April – Easter Monday
  • Thursday 25 April – Anzac Day
  • Monday 6 May – May Day
  • Monday 10 June – King’s Birthday

Queensland:

  • Friday 29 March – Good Friday
  • Saturday 30 March – The day after Good Friday
  • Sunday 31 March – Easter Sunday
  • Monday 1 April – Easter Monday
  • Thursday 25 April – Anzac Day
  • Monday 6 May – Labour Day

South Australia:

  • Monday 11 March – Adelaide Cup Day
  • Friday 29 March – Good Friday
  • Saturday 30 March – Easter Saturday
  • Sunday 31 March – Easter Sunday
  • Monday 1 April – Easter Monday
  • Thursday 25 April – Anzac Day
  • Monday 10 June – King’s Birthday

Tasmania:

  • Monday 12 February – Royal Hobart Regatta (only observed in certain areas)
  • Monday 11 March – Eight Hours Day
  • Friday 29 March – Good Friday
  • Monday 1 April – Easter Monday
  • Tuesday 2 April – Easter Tuesday (generally Tasmanian Public Service only)
  • Thursday 25 April – Anzac Day
  • Monday 10 June – King’s Birthday

Victoria:

  • Monday 11 March – Labour Day
  • Friday 29 March – Good Friday
  • Saturday 30 March – Saturday before Easter Sunday
  • Sunday 31 March – Easter Sunday
  • Monday 1 April – Easter Monday
  • Thursday 25 April – Anzac Day
  • Monday 10 June – King’s Birthday

Western Australia:

  • Monday 4 March – Labour Day
  • Friday 29 March – Good Friday
  • Sunday 31 March – Easter Sunday
  • Monday 1 April – Easter Monday
  • Thursday 25 April – Anzac Day
  • Monday 3 June – Western Australia Day

Employees are entitled to public holidays based on their work location, not where they are working on the day of the public holiday.

Written by Ross Ahmadzai

10 Mar, 2024

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