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Public Holidays Australia 2022: Full Schedule

We all know how good taking annual leave feels- you’re basically getting paid to relax, go on holiday, sleep, or whatever it is you like to do with your time off. Given that this dreamy reality is probably the most-welcomed part of full-time working life, working out how to maximise your annual leave is the next step in nailing adulting. But some people are definitely better at it than others.

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How to Maximise Annual Leave in 2022

Heading in 2022, we all want to make it a step up from the year just passed, and one way to do this is by maximising annual leave to get the most out of the year. The way to do this is by using annual leave combined with public holidays to get longer breaks, which means more time to completely zone out or finally go on that holiday. The good news is making the most of your holiday time in 2022 is actually well worth the effort. As Finder points out, thanks to the way the public holidays are set up, you can actually turn 20 days of annual leave into 52 days worth of holidays (in NSW). Considering 20 days is the legal minimum amount of annual leave for full-time employees in Australia, for Monday–Friday (non-rostered) workers, this is a pretty sweet gig.

January: Trade in Four for Nine

Make the most of the Australia Day public holiday to get an extra-long weekend off in January. Take off four days from January 24th to the 28th, which will mean you’ll get a 9-day break, starting from January 22nd. Here’s how to do it:

  • Saturday 22 January (Weekend)
  • Sunday 23 January (Weekend)
  • Monday 24 January (Annual Leave)
  • Tuesday 25 January (Annual Leave)
  • Wednesday 26 January (Public holiday: Australia Day)
  • Thursday 27 January (Annual Leave)
  • Friday 28 January (Annual Leave)
  • Saturday 29 January (Weekend)
  • Sunday 30 January (Weekend)

Easter/ ANZAC Long Weekend: Trade in Eight for Seventeen

Better still, between April and May, you can make the most of the Easter break by turning 12 days of annual leave into 23 full days off in a row, provided you are in New South Wales. While international travel still feels a little way away, that isn’t to say you can prepare for a bit of a trip. Here is how to do it:

  • Saturday 9 April (Weekend)
  • Sunday 10 April (Weekend)
  • Monday 11 April (Annual Leave)
  • Tuesday 12 April (Annual Leave)
  • Wednesday 13 April (Annual Leave)
  • Thursday 14 April (Annual Leave)
  • Friday 15 April (Public holiday: Good Friday)
  • Saturday 16 April (Weekend)
  • Sunday 17 April (Weekend)
  • Monday 18 April (Public holiday: Easter Monday)
  • Tuesday 19 April (Annual Leave)
  • Wednesday 20 April (Annual Leave)
  • Thursday 21 April (Annual Leave)
  • Friday 22 April (Annual Leave)
  • Saturday 23 April (Weekend)
  • Sunday 24 April (Weekend)
  • Monday 25 April (Public holiday: Anzac Day)
  • Tuesday 26 April (Annual Leave)
  • Wednesday 27 April (Annual Leave)
  • Thursday 28 April (Annual Leave)
  • Friday 29 April (Annual Leave)
  • Saturday 30 April (Weekend)
  • Sunday 1 May (Weekend)

Christmas 2022: Trade in Three for Ten

The Christmas break is the best time of year, full of plenty of drinks, beach days and eating, so why not make it longer? Take three days of annual leave from Dec 28th to the 30th, which will give you a 10-day break from Dec 24th to January 2nd.

Public Holiday Dates By State in Australia

Importantly, each state has its own rules when it comes to public holidays. While some are universal, like ANZAC Day, others vary from state to state. Here is a run down of each individual state and territories upcoming public holidays for 2022.

Public Holidays NSW 2022

New South Wales public holidays are relatively straightforward. The major ones are there, however, the state misses out on some of the bigger sporting event holidays that Victoria cops.

Date Public Holiday
Saturday 1 January New Year’s Day
Monday 3 January Additional public holiday for New Year’s Day
Wednesday 26 January Australia Day
Friday 15 April Good Friday
Saturday 16 April Easter Saturday
Sunday 17 April Easter Sunday
Monday 18 April Easter Monday
Monday 25 April Anzac Day
Monday 13 June Queen’s Birthday
Monday 3 October Labour Day
Sunday 25 December Christmas Day
Monday 26 December Boxing Day
Tuesday 27 December Additional public holiday for Christmas Day

Public Holidays VIC 2022

As mentioned, Victorians love their sport and the 2022 public holiday calendar reflects this. From events like the AFL Grand Final to the Melbourne Cup, the state has a few special days off.

Date Public Holiday
Saturday 1 January New Year’s Day
Monday 3 January Additional public holiday for New Year’s Day
Wednesday 26 January Australia Day
Monday 14 March Labour Day
Friday 15 April Good Friday
Saturday 16 April Easter Saturday
Sunday 17 April Easter Sunday
Monday 18 April Easter Monday
Monday 25 April Anzac Day
Monday 13 June Queen’s Birthday
September (TBA) Friday before AFL Grand Final (subject to AFL schedule)
Tuesday 1 November Melbourne Cup
Sunday 25 December Christmas Day
Monday 26 December Boxing Day
Tuesday 27 December Additional public holiday for Christmas Day

Public Holidays QLD 2022

In Queensland, the Queen’s Birthday holiday gets moved and the state adds an extra day off for the official state fair. Here is what you need to know about Queensland public holidays in 2022.

Date Public Holiday
Saturday 1 January New Year’s Day
Monday 3 January Additional public holiday for New Year’s Day
Wednesday 26 January Australia Day
Friday 15 April Good Friday
Saturday 16 April Easter Saturday
Sunday 17 April Easter Sunday
Monday 18 April Easter Monday
Monday 25 April Anzac Day
Monday 2 May Labour Day
Wednesday 10 August Royal Queensland Show (Brisbane area only)
Monday 3 October Queen’s Birthday
Saturday 24 December Christmas Eve (from 6 pm to 12 midnight)
Sunday 25 December Christmas Day
Monday 26 December Boxing Day
Tuesday 27 December Additional public holiday for Christmas Day

Public Holidays WA 2022

On the far west of the country, there are a fair few extra days off, including Western Australia Day on June 6. Here is a full schedule of public holidays in WA for 2022.

Date Public Holiday
Saturday 1 January New Year’s Day
Monday 3 January Additional public holiday for New Year’s Day
Wednesday 26 January Australia Day
Monday 7 March Labour Day
Friday 15 April Good Friday
Monday 18 April Easter Monday
Monday 25 April Anzac Day
Monday 6 June Western Australia Day
Monday 26 September Queen’s Birthday (Some regional areas in WA hold the Queen’s Birthday public holiday on a different date)
Sunday 25 December Christmas Day
Monday 26 December Boxing Day
Tuesday 27 December Additional public holiday for Christmas Day

Public Holidays SA 2022

The 2022 South Australia public holiday schedule introduces state-specific days off including Adelaide Cup Day while also marking the period late on Christma Eve as an official time of rest.

Date Public Holiday
Saturday 1 January New Year’s Day
Monday 3 January Additional public holiday for New Year’s Day
Wednesday 26 January Australia Day
Monday 14 March Adelaide Cup Day (subject to proclamation)
Friday 15 April Good Friday
Saturday 16 April Easter Saturday
Monday 18 April Easter Monday
Monday 25 April Anzac Day
Monday 13 June Queen’s Birthday
Monday 3 October Labour Day
Saturday 24 December Christmas Eve (from 7 pm to 12 midnight)
Sunday 25 December Christmas Day
Monday 26 December Boxing Day
Tuesday 27 December Additional public holiday for Christmas Day
Saturday 31 December New Year’s Eve (from 7 pm to 12 midnight)

Public Holidays ACT 2022

The home of our politicians, Canberra plays host to a number of territory-specific days off, including Canberra Day on March 14. Here is a full schedule of ACT public holidays.

Date Public Holiday
Saturday 1 January New Year’s Day
Monday 3 January Additional public holiday for New Year’s Day
Wednesday 26 January Australia Day
Monday 14 March Canberra Day
Friday 15 April Good Friday
Saturday 16 April Easter Saturday
Sunday 17 April Easter Sunday
Monday 18 April Easter Monday
Monday 25 April Anzac Day
Monday 30 May Reconciliation Day
Monday 13 June Queen’s Birthday
Monday 3 October Labour Day
Sunday 25 December Christmas Day
Monday 26 December Boxing Day
Tuesday 27 December Additional public holiday for Christmas Day

Public Holidays TAS 2022

Down south, Tasmania celebrates 13 official public holidays in 2022. Here is everything you need to know to get the most out of your time off.

Date Public Holiday
Monday 3 January Additional public holiday for New Year’s Day
Wednesday 26 January Australia Day
Monday 14 February Royal Hobart Regatta (only observed in certain areas of the state)
Monday 14 March Eight Hours Day
Friday 15 April Good Friday
Monday 18 April Easter Monday
Tuesday 19 April Easter Tuesday – generally Public Service only
Monday 25 April Anzac Day
Monday 13 June Queen’s Birthday
Monday 7 November Recreation Day (all parts of the state which do not observe Royal Hobart Regatta)
Sunday 25 December Christmas Day
Monday 26 December Boxing Day
Tuesday 27 December Additional public holiday for Christmas Day

Public Holidays NT 2022

Finally, in the Northern Territory, public holidays come thick and fast in Autumn before slowing down until the run home to Christmas. Here is what you need to know.

Date Public Holiday
Saturday 1 January New Year’s Day
Monday 3 January Additional public holiday for New Year’s Day
Wednesday 26 January Australia Day
Monday 14 March Eight Hours Day
Friday 15 April Good Friday
Saturday 16 April Easter Saturday
Monday 18 April Easter Monday
Monday 25 April Anzac Day
Monday 2 May May Day
Monday 13 June Queen’s Birthday
Monday 1 August Picnic Day
Saturday 24 December Christmas Eve (from 7 pm to 12 midnight)
Sunday 25 December Christmas Day
Monday 26 December Boxing Day
Tuesday 27 December Additional public holiday for Christmas Day
Saturday 31 December New Year’s Eve (from 7 pm to 12 midnight)

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Why Annual Leave is Important

Annual leave is invaluable for mental and physical health, which will help employees be more productive and benefit the workplace as a whole- win-win! Most full-time employees in Australia get around four weeks of paid annual leave, and it has several benefits on both an individual level and an organisational level.

On an individual level, taking annual leave has several mental health benefits, such as reducing stress, elevating mood, and allowing rest, which boosts immunity. By taking time off to relax or go on a holiday, employees get to take a step back and enjoy life’s many pleasures they have earned through all their hard work.

With a team of happy, healthy employees, taking annual leave, therefore, has many benefits on an organisational level. A happier staff equals happier teams, which boosts overall morale and productivity. Annual leave arrangements also increase job satisfaction which improves employee retention and allows for fewer unexplained absences, such as the classic ‘sick day’, which in its unplanned nature, can negatively affect the flow of a workplace.

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General FAQs

When should I take leave over Easter Long Weekend?

To maximise your time off, take four days of leave from January 24th to the 28th.

When should I take leave in December?

In December, take leave from the 28th to the 30th to give yourself a big Christmas holiday.

When is the best time to take leave in Australia?

The best time to take leave in Australia is over the Easter/ ANZAC long weekend.

CONTRIBUTOR

Aimee O'Keefe

Aimee O’Keefe is a Sydney-based freelance writer with a background in content marketing, lifestyle, architecture and travel coverage. She completed a Bachelor's degree in Media and Communications at the University of Sydney and has worked with Universal Magazines, various leading digital marketing agencies and The Local Project.