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Public holidays

Shop trading hours may be affected by public holidays, as can wages and employment conditions depending on the relevant awards, agreements, employment contracts and the National Employment Standards.

Two new part-day public holidays (from 7pm to 12 midnight on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve) came into effect in April 2012 following an amendment to the Holidays Act 1910.

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

Part-day public holidays are recognised in 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 public holiday (either part-day or full day).

Exempt shops, which are the vast majority of South Australia's retail sector, 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.

South Australia's public holidays for 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Holiday and date 2017 2018 2019
New Year's Day
1 January
Monday
2 January
Monday
1 January
Tuesday
1 January
Australia Day
26 January
Thursday
26 January
Friday
26 January
Monday
28 January
March public holiday
Monday
13 March
Monday
12 March
Monday
11 March
Good Friday
Friday
14 April
Friday
30 March
Friday
19 April
the day after Good Friday
(commonly called Easter Saturday)
Saturday
15 April
Saturday
31 March
Saturday
20 April
Easter Monday
Monday
17 April
Monday
2 April
Monday
22 April
Anzac Day
25 April
Tuesday
25 April
Wednesday
25 April
Thursday
25 April
Queen's Birthday
second Monday in June
Monday
12 June
Monday
11 June
Monday
10 June
Labour Day
first Monday in October
Monday
2 October
Monday
1 October
Monday
7 October
Christmas Eve Sunday
24 December
Monday
24 December
Tuesday
24 December
Christmas Day
25 December
Monday
25 December
Tuesday
25 December
Wednesday
25 December
Proclamation Day
26 December
Tuesday
26 December
Wednesday
26 December
Thursday
26 December
New Year's Eve
Sunday
31 December
Monday
31 December
Tuesday
31 December

Sync South Australia's public holiday dates into your calendar by importing the iCal or XML files provided.

Public holiday dates from previous years can be found in the XML file.