Public Holidays

Like other regions in Australia, Queensland observes a set of public holidays that are recognised throughout the state.  

Queensland does not observe Daylight Savings Time. 

Keep these dates and arrangements in mind, ensuring you’re always on local time and aware of the region’s public holidays.

Queensland Public Holidays
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Date in 2024

Date in 2025

New Year’s Day 1

Monday 1 January

Wednesday 1 January

Australia Day 2

Friday 26 January

Monday 27 January

Good Friday

Friday 29 March

Friday 18 April

Easter Saturday

Saturday 30 March

Saturday 19 April

Easter Sunday 3

Sunday 31 March

Sunday 20 April

Easter Monday

Monday 1 April

Monday 21 April


Thursday 25 April

Friday 25 April

Labour Day 4

Monday 6 May

Monday 5 May

Royal Queensland Show (Brisbane only) 5

Wednesday 14 August

Wednesday 13 August

King’s Birthday

Monday 7 October

Monday 6 October

Christmas Eve 6

Tuesday 24 December from 6pm to midnight

Wednesday 24 December from 6pm to midnight 

Christmas Day

Wednesday 25 December 

Thursday 25 December 

Boxing Day

Thursday 26 December 

Friday 26 December 

  1. From Christmas Day 2011, the Holidays Act 1983 provides for an extra public holiday to be added when Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year’s Day falls on a weekend. 
  2. Australia Day public holiday is to be observed on the 26 January or, if 26 January is a Saturday or Sunday, it shall be observed the following Monday. 
  3. Easter Sunday is appointed as a public holiday. These arrangements have been in place since 2017 following amendments to the Holidays Act 1983 (passed by Parliament on 1 December 2016). 
  4. Labour Day public holiday is to be observed on the first Monday in May and the Birthday of the Sovereign (King’s Birthday) public holiday is to be observed on the first Monday in October. These arrangements have been in place since 2016 following amendments to the Holidays Act 1983 (passed by Parliament on 13 October 2015). 
  5. The Royal National Agricultural (RNA) Show Day (Brisbane only) is held on the Wednesday during the RNA Show period. The RNA Show commences on the first Friday in August, unless the first Friday is prior to 5 August, then it commences on the second Friday of August. 
  6. From 2019, the Holidays Act 1983 provides for a part-day public holiday from 6pm to midnight on Christmas Eve (24 December).

The information provided above regarding Queensland’s public holidays is sourced from the official Queensland Government website.

Public holidays by State or Territory

For more detail on specific State or Territory public holidays, including regional public holidays, select a state below: 

ARA advocates for complete deregulation of trading hours 

The ARA is a strong advocate for the complete deregulation of retail trading hours to provide retailers with the flexibility to trade at the hours that suit their business and customers. Deregulation enables flexibility and allows retailers to cater for local demand which can vary considerably across Australia, especially as we adapt to new ways of living and working, post-pandemic.  

Consumers have access to online, often overseas-based retailers 24/7 and while bricks and mortar retailers do not necessarily want or need to be open 24/7, they do need the flexibility to tailor trading hours to meet the expectations of their customers and remain competitive. 

How trading hours are regulated in each State/Territory
Trading hours are subject to regulation at the state and territory level. While some jurisdictions only regulate trading hours on public holidays and other occasions, other states restrict hours generally or have other restrictions based on geographic area or type of retailer. 

Generally, in jurisdictions that have regulations, small businesses are considered “exempt” from trading hour restrictions and it is “non-exempt” retailers, supermarkets and department stores that are most restricted in the hours that they can open. Public holidays also vary across states and territories and so do the restrictions that apply for these holidays.   


Regulation Status




Trading hours are deregulated in the ACT, meaning there are no restrictions in place including on public holidays.  


Some regulation of specified public holidays

Trading hours are largely deregulated in NSW but there are some restrictions on some public holidays, including Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Anzac Day before 1pm, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Some exemptions to these restrictions apply.



Trading hours are deregulated in the NT, meaning there are no restrictions in place including on public holidays.



Trading hours in QLD are regulated by government, with restrictions in place through the year and on public holidays, according to location and/or type of retailer.



SA has recently updated its Shop Trading Hour Act 1977 to enable less restricted trading hours, allowing most shops to now open from 9am on Sundays and Public Holidays, and to allow trading on Boxing Day for certain shops, as well as three midnight trading days in the lead up to Christmas. 



Tasmanian trading hours are regulated under the Shop Trading Hours Act 1984according to location and/or type of shop.


Some regulation of specified public holidays

Partially deregulated.  Some restrictions apply for Christmas, Good Friday and Anzac Day with exemptions for certain types of retailers, including cafes and chemists. 



Trading hours are regulated in WA under the Retail Trading Hours Act 1987 (WA)according to location and/or category of retailer with small retail shops unrestricted.