South Australia's public holidays

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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
(if proclamation)
Monday
14 March
(if 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 April
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

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

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 (eg 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 Saturday or 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.
  • Individuals should check their award/agreement for further details on part-day public holidays.

Bank holidays

  • All public holidays are also a bank holiday and all authorised deposit-taking institutions will be closed on bank holidays.
  • When 1 January, 26 January, 25 December & 26 December fall on a Saturday the public holiday transfers to the following Monday (or Tuesday in the case of 26 December) however the Saturday is still a bank 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 Holiday 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.

Industrial relations

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.