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Public holidays

Public and bank holidays in South Australia are prescribed by the Holidays Act 1910.


South Australia's public holidays

Download the 2019-2021 public holiday dates

Holiday and date 2019 2020 2021 2018

New Year's Day1
1 January

Tuesday
1 January

Wednesday
1 January

Friday
1 January

Monday
1 January

Australia Day1
26 January

Monday
28 January

Sunday
26 January
(also Monday 27)

Tuesday
26 January

Friday
26 January

Adelaide Cup Day2
March public holiday - second Monday

Monday
11 March

Monday
9 March

Monday
8 March
(subject to proclamation)

Monday
12 March

Good Friday
varies with the lunar cycle

Friday
19 April

Friday
10 April

Friday
2 April

Friday
30 March

Easter Saturday
varies with the lunar cycle

Saturday
20 April

Saturday
11 April

Saturday
3 April

Saturday
31 March

Easter Monday
varies with the lunar cycle

Monday
22 April

Monday
13 April

Monday
5 April

Monday
2 April

Anzac Day3
25 April

Thursday
25 April

Saturday
25 April

Sunday
25 April
(also Monday 26)

Wednesday
25 April

Queen's Birthday / Volunteer's Day
second Monday in June

Monday
10 June

Monday
8 June

Monday
14 June

Monday
11 June

Labour Day
first Monday in October

Monday
7 October

Monday
5 October

Monday
4 October

Monday
1 October

Christmas Eve4

Tuesday
24 December

Thursday
24 December

Friday
24 December

Monday
24 December

Christmas Day1
25 December

Wednesday
25 December

Friday
25 December

Monday
27 December

Tuesday
25 December

Boxing Day/Proclamation Day5
26 December

Thursday
26 December

Monday
28 December

Sunday
26 December
(also Tuesday 28)

Wednesday
26 December

New Year's Eve4

Tuesday
31 December

Thursday
31 December

Friday
31 December

Monday
31 December

Notes:

  1. If a Saturday, normal rates apply and the following Monday is the public holiday. If a Sunday, that and the following Monday are both public holidays.
  2. A proclamation is effective until 2020.
  3. If a Saturday, that day is the public holiday. If a Sunday, that and the following Monday are both public holidays.
  4. A part-day public holiday from 7pm to 12 midnight.
  5. If a Saturday, normal rates apply and the following Monday is the public holiday. If a Sunday or Monday, that and the following Tuesday are both public holidays.

Public holidays and employment conditions

Public holidays may affect shop trading hours. Wages and employment conditions may also be affected depending on the relevant awards, agreements, employment contracts and the National Employment Standards.This standard applies to all private sector workers and includes provision for a worker to reasonably refuse to work on a part-day or full-day public holiday.

Part-day public holidays

Part-day public holidays occur between 7pm and 12 midnight on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

People working at these times must be paid the public holiday entitlements provided for in their relevant award or enterprise agreement.

Exempt shops can continue to trade during the hours that suit their business needs, including on all part-day and full day public holidays.

Non-exempt shops can also trade until 9pm on these part-day public holidays, if they fall on a weekday.