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Public holidays

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

The Fair Work Ombudsman has industrial jurisdiction for the South Australian private sector workforce. Enquiries relating to rates of pay and entitlements for working on public holidays should be directed to Fair Work Ombudsman


South Australia's public holidays

Download the 2020-2022 public holiday dates

Holiday and date 2020 2021 2022 2019

New Year's Day
1 January

Wednesday
1 January

Friday
1 January

Monday
3 January

Tuesday
1 January

Australia Day
26 January

Monday
27 January

Tuesday
26 January

Wednesday
26 January
Monday
28 January

Adelaide Cup Day
second Monday in March

Monday
9 March

Monday
8 March
(subject to proclamation)

Monday
14 March
(subject to proclamation)

Monday
11 March

Good Friday
varies with the lunar cycle

Friday
10 April

Friday
2 April

Friday
15 April

Friday
19 April

Easter Saturday
varies with the lunar cycle

Saturday
11 April

Saturday
3 April

Saturday
16 April

Saturday
20 March

Easter Monday
varies with the lunar cycle

Monday
13 April

Monday
5 April

Monday
18 April

Monday
22 April

Anzac Day
25 April

Saturday
25 April

Monday
26 April

Monday
25 April

Thursday
25 April

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

Monday
8 June

Monday
14 June

Monday
13 June

Monday
10 June

Labour Day
first Monday in October

Monday
5 October

Monday
4 October

Monday
3 October

Monday
7 October

Christmas Eve
24 December

Part-day public holiday

Thursday
24 December
7pm-midnight

Friday
24 December
7pm-midnight

Saturday
24 December
7pm-midnight

Tuesday
24 December
7pm-midnight

Christmas Day
25 December

Friday
25 December

Monday
27 December

Monday
26 December

Wednesday
25 December

Boxing Day/Proclamation Day
26 December

Monday
28 December

Tuesday
28 December

Tuesday
27 December

Thursday
26 December

New Year's Eve
31 December

Part-day public holiday

Thursday
31 December
7pm-midnight

Friday
31 December
7pm-midnight

Saturday
31 December
7pm-midnight

Tuesday
31 December
7pm-midnight

Sundays

The Holidays Act 1910 (SA) prescribes every Sunday to be a public holiday.

  • When New Year’s Day, Australia Day, Anzac Day and Christmas Day fall on a Sunday there is an additional public holiday on the following Monday.
  • When 26 December falls on a Sunday the additional Boxing Day/Proclamation Day public holiday is observed on the following Tuesday (due to the Christmas Day public holiday occupying the Monday).
    • The Sunday is still deemed to be a public holiday in these instances by virtue of all Sundays being prescribed as a public holiday.
  • For industrial purposes, the Sunday provisions contained in an Award or Enterprise Agreement will generally prevail over the public holiday provisions unless stated otherwise e.g. some Awards and Agreements contain special provisions for when Christmas Day falls on a weekend.  

Part-day public holidays

  • A person who works between the hours of 7pm and 12 midnight on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve is entitled to the public holiday rates provided by the relevant Award or Enterprise Agreement. This is still the case when those days fall on a Sunday.
  • As with other public holidays for workers covered by the national workplace relations system, the Public Holidays National Employment Standard applies during the times of a part-day public holiday.                

Impact on shop trading hours

  • The definition of public holiday under the Shop Trading Hours Act 1977 (SA) does not include a Sunday.
  • There are however certain trading restrictions applicable to Easter Sunday and when 25 December, 26 December and 1 January fall on a Saturday or Sunday in any year. Refer to Shop trading arrangements for more details.
  • The Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve part-day public holidays do not affect prescribed trading hours relevant to the day they fall in a given year.