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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 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 January1 JanuaryI January
Australia Day*26 January27 January26 January
Eight Hours Day 11 March10 March9 March
Good Friday 29 March18 April3 April
Easter Monday1 April21 April6 April
Easter Tuesday - generally Tasmanian Public Service only2 April22 April7 April
ANZAC Day 25 April25 April25 April
King's Birthday 10 June9 June8 June
Christmas Day*25 December25 December25 December
Boxing Day*26 December26 December28 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 - generally Tasmanian State Service only10 January8 January7 JanuaryHalf day holiday in the municipal areas of Devonport, Latrobe, Kentish, City of Burnie, Waratah/Wynyard, Circular Head, Central Coast and West Coast.
Royal Hobart Regatta 12 February10 February9 FebruarySouth of and including Oatlands and Swansea excluding Bronte Park, Catagunya, Strathgordon, Tarraleah, Wayatinah & West Coast.
Launceston Cup - generally Tasmanian Public Service only 28 February26 February25 February

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 5 March4 March3 MarchKing Island only
AGFEST 3 May2 May8 MayMunicipal area of Circular Head only.
Burnie Show 4 October3 October2 OctoberMunicipal areas of Burnie, Waratah-Wynyard and West Coast.
Royal Launceston Show 10 October9 October8 OctoberMunicipal areas of Break O'Day, Dorset, George Town, Launceston, Meander Valley, Northern Midlands, West Tamar.
Flinders Island Show18 October17 October16 OctoberMunicipal area of Flinders Island.
Royal Hobart Show 24 October23 October22 OctoberAll of Tasmania south of and including Oatlands and Swansea also Bronte Park, Strathgordon, Tarreleah and Wayatinah. Excludes West Coast.
Recreation Day 4 November3 November2 NovemberAll parts of the state which do not observe Royal Hobart Regatta.
Devonport Show 29 November28 November27 NovemberMunicipal areas of Devonport, Kentish and Latrobe.

Previous years public holidays – available on request from our Helpline.

Shop trading

The Shop Trading Hours Act 1984 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 for Education, Children and Young People website.

Daylight saving

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

Anzac Day trading

Department of Premier and Cabinet administers the Anzac Day Observance Act 1929.

Last updated: 19 February 2024
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