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ACT 2023 Public Holidays Announced

Source: ACT Government Chief Minister and Treasury Directorate (Canberra)
Posted: Tuesday, February 23, 2021


The Chief Minister's Office of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has released the list of the official non-working public holidays to be observed in the ACT during the calendar year 2023.

The aforementioned list of the official non-working public holidays to be observed in the Australian Capital Territory during the calendar year 2023, replaces the former Family and Community Day public holiday, by a more recent "Reconciliation Day" ACT public holiday, as was the case in recent years (2019-12-07, 2018-12-07 and 2017-12-09).

The Family and Community Day ACT public holiday was part of the "The Holidays (Family and Community Day) Amendment Bill 2009" which changed the date of the Family and Community Day public holiday to the first week of the September/October school holiday (2009-10-16, 2009-08-31).

That public holiday had, itself, declared by the ACT Stanhope Labor Government after the traditional Union Picnic Day was axed under the previous federal government's WorkChoices laws (2007-07-30 and 2007-04-05).

The "Reconciliation Day" ACT public holiday, was declared to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum whose result led to amendments to the Australian constitution to include Aboriginal people in the census and make them subject to Commonwealth law (2017-09-13, 2017-08-17, 2016-08-28 and 2016-06-08).

The aforementioned list of the official non-working public holidays to be observed in the Australian Capital Territory, during the calendar years 2023, also confirms the declaration of Easter Sunday an official public holiday in the ACT (2015-10-31).

The list of 2023 ACT public holidays contains the unsurprising footnote; "As 1 January 2023 falls on a Sunday in 2023, the following Monday is observed as the public holiday".

But, more interestingly, it also contains the mention, for the first time, that "The Holidays Act 1958 also provides for bank holidays in the ACT. In addition to the above public holidays, there is a bank holiday on the first Monday in August.", while specifying that "Bank holidays do not apply to everyone. Employers and employees are advised to check the Holidays Act 1958 for all bank holidays and refer to their relevant Enterprise Agreement or Award".

Finally, the announcement of 2023 ACT public holidays includes the caveat that "All public holiday dates are accurate at the time of publication. Information is sourced from the Holidays Act 1958 (ACT)" and helpfully adds "Information correct as of 19 February 2021".



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