Western Australia
Public Holidays

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

Western Australia 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. 

Western Australia Public Holidays
2024 / 2025

Holiday

Date in 2024

Date in 2025

New Year’s Day

Monday 1 January

Wednesday 1 January

Australia Day

Friday 26 January

Monday 27 January

Labour Day

Monday 4 March

Monday 3 March

Good Friday

Friday 29 March

Friday 18 April

Easter Sunday 1

Sunday 31 March

Sunday 20 April

Easter Monday

Monday 1 April

Monday 21 April

ANZAC Day

Thursday 25 April

Friday 25 April

Western Australia Day

Monday 3 June

Monday 2 June

King’s Birthday 2

Monday 23 September

Monday 29 September

Christmas Day

Wednesday 25 December 

Thursday 25 December 

Boxing Day

Thursday 26 December 

Friday 26 December 

  • When New Year’s Day, Anzac Day, Australia Day, or Christmas Day falls on a Saturday or Sunday the next following Monday is also a public holiday.
  • When Boxing Day falls on a Saturday the next following Monday is also a public holiday, and when Boxing Day falls on a Sunday or Monday the next following Tuesday is also a public holiday.
  1. Easter Sunday was established as a public holiday in Western Australia in February 2022. 
  2. This public holiday was previously known as the Queen’s Birthday and will now be known as the King’s Birthday. Some regional areas in WA hold this public holiday on a different date.

The information provided above regarding Western Australia’s public holidays is sourced from the official Western Australian 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.   

State

Regulation Status

Notes

ACT

Deregulated

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

NSW

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.

NT

Deregulated

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

QLD

Regulated

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

Regulated

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. 

TAS

Regulated

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

VIC

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. 

WA

Regulated

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.