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Public holidays

Queensland public holiday dates for 2015-2017

Holiday

2015

2016

2017

New Year's Day

Thursday 1 January

Friday 1 January

Sunday 1 January Monday 2 January3

Australia Day

Monday 26 January

Tuesday 26 January

Thursday 26 January

Good Friday

Friday 3 April

Friday 25 March

Friday 14 April

The day after Good Friday

Saturday 4 April

Saturday 26 March

Saturday 15 April

Easter Monday

Monday 6 April

Monday 28 March

Monday 17 April

Anzac Day

Saturday 25 April

Monday 25 April

Tuesday 25 April

Labour Day

Monday 5 October2

Monday 2 May4

Monday 1 May4

Royal Queensland Show (Brisbane area only)1 Other show holidays

Wednesday 12 August

Wednesday 10 August

Wednesday 16 August

Queen’s Birthday

Monday 8 June2

Monday 3 October4

Monday 2 October4

Christmas Day

Friday 25 December

Sunday 25 December Tuesday 27 December3

Monday 25 December

Boxing Day

Saturday 26 December Monday 28 December 3

Monday 26 December

Tuesday 26 December

  1. The Royal National Agricultural (RNA) Show Day (Brisbane only) is held on the Wednesday during the RNA Show period. The RNA Show commences on the first Friday in August, unless the first Friday is prior to 5 August, then it commences on the second Friday of August.
  2. On Tuesday, 30 October 2012, amendments to the Holidays Act 1983 were passed by Parliament prescribing that from 2013, the Birthday of the Sovereign (Queen’s Birthday) public holiday is to be observed on the second Monday in June and the Labour Day public holiday is to be observed on the first Monday in October.
  3. From Christmas Day 2011, the Holidays Act 1983 provides for an extra public holiday to be added when Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year’s Day falls on a weekend.
  4. On 13 October 2015 amendments to the Holidays Act 1983 were passed by Parliament prescribing that from 2016, Labour Day public holiday is to be observed on the first Monday in May and the Birthday of the Sovereign (Queen’s Birthday) public holiday is to be observed on the first Monday in October.

Note: The Holidays Act 1983 permits the Minister to substitute another day for any public holiday. A list of public holidays for the next year is published in the Government Gazette in October/November each year.

Public holiday dates for previous years

Easter Sunday as a public holiday

The Queensland Government introduced a new Industrial Relations Bill 2016 on 1 September 2016, including amendments to the Holidays Act 1983, to declare Easter Sunday as a public holiday.

This will bring Queensland into line with the eastern States and Australian Capital Territory where Easter Sunday is a public holiday. Read more.

Labour Day public holiday changes

From 2016 Labour Day celebrations will revert back to the first Monday in May and the Queen's Birthday public holiday on the first Monday in October.

Legislation making the necessary changes was introduced to Parliament on 3 June 2015 and passed on 13 October 2015.

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31 August 2016

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