South Australian / SA public holidays 2022 – 2023
The tables below set out SA public holidays dates for 2022 to 2023:
|New Year’s Day||Saturday 1 January|
Monday 3 January
|Australia Day Holiday||Wednesday 26 January|
|Adelaide Cup Day||Monday 14 March|
|Good Friday||Friday 15 April|
|Easter Saturday||Saturday 16 April|
|Easter Monday||Monday 18 April|
|Anzac Day||Monday 25 April|
|Queen’s Birthday / Volunteer's Day||Monday 13 June|
|Labour Day||Monday 3 October|
|Christmas Eve*||Saturday 24 December|
|Christmas Day||Sunday 25 December|
Monday 26 December
|Boxing Day / Proclamation Day||Monday 26 December|
Tuesday 27 December
|New Year’s Eve*||Saturday 31 December|
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|New Year’s Day||Monday 2 January|
|Australia Day Holiday||Thursday 26 January|
|Adelaide Cup Day||Monday 13 March|
|Good Friday||Friday 7 April|
|Easter Saturday||Saturday 8 April|
|Easter Monday||Monday 10 April|
|Anzac Day||Tuesday 25 April|
|Queen’s Birthday / Volunteer's Day||Monday 12 June|
|Labour Day||Monday 2 October|
|Christmas Eve*||Sunday 24 December|
|Christmas Day||Monday 25 December|
|Boxing Day / Proclamation Day||Tuesday 26 December|
|New Year’s Eve*||Sunday 31 December|
SA public holidays notes
Every Sunday is prescribed as a public holiday under The Holidays Act 1910 (SA).
If New Year’s Day, Australia Day, Anzac Day and Christmas Day fall on a Sunday there is to be an additional public holiday on the following Monday.
If 26 December occurs on a Sunday the additional Boxing Day/Proclamation Day public holiday is prescribed for the following Tuesday (due to the Christmas Day public holiday occupying the Monday). The Sunday is still deemed to be a public holiday in these instances by virtue of all Sundays being prescribed as a public holiday.
* Part-day holiday from 7 pm to midnight
South Australian Government website
South Australian public and bank holidays are prescribed by the Holidays Act 1910.
SA public holidays are administered by Safework SA.
What to know about SA public holidays
There are thirteen South Australian public holidays observed each year. This includes a range of twelve official national public holidays along with one that is unique to South Australia.
Public holidays that are unique to SA
- Adelaide Cup Day
Note: Queen's Birthday holiday is also known as Volunteer's Day and Boxing Day is also known as Proclamation Day. These two holidays per se are not unique to SA.
SA Adelaide Cup Day public holiday
Adelaide Cup Day is a public holiday that is unique to South Australia. It conveniently provides a long weekend. It is a Group 2 handicap thoroughbred horse race, run by the South Australian Jockeys Club at Morphettville racecourse. The event was first run in 1864.
Adelaide Cup Day is held on the second Monday of March each year. Adelaide Cup Day public holidays are as follows:
- Monday, 14th March, 2022
- Monday, 13th March, 2023
SA Queen's Birthday / Volunteers Day
This holiday is a movable celebration of the birth of Queen Elizabeth II, the head of state of Australia and of the Commonwealth.
The Queen was born on April 21st, 1926.
Proclamation Day replaces Boxing Day in South Australia. It celebrates the arrival of 8 British ships to Adelaide and the subsequent proclamation of South Australia as a province of the British Empire on 28th December 1836.
South Australia regional public holiday dates
South Australia is one of few states and territories without regional holidays.
The timing of South Australia public holidays
Adelaide Cup Day provides a long weekend in the middle of Term 1 school holidays.
SA Queen's Birthday / Volunteers Day acts as a marker for the commencement of the ski season in Australia, though SA has no ski fields.
Visiting SA during a public holiday
The best time to visit SA is in February – March. This coincides with Adelaide Cup Day. The Fringe Festival, car races and the Tour Downunder makes the CBD particular busy during this period. Booking accommodation in advance will help ease the price pain.
SA school holiday and term dates
If you’re looking for school holidays and school term dates for South Australia, you can view them here.
Why are Mother's Day and Father's Day not listed as public holidays in South Australia?
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