Public holidays and school terms
Public holidays and school terms are designated on a state and territory basis, with the exception of national public holidays.
Australia Day - 26th January
Australia’s national day is held on 26th January in recognition of the arrival in 1788 of the First Fleet, a group of 11 ships that sailed from England to establish a colony in Australia.
Australia Day celebrations include Australia Day Honours, Australian of the Year Awards, Citizenship ceremonies, concerts, carnivals and family entertainment.
Anzac Day - 25th April
The Anzac Day Act 1995 declares the 25th of April as a national day of commemoration in recognition and commemoration of the contribution of all those who have served Australia (including those who died) in time of war and in war-like conflicts. ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps and was first used when Australian and New Zealand soldiers were grouped in Egypt, prior to their landing at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915.
The word ‘Anzac’ is protected and cannot be used without the authority of the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs.
New Year’s Day - 1st January
In Australia, New Year’s Day celebrations commence in most capital cities on 31st December, with festivities and fireworks at midnight to welcome in the New Year.
Good Friday is the Friday before Easter and in Christianity commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus and his death. In Australia, Good Friday is celebrated on the first Friday after the full moon on or after 21st March.
Easter Monday is the day after Easter Sunday.
Christmas Day - 25th December
Christmas Day, is a Christian celebration in commemoration of the birth of Jesus. When Christmas Day falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the following Monday is declared a public holiday.
Boxing Day - 26th December
The origins of Boxing Day are believed to be British, and relate to the practice of the wealthy giving gifts of money, food or goods to the poor. Traditionally, when Boxing Day falls on a Saturday, the following Monday is declared a public holiday. When Boxing Day falls on a Sunday, the following Tuesday is declared a public holiday.
The States and Territories individually declare all other public holidays such as the Queen’s Birthday, Labour Day and Agricultural Show day holidays etc. For further information see Public holidays.
School terms dates are designated on a state and territory basis. For information about the dates of individual state and territory school terms see School term dates.