|New Year's Day||Friday 1 January||Sunday 1 January|
Monday 2 January
|Monday 1 January|
|Australia Day||Tuesday 26 January||Thursday 26 January||Friday 26 January|
|Labour Day||Monday 7 March||Monday 6 March||Monday 5 March|
|Good Friday||Friday 25 March||Friday 14 April||Friday 30 March|
|Easter Monday||Monday 28 March||Monday 17 April||Monday 2 April|
|ANZAC Day||Monday 25 April||Tuesday 25 April||Wednesday 25 April|
|Western Australia Day||Monday 6 June||Monday 5 June||Monday 4 June|
(in lieu of Queen's Birthday)
|Monday 1 August||Monday 7 August||Monday 6 August|
|Christmas Day||Sunday 25 December|
Monday 26 December
|Monday 25 December||Tuesday 25 December|
|Boxing Day||Monday 26 December|
Tuesday 28 December
|Tuesday 26 December||Wednesday 26 December|
- When New Year’s Day, Anzac Day, or Christmas Day falls on a Saturday or Sunday the next following Monday is also a public holiday.
- When Boxing Day falls on a Saturday the next following Monday is also a public holiday, and when Boxing Day falls on a Sunday or Monday the next following Tuesday is also a public holiday.
What do our public holidays commemorate?
Information on the origins and purpose of WA's public holidays.
Australia Day marks the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet and the establishment of the first European settlement in Australia, on 26 January 1788.
First Australia Day Celebrations - On January 26, 1788 Captain Arthur Phillip took formal possession of the colony of New South Wales and became its first Governor.
The fledging colony soon began to celebrate the anniversary of this date. Manning Clarke notes that in 1808 the "anniversary of the foundation of the colony" was observed in the traditional manner with "drinking and merriment".
The first official celebrations were held in 1818 to mark the 30th anniversary of white settlement. Governor Macquarie officiated at a thirty-gun salute during the day and a dinner ball at Government House that evening.
The Labour Day holiday commemorates the granting of the eight hour working day to Western Australian workers. It is held on the first Monday in March and today recognises the contribution of all working people to the prosperity of our State.
ANZAC Day is a day for remembrance and recognition of all Australians who have served our country in wartime. The original ANZAC's were the soldiers of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps who fought in Gallipoli in Turkey during the First World War. These troops landed in Gallipoli on 25 April 1915, and the ANZAC Day public holiday is held on 25 April each year.
Foundation Day is a uniquely Western Australian public holiday. It commemorates the day that the first European settlers arrived in Western Australia to found the Swan River Colony on 1 June 1829. Foundation Day is held on the first Monday in June each year.
The Queen's Birthday holiday is proclaimed by the Governor of Western Australia based on the dates of the Term 3 school holidays and the Perth Royal Show. This recognises the significance of the Perth Royal Show, which has been associated with the Queen's Birthday public holiday since 1981.
The other Australian States have the Queen's Birthday holiday in June. Queen Elizabeth's actual birthday is 21st April.
The Governor may proclaim dates as an alternative date to observe the Queen's Birthday public holiday. Within the City of Karratha, the Queen's Birthday will be regarded as an ordinary working day and the alternative date will be regarded as the Queen's Birthday public holiday for this year. Monday 6 August has been officially gazetted as the Queen's Birthday Public Holiday for 2018. Community Consultation will be undertaken to assess the future viability of alternate public holidays to commemorate the Queen’s Birthday.
The City of Karratha takes the Queen's Birthday on the Monday following the FeNaClNG Festival. The administration building and libraries will be closed for the public holiday. The after-hours call centre will be available on 9186 8555. 7 Mile Tip will be open as usual and rubbish collection won't be affected for those whose bins are collected on a Monday. Karratha Leisureplex will be open from 9am to 5pm; however no group fitness will be held.