List of Australian 2012 public holidays.

Most of public holidays in Australia are declared on a state and territory basis, except for some holidays which are observed in all states and territories, and are therefore de facto national holidays.

Usually, public and private workers are entitled to take off a public holiday with regular pay, while businesses that are normally open on a public holiday may require employees to work on the day. Traditionally, in this case, the workers were paid at a penalty rate – usually 1? (known as “time and a half”) or 2 times (known as “double time”) the regular pay. In recent years this tradition has changed somewhat. Most of the entitlement to penalty rates of pay has been reduced or entirely eliminated in many work places.

List Australia Public Holidays 2012

Besides designating days as public holidays, some of these days are also designated as restricted trading days.

Unlike many countries when a public holiday falls on a weekend, the following work day may or may not be considered a public holiday depending on the state/territory and the holiday in question.

Here is a table from wikipedia for such arrangement

Name WA Tas Vic ACT NSW SA Qld NT
New Year Yes Sun^ Yes Sun^ Yes Sun^ Yes
Australia Day Yes Sun^ Yes
Good Friday Not applicable (always on a Friday)
Day before Easter No
Easter Monday Not applicable (always on a Monday)
Labour Day Not applicable (always on a Monday)
Anzac Day Yes No Yes Sun^
Queen’s Birthday Not applicable (always on a Monday)
Christmas Yes Sun^ Yes Sun^ Yes
Boxing Day / Proclamation Day Yes Sun^ Yes Sun^ Yes

^Will be replaced to Monday only if the holiday falls on Sunday


Australian state public holidays dates in 2012
Here is the list of Australian state public holidays dates for year 2012.

Queensland Public Holidays 2012
New Year’s Day: Sunday, 1 January 2012
Australia Day: Thursday, 26 January 2012
Good Friday: Friday, 6 April 2012
Easter Saturday: Saturday, 7 April 2012
Easter Monday: Monday, 9 April 2012
Anzac Day: Wednesday, 25 April 2012
Labour Day: Monday, 7 May 2012
Queen’s Birthday: Monday, 11 June 2012
Royal Queensland Show (# Brisbane Area Only): Wednesday, 15 August 2012
Christmas Day: Tuesday, 25 December 2012
Boxing Day: Wednesday, 26 December 2012

New South Wales Public Holidays 2012
New Year’s Day: Sunday, 1 January 2012
Australia Day: Thursday, 26 January 2012
Good Friday: Friday, 6 April 2012
Easter Saturday: Saturday, 7 April 2012
Easter Monday: Monday, 9 April 2012
Anzac Day: Wednesday, 25 April 2012
Queen’s Birthday: Monday, 11 June 2012
**Bank Holiday: Monday, 6 August 2012
Labour Day: Monday, 1 October 2012
Christmas Day: Tuesday, 25 December 2012
Boxing Day: Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Victoria Public Holidays 2012
New Year’s Day: Sunday, 1 January 2012
Australia Day: Thursday, 26 January 2012
Labour Day: Monday, 12 March 2012
Good Friday: Friday, 6 April 2012
Easter Monday: Monday, 9 April 2012
ANZAC Day: Wednesday, 25 April 2012
Queen’s Birthday: Monday, 11 June 2012
Melbourne Cup Day: Tuesday, 6 November 2012
Christmas Day: Tuesday, 25 December 2012
Boxing Day: Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Western Australia Public Holidays 2012
New Year’s Day: Sunday, 1 January 2012
Australia Day: Thursday, 26 January 2012
Labour Day: Monday, 5 March 2012
Good Friday: Friday, 6 April 2012
Easter Monday: Monday, 9 April 2012
Anzac Day: Wednesday, 25 April 2012
Foundation Day: Monday, 4 June 2012
Queen’s Birthday#: Monday, 1 October 2012
Christmas Day: Tuesday, 25 December 2012
Boxing Day: Wednesday, 26 December 2012

South Australian Public Holidays 2012
New Year’s Day: Sunday, 1 January 2012
Australia Day: Thursday, 26 January 2012
Adelaide Cup: Monday, 12 March 2012
Good Friday: Friday, 6 April 2012
The day after Good Friday: Saturday, 7 April 2012
Easter Monday: Monday, 9 April 2012
Anzac Day: Wednesday, 25 April 2012
Queen’s Birthday / Volunteer’s Day: Monday, 11 June 2012
Labour Day: Monday, 1 October 2012
Christmas Day: Tuesday, 25 December 2012
Proclamation Day: Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Northern Territory Public Holidays 2012
New Year’s Day: Sunday, 1 January 2012
Australia Day: Thursday, 26 January 2012
Good Friday: Friday, 6 April 2012
Easter Saturday: Saturday, 7 April 2012
Easter Monday: Monday, 9 April 2012
Anzac Day: Wednesday, 25 April 2012
May Day: Monday, 7 May 2012
Queen’s Birthday: Monday, 11 June 2012
Borroloola Show Day*: Friday, 29 June 2012
Alice Springs Show Day*: Friday, 6 July 2012
Tennant Creek Show Day*: Friday, 13 July 2012
Katherine Show Day*: Friday, 20 July 2012
Darwin Show Day*: Friday, 27 July 2012
Picnic Day: Monday, 6 August 2012
Christmas Day: Tuesday, 25 December 2012
Boxing Day: Wednesday, 26 December 2012
*Show days are non-statutory holidays and require approval and gazettal by the Minister.

Tasmania Public Holidays 2012
New Years Day: Sunday, 1 January 2012
Australia Day: Thursday, 26 January 2012
Royal Hobart Regatta (Except North Tas. Area): Monday, 13 February 2012
Eight Hours Day: Monday, 12 March 2012
Good Friday: Friday, 6 April 2012
Easter Monday: Monday, 9 April 2012
Easter Tuesday: Tuesday, 10 April 2012
ANZAC Day: Wednesday, 25 April 2012
Queen’s Birthday: Monday, 11 June 2012
Recreation Day (North Tas. area only): Monday, 5 November 2012
Christmas Day Holiday: Tuesday, 25 December 2012
Boxing Day Holiday: Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Australian Capital Territory Public Holidays 2012
New Years Day: Sunday, 1 January 2012
Australia Day: Thursday, 26 January 2012
Canberra Day: Monday, 12 March 2012
Good Friday: Friday, 6 April 2012
Holy Saturday: Saturday, 7 April 2012
Easter Monday: Monday, 9 April 2012
ANZAC Day: Wednesday, 25 April 2012
Queen’s Birthday: Monday, 11 June 2012
Labour Day: Monday, 1 October 2012
Family & Community Day: Monday, 8 October 2012
Christmas Day Holiday: Tuesday, 25 December 2012
Boxing Day: Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Happy Australian Holidays 2012 !