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

Additional Public Holiday
in recognition that New Year's Day 2017 falls on a Sunday 

Sun 1 Jan**

New Year's day
1 January or, if that day falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the following Monday
Fri 1 Jan Mon 2 Jan Mon 1 JanTue 1 Jan
Australia Day
26 January or, if that day falls on a Saturday or a Sunday, the following Monday
Tue 26 Jan Thu 26 Jan Fri 26 JanMon 28 Jan
Good Friday
varies according to the lunar cycle
Fri 25 Mar Fri 14 Apr Fri 30 MarFri 19 Apr
Easter Saturday
the Saturday following Good Friday
Sat 26 Mar Sat 15 Apr Sat 31 MarSat 20 Apr
Easter Monday
the Monday following Good Friday
Mon 28 Mar Mon 17 Apr Mon 2 AprMon 22 Apr
Anzac Day
25 April or, if that day falls Sunday, the following Monday
Mon 25 Apr Tue 25 Apr Wed 25 AprThu 25 Apr
May Day
the first Monday in May
Mon 2 May Mon 1 May Mon 7 MayMon 6 May
Queen's Birthday
the second Monday in June
Mon 13 Jun Mon 12 Jun Mon 11 JunMon 10 Jun
Picnic Day
the first Monday in August
Mon 1 Aug Mon 7 Aug Mon 6 AugMon 5 Aug
Additional Public Holiday
in recognition that Christmas Day 2016 falls on a Sunday
Sun 25 Dec**

Christmas Day
25 December or, if that day falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the following Monday
Mon 26 Dec Mon 25 Dec Tue 25 DecWed 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.
Tue 27 Dec Tue 26 Dec Wed 26 DecThu 26 Dec

^ Leap year
* Substituted Day, in accordance with Public Holidays Act (NT)
** Additional Public Holiday, Gazetted 29 July 2016

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, the dates for 2018 and 2019 have not yet been gazetted.  The below table will be updated when the dates have been gazetted.




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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