Public Holidays 2020
Public Holidays 2021

QLD Public holidays 2020

Public Holiday Day/Date
New Year's Day Wednesday, 1 January
Australia Day Monday, 27 January
Good Friday Friday, 10 April
Easter Saturday Saturday, 11 April
Easter Sunday Sunday, 12 April
Easter Monday Monday, 13 April
ANZAC Day Saturday, 25 April
Labour Day Monday, 4 May
Ekka Wednesday (Brisbane area only) Wednesday, 12 August
Queen’s Birthday Monday, 5 October
Christmas Day Friday, 25 December
Boxing Day Saturday, 26 December
Boxing Day Holiday Monday, 28 December

QLD Public holidays 2021

Public Holiday Day/Date

New Year's Day

Friday, 1 January

Australia Day

Tuesday, 26 January

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

Labour Day

Monday, 3 May

Royal Queensland Show (Brisbane area)

Wednesday, 11 August

Queen’s Birthday

Monday, 4 October

Christmas Eve (6pm to midnight)

Friday, 24 December

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

School Holidays 2020
School Holidays 2021

QLD School holidays 2020

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School Holidays Saturday, 4 April 2020 Sunday, 19 April 2020
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School Holidays Saturday, 27 June 2020 Sunday, 12 July 2020
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School Holidays Saturday, 19 September 2020 Monday, 5 October 2020
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School Holidays Saturday, 12 December 2020 Tuesday, 26 Jan 2021

QLD 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, 11 December 2021 Sunday, 23 January 2022
Leave Maximiser 2020
Leave Maximiser 2021

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
Wednesday, 1 January    
Thursday, 2 January    
Friday, 3 January    
Saturday, 4 January    
Sunday, 5 January    
Totals Days of Annual Leave: 2 Days off: 3
Friday, 24 January    
Saturday, 25 January    
Sunday, 26 January    
Monday, 27 January    
Totals Days of Annual Leave: 1 Days off: 3
April and May - ANZAC Day, Labour Day
Date Take Leave? Public Holiday/Weekend
Saturday, 25 April    
Sunday, 26 April    
Monday, 27 April    
Tuesday, 28 April    
Wednesday, 29 April    
Thursday, 30 April    
Friday, 1 May    
Saturday, 2 May    
Sunday, 3 May    
Monday, 4 May    
Totals Days of Annual Leave: 5 Days off: 5
August - Ekka Wednesday
Date Take Leave? Public Holiday/Weekend
Saturday, 8 August    
Sunday, 9 August    
Monday, 10 August    
Tuesday, 11 August    
Wednesday, 12 August    
Thursday, 13 August    
Friday, 14 August    
Saturday, 15 August    
Sunday, 16 August    
Totals Days of Annual Leave: 4 Days off: 5
December - Christmas Day, Boxing Day
Date Take Leave? Public Holiday/Weekend
Saturday, 19 December    
Sunday, 20 December    
Monday, 21 December    
Tuesday, 22 December    
Wednesday, 23 December    
Thursday, 24 December    
Friday, 25 December    
Saturday, 26 December    
Sunday, 27 December    
Monday, 28 December    
Tuesday, 29 December    
Wednesday, 30 December    
Thursday, 31 December    
Totals Days of Annual Leave: 7 Days off: 6

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
August Ekka weekend
Date Take Leave? Public Holiday/Weekend
Saturday, 7 August     
Sunday, 8 August     
Monday, 9 August     
Tuesday, 10 August     
Wednesday, 11 August    
Thursday, 12 August     
Friday, 13 August     
Saturday, 14 August     
Sunday, 15 August     
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

QLD Public holidays in detail

Labour Day - Monday 3rd May

Labour Day is the annual celebration of the modern eight hour working day, implemented in the 19th century. Prior to the 19th century, most labourers worked from ten to twelve hours up to six days a week. The public holiday recognises the workers who struggled to improve the working conditions for all Australians. Labour Day advocates for the equal division of the twenty-four hours in a day into three parts, eight hours for work, recreation and rest respectively. Labour Day is held on different days according to each state but is always held on a Monday, forming a long weekend every year. In Queensland the holiday is held on the first Monday of May.

Many people take the long weekend as an opportunity to partake in some of the cultural events taking place in the state. The Planting is a three-day environmental and culinary festival held in Woodfordia. Guests are encouraged to plant trees in an effort to conserve local wildlife habitats, as well as engage with the global environmental consciousness movement through music, dance, art and folk lore.

Ekka Wednesday - Wednesday 11th August

The “Ekka Show”, is a common abbreviation for the Brisbane Exhibition, it is also referred to as the Royal Queensland Show. The holiday is held to celebrate the Queensland way of life, with emphasis given to the agricultural industries and workers. The Ekka has been held in Brisbane since 1876 and is Queensland’s largest annual event, held across ten days. This year's Ekka Wednesday will be celebrated on August 11th. 

Making your way to the show held at the Brisbane Showgrounds is a must for those who can get there easily. Half a million guests make their way through the entertainment, agricultural and education exhibitions each year. Live entertainment, carnival rides and attractions, animal competitions and shopping venues make up the bulk of the activities guests take part in.

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