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Public holidays

Even though some shows have been cancelled in 2020, there have been no changes to the public holidays.

Check your award – does this holiday apply to your workplace?

  • Listing a day as a public holiday does not automatically mean employees can have the day off work or get paid more for working on that day.
  • Check your award, agreement and/or National Employment Standard, to find out whether a holiday applies to your workplace, or ring the Fair Work Ombudsman on 13 13 94.
  • The Statutory Holidays Act 2000 (external link) identifies certain days as public holidays in Tasmania and the areas they relate to.

Statewide public holidays (all of Tasmania)

Table 1: Statewide public holidays (all of Tasmania)
New Year's Day 1 January 3 January2 January
Australia Day* 26 January 26 January26 January
Eight Hours Day 8 March 14 March13 March
Good Friday 2 April 15 April7 April
Easter Monday5 April 18 April10 April
Easter Tuesday - generally Public Service only 6 April 19 April11 April
ANZAC Day 25 April 25 April25 April
Queen's Birthday 14 June 13 June12 June
Christmas Day* 25 + 27 December 25 + 27 December25 December
Boxing Day* 28 December 26 December26 December

*Substitute holiday applies

Substitute holidays

When New Year’s Day, Australia Day, Christmas Day or Boxing Day fall on a weekend the public holiday is held on the following Monday (or Tuesday in some cases):

  • if 25 December is a on a Saturday, then both the Saturday and the Monday following are holidays.
  • if 25 December falls on a Sunday, then both the Sunday and the Tuesday following are holidays.
  • If Boxing Day falls on a Saturday, then Monday is the public holiday.
  • if Boxing Day falls on a Sunday, then Tuesday is the public holiday.

When Anzac Day falls on Saturday or Sunday, no substitute or additional holiday is observed.

Regional holidays (parts of Tasmania)

Table 2: Regional holidays (parts of Tasmania)
Devonport Cup 6 January 5 January11 JanuaryHalf day holiday. Generally Public Service only. From 11 am in the municipal areas of Latrobe, Kentish, City of Burnie, Waratah/Wynyard, Circular Head, Central Coast and West Coast.
Royal Hobart Regatta 8 February 14 February13 FebruarySouth of & including Oatlands and Swansea excluding Bronte Park, Catagunya, Strathgordon, Tarraleah, Wayatinah & West Coast.
Launceston Cup 24 February 23 February22 February

Generally Public Service only. All Day - Municipal areas of Break O'Day, Dorset, George Town, Glamorgan-Spring Bay (north of and including Cranbrook), Launceston excluding Launceston City centre and suburbs specified below, Meander Valley excluding suburbs and townships specified below, Northern Midlands, Southern Midlands north of but not including Oatlands, West Tamar excluding townships specified below.

From 11am - Launceston City centre and the following suburbs and townships Alanvale, Blackstone Heights, East Launceston, Elphin, Franklin Village, Glen Dhu, Inveresk, Invermay, Killafaddy, Kings Meadows, Mayfield, Mowbray, Mowbray Heights, Newnham, Newstead, North Riverside, Norwood, Prospect, Prospect Vale, Punchbowl, Ravenswood, Riverside, Rocherlea, St Leonards, Sandhill, South Launceston, Summerhill, Trevallyn, Vermont, Waverley, West Launceston, West Riverside, Youngtown.

King Island Show 2 March 1 March7 MarchKing Island only
AGFEST 7 May 6 May5 MayMunicipal area of Circular Head only.
Burnie Show 1 October 30 September6 OctoberMunicipal areas of Burnie, Waratah-Wynyard and West Coast.
Royal Launceston Show 7 October 6 October12 OctoberMunicipal areas of Break O'Day, Dorset, George Town, Launceston, Meander Valley, Northern Midlands, West Tamar.
Flinders Island Show** 15 October 14 October20 OctoberMunicipal area of Flinders Island.
Royal Hobart Show 21 October 20 October26 OctoberAll of Tasmania south of and including Oatlands and Swansea also Bronte Park, Strathgordon, Tarreleah and Wayatinah - excludes West Coast.
Recreation Day 1 November 7 November6 NovemberAll parts of the state which do not observe Royal Hobart Regatta.
Devonport Show 26 November 25 November1 DecemberMunicipal areas of Devonport, Kentish and Latrobe.

** At the time of publishing this table, a request to change the dates of the Flinders island Show holiday was being considered by the Tasmanian Government. The dates published here would apply if no change is made. This page will be updated once a decision is made.

Previous years public holidays – available on request from our Helpline

Shop trading

The Shop Trading Hours Act 1984 (external link) places trading restrictions on large retailers on Christmas Day and Good Friday.

School term dates

School term and school holiday dates for Tasmania are on the Department of Education website (external link).

Daylight saving

The period of daylight saving in Tasmania can be found on the Department of Premier and Cabinet’s website (external link).

Anzac Day trading

Communities Tasmania (external link) administers the Anzac Day Observance Act 1929.

Updated: 2nd November 2021