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Australia bank holidays, national holidays and public holidays for the remainder of 2017, 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 2017 Observance*
Jan.    Sun New Year's Day
        Mon New Year's Day Holiday
        Thu Australia Day (National Day)
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. 14 Fri Good Friday
     15 Sat Holy Saturday (except TAS)
     16 Sun Easter Sunday (ACT NSW QLD VIC) Regional
     17 Mon Easter Monday
     18 Tue Easter Tuesday (TAS) Reg+Bnk+Gov
     25 Tue ANZAC Day
May   1 Mon May Day/Labour Day (NT QLD) Regional
June  5 Mon Western Australia Day (WA) Regional
     12 Mon Queen's Birthday (except QLD WA)
Aug.  7 Mon August Bank Holiday (NSW) Reg+Bnk
      7 Mon Picnic Day (NT) Regional
     16 Wed Royal Queensland Show (Brisbane area only) (QLD) Mun+Reg
Sep. 25 Mon Family and Community Day (ACT) Regional
     25 Mon Queen's Birthday (WA) Regional
     29 Fri Public Holiday (AFL Grand Finale Parade) (VIC) Regional
Oct.  2 Mon Labour Day (ACT NSW SA) Regional
      2 Mon Queen's Birthday (QLD) Regional
Nov.  7 Tue Melbourne Cup Day (VIC) Regional
Dec. 25 Mon Christmas Day
     26 Tue Boxing Day / Proclamation Day
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Recent News and Updates (public news feed delayed by 30 days)

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".  28 Feb 2017 Australia 2018 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 version of the list of the official non-working public holidays to be observed in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) of Australia, during the calendar year 2018.  19 Feb 2017 Australian Victoria 2018 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 2018.  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.  27 Jan 2017 Australia Rules-Out Tasmania Aboriginal Public Holiday (Tasmanian Government Media Releases-Hobart) The Premier of Australia's State of Tasmania, Will Hodgman, has stated that the government of the Australian State of Tasmania had no intentions of including, in his government’s reconciliation agenda, a new non-working public holiday Tasmania in honour of the state’s First People.  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.  01 Jan 2017 Australian 2018 Queensland Public Holidays Announced (Department of Justice and Attorney-General-State of Queensland) 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 2018 in Australia's State of Queensland, taking into account all the changes to the annual non-working public holidays in Australia's State of Queensland of the past few years, including the most recent one concerning Easter Sunday.  18 Dec 2016 Australian 2017 Queensland Public Holidays Amended (Department of Justice and Attorney-General-State of Queensland) The Department of Justice and Attorney-General of Australia's State of Queensland has issued a revised list of the dates of the annual non-working public holidays for 2017 in Australia's State of Queensland.  02 Dec 2016 Australia Votes Queensland Easter Sunday Public Holiday (Department of Justice and Attorney-General-State of Queensland) Yesterday, the Parliament of Australia's state of Queensland passed an amendment to the Queensland Holidays Act 1983, making Easter Sunday a new annual non-working public holiday in Australia's state of Queensland, beginning in 2017, as had been promised by the Palaszczuk.  25 Nov 2016 Australian Victoria 2016 Public Holidays Amended (State Government of Victoria-Melbourne) The Small Business Minister of the State Government of Australia's State of Victoria, Philip Dalidakis, has officially announced a revision to the list of official non-working public holidays in Australia's State of Victoria for the calendar year 2016, with the re-inclusion of Christmas Day as a non-working public holiday in Australia's State of Victoria for the calendar year 2016.  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.  23 Sep 2016 Australian Victoria AFL Public Holiday Faces The Ax (State Government of Victoria-Melbourne) The Opposition Leader of Australia's State of Victoria, Matthew Guy, is reported as stating that, were he to lead the next Government of Australia's State of Victoria, the still controversial "Friday before the AFL Grand Final" recently-added annual non-working public holiday observed in Australia's State of Victoria, could be canceled ("not something his team was looking at keeping") and, were it to be replaced, it would be replaced by a new annual non-working public holiday "that encompasses all Victorians".  10 Sep 2016 Australian Victoria 2017 AFL Public Holiday Date Announced (State Government of Victoria-Melbourne) The State Government of Australia's State of Victoria has officially announced the 2017 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.  31 Aug 2016 Australia Extends Queensland Easter Public Holidays (Department of Justice and Attorney-General-State of Queensland) The Palaszczuk Government of Australia's state of Queensland is moving to make Easter Sunday a new annual non-working public holiday in Australia's state of Queensland, beginning in 2017.  28 Aug 2016 Australian ACT Reconciliation Day Public Holiday In 2018 (ACT Government Chief Minister and Treasury Directorate-Canberra) The Government of the ACT (Australia's Capital Territory), through its Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Chris Bourke, has confirmed that there will be a new annual Reconciliation Day non-working public holiday in Australia's ACT (Australia's Capital Territory), beginning in 2018.  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.  01 Aug 2016 Australian NT 2016-2017 Public Holidays Amended (NT Office of the Commissioner for Public Employment-Darwin) The Government of Australia's Northern Territory has gazetted, late last week, amendments to its previously-released list of 2016 public holidays in Australia's Northern Territory and list of 2017 public holidays in Australia's Northern Territory.  08 Jun 2016 Australian ACT Mulls Public Holidays Changes (ACT Government Chief Minister and Treasury Directorate-Canberra) The Government of the ACT (Australia's Capital Territory) has launched public consultations on the possibility of declaring a new annual non-working public holiday in the ACT, beginning in 2017, and which would replace one of the current annual non-working public holidays of Australia's ACT; either Family and Community Day, in September, or the "Queen's Birthday", non-working public holiday of Australia's ACT in June.  02 May 2016 Australian Territory Day Public Holiday Ruled-Out (NT Office of the Commissioner for Public Employment-Darwin) The Chief Minister of the Government of Australia's Northern Territory, Adam Giles, has announced that he had ruled-out the replacement of the May Day annual non-working public holiday in the Australian Northern Territory, by a new annual non-working Australian public holiday for Territory Day.  09 Apr 2016 Australian 2017 Queensland Public Holidays Announced (Department of Justice and Attorney-General-State of Queensland) 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 2017 in Australia's State of Queensland, taking into account all the changes to the annual non-working public holidays in Australia's State of Queensland of the past few years.  28 Feb 2016 Australian Victoria 2017 AFL Public Holiday Confirmed (State Government of Victoria-Melbourne) The State Government of Australia's State of Victoria, through a statement by small business, innovation and trade minister, Philip Dalidakis, has announced that the controversial "Friday before the AFL Grand Final" new annual non-working public holiday is here to stay as a non-working public holiday in Australia's State of Victoria, with the government guaranteeing the long weekend will return in 2017.  04 Feb 2016 Western Australia 2018 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 2018.  28 Jan 2016 Austalian 2018 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 2018.  09 Jan 2016 South Australian 2018 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 2018, including the current status of Adelaide Cup public holiday.  01 Jan 2016 Australian 2018 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 for the calendar year 2018.  31 Dec 2015 South Australia Adelaide Cup Public Holiday Update (The Australian-Adelaide) The Acting Premier of the Government of the Australian State of South Australia, John Rau, has announced that his government was considering a proposal to move the annual Queen's Birthday non-working public holiday in the Australian State of South Australia, from June to a new date in May which would coincide with the new date of the Adelaide Cup Race.  21 Dec 2015 Australian NT 2017 Public Holidays Announced (NT Office of the Commissioner for Public Employment-Darwin) The Government of Australia's Northern Territory has published its quasi-annual list of non-working public holidays in Australia's Northern Territory for the calendar year 2017.  07 Dec 2015 Australia 2017 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 its annual list of the official non-working public holidays to be observed in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) of Australia, during the calendar year 2017.  01 Dec 2015 Australian 2017 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 2017 non-working public holidays in the Australian State of Tasmania for the calendar year 2017.  22 Oct 2015 Australian Victoria 2017 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 2017.  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.  12 Jan 2015 Western Australia 2017 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 2017.  12 Jan 2015 South Australian 2017 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 2017.  13 Dec 2014 Austalia 2017 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 2017.  30 Aug 2013 Australia Releases 2015-2017 NT Regional Public Holidays (Office of the Commissioner for Public Employment of the Northern Territory Government-Darwin) The Government of Australia's Northern Territory has announced the dates of the regional public holidays in Australia's Northern Territory for the years 2015-2017.  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 2017 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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