WA Public Holidays 2024

Western Australian / WA Public Holidays 2024

New Year’s DayMonday 1 January
Australia Day HolidayFriday 26 January
Labour DayMonday 4 March
Good FridayFriday 29 March
Easter SundaySunday 31 March
Easter MondayMonday 1 April
Anzac Day^Thursday 25 April
Western Australia DayMonday 3 June
King’s Birthday#Monday 23 September
Christmas Day^Wednesday 25 December
Boxing Day^Thursday 26 December

WA public holidays notes

#Some regions hold King’s Birthday on an alternative date. Refer to Regional Holidays below. Often, the King’s Birthday public holiday is held on an alternative date, usually to coincide with a significant date or event for that area, in regional areas.
^When New Year’s Day, Anzac Day, or Christmas Day falls on a Saturday or Sunday the next following Monday is also a public holiday. When Boxing Day falls on a Saturday the next following Monday is also a public holiday, and when Boxing Day falls on a Sunday or Monday the next following Tuesday is also a public holiday.

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Western Australia Regional Holidays 2024

Regional Holiday2024
King’s Birthday public holiday
Town of Port Hedland
King’s Birthday public holiday
City of Karratha
King’s Birthday public holiday
Shire of East Pilbara – Marble Bar
King’s Birthday public holiday
Shire of East Pilbara – Newman

For further detail on the localities involved, visit this page.

Government website

Western Australian public and bank holidays are prescribed by the Public and Bank Holidays Act 1972

WA public holidays are administered by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety.

What to know about WA public holidays

Western Australia has the least public holidays observed each year, with just ten. There are two types of public holidays in WA – national and state holidays.

National public holidays: These are WA public holidays that have the same or similar dates and significance as other states and territories. ANZAC is an example of one such holiday, held on the same day nationally. However, Queen’s Birthday and Labour Day dates vary across the nation.

State-wide WA public holidays: These holidays are specific to WA. For example, Western Australia Day.

Western Australia Day public holiday

On the first Monday in June every year, Western Australians celebrate their State Day. Prior to 2012, the day was celebrated as Foundation Day. This changed with bipartisan support in WA Parliament for the name change to Western Australia Day. The intention was to make the day more inclusive for all, no matter how long they have been Western Australians.

Foundation Day celebrated the arrival of the first European settlers under Capt James Stirling RN, to settle the Swan River Colony in 1829.

Western Australia Day public holidays is Monday, 5th June, 2023.

Why is Queen’s Birthday different in WA?

Due to Western Australia Day falling in June, Queen’s Birthday is not celebrated in June, like most other states and territories, rather it occurs in late September, providing a long weekend at the end of the third school term.

Why do parts of WA have different Queen’s Birthday dates?

Queen’s Birthday is held on different dates in some Local Government districts. This is to coincide with a significant historical date or regional event.

WA public holidays timing

With the lowest holiday count in the nation, Western Australians have it tougher than most. Between ANZAC Day and Christmas Day, WA gets only two long weekends, through the winter period, when some of the more pleasant weather and school holidays occur.

Visiting WA during a public holiday

Visiting WA, especially Perth, is not as restrictive as some other states and territories. Particularly in tourist and eating areas, a good selection of food and drink should be available on public holidays.

When should you visit Western Australia?

Spring is the best time to visit Western Australia with warm days, little rain and abundant sunshine. Beyond November becomes unbearable with the heat.

Do businesses in WA open on public holidays?

General retail in the Perth metropolitan area is permitted to trade between 8 am and 6 pm on Australia Day, Labour Day, Easter Monday, ANZAC Day, Western Australia Day and Queen’s Birthday. Retail is not permitted on ANZAC Day, Christmas Day and Good Friday.

Many store types are not covered by the Retail Trading Hours Act 1987 including restaurants, cafés, takeaways, and short-term markets. and Rottnest Island shops. Petrol stations are also deregulated in all areas.

WA school term and holiday dates

If you’re looking for school holidays and school term dates for WA, you can view them here.

Why are Mother’s Day and Father’s Day not listed as WA public holidays?

Both Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are Observances rather than public holidays for Western Australia. Unfortunately, WA does not receive a legislated holiday or day off in lieu.

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