Public Holidays 2021
Public Holidays 2022

ACT Public holidays 2021

Public Holiday Day/Date
New Year's Day Friday, 1 January 
Australia Day Tuesday, 26 January 
Canberra Day Monday, 8 March
Good Friday Friday, 2 April 
Easter Saturday Saturday, 3 April
Easter Sunday Sunday, 4 April 
Easter Monday Monday, 5 April 
ANZAC Day Sunday, 25 April 
ANZAC DAY (additional public holiday) Monday, 26 April 
Reconciliation Day Monday, 31 May
Queen’s Birthday Monday, 14 June
Labour Day Monday, 4 October
Christmas Day Saturday, 25 December
Boxing Day Sunday, 26 December
Christmas Day (additional public holiday) Monday, 27 December 
Boxing Day (additional public holiday) Tuesday, 28 December 

ACT Public holidays 2022

Public Holiday Day/Date

New Year's Day

Saturday, 1 January

New Year Holiday (additional public holiday)

Monday, 3 January

Australia Day

Wednesday, 26 January

Canberra Day

Monday, 14 March

Good Friday

Friday, 15 April

Easter Saturday

Saturday, 16 April

Easter Sunday

Sunday, 17 April

Easter Monday

Monday, 18 April

ANZAC Day   

Monday, 25 April

Reconciliation Day

Monday, 30 May

Queen’s Birthday

Monday, 13 June

Labour Day

Monday, 3 October

Christmas Day

Sunday, 25 December

Boxing Day

Monday, 26 December

Christmas Holiday (additional public holiday)

Tuesday, 27 December

School Holidays 2021
School Holidays 2022

ACT School holidays 2021

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School Holidays Friday, 2 April 2021 Sunday, 18 April 2021
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School Holidays Saturday, 26 June 2021 Sunday, 11 July 2021
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School Holidays Saturday, 18 September 2021 Monday, 4 October 2021
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School Holidays Saturday, 18 December 2021 Sunday, 30 January 2022

ACT School holidays 2022

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School Holidays       

Saturday, 9 April 2022

Monday, 25 April 2022           

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School Holidays

Saturday, 2 July 2022

Sunday, 17 July 2022

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School Holidays

Saturday, 24 September 2022

Sunday, 9 October 2022

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School Holidays

Saturday, 17 December 2022

Sunday, 29 January 2023

Leave Maximiser 2021
Leave Maximiser 2022

How to maximise your work leave

By strategically taking time off work you could enjoy longer periods of time off.

January - New Years, Australia Day
Date Take Leave? Public Holiday/Weekend
Monday, 28 December    
Tuesday, 29 December    
Wednesday, 30 December    
Thursday, 31 December    
Friday, 1 January     
Saturday, 2 January     
Sunday, 3 January     
Totals Days of Annual Leave: 3 Days off: 4
Saturday, 23 January     
Sunday, 24 January     
Monday, 25 January     
Tuesday, 26 January     
Wednesday, 27 January    
Thursday, 28 January    
Friday, 29 January    
Saturday, 30 January    
Sunday, 31 January    
Totals Days of Annual Leave: 4 Days off: 5
Easter holidays
Date Take Leave? Public Holiday/Weekend
Friday, 2 April    
Saturday, 3 April    
Sunday, 4 April    
Monday, 5 April     
Tuesday, 6 April    
Wednesday, 7 April     
Thursday, 8 April     
Friday, 9 April     
Saturday, 10 April    
Sunday, 11 April    
Totals Days of Annual Leave: 4 Days off: 6
May – Reconciliation Day
Date Take Leave? Public Holiday/Weekend
Saturday, 29 May    
Sunday, 30 May     
Monday, 31 May     
Tuesday 1, June     
Wednesday 2, June     
Thursday 3, June     
Friday 4, June     
Saturday 5, June     
Sunday 6, June     
Totals Days of Annual Leave: 4 Days off: 5
December - Christmas Day, Boxing Day
Date Take Leave? Public Holiday/Weekend
Saturday, 25 December    
Sunday, 26 December    
Monday, 27 December    
Tuesday, 28 December    
Wednesday, 29 December    
Thursday, 30 December    
Friday, 31 December    
Saturday, 1 January    
Sunday, 2 January    
Monday, 3 January    
Totals Days of Annual Leave: 4 Days off: 6

How to maximise your work leave

By strategically taking time off work you could enjoy longer periods of time off.

December/January - New Years, Australia Day
Date Take Leave? Public Holiday/Weekend
Saturday, 25 December    
Sunday, 26 December    
Monday, 27 December    
Tuesday, 28 December    
Wednesday, 29 December    
Thursday, 30 December    
Friday, 31 December    
Saturday, 1 January    
Sunday, 2 January    
Monday, 3 January    
Totals Days of annual leave: 3 Days off: 7
Total leave days: 10
Saturday, 22 January    
Sunday, 23 January    
Monday, 24 January    
Tuesday, 25 January    
Wednesday, 26 January    
Thursday, 27 January    
Friday, 28 January    
Saturday, 29 January    
Sunday, 30 January    
Totals Days of annual leave: 4 Days off: 5
Total leave days: 9
Easter holidays
Date Take Leave? Public Holiday/Weekend
Friday, 15 April    
Saturday, 16 April    
Sunday, 17 April    
Monday, 18 April    
Tuesday, 19 April    
Wednesday, 20 April    
Thursday, 21 April    
Friday, 22 April    
Saturday, 23 April    
Sunday, 24 April    
Monday, 25 April    
Totals Days of annual leave: 4 Days off: 7
Total leave days: 11
May – Reconciliation Day
Date Take Leave? Public Holiday/Weekend
Saturday, 29 May    

Sunday, 30 May

   
Monday, 31 May    

Tuesday 1, June

   
Wednesday 2, June    
Thursday 3, June    
Friday 4, June    
Saturday 5, June    
Sunday 6, June    
Totals Days of annual leave: 4 Days off: 5
Total leave days: 9
December - Christmas Day, Boxing Day
Date Take Leave? Public Holiday/Weekend
Saturday, 24 December    
Sunday, 25 December    
Monday, 26 December    
Tuesday, 27 December    
Wednesday, 28 December    
Thursday, 29 December    
Friday, 30 December    
Saturday, 31 December    
Sunday, 1 January    
Monday, 2 January    
Totals Days of annual leave: 3 Days off: 7
Total leave days: 10

ACT Public holidays in detail

Canberra Day - Monday 14th March

The Australian Capital Territory commemorates the official naming of Canberra in 1913. Lady Denman, wife of the Governor-General Lord Denman was the one who named the territory in front of a crowd of 5000 guests. The long weekend allows people to enjoy the various activities of the Canberra Festival which is celebrated annually from the 11-20th of March each year. 

Reconciliation Day - Monday 30th May

Launching in 2018, Canberra will be the first state to institute a public holiday to mark the anniversary of the 1967 Referendum, which was passed to officially include Aboriginal Australians in the Australian population.

The vote was unanimously passed with 90% of the Australian public voting yes. The holiday is designed to celebrate and reflect upon the success of the reconciliation process and for the Indigenous community to engage and educate the public on the many issues they still face today.

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