Is Monday a public holiday? It depends on where you live

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Millions of Australians have a bank holiday coming up – it just depends on which state you live in.

Here is the public holiday situation throughout the country.

Is Monday a public holiday?

Yes, if you live in NSW, Queensland, South Australia or the ACT then October 3rd is a public holiday.

It is not a public holiday for those living in Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania or the Northern Territory.

What kind of holiday is Monday?

In Queensland, 3 October is the public holiday for The Queen’s birthdayeven though the late Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday was April 21st.

Queensland has been on the first Monday in October since 2016.

In NSW, SA and ACT October 3rd is worker’s Daywhich celebrates the achievements of the workers.

Tom Hawkins kicks during the AFL grand final.
The Victorians were given a day off ahead of the AFL grand final.(AAP: James Ross)

Why are public holidays different in each state and territory?

Australia has a lot of national holidays. These include: New Year’s Day, Australia Day, Good Friday, Easter Day, Anzac Day, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

All the other public holidays, such as Queen’s Birthday and Labor Day, are called by states and territories.

Didn’t we just have a public holiday?

Yes. Australians were given a national day of mourning on Thursday last week after death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Victoria has also just had her regular public holiday on the Friday before AFL Grand Final.

Aren’t things a little different in Tasmania?

If you’re talking about having a bunch of show holidays in the month of October instead of the Queen’s birthday holidays, then yes.

That show holiday is as follows:

  • Burnie Show: September 30
  • Royal Launceston Show: 6 October
  • Flinders Island Show: 14 October
  • Royal Hobart Show: 20 October

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