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A preview of the Australia bank holidays, national holidays and public holidays for 2019, from the Q++ Worldwide Public Holidays Database, the professional source of international public holidays long trusted by the world's foremost diary publishers.

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Australia Public Holidays in 2019 Observance*
Jan.    Tue New Year's Day
        Sat Australia Day (National Day)
        Mon Australia Day Holiday
Mar.    Mon Labour Day (WA) Regional
        Mon Adelaide Cup Day (SA) Regional
        Mon Labour Day (VIC) Regional
        Mon Canberra Day (ACT) Regional
        Mon Eight Hours Day (TAS) Regional
Apr.    Fri Good Friday
        Sat Holy Saturday (except TAS)
        Sun Easter Sunday (ACT NSW QLD VIC) Regional
        Mon Easter Monday
        Tue Easter Tuesday (TAS) Reg+Bnk+Gov
        Thu ANZAC Day
May     Mon May Day/Labour Day (NT QLD) Regional
        Mon Reconciliation Day (ACT) Regional
June    Mon Western Australia Day (WA) Regional
        Mon Queen's Birthday (except QLD WA)
Aug.    Mon August Bank Holiday (NSW) Reg+Bnk
        Mon Picnic Day (NT) Regional
        Wed Royal Queensland Show (Brisbane area only) (QLD) Mun+Reg
Sep.    Fri Public Holiday (AFL Grand Finale Parade) (VIC) (date to be confirmed) Regional
        Mon Queen's Birthday (WA) Regional
Oct.    Mon Labour Day (ACT NSW SA) Regional
        Mon Queen's Birthday (QLD) Regional
Nov.    Tue Melbourne Cup Day (VIC) Regional
Dec.    Wed Christmas Day
        Thu Boxing Day / Proclamation Day
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Recent News and Updates (public news feed delayed by 30 days)

23 Sep 2017 Australia 2018-2019 ACT Public Holidays Amended (ACT Government Chief Minister and Treasury Directorate-Canberra) The Chief Minister's Office of Australia's Capital Territory (ACT) has released an amended list of the official non-working public holidays to be observed in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) of Australia, during the calendar years 2018 and 2019.  21 Sep 2017 Western Australia Queen's Birthday 2017 Public Holiday (Western Australia Department of Labour Relations and Commerce-Perth) The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety of the Government of the Australian State of Western Australia has issued a press release reminding the public that the date of the upcoming Queen's Birthday public holiday in Western Australia is Monday, September 25, 2017.  18 Sep 2017 Australian Victoria Rules-Out AFL Public Holiday Change (State Government of Victoria-Melbourne) The Small Business Minister of the State Government of Australia's State of Victoria, Philip Dalidakis, has officially ruled-out the move of the still-controversial AFL Grand Finale public holiday from the Friday before the Finals, to the Monday after, as had been requested by business groups who say it's costing its members AUD1.2 billion every year.  13 Sep 2017 Australia ACT Public Holidays Amended (ACT Government Chief Minister and Treasury Directorate-Canberra) The legislature of Australia's ACT has voted legislation to further amend the annual list of official non-working public holidays observed in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) of Australia, by replacing the ACT's September Family and Community Day annual public holiday, with a new Reconciliation Day annual public holiday in Australia's Capital Territory in May.  17 Aug 2017 Australia Mulls Further 2018 ACT Public Holidays Amendments (ACT Government Chief Minister and Treasury Directorate-Canberra) The Indigenous Affairs Minister of Australia's Capital Territory (ACT), Rachel Stephen-Smith, has introduced legislation to further amend the annual list of official non-working public holidays observed in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) of Australia, by replacing the ACT's September Family and Community Day annual public holiday, with a new Reconciliation Day annual public holiday in Australia's Capital Territory in May.  06 Aug 2017 Australia Mulls NSW Aboriginal Public Holiday (Australian Broadcasting Corporation-ABC) The Shadow Minister for Human Services of the Labor Party of Australia's State of New South Wales, Linda Burney, has announced that, in the event of a victory by the Labor Party in the 2019 NSW state elections, the government of New South Wales would declare a new non-working public holiday to celebrate the culture, people and heritage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.  26 Jun 2017 Western Australia 2019 Public Holidays Released (Western Australia Department of Labour Relations and Commerce-Perth) The Government of the Australian State of Western Australia has released it annual list of the official non-working public holidays in the Australian State of Western Australia for the calendar year 2019.  17 Jun 2017 Australian 2019 NSW Public Holidays Released (NSW Government-Sydney) The State Government of Australia's State of New South Wales has released its annually expanded list of official non-working public holidays in Australia's State of New South Wales (NSW) for the calendar year 2019.  17 Jun 2017 Australian Victoria 2018 AFL Public Holiday Date Announced (State Government of Victoria-Melbourne) The State Government of Australia's State of Victoria has officially announced the 2018 date for the still controversial "Friday before the AFL Grand Final" recently-added annual non-working public holiday observed in Australia's State of Victoria.  12 Mar 2017 South Australia Adelaide Cup Public Holiday Update (The Australian-Adelaide) The Racing Minister of Australia's State of South Australia, Leon Bignell, has reacted to renewed attempts to move the Adelaide Cup Race from March back to May with a flat statement that "If they want to move the Adelaide Cup to May they know they can do that [but] the holiday will stay where it is".  05 Feb 2017 Australia 2018-2019 ACT Public Holidays Announced (ACT Government Chief Minister and Treasury Directorate-Canberra) The Chief Minister's Office of Australia's Capital Territory (ACT) has released the list of the official non-working public holidays to be observed in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) of Australia, during the calendar years 2018 and 2019.  11 Jan 2017 South Australian 2019 Public Holidays Released (Government of South Australia SafeWork SA-Adelaide) The Government of the Australian State of South Australia has released its annual list of official non-working public holidays in the Australian State of South Australia for the calendar year 2019, including the current status of Adelaide Cup public holiday.  23 Oct 2016 Australian 2019 Public Holidays In Tasmania (Tasmanian Government Media Releases-Hobart) The Workplace Standards Tasmania of Australia's State of Tasmania, has released its annual list of official 2018 non-working public holidays in the Australian State of Tasmania and bank holidays in Tasmania for the calendar year 2019.  21 Aug 2016 Australian NT 2018-2019 Public Holidays Announced (NT Office of the Commissioner for Public Employment-Darwin) The Government of Australia's Northern Territory has published its list of official non-working public holidays in Australia's Northern Territory for the calendar years 2018 and 2019.  08 Sep 2015 South Australia March Public Holiday Maintained Until 2019 (The Australian-Adelaide) The Government of the Australian State of South Australia has announced that the current freeze on the date of the second Monday of March non-working public holiday (often referred to as Adelaide Cup Day) would remain until 2019, at least.  More News Updates For the full version of the summarized news items above, and older news items not displayed above, go to the Australia public holidays news and updates page, or worldwide public holidays news and updates page, or subscribe to one of our free email newsletters.


Background Information

Overview: Australian is a federal state with each state declaring its own list of public holidays. There are cases when the same named public holiday is celebrated on different dates in different states.  State Abbreviations: ACT: Australia Capital Territory. NSW: New South Wales. NT: Northern Territory. QLD: Queensland. SA: South Australia. TAS: Tasmania. VIC: Victoria. WA: Western Australia.  Labour Day is on various days depending on the region. It is known as Eight Hours Day in TAS.  Canberra Day is a holiday in the ACT.  Holy Saturday is not a holiday in TAS, but TAS is the only territory to celebrate Easter Tuesday, albeit partially.  Picnic Day in NT was also a public holiday in ACT and NSW in August, but it was removed from the list of ACT public holidays in 2006, and replaced with Family and Community Day.  Melbourne Cup Day is, officially speaking, only celebrated in Melbourne; but the race is seen or heard on television or radio by about 85 percent of Australia's 20 million people, according to the Victoria Racing Club, not only during the race itself, but for most of the afternoon.  Family and Community Day (ACT) was created, beginning in 2007, to compensate for the abrogation of Picnic Day.  Boxing Day is called Proclamation Day in South Australia.  Australia International Codes AU and AUS (2 and 3-letter ISO3166 codes) and .au (ICANN national top-level internet domain). Other Sources of Information The following specialized websites are also a good source of Australia information and news: Reserve Bank of Australia (Australia central bank), UnitedHealthcare Global (security-related world events: terrorist threats, political strife, strikes, criminal activity, aviation incidents and health outbreaks), CIA World Factbook (Australia maps, demographics and economic statistics), the IFES (information covering upcoming elections, referenda, electoral structures and voter participation in Australia), and Wikipedia (includes Australia commemorative dates that are not necessarily public holidays).


Footnotes
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Observance : Any entry in the Observance column indicates that, in Australia, the holiday may be regional or non-official or limited to certain religious and/or linguistic groups, or begin at a time other than midnight. Note that religious holidays are included only if they are national public holidays, or if the national labour code has specific holiday allowances for employees of specific religions. Aft=Afternoon, Arm=Armenian, Bah=Bahai, Bnk=Banks and most financial institutions, Bud=Buddhist, Cat=Catholic, Chr=Christian, Cop=Coptic, Eve=Evening, Gov=Government services and civil servants, Hin=Hindu, Jew=Jewish, Lin=Linguistic or ethnic groups, Mor=Morning, Mun=Municipal, Mus=Muslim, Orth=Orthodox, Othr=Miscellaneous partial observances (usually described in the Additional Information section of this page), Prt=Protestant, Reg=Regional, Rel=Other Religion, Sch=Schools and universities, Sik=Sikh.


Disclaimer
In many parts of the world, holidays are subject to arbitrary, last minute, changes by local authorities. While every effort has been made to present an accurate list of 2019 bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for Australia, we cannot accept any responsibility for any error or omission in the data presented above. You are therefore advised to verify the above dates with the embassy or consulate of Australia, before planning any trip to Australia. For last-minute updates to worldwide public holidays, visit our worldwide public holidays news and updates page or subscribe to our free email newsletters.


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