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A state-by-state guide to 2018’s Christmas trading hours and public holidays

Dominic Powell /

As business owners are running around trying to get everything done before Christmas, it can be easy to forget what days are public holidays and what ones aren’t, as the Christmas period is one of the times of the year where the most public holidays fall.

It becomes even more important for those in the retail world, as a public holiday will mean higher rates of pay for your staff, and could even come with specific trading restrictions, depending on your state.

This year, both Christmas Day and New Year’s Day fall on a Tuesday, meaning retailers won’t have to worry about ‘in lieu’ public holidays which would occur if they fell on a weekend day. And remember, staff members are entitled to public holidays relating on where they are based for work, not on where they are physically working.

Here are all the days in each state that are considered public holidays according to the Fair Work Ombudsman.

Australian Capital Territory

  • Tuesday, 25 December Christmas Day
  • Wednesday, 26 December Boxing Day
  • Tuesday, 1 January New Year’s Day

New South Wales

  • Tuesday, 25 December Christmas Day
  • Wednesday, 26 December Boxing Day
  • Tuesday, 1 January 2019 New Year’s Day

Northern Territory

  • Tuesday, 25 December Christmas Day
  • Wednesday, 26 December Boxing Day
  • Tuesday, 1 January 2019 New Year’s Day

Queensland

  • Tuesday, 25 December Christmas Day
  • Wednesday, 26 December Boxing Day
  • Tuesday, 1 January 2019 New Year’s Day

South Australia

  • Monday, 24 December Christmas Eve (from 7pm to midnight)
  • Tuesday, 25 December Christmas Day
  • Wednesday, 26 December Boxing Day/Proclamation Day
  • Monday, 31 December New Year’s Eve (from 7pm to midnight)
  • Tuesday, 1 January 2019 New Year’s Day

Tasmania

  • Tuesday, 25 December Christmas Day
  • Wednesday, 26 December Boxing Day
  • Tuesday, 1 January 2019 New Year’s Day

Victoria

  • Tuesday, 25 December Christmas Day
  • Wednesday, 26 December  Boxing Day
  • Tuesday, 1 January 2019 New Year’s Day

Western Australia

  • Tuesday, 25 December Christmas Day
  • Wednesday, 26 December Boxing Day
  • Tuesday, 1 January 2019 New Year’s Day

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Dominic Powell

Dominic is the features and profiles editor at SmartCompany. Email him at [email protected].

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