Public Holidays 2020
Public Holidays 2021

SA Public holidays 2020

Public Holiday Day/Date
New Year's Day Wednesday, 1 January
Australia Day Monday, 27 January
Adelaide Cup Monday, 9 March 
Good Friday Friday, 10 April
Easter Saturday Saturday, 11 April
Easter Monday Monday, 13 April
ANZAC Day Saturday, 25 April
Queen’s Birthday Monday, 8 June
Labour Day Monday, 5 October
Christmas Eve Thursday, 24 December
Christmas Day Friday, 25 December
Proclamation Day Saturday, 26 December
Proclamation Day Holiday Monday, 28 December
New Year’s Eve Thursday, 31 December 

SA Public holidays 2021

Public Holiday Day/Date

New Year's Day        

Friday, 1 January

Australia Day

Tuesday, 26 January

Adelaide Cup

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

Queen’s Birthday Monday, 14 June

Labour Day

Monday, 4 October

Christmas Eve (from 7pm to 12 midnight) Friday, 24 December

Christmas Day

Saturday, 25 December

Boxing Day/ Proclamation Day

Sunday, 26 December

Christmas Day (additional public holiday)

Monday, 27 December

Boxing Day/ Proclamation Day (additional public holiday)

Tuesday, 28 December

New Year’s Eve (7pm to midnight)

Friday, 31 December

School Holidays 2020
School Holidays 2021

SA School holidays 2020

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School Holidays Friday, 10 April 2020 Sunday, 26 April 2020
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School Holidays Saturday, 4 July 2020 Sunday, 19 July 2020
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School Holidays Saturday, 26 September 2020 Sunday, 11 October 2020
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School Holidays Saturday, 12 December 2020 Sunday, 31 January 2021 

SA School holidays 2021

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School Holidays Saturday, 10 April 2021 Monday, 26 April 2021
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School Holidays Saturday, 3 July 2021 Sunday, 18 July 2021
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School Holidays Saturday, 25 September 2021 Sunday, 10 October 2021
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School Holidays Saturday, 11 December 2021 Sunday, 30 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 - Easter
Date Take Leave? Public Holiday/Weekend
Saturday, 4 April    
Sunday, 5 April    
Monday, 6 April    
Tuesday, 7 April    
Wednesday, 8 April    
Thursday, 9 April    
Friday, 10 April    
Saturday, 11 April    
Sunday, 12 April    
Monday, 13 April    
Totals Days of Annual Leave: 4 Days off: 6
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
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

SA Public holidays in detail

Adelaide Cup - Monday 8th March

The Adelaide Cup is always held on the second Monday each March and is celebrated exclusively in South Australia since 1973. The Adelaide Cup is one of the largest sporting and social events that takes place in South Australia with the total prize money coming in at $400,000. The Cup used to be held in May but was rescheduled in 2006 in an effort to draw more people to the Cup in the warmer weather. The obvious thing to do on this holiday is to check out the races themselves. There is more to the Cup than just horses though. With fashion shows, live music and a variety of gourmet food and drink stalls, the whole family will be entertained for the day.

Christmas Eve 7pm till midnight - Thursday 24th December

South Australians enjoy a half-day public holiday on Christmas Eve. This ensures that all workers have the ability to spend time with the family and friends or be properly compensated for their work during this time.

Many people take to Christmas Caroling on Christmas Eve in groups in their local neighborhoods to spread cheer and goodwill.

Another way people like to give back at this time of the year is to give their time to charitable pursuits. Several charity institutions work hard to ensure that impoverished Australian children can receive a present on Christmas morning and those who are without cooking facilities can enjoy a home cooked Christmas meal.

Proclamation Day Holiday - Tuesday 28th December

Proclamation Day falls on the first weekday following Christmas Day. While all other states and territories in Australia celebrate this day as Boxing Day, South Australia celebrates the day to commemorate the establishment of their government in 1836. Besides a formal ceremony, including a re-enactment of the first ready of the proclamation, held by senior level officials and politicians, most South Australians do not partake in any specific celebratory measures for Proclamation Day.

To mark the state’s historical significance, many people venture to see some of South Australia’s most notable cultural heritage sites. Another popular choice is to follow the Living Heritage Trail to see a selection of important historic sites and museums.

New Year’s Eve 7pm till midnight - Friday 31st December

In Australia, New Years is heralded by firework displays in all major cities and countdowns till midnight form the basis of the previous night’s boisterous celebrations. While New Year’s Eve day is not itself a public holiday, parties and events are held for people to see off the old year in style and welcome in the new with friends and family. South Australia observes the hours from 7pm till midnight as a public holiday, in an effort to compensate those who have to work during that time. New Year’s Day is often used as a day of rest and relaxation across the country.

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