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Queensland 2023 Public Holidays Announced

Source: Department of Justice and Attorney-General (State of Queensland)
Posted: Thursday, January 6, 2022

The Department of Justice and Attorney-General of Australia's State of Queensland has announced the dates of the annual non-working public holidays for 2023 in the State of Queensland.

Queensland has a long history of tumultuous changes to its list of annual public holidays.

In 2012, the Queen's Birthday public holiday was moved from June to October (2011-12-03 and 2011-11-05), but, this was changed almost immediately (2012-10-30, 2012-09-11, 2012-08-20, and 2012-06-12), from 2013 onward.

In 2016, the "Holidays and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015", led to a revised list of the annual Queensland public holidays (2015-11-01, 2015-10-14, 2015-06-23, 2015-05-22, 2015-03-17, 2015-03-13 and 2015-02-15).

These changes were followed by the declaration of 2 odd public holidays. First, Easter Sunday was made into a new annual state public holiday in Queensland, beginning in 2017 (2016-12-02 and 2016-08-31). then, in 2019 (2019-11-27), Christmas Eve, was declared a new annual public holiday in Queensland (2019-08-05), from 6pm onward.

These changes are mentioned in the footnotes 4 ("Easter Sunday is appointed as a public holiday. These arrangements have been in place since 2017 following amendments to the Holidays Act 1983 (passed by Parliament on 1 December 2016).") and 5 ("From 2019, the Holidays Act 1983 provides for a part-day public holiday from 6pm to midnight on Christmas Eve (24 December).") of the aforementioned list of 2023 Quenssland public holidays, which are published along with the same for the calendar years 2021 and 2022.

Most recently, the 2020 Ekka People's Day public holiday was moved from Wednesday, August 12, 2020, to Friday, August 14, 2020, to help the tourism industry (2020-08-12 and 2020-05-21) as mentioned in footnote 6 ("For 2021 only, a public holiday will be appointed in place of previously appointed show public holidays for Brisbane City, Moreton Bay Region and Scenic Rim local government areas.").

Neither the list of 2021 public holidays (2019-11-30) nor the list of 2022 Queensland public holidays (2021-01-16), have been amended (so far).

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