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A preview of the Australia bank holidays, national holidays and public holidays for 2021, 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 Bank Holidays in 2021 Observance*
Jan.    Fri New Year's Day
        Tue Australia Day (National Day)
Mar.    Mon Labour Day (WA) Regional
        Mon Adelaide Cup Day (SA) (might be moved beginning in 2020) 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
        Sun ANZAC Day
        Mon ANZAC Day Holiday (except TAS)
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.    Mon Queen's Birthday (WA) (date to be confirmed) Regional
Oct.    Fri Public Holiday (AFL Grand Finale Parade) (VIC) (date to be confirmed) Regional
        Mon Labour Day (ACT NSW SA) Regional
        Mon Queen's Birthday (QLD) Regional
Nov.    Tue Melbourne Cup Day (VIC) Regional
Dec.    Sat Christmas Day
        Sun Boxing Day / Proclamation Day
        Mon Christmas Holiday
        Tue Christmas Holiday
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Recent News and Updates (public news feed delayed by 30 days)

21 Sep 2018 Australian Victoria AFL Public Holiday Here To Stay (State Government of Victoria-Melbourne) The current Government of Australia's State of Victoria has committed to keeping the still controversial "Friday before the AFL Grand Final" annual non-working public holiday of Australia's State of Victoria, and Opposition Leader, Matthew Guy, has also stated that a Coalition government would keep it ("We didn’t originally support it but we accept it's now part of the calendar").  19 Aug 2018 Western Australia Mulls New Easter Public Holiday (Western Australia Department of Labour Relations and Commerce-Perth) The McGowan Government of the Australian State of Western Australia has announced that, as early as next year, Easter Sunday could be recognized as a public holiday in the Australian State of Western Australia.  08 Jul 2018 Australian Queensland Mulls Further Public Holidays Amendments (Department of Justice and Attorney-General-State of Queensland) LNP member for Kawana, Jarrod Bleijie, who as Queensland attorney-general moved Labour Day to October, announced at the LNP state convention that he would support the winning motion to switch back the Labour Day and Queen's Birthday non-working public holidays of Queensland.  13 Jun 2018 Australia NSW Aboriginal Public Holiday Update (Australian Broadcasting Corporation-ABC) The Labor Party Opposition Leader of Australia's State of New South Wales, Luke Foley, has confirmed 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, as "another step in the process of reconciliation".  22 Apr 2018 Western Australia 2020 Public Holidays Completed (Western Australia Department of Labour Relations and Commerce-Perth) The Government of the Australian State of Western Australia has completed its previously-released of the official non-working public holidays in the Australian State of Western Australia for the calendar year 2020, with the announcement of the date of the Queen's Birthday public holiday in 2020 in the Australian State of Western Australia.  11 Feb 2018 Australia 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 year 2019.  04 Feb 2018 Australian Victoria Rejects ANZAC Public Holiday Changes (State Government of Victoria-Melbourne) A survey conducted by the Department of Premier and Cabinet of the State Government of Australia's State of Victoria, concerning possible changes to the ANZAC Day public holiday, in view of reflecting the frontier conflicts between Indigenous people and early settlers, was approved by only a third of respondents.  03 Feb 2018 Australian 2020 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 2020.  13 Jan 2018 Australian Victoria 2019 Public Holidays (State Government of Victoria-Melbourne) The State Government of Australia's State of Victoria has officially announced the list of annual official non-working public holidays in Australia's State of Victoria for the calendar year 2019.  07 Jan 2018 South Australian 2020 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 2020, including the current status of Adelaide Cup public holiday.  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 2021 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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