Public Holidays and Long Service Leave

The Employee Relations division of the OCPE provides an advisory function in response to approaches from private sector employers and employees to ensure compliance with the provisions of the Public Holidays and Long Service Leave Act.

Public Holidays

NT Statutory Public Holidays | Regional Holidays
NT Public Holidays Act | Regulations
NT School Term Dates | Other State Public Holidays | Regions and Schedules

NT Statutory Public Holidays

New Year's day
1 January or, if that day falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the following Monday
Thu 1 JanFri 1 JanMon 2 Jan
Australia Day
26 January or, if that day falls on a Saturday or a Sunday, the following Monday
Mon 26 JanTue 26 JanThu 26 Jan
Good Friday
varies according to the lunar cycle
Fri 3 AprFri 25 MarFri 14 Apr
Easter Saturday
the Saturday following Good Friday
Sat 4 AprSat 26 MarSat 15 Apr
Easter Monday
the Monday following Good Friday
Mon 6 AprMon 28 MarMon 17 Apr
Anzac Day
25 April or, if that day falls Sunday, the following Monday
Sat 25 AprMon 25 AprTue 25 Apr
May Day
the first Monday in May
Mon 4 MayMon 2 MayMon 1 May
Queen's Birthday
the second Monday in June
Mon 8 JunMon 13 JunMon 12 Jun
Picnic Day
the first Monday in August
Mon 3 AugMon 1 AugMon 7 Aug
Christmas Day
25 December or, if that day falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the following Monday
Fri 25 DecMon 26 DecMon 25 Dec
Boxing Day
26 December or, if that day falls on a Saturday, the following Monday or, if 26 December falls on a Sunday or Monday, the following Tuesday.
Mon 28 DecTue 27 DecTue 26 Dec

^ Leap year

Regional Holidays

Show days* are non-statutory holidays and require approval and gazettal by the Minister. The show days for the years 2015 to 2017 were gazetted on 21 August 2013.




Alice Springs Show Day*

Fri 3 July Fri 1 July Fri 7 July

Tennant Creek Show Day*

Fri 10 July Fri 8 July Fri 14 July

Katherine Show Day*

Fri 17 July Fri 15 July Fri 21 July

Darwin  Show Day*

Fri 24 July Fri 22 July Fri 28 July

Borroloola Show Day*

Fri 26 June Fri 24 June Fri 30 June

* Regional observance only
^ Leap Year

Regions and Schedules

For information on which region is affected by the schedules published in the government gazette, please refer to the map and schedules below:

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Appointment of additional public holidays (2015 - 2017)

Schedule 1

Schedule 2

Schedule 3

Schedule 4


Long Service Leave

The long service leave entitlements for private sector employees in the Northern Territory are subject to the Long Service Act, unless there is an industrial instrument that provides for long service leave. 

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