NSW Public Holidays 2021-2023
In determining workplace entitlements that apply on public holidays, employees/employers should always refer to the terms of the relevant industrial instrument (ie award, agreement or employment contract) and the National Employment Standards under the Fair Work Act 2009.
Holidays for NSW under the Public Holidays Act 2010
|New Year's Day||Friday, 1 January||Saturday, 1 January||Sunday, 1 January|
|3 Additional Day||Monday, 3 January||Monday, 2 January|
|2 Australia Day||Tuesday, 26 January||Wednesday, 26 January||Thursday, 26 January|
|Good Friday||Friday, 2 April||Friday, 15 April||Friday, 7 April|
|Easter Saturday - the Saturday following Good Friday||Saturday, 3 April||Saturday, 16 April||Saturday, 8 April|
|Easter Sunday||Sunday, 4 April||Sunday, 17 April||Sunday, 9 April|
|Easter Monday||Monday, 5 April||Monday, 18 April||Monday, 10 April|
|Anzac Day||Sunday, 25 April||Monday, 25 April||Tuesday, 25 April|
|Queen's Birthday||Monday, 14 June||Monday, 13 June||Monday, 12 June|
|1 Bank Holiday||Monday, 2 August||Monday, 1 August||Monday, 7 August|
|Labour Day||Monday, 4 October||Monday, 3 October||Monday, 2 October|
|Christmas Day public holiday||Saturday, 25 December||Sunday, 25 December||Monday, 25 December|
|3 Additional Day||Monday, 27 December||Tuesday, 27 December|
|Boxing Day||Sunday, 26 December||Monday, 26 December||Tuesday, 26 December|
|3 Additional Day||Tuesday, 28 December|
1 Retail bank branches and certain financial institutions are required to remain closed on the first Monday in August (Bank Holiday) unless otherwise exempt - see Part 3A of the Retail Trading Act 2008. ‘Bank Holiday’ is included in this list because it has implications for the staffing of these institutions. See the Banks and Financial Institutions page of the Fair Trading website. Bank Holiday is not a declared public holiday.
2 The public holiday standard in the Public Holidays Act 2010 provides that when Australia Day (26 January) falls on a Saturday or Sunday, there will be no public holiday on that day and instead the following Monday is to be the public holiday.
3 The public holiday standard in the Act provides that when New Year's Day, Christmas Day or Boxing Day falls on a Saturday or Sunday there is to be an additional public holiday on the following Monday or Tuesday.
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Public Holidays in NSW
Section 4 of the Public Holidays Act 2010 declares the standard public holidays that apply in NSW. Section 5 of the Act provides for the declaration of additional public holidays including public holidays for a part of the State. Section 8 of the Act provides for the declaration of a local event day in a local government area. Note that the declaration of a local event day does not make the local event day a public holiday.
NSW local public holidays or local event days
In addition to these listed standard public holidays that apply to the whole of NSW, there are also a small number of local public holidays and local event days that are declared from time to time in regional and rural NSW. These occasions may be declared on the application of a local council. They can be for a whole day or part of a day. Typically, they are requested by a council in order to recognise and facilitate attendance for a day of special significance to the local community such as an agricultural show or racing carnival.
Retail shop and bank trading restrictions
Workplace rights and responsibilities for national system employers and employees
Standard public holidays, including declared local public holidays, will have workplace relations implications under the National Employment Standard for public holidays as well as relevant awards and enterprise agreements. For further information contact the Fair Work Ombudsman.