Australia’s national public holidays

Australians commemorate and celebrate certain days each year that have particular national importance.


Most workers in Australia have about 12 national and state public holidays throughout the year, in addition to their annual holidays.


Some of these days are holiday for everyone and are usually held on the same day in all states and territories. Sometimes they are celebrated nationally and some local holidays are commemorated only in particular states and territories.


Below are some significant national public holiday dates:


New Year’s Day (1st of January) is a public holiday. The most common time for people in Australia to take their annual leave is during the period from mid–December to the end of January.


Australia Day (26th of January) is the day of Australians as a people celebrating the founding of the first European settlement in Australia in 1788.


Anzac Day (25th of April) is the day the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps or Anzacs landed at Gallipoli in Turkey in 1915 during World War I. This day is celebrated in memory of those who fought for Australia and those who lost their lives in war. The day is a national public holiday and is commemorated with ceremonies, the laying of wreaths and military parades.


The Queen’s birthday is celebrated every year on the second Monday in June and is a public holiday in all states and territories excluding Western Australia, where it is celebrated in September or October.


Boxing Day (26th of December) and is a public holiday. Some people suggest it was a day on which boxing matches were held; or gifts were given in boxes. Boxing day is considered part of the celebration of Christmas.


Christmas and Easter, two of the most important dates in the Christian calendar, are marked by national public holidays all over Australia. Christmas Day is on 25 December every year, while Easter can fall in late March or early April.