Public Holidays 2020

Victoria Public holidays 2020

Public Holiday Day/Date
New Year's Day Wednesday, 1 January
Australia Day Monday, 27 January
Labour Day Monday, 9 March
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
Queen’s Birthday Monday, 8 June
AFL Grand Final Friday Friday, 25 September
Melbourne Cup Day1 Tuesday, 3 November
Christmas Day Friday, 25 December
Boxing Day Saturday, 26 December
Boxing Day Holiday Monday, 28 December

1 Melbourne Cup Day is a public holiday across all of Victoria unless alternate local holiday has been arranged by non-metro council..

School Holidays 2020

Victoria School holidays 2020

Term 1 Start Finish
School Holidays Saturday, 28 March 2020 Monday, 13 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 Sunday, 4 October 2020
Term 4 Start Finish
School Holidays Saturday, 19 December 2020 Wednesday, 27 January 2021 
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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: 5
Friday, 24 January    
Saturday, 25 January    
Sunday, 26 January    
Monday, 27 January    
Totals Days of Annual Leave: 1 Days off: 4
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: 10
November - Melbourne Cup
Date Take Leave? Public Holiday/Weekend
Saturday, 31 October    
Sunday, 1 November    
Monday, 2 November    
Tuesday, 3 November    
Wednesday, 4 November    
Thursday, 5 November    
Friday, 6 November    
Saturday, 7 November    
Sunday, 8 November    
Totals Days of Annual Leave: 4 Days off: 9
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: 13

Victoria Public holidays in detail

AFL Grand Final - Friday 25th September

Introduced in 2015, this public holiday is the most recent public holiday to be passed in Victoria. It takes place on the Friday before the Australian Football League Grand Final, forming a three day weekend. It is one of the two sport specific holidays held in Victoria alongside Melbourne Cup Day and is used by most in the state as an opportunity to spend time with friends and family. There has been a significant pushback against the public holiday from business leaders, who estimate the cost to the state comes in at over $1 billion in lost productivity. The traditional Grand Final parade is held in Melbourne’s CBD for those wishing to join the festivities and show support for their favourite teams.

Melbourne Cup - Tuesday 3rd November

Held on the first Tuesday of November, the Melbourne Cup public holiday is celebrated only in Victoria. The Melbourne Cup itself is one of the most prestigious and widely recognised horse races in the world, originating in 1861. Known as the race that stops the nation, the Melbourne Cup is broadcast across both radio and television with estimates that close to 80% of the adult population place bets on the race.

Besides the race itself, Fashions On The Field forms an integral part of the day. The fashion competition celebrates the latest trends and styles of the nation, with state finalists competing for the title of the most elegant headwear and the grand prize pool. At the Show itself, guests are welcome to enjoy and partake in live music events, bars, cocktail gardens and an array of food vendors. Other celebrations are held in racetracks across the nation with live broadcasts televised on screens.

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