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Public holidays

State legislation in regard to public holidays, child employment, trading hours, private employment agents and long service leave continues to apply to all businesses and employees in Queensland.

In Queensland the Holidays Act 1983 provides for the appointment of public holidays, show holidays and special holidays.

2014 Group of Twenty (G20) Leaders' Summit

A public holiday has been appointed on Friday 14 November 2014 in the Brisbane City Council local government area for the purpose of the Group of Twenty (G20) Leaders’ Summit.

The public holiday will apply to people who work in the Brisbane City Council local government area; and it will occur in 2014 only.

Although Friday 14 November 2014 is a public holiday in the Brisbane City Council local government area, shop trading hours on that day are not changed.  The trading hours that are normally allowed on a Friday will apply.

Employee entitlements to wages and penalty rates on a public holiday are set by the applicable industrial award or enterprise bargaining agreement. Private sector employers and employees can contact the Fair Work Ombudsman on 13 13 94 for advice on their award or agreement.

Changes from 2012

Changes were made to arrangements for the Queen’s Birthday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day public holidays.

Changes from 2013

Changes were made to arrangements for the Queen’s Birthday and Labour Day public holidays.

Public holidays

Public holidays to be observed in Queensland in 2012-2016.

Show holidays

Show holidays are appointed in districts throughout Queensland in relation to annual agricultural, horticultural or industrial shows. Under Section 4(4) of the Holidays Act 1983 show holidays are also public holidays.

Special holidays

Special holidays are appointed for special events or commemorative days in certain districts throughout Queensland. Under Section 4(4) of the Holidays Act 1983 special holidays are bank holidays. These are not public holidays.

Gazettal Notices

School holidays

Term dates and school holidays are approved and appointed by the Minister for Education Queensland. For further information go to the Department of Education, Training and Employment.

Last reviewed
24 March 2014
Last updated
24 June 2014

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