public holidays australia 2021

Public Holidays Australia 2021

While we have state-by-state lists of public holidays, we thought we’d provide you with a list of the nation-wide dates that are public holidays in Australia in 2021.

Honestly, who doesn’t love ditching work to commemorate something that you may or may not give a flop about? Bring on the public holidays in Australia in 2021! Whatever the date, we’ve got unions (and Queen Lizzy having a birthday) to thank for the amount of annual leave and public holidays Aussies enjoy.

Anyway… you’re here, you’re smart and it looks like you’re planning ahead! Be it the result of some long weekend getaway forethought, or for fair public holiday wage planning, these dates will be a big help for an optimised 2021. 

Perhaps you’re a savvy planner and you’re here to figure out which days to request off to turn seven days of annual leave into 18 or so days of holiday. Let this list help you. To beat the rest of the office to the manager with annual leave forms? Well… you’re on your own for that. 

Also, you might want to consider moving to Victoria because there they have the most public holidays. Those lucky devils.

For the most part, New Year’s Day, Australia Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Anzac Day, Christmas Day and Boxing Day are nation-wide days off. All other public holidays such as Queen’s Birthday and Labour Day are individually declared by each state and territory governments.

public holidays australia 2021

Public Holidays Australia 2021: Australian Capital Territory

  • FRI 1 JAN – New Year’s Day
  • TUE 26 JAN – Invasion Day
  • MON 8 MAR – Canberra Day
  • FRI 2 APR – Good Friday
  • SAT 3 APR – Easter Saturday
  • SUN 4 APR – Easter Sunday
  • MON 5 APR – Easter Monday
  • SUN 25 APR – Anzac Day
  • MON 26 APR – Declared public holiday, as 25 April (ANZAC Day) falls on a Sunday in 2021, the following Monday is observed as a public holiday.
  • MON 31 MAY – Reconciliation Day
  • MON 14 JUN – Queen’s Birthday
  • MON 4 OCT – Labour Day
  • SAT 25 DEC – Christmas Day
  • SUN 26 DEC – Boxing Day
  • MON 27 DEC – Christmas Day (Additional day)
  • TUE 28 DEC – Boxing Day (Additional day)

Public Holidays Australia 2021: New South Wales

  • FRI 1 JAN – New Year’s Day
  • TUE 26 JAN – Invasion Day
  • FRI2 APR – Good Friday
  • SAT 3 APR – Easter Saturday
  • SUN 4 APR – Easter Sunday
  • MON 5 APR – Easter Monday
  • SUN 25 APR – Anzac Day
  • MON 14 JUN – Queen’s Birthday
  • MON 2 AUG – Bank Holiday
  • MON 4 OCT – Labour Day
  • SAT 25 DEC – Christmas Day
  • SUN 26 DEC – Boxing Day
  • MON 27 DEC – Christmas Day (Additional day)
  • TUE 28 DEC – Boxing Day (Additional day)

Public Holidays Australia 2021: Northern Territory

  • FRI 1 JAN – New Year’s Day
  • TUE 26 JAN – Invasion Day
  • FRI 2 APR – Good Friday
  • SAT 3 APR – Easter Saturday
  • MON 5 APR – Easter Monday
  • MON 26 APR – Anzac Day
  • MON 3 MAY – May Day
  • MON 14 JUN – Queen’s Birthday
  • MON 2 AUG – Picnic Day
  • FRI 24 DEC – Christmas Eve, part-day holiday 7pm to midnight.
  • SAT 25 DEC – Christmas Day
  • SUN 26 DEC – Boxing Day
  • MON 27 DEC – Christmas Day (Additional day)
  • TUE 28 DEC – Boxing Day (Additional day)
  • THU 31 DEC – New Year’s Eve, part-day holiday 7pm to midnight.

Public Holidays Australia 2021: Queensland

  • FRI 1 JAN – New Year’s Day
  • TUE 26 JAN – Invasion Day
  • FRI 2 APR – Good Friday
  • SAT 3 APR – The day after Good Friday
  • SUN 4 APR – Easter Sunday
  • MON 5 APR – Easter Monday
  • MON 26 APR – Anzac Day
  • MON 3 MAY – Labour Day
  • WED 11 AUG – Royal Queensland Show, Brisbane area only.
  • MON 4 OCT – Queen’s Birthday
  • FRI 24 DEC – Christmas Eve, part-day holiday 6pm to midnight.
  • SAT 25 DEC – Christmas Day
  • SUN 26 DEC – Boxing Day
  • MON 27 DEC – Christmas Day (Additional day)
  • TUE 28 DEC – Boxing Day (Additional day)

Public Holidays Australia 2021: South Australia

  • FRI 1 JAN – New Year’s Day
  • TUE 26 JAN – Invasion Day
  • MON 8 MAR – Adelaide Cup Day
  • FRI 2 APR – Good Friday
  • SAT 3 APR – Easter Saturday
  • MON 5 APR – Easter Monday
  • MON 26 APR – Anzac Day
  • MON 14 JUN – Queen’s Birthday
  • MON 4 OCT – Labour Day
  • FRI 24 DEC – Christmas Eve, part-day public holiday (7pm to midnight).
  • SAT 25 DEC – Christmas Day
  • SUN 26 DEC – Boxing Day / Proclamation Day
  • MON 27 DEC – Christmas Day (Additional day)
  • TUE 28 DEC – Boxing Day / Proclamation Day (Additional day)
  • THU 31 DEC – New Year’s Eve, part-day public holiday (7pm to midnight).

Public Holidays Australia 2021: Tasmania

  • FRI1 JAN – New Year’s Day
  • TUE 26 JAN – Invasion Day
  • MON 8 MAR – Eight Hours Day
  • FRI 2 APR – Good Friday
  • MON 5 APR – Easter Monday
  • TUE 6 APR – Easter Tuesday
  • SUN 25 APR – Anzac Day
  • MON 14 JUN – Queen’s Birthday
  • SAT 25 DEC – Christmas Day
  • SUN 26 DEC – Boxing Day
  • MON 27 DEC – Christmas Day (Additional day)
  • SUN 28 DEC – Boxing Day (Additional day)

Public Holidays Australia 2021: Victoria

  • FRI 1 JAN – New Year’s Day
  • TUE 26 JAN – Invasion Day
  • MON 8 MAR – Labour Day
  • FRI 2 APR – Good Friday
  • SAT 3 APR – Saturday before Easter Sunday
  • SUN 4 APR – Easter Sunday
  • MON 5 APR – Easter Monday
  • SUN 25 APR – Anzac Day, Anzac Day is commemorated on the day it falls. There is no replacement holiday when Anzac Day falls on a weekend.
  • MON 14 JUN – Queen’s Birthday
  • FRI 24 SEP – Friday before AFL Grand Final, Subject AFL schedule. Typically falls on the last Friday of September.
  • TUE 2 NOV – Melbourne Cup
  • SAT 25 DEC – Christmas Day
  • SUN 26 DEC – Boxing Day
  • MON 27 DEC – Christmas Day (Additional day)
  • TUE 28 DEC – Boxing Day (Additional day)

Public Holidays Australia 2021: Western Australia

  • FRI 1 JAN – New Year’s Day
  • TUE 26 JAN – Invasion Day
  • MON 1 MAR – Labour Day
  • FRI 2 APR – Good Friday
  • MON 5 APR – Easter Monday
  • SUN 25 APR – Anzac Day
  • MON 26 APR – Anzac Day (Additional day)
  • MON 7 JUN – Western Australia Day
  • MON 27 SEP – Queen’s Birthday
  • SAT 25 DEC – Christmas Day
  • SUN 26 DEC – Boxing Day
  • MON 27 DEC – Christmas Day (Additional day)
  • TUE 28 DEC – Boxing Day (Additional day)

It’s important to note that all public holiday dates mentioned above are accurate at the time of publishing, but may be subject to change. Head to info.australia.gov.au for up-to-date information of public holidays in Australia.

For Days off That Don’t Have Obvious Celebrations, Consider These Activities:

Often when people have the day off for a day like labour day, Invasion Day or the Queen’s birthday, they clog it full of jobs or chores or things they haven’t gotten done. But if you’ve got time off, take time off.

Go out for lunch and dinner, go on nice walks, visit a gallery or museum, go down the coast, make it enjoyable. Set yourself up to have things to look forward to and minimise the disappointment that might happen from cancelled trips (thanks Covid).

Other than relaxing, here are two activities you could take part in when you’ve got the day off, and everything is shut:

Watch a Classic Film

Browsing Netflix can be overwhelming and hard. Only a few decades ago, there were fewer options and some seriously good classics that are family-friendly and nostalgic for adults. Stay in your pyjamas all day and enjoy some guilt-free watching. Here’s a list of our classic picks!

  • Back to the Future (1984)
  • Clueless (1995)
  • Cool Runnings (1993)
  • Ever After (1998)My Girl (1991)
  • Encino Man (1992)
  • Gremlins (1984)
  • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)
  • The Sound of Music (1965)
  • Dances with Wolves (1990)
  • Swiss Family Robinson (1960)
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
  • Big (1988)
  • Annie (1982)
  • The Neverending Story (1984)
  • Matilda (1996)
  • Jumanji (1995)
  • Born Free (1966)
  • Sixteen Candles (1984)
  • 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)Stand By Me (1986)
  • Grease (1978)
  • Groundhog Day (1993)
  • Edward Scissorhands (1990)
  • Mrs Doubtfire (1993)
  • Flight of the Navigator (1986)
  • The Secret Garden (1993)
  • 13 Going on 30 (2004)
  • Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory (1971)
  • Wizard of Oz (1939)
  • Good Will Hunting (1997)
  • Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
  • A League of Their Own (1992)
  • The Goonies (1985)
  • The Princess Bride (1987)
  • Babe (1995)
  • Labyrinth (1986)
public holidays australia 2021
Write a Story

Sometimes we’ve got the pen and paper ready, but we just don’t know how to start to write a story. But, like baking a cake, you just need to start with the right components. If words are the ingredients, once you move into sentences and paragraphs your creations are only limited by your imagination.

How to build stories teaches kidsand adults about the different structures and techniques that go story writing. It teaches tricks to create exciting characters, plots, settings, genres and language. In the digibook, Matt from the Sydney Story Factory shows kids how to build their own stories. You could even illustrate it, even if it’s just for a laugh!

Attend an Invasion Day Rally

First Nations peoples have been protesting and boycotting the many different forms Australia Day has taken for over a century. By refusing to participate in a day that marks dispossession and violence you’re acknowledging the truth about our shared history and you’re helping to create a movement for positive change and reconciliation. Allies attending any indigenous protest should know their place. Here’s a good guide!

public holidays australia 2021

For public holiday dates in other states around Australia, head to this ultimate guide. Know all the dates with Australia’s Best Calendar!

And, feel free to use our FREE Social Media Marketing Planner to plant these dates into your marketing plan to grow some compelling, relevant, timely content. We get a whole lot of content creators visiting our site looking for specific dates of the year. So, we thought we’d provide you with a free marketing planner template. To use the template, click the “File” tab and select “Make a copy.”

It’s a really great tool to track your upcoming social media posts across Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. Our weapon of choice is Google Sheets, as it’s intuitive to use and easy to access and share. The template is fully customisable. Go wild. It’s all yours.