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)
|New Year's Day||3 January||2 January||1 January|
|Australia Day*||26 January||26 January||26 January|
|Eight Hours Day||14 March||13 March||11 March|
|Good Friday||15 April||7 April||29 March|
|Easter Monday||18 April||10 April||1 April|
|Easter Tuesday - generally Tas Public Service only||19 April||11 April||2 April|
|ANZAC Day||25 April||25 April||25 April|
|Queen's Birthday||13 June||12 June||10 June|
|Christmas Day*||25 + 27 December||25 December||25 December|
|Boxing Day*||26 December||26 December||26 December|
*Substitute holiday applies
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)
|Devonport Cup||5 January||11 January||10 January||Half day holiday. Generally Public Service only. From 11 am in the municipal area of Devonport.|
|Royal Hobart Regatta||14 February||13 February||12 February||South of and including Oatlands and Swansea excluding Bronte Park, Catagunya, Strathgordon, Tarraleah, Wayatinah & West Coast.|
|Launceston Cup||23 February||22 February||28 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||1 March||7 March||5 March||King Island only|
|AGFEST||6 May**||5 May||5 May||Municipal area of Circular Head only.|
|Burnie Show||30 September||6 October||4 October||Municipal areas of Burnie, Waratah-Wynyard and West Coast.|
|Royal Launceston Show||6 October||12 October||10 October||Municipal areas of Break O'Day, Dorset, George Town, Launceston, Meander Valley, Northern Midlands, West Tamar.|
|Flinders Island Show||14 October||20 October||18 October||Municipal area of Flinders Island.|
|Royal Hobart Show||20 October||26 October||24 October||All of Tasmania south of and including Oatlands and Swansea also Bronte Park, Strathgordon, Tarreleah and Wayatinah - excludes West Coast.|
|Recreation Day||7 November||6 November||4 November||All parts of the state which do not observe Royal Hobart Regatta.|
|Devonport Show||25 November||1 December||29 November||Municipal areas of Devonport, Kentish and Latrobe.|
** In 2022, the Agfest event will be held in August. However, the public holiday remains on May 6.
Previous years public holidays – available on request from our Helpline.
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).
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.