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Queensland public holiday dates for 2016–2018

Holiday

2016

2017

2018

New Year's Day

Friday 1 January

Sunday 1 January

Monday 2 January3

Monday 1 January

Australia Day

Tuesday 26 January

Thursday 26 January

Friday 26 January

Good Friday

Friday 25 March

Friday 14 April

Friday 30 March

The day after Good Friday

Saturday 26 March

Saturday 15 April

Saturday 31 March

Easter Sunday

N/A

Sunday 16 April5

Sunday 1 April5

Easter Monday

Monday 28 March

Monday 17 April

Monday 2 April

Anzac Day

Monday 25 April

Tuesday 25 April

Wednesday 25 April

Labour Day

Monday 2 May4

Monday 1 May4

Monday 7 May4

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

Wednesday 10 August

Wednesday 16 August

Wednesday 15 August

Queen's Birthday

Monday 3 October4

Monday 2 October4

Monday 1 October4

Christmas Day

Sunday 25 December

Tuesday 27 December3

Monday 25 December

Tuesday 25 December

Boxing Day

Monday 26 December

Tuesday 26 December

Wednesday 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.
  5. On 1 December 2016 an amendment to the Holidays Act 1983 was passed by Parliament prescribing that from 2017, Easter Sunday be appointed as a public holiday.

Note: The Holidays Act 1983 permits the Minister to substitute another day for any public holiday.

Public holiday dates for previous years

Easter Sunday as a public holiday

On 1 December 2016 an amendment to the Holidays Act 1983 was passed by Parliament prescribing that from 2017, Easter Sunday be appointed 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 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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Last updated
21 December 2016

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