2016’s List of Holidays and Observances in Australia


List of Australian Holidays in 2015

Holiday Name

Date & Day

Holiday Type


New Year’s DayFriday, January 1, 2016National Holiday
EpiphanyWednesday, January 6, 2016Christian
Orthodox Christmas DayThursday, January 7, 2016Orthodox
Orthodox New YearThursday, January 14, 2016Orthodox
Tu B’Shevat (Arbor Day)Monday, January 25, 2016Jewish holiday
Australia DayTuesday, January 26, 2016National Holiday
Royal Hobart RegattaMonday, February 8, 2016State HolidayTasmania
Chinese New YearMonday, February 8, 2016Observance
Carnival/Shrove TuesdayTuesday, February 9, 2016Christian
Ash WednesdayWednesday, February 10, 2016Christian
Valentine’s DaySunday, February 14, 2016Observance
Labour DayMonday, March 7, 2016Common State holidayWestern Australia
Labour DayMonday, March 14, 2016Common State holidayVictoria
Eight Hours DayMonday, March 14, 2016Common State holidayTasmania
Adelaide CupMonday, March 14, 2016State HolidaySouth Australia
Canberra DayMonday, March 14, 2016State HolidayAustralian Capital Territory
St Patrick’s DayThursday, March 17, 2016Observance
Palm SundaySunday, March 20, 2016Christian
March equinoxSunday, March 20, 2016Season
Harmony DayMonday, March 21, 2016Observance
Maundy ThursdayThursday, March 24, 2016Christian
PurimThursday, March 24, 2016Jewish holiday
Good FridayFriday, March 25, 2016National Holiday
Holy SaturdaySaturday, March 26, 2016Common State holidayAll except Tas, WA
Easter DaySunday, March 27, 2016State HolidayAustralian Capital Territory, New South Wales
Easter DaySunday, March 27, 2016ObservanceAll
Easter MondayMonday, March 28, 2016National Holiday
Easter TuesdayTuesday, March 29, 2016State HolidayTasmania
Daylight Saving Time endsSaturday, April 2, 2016Clock change/Daylight Saving Time
First day of PassoverSaturday, April 23, 2016Jewish holiday
ANZAC DayMonday, April 25, 2016National HolidayAll
Orthodox Good FridayFriday, April 29, 2016Orthodox
Last day of PassoverSaturday, April 30, 2016Jewish holiday
Orthodox Holy SaturdaySaturday, April 30, 2016Orthodox
Orthodox EasterSunday, May 1, 2016Orthodox
Orthodox Easter MondayMonday, May 2, 2016Orthodox
May DayMonday, May 2, 2016Common State holidayNorthern Territory, Queensland
Yom HaShoahWednesday, May 4, 2016Jewish holiday
Ascension DayThursday, May 5, 2016Christian
Isra and Mi’rajThursday, May 5, 2016Muslim
Mother’s DaySunday, May 8, 2016Observance
Yom HaAtzmautThursday, May 12, 2016Jewish holiday
PentecostSunday, May 15, 2016Christian
Whit MondayMonday, May 16, 2016Christian
Trinity SundaySunday, May 22, 2016Christian
Corpus ChristiThursday, May 26, 2016Christian
Lag B’OmerThursday, May 26, 2016Jewish holiday
National Sorry DayThursday, May 26, 2016Observance
Western Australia DayMonday, June 6, 2016State HolidayWestern Australia
Queensland DayMonday, June 6, 2016Local observance
Ramadan beginsTuesday, June 7, 2016Muslim
ShavuotSunday, June 12, 2016Jewish holiday
Queen’s BirthdayMonday, June 13, 2016Common State holidayAll except Qld, WA
June SolsticeMonday, June 20, 2016Season
Laylat al-Qadr (Night of Destiny)Saturday, July 2, 2016Muslim
First Day of NAIDOC WeekSunday, July 3, 2016Observance
Eid-al-FitrThursday, July 7, 2016Muslim
New South Wales Bank HolidayMonday, August 1, 2016State HolidayNew South Wales
Northern Territory Picnic DayMonday, August 1, 2016State HolidayNorthern Territory
Royal National Agricultural Show Day QueenslandWednesday, August 10, 2016State HolidayQueensland
Tisha B’AvSunday, August 14, 2016Jewish holiday
Assumption of MaryMonday, August 15, 2016Christian
Father’s DaySunday, September 4, 2016Observance
Eid-al-AdhaTuesday, September 13, 2016Muslim
September equinoxThursday, September 22, 2016Season
Queen’s BirthdayMonday, September 26, 2016Common State holidayWestern Australia
Family & Community DayMonday, September 26, 2016State HolidayAustralian Capital Territory
AFL Grand Final FridayFriday, September 30, 2016State HolidayVictoria
Daylight Saving Time startsSaturday, October 1, 2016Clock change/Daylight Saving Time
Rosh HashanaMonday, October 3, 2016Jewish holiday
Muharram/Islamic New YearMonday, October 3, 2016Muslim
Queen’s BirthdayMonday, October 3, 2016Common State holidayQueensland
Labour DayMonday, October 3, 2016Common State holidayACT, NSW, SA
Feast of St Francis of AssisiTuesday, October 4, 2016Christian
Yom KippurWednesday, October 12, 2016Jewish holiday
First day of SukkotMonday, October 17, 2016Jewish holiday
Last day of SukkotSunday, October 23, 2016Jewish holiday
Shmini AtzeretMonday, October 24, 2016Jewish holiday
Simchat TorahTuesday, October 25, 2016Jewish holiday
Diwali/DeepavaliSunday, October 30, 2016Observance
HalloweenMonday, October 31, 2016Observance
All Saints’ DayTuesday, November 1, 2016Christian
Melbourne Cup DayTuesday, November 1, 2016State HolidayVictoria
All Souls’ DayWednesday, November 2, 2016Christian
Recreation DayMonday, November 7, 2016State HolidayTasmania
Remembrance DayFriday, November 11, 2016Observance
First Sunday of AdventSunday, November 27, 2016Observance
Feast of the Immaculate ConceptionThursday, December 8, 2016Christian
Prophet’s BirthdayMonday, December 12, 2016Muslim
December SolsticeWednesday, December 21, 2016Season
Christmas EveSaturday, December 24, 2016Observance
First Day of HanukkahSunday, December 25, 2016Jewish holiday
Christmas DaySunday, December 25, 2016National Holiday
Boxing DayMonday, December 26, 2016National Holiday
Christmas/Boxing Day HolidayTuesday, December 27, 2016National HolidayAll except SA
Proclamation DayTuesday, December 27, 2016National HolidaySouth Australia
New Year’s EveSaturday, December 31, 2016Observance