Public Holidays in 2020
Wednesday 1 January – New Year’s Day
Monday 27 January – Australia Day (substitute day for Australia Day)
Monday 9 March – Labour Day
Friday 10 April – Good Friday
Saturday 11 April – Saturday before Easter Sunday
Sunday 12 April – Easter Sunday
Monday 13 April – Easter Monday
Saturday 25 April – Anzac Day
Monday 8 June – Queen’s Birthday
TBC – Friday before AFL Grand Final (subject to AFL schedule)
Tuesday 3 November – Melbourne Cup
Friday 25 December – Christmas Day
Saturday 26 December – Boxing Day
Monday 28 December – Additional public holiday for Boxing Day
This is Australia’s official national day. On this day in 1788, Governor Arthur Phillip raised the flag of Great Britain at Sydney Cove, after reaching the shores of Australia in First Fleet of British Ships at Port Jackson in NSW. The first Fleet arrived between 18 and 20 January 1788, to establish a penal colony at Botany Bay. Having realised, Botany Bay not suitable for settling, on 21st January Phillip accompanied by a few officers travelled to Port Jackson, 12 kilometres to the north and stayed there until 23 January. They named it Sydney Cove and returned to Botany Bay on 23rd evening. On 25th they returned to Sydney Cove. On 26th January 1788, Phillip along with a few dozen marines, officers and oarsmen, took possession of the land in the name of King George III. Australia Day is celebrated to mark that occasion.
Labour day is celebrated in Victoria in commemoration of the success of historic eight-hour movement. On April 21, 1856, a group of stonemasons – led by James Stephens– walked off the job at Melbourne University. After negotiations it was agreed that stonemasons would work eight hours for the same wage as they previously paid for 10 hours. The success was celebrated with a march from Carlton Gardens to Cremorne Gardens followed by speeches and festivities on 12th March 1856. This 8-hour procession march was held annually for the next 95 years, until it was replaced with Moomba Festival. It became a paid holiday in 1879 and in 1934, renamed as Labour Day.
Anzac Day marks the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) in the Gallipoli during the First World War (1914–1918). Today, 25th April broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders “who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations.
The British Monarch’s birthday has been celebrated in Australian Colonies since its beginnings in 1788. Until 1936, it was celebrated on the actual birthday of the monarch, but after the death of King George V, it was decided to celebrate on the second Monday in June to evenly space out public holidays in the year.
AFL Grand Final
This is the latest kid in Victoria’s public holiday list, being made a public holiday since 2016. AFL Grand Final traditionally held on final Saturday in September is an annual Australian Rules Football match held at MCG.
Boxing Day has its origins in UK. The first weekday after Christmas day, observed as a holiday on which postmen, errand boys, and servants of various kinds expect to receive a Christmas box. So the name Boxing Day. In Melbourne Boxing Day means, Cricket Test Match at MCG.
School term dates for 2020
Term 1 – 28 January to 27th March
Students start 29 January in government schools
Term 2 – 14th April to 26th June
Term 3 – 13th July to 18th September
Term 4– 5th October to 18th December
School Holidays for 2020
28th March 2020 to 13th April 2020
27th June 2020 to 12th July 2020
19th December 2020 to 26th January 2021