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School holidays and public holidays

School holiday program at Fremantle Arts Centre. Photo Fremantle Arts Centre Click on thumbnail to view image gallery

The peak Australian school holiday period is mid December through to the end of January each year with periods of two weeks between terms throughout the year.

School holiday periods in other Australian states may differ from Western Australia’s school holiday calendar. For school holiday and term information visit the Department of Education website.

Public holidays

Public holidays mostly commemorate landmark Australian historic events or religious celebrations with an average of ten public holidays per year.

  • New Year’s Day
  • Australia Day
  • Labour Day
  • Good Friday
  • Easter Monday
  • ANZAC Day
  • Western Australia Day
  • Queen’s Birthday
  • Christmas Day         
  • Boxing Day  

If a State holiday falls on a weekend the extra day holiday is taken the first working day following week.

Please note that some public holidays in Western Australia may differ from other Australian states.

For information on future dates for Western Australia’s public holidays visit the Department of Commerce website


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