Exploring Public Holiday 2024 in Australia

Exploring Public Holiday 2024 in Australia

Table of content

  1. What is a public holiday in Australia?
  2. How many public holidays are there in Australia?
  3. Pay and wages on public holiday
  4. How does Workstem solve leave management problems?

What is a public holiday in Australia?

A public holiday in Australia refers to a designated day off work that is recognized by law. These holidays can be nationally celebrated days or specific holidays observed in each state and territory.

They are non-working days, and employees typically receive full paid leave in addition to their annual leave entitlements. Workers who are required to work on public holidays are often entitled to additional penalty rates of pay.

When a public holiday falls on a weekend, it is commonly observed on the following Monday, creating a long weekend.

How many public holidays are there in Australia?

Australia celebrates seven national public holidays that are recognized across all eight states and territories.Additionally, each state and territory may have its own specific public holidays, which can vary in number and timing.

Public holiday 2024

The nationally recognised public holidays are:

Public holiday

Date
New Year’s Day

Sunday, 1 January

Additional public holiday for New Year’s Day

Monday, 2 January

Australia Day

Thursday, 26 January

Good Friday

Friday, 7 April

Day following Good Friday

Saturday, 8 April

Easter Sunday

Sunday, 9 April

Easter Monday

Monday, 10 April
Anzac Day

Tuesday, 25 April

Christmas Day

Monday, 25 December

Boxing Day

Tuesday, 26 December

Other public holidays declared by the state and territory governments:

Australian Capital Territory

Public Holiday

Date

New Year’s Day

Monday, 1 January

Australia Day

Friday, 26 January

Good Friday

Friday, 29 March

Easter Saturday

Saturday, 30 March

Easter Sunday

Sunday, 31 March
Easter Monday

Monday, 1 April

Anzac Day

Thursday, 25 April

King’s Birthday

Monday, 10 June

Labour Day

Monday, 7 October
Christmas Day

Wednesday, 25 December

Boxing Day

Thursday, 26 December

*For more information:ACT Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate

New South Wales

Public Holiday

Date

New Year’s Day

Monday, 1 January

Australia Day

Friday, 26 January

Good Friday

Friday, 29 March

Easter Saturday

Saturday, 30 March

Easter Sunday

Sunday, 31 March

Easter Monday

Monday, 1 April
Anzac Day

Thursday, 25 April

King’s Birthday

Monday, 10 June

Labour Day

Monday, 7 October

Christmas Day

Wednesday, 25 December

Boxing Day

Thursday, 26 December

*For more information:NSW Government

Northern Territory

Public Holiday

Date

New Year’s Day

Monday, 1 January

Australia Day

Friday, 26 January
Good Friday

Friday, 29 March

Easter Saturday

Saturday, 30 March

Easter Sunday

Sunday, 31 March

Easter Monday

Monday, 1 April

Anzac Day

Thursday, 25 April

May Day

Monday, 6 May

June Public Holiday

Monday, 10 June
Picnic Day

Monday, 5 August

Christmas Eve

Tuesday, 24 December

Christmas Day

Wednesday, 25 December

Boxing Day

Thursday, 26 December

New Year’s Eve

Tuesday, 31 December

*For more information: NT Government

Queensland

Public Holiday

Date
New Year’s Day

Monday, 1 January

Australia Day

Friday, 26 January

Good Friday

Friday, 29 March

The day after Good Friday

Saturday, 30 March

Easter Sunday

Sunday, 31 March

Easter Monday

Monday, 1 April

Anzac Day

Thursday, 25 April

Labour Day

Monday, 6 May

Royal Queensland Show

Wednesday, 14 August

King’s Birthday

Monday, 7 October
Christmas Eve

Tuesday, 24 December

Christmas Day

Wednesday, 25 December

Boxing Day

Thursday, 26 December

*For more information: Queensland Government 

South Australia

Public Holiday

Date

New Year’s Day

Monday, 1 January

Australia Day

Friday, 26 January

Adelaide Cup Day

Monday, 11 March

Good Friday

Friday, 29 March

Easter Saturday

Saturday, 30 March

Easter Monday

Monday, 1 April

Anzac Day

Thursday, 25 April

King’s Birthday

Monday, 10 June

Labour Day

Monday, 7 October

Christmas Eve

Tuesday, 24 December

Christmas Day

Wednesday, 25 December

Proclamation Day / Boxing Day

Thursday, 26 December
New Year’s Eve

Tuesday, 31 December

*For more information: SafeWork SA 

Tasmania

Public Holiday

Date

New Year’s Day

Monday, 1 January

Australia Day

Friday, 26 January

Royal Hobart Regatta

Monday, 12 February
Eight Hours Day

Monday, 11 March

Good Friday

Friday, 29 March

Easter Monday

Monday, 1 April

Easter Tuesday

Tuesday, 2 April

Anzac Day

Thursday, 25 April

King’s Birthday

Monday, 10 June

Recreation Day

Monday, 4 November

Christmas Day

Wednesday, 25 December

Boxing Day

Thursday, 26 December

*For more information: WorkSafe Tasmania

Victoria

Public Holiday

Date

New Year’s Day

Monday, 1 January

Australia Day

Friday, 26 January

Labour Day

Monday, 11 March
Good Friday

Friday, 29 March

Saturday before Easter Sunday

Saturday, 30 March

Easter Sunday

Sunday, 31 March

Easter Monday

Monday, 1 April

Anzac Day

Thursday, 25 April
King’s Birthday

Monday, 10 June

AFL Grand Final

To be confirmed

Melbourne Cup

Tuesday, 5 November

Christmas Day

Wednesday, 25 December

Boxing Day

Thursday, 26 December

*For more information: Business Victoria

Western Australia

Public Holiday

Date

New Year’s Day

Monday, 1 January

Australia Day

Friday, 26 January

Labour Day

Monday, 4 March

Good Friday

Friday, 29 March

Easter Sunday

Sunday, 31 March

Easter Monday

Monday, 1 April

Anzac Day

Thursday, 25 April
Western Australia Day

Monday, 3 June

King’s Birthday

Monday, 23 September

Christmas Day

Wednesday, 25 December
Boxing Day

Thursday, 26 December

*For more information: WA Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety

Notes:These are the 2024 public holidays in Australia, but dates may change. Check the Australian government’s public holiday schedule for updates.

Pay and wages on public holiday

The payment and wages on public holidays may vary based on the country’s laws and labour standards. Here are some general guidelines regarding pay and wages on public holidays:

  • Overtime pay: If an employee works on a public holiday, they usually receive additional pay as overtime. The specific calculation of overtime pay may vary depending on company policies and industry standards.
  • Base pay: If an employee works on a public holiday according to their normal working schedule, they are typically entitled to be paid at their regular wage rate.
  • Alternative holiday: In certain cases, employers may offer employees the option of taking an alternative holiday for working on a public holiday. This means that employees can choose to take time off on another date to compensate for their work on the public holiday.

*Please note that payment and wage arrangements vary based on employer policies, industry regulations, contracts, and union agreements.

Read More: 2023 Public Holidays in Australia: A Comprehensive Guide

How does Workstem solve leave management problems?

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Our platform offers default leave types such as annual leave, parental leave, jury duty leave, and long service leave, as well as additional special leaves as needed. You will also enjoy auto-updates for public holidays, auto-calculation for leave balances, leave accrual and more entitlements with Workstem.

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