2024 South Australian public and school holiday dates

Did you know the first public holiday recorded in South Australia was on Christmas Day in 1827 and was celebrated by Captain Gould of the Dryad and his crew at Boston Bay in Port Lincoln?

Since then, several other public holidays have been added to the calendar including Anzac Day, King's Birthday and Good Friday.

South Australia's public and bank holidays are prescribed by the Public Holidays Act 2023. This Act commenced on 1 January 2024 and replaces the Holidays Act 1910.

One notable change made to the legislation and finalised in Parliament on 30 November 2023 was to ensure that Christmas Day is treated as a public holiday every year, regardless of whether if falls on a Saturday or Sunday.

This brings South Australia in line with every other Australian State and Territory.

Previously if Christmas Day fell on a Saturday or Sunday, the public holiday moved to the following Monday, meaning workers did not receive public holiday rates when rostered to work on Christmas Day.

The 2024 South Australian public and school holiday dates are:


Public holiday

Monday 1 January 2024

New Year's Day

Friday 26 JanuaryAustralia Day

Monday 11 March 2024

Adelaide Cup Day

Friday 29 March 2024

Good Friday

Saturday 30 March 2024

Easter Saturday

Sunday 31 March 2024

Easter Sunday

Monday 1 April 2024

Easter Monday

Thursday 25 April 2024

Anzac Day

Monday 10 June 2024

King’s Birthday

Monday 7 October 2024

Labour Day

Tuesday 24 December 2024

Christmas Eve (7pm to midnight)

Wednesday 25 December 2024

Christmas Day

Thursday 26 December 2024

Proclamation Day

Tuesday 31 December 2024

New Year’s Eve (7pm to midnight)

School holiday dates



Term 1 holidays

Saturday 13 April – Sunday 28 April

Term 2 holidays

Saturday 6 July – Sunday 21 July

Term 3 holidays

Saturday 28 September – Sunday 13 October

Term 4 holidays

Saturday 14 December – Monday 27 January

If you're thinking about getting away soon, then why not head to one of South Australia's picturesque regional areas. Check out the South Australian Tourism Commission website for inspiration.

For more information about South Australia's public holidays, shop trading hours and industrial relations, visit SafeWork SA.

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