Public Holidays in Canberra, ACT

Name Date
New Year 1-Jan
Australia Day 26-Jan
Good Friday variable date
Easter Saturday variable date
Easter Sunday variable date
Easter Monday variable date
Anzac Day 25-Apr
Queen’s Birthday 2nd Monday in June
Labour Day 1st Monday in October
Family & Community Day 1st Tuesday in November
Christmas Day 25-Dec
Boxing Day 26-Dec
Canberra Day 2nd Monday in March
Total Holidays 12

Canberra Day is a public holiday held annually on the second Monday in March in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) to celebrate the official naming of Canberra.

Canberra was named at a ceremony on March 12, 1913 by Lady Denman, the wife of the then Governor-GeneralLord Denman. On 3 March 2007, ACT Minister Andrew Barr introduced a bill to change the day of Canberra Day to the second Monday in March so it falls closer more often to the actual birthday of Canberra. Previously it had been held on the third Monday in March.