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Public Holidays

Public holiday dates for 2016, 2017 and 2018

Holiday 2016 2017 2018
New Year's Day
1 January - if that date falls on a Saturday the public holiday transfers to the following Monday. If that date falls on a Sunday that day and the following Monday will be public holidays.
Friday, 1 January Monday, 2 January
(additional day as 1 January falls on a Sunday) *
Monday, 1 January
Australia Day
26 January - if that date falls on a Saturday the public holiday transfers to the following Monday. If that date falls on a Sunday that day and the following Monday will be public holidays.
Tuesday, 26 January Thursday, 26 January Friday, 26 January
March public holiday
The Holidays Act 1910 provides for the third Monday in May to be a public holiday. Since 2006 this public holiday has been substituted to the second Monday in March through the issuing of a series of proclamations by the Governor (currently proclaimed until 2019).
Monday, 14 March
(Adelaide Cup Day)
Monday, 13 March Monday, 12 March
Good Friday
Varies according to lunar cycle.
Friday, 25 March Friday, 14 April Friday, 30 March
The day after Good Friday
Commonly referred to as Easter Saturday. Varies according to the lunar cycle.
Saturday, 26 March Saturday, 15 April Saturday, 31 March
Easter Monday
The day after Easter Sunday. Varies according to lunar cycle.
Monday, 28 March Monday, 17 April Monday, 2 April
Anzac Day
25 April - if the date falls on a Saturday, the public holiday is observed on that Saturday. If that date falls on a Sunday that day and the following Monday will be public holidays.
Monday, 25 April Tuesday, 25 April Wednesday, 25 April
Queen's Birthday and Volunteer's Day
Second Monday in June.
Monday, 13 June Monday, 12 June Monday, 11 June
Labour Day
First Monday in October.
Monday, 3 October Monday, 2 October Monday, 1 October
Christmas Eve
24 December is a part-day public holiday from 7 pm to 12 midnight (from 2012)
Saturday, 24 December
7pm - midnight
Sunday, 24 December
7pm - midnight
Monday, 24 December
7pm - midnight
Christmas Day
25 December - if that date falls on a Saturday the public holiday transfers to the following Monday. If that date falls on a Sunday that day and the following Monday will be public holidays.
Monday, 26 December
(additional day as 25 December falls on a Sunday) *
Monday, 25 December Tuesday, 25 December
Proclamation Day public holiday
26 December - if that date falls on a Saturday the public holiday transfers to the following Monday. If that date falls on a Sunday or a Monday that day and the following Tuesday will be public holidays.
Tuesday, 27 December
(additional day as 26 December is the Christmas Day public holiday)
Tuesday, 26 December Wednesday, 26 December
New Year's Eve
31 December is a part-day public holiday from 7 pm to 12 midnight (from 2012)
Saturday, 31 December
7pm - midnight
Sunday, 31 December
7pm - midnight
Monday, 31 December
7 pm - midnight

* Every Sunday in South Australia is nominally a public holiday and bank holiday under the Holidays Act 1910.

Adelaide Cup public holiday in March to continue (PDF 61kb)

For public holiday implications on the trading hours for non-exempt shops, refer to section 13(5e), 13(6) and 13(7) of the Shop Trading Hours Act 1977.

To assess the impact of the listed public holidays on industrial relations (wages and employment conditions) it will be necessary for parties to refer to their industrial instruments (awards, agreements, employment contracts and in many cases to the National Employment Standards).

Previous 3 years designated holidays

Holiday 2013 2014 2015
New Year's Day Tuesday, 1 January Wednesday, 1 January Thursday, 1 January
Australia Day Monday, 28 January Monday, 27 January Monday, 26 January
Adelaide Cup Day Monday, 11 March Monday, 10 March Monday, 9 March
Good Friday Friday, 29 March Friday, 18 April Friday, 3 April
The day after Good Friday Saturday, 30 March Saturday, 19 April Saturday, 4 April
Easter Monday Monday, 1 April Monday, 21 April Monday, 6 April
Anzac Day Thursday, 25 April Friday, 25 April Saturday, 25 April
Queen's Birthday and
Volunteer's Day
Monday, 10 June Monday, 9 June Monday, 8 June
Labour Day Monday, 7 October Monday, 6 October Monday, 5 October
Christmas Eve Tuesday, 24 December
7pm - midnight
Wednesday, 24 December
7pm - midnight
Thursday, 24 December
7pm - midnight
Christmas Day Wednesday, 25 December Thursday, 25 December Friday, 25 December
Proclamation Day Thursday, 26 December Friday, 26 December Monday, 28 December
New Year's Eve Tuesday, 31 December
7pm - midnight
Wednesday, 31 December
7pm - midnight
Thursday, 31 December
7pm - midnight

Changes to Public Holidays

Days fixed as public holidays may change in the following circumstances:

  • the Public Holidays Act may fix another day in lieu when a public holiday is due on the weekend
  • the Governor may proclaim a day in substitute for another, or an additional day.