WA Public Holidays

Public Holiday information for Western Australia (WA) and Perth residents and visitors.

WA Public Holidays 2023

Holiday TitleDateHoliday TypeArea
New Year’s Day*Sunday, 1 January 2023PublicWA Wide
New Year’s Day Additional DayMonday, 2 January 2023PublicWA Wide
Australia DayThursday, 26 January 2023PublicWA Wide
Labour DayMonday, 6 March 2023PublicWA Wide
Good FridayFriday, 7 April 2023PublicWA Wide
Easter MondayMonday, 10 April 2023PublicWA Wide
ANZAC DayTuesday, 25 April 2023PublicWA Wide
Western Australia DayMonday, 5 June 2023PublicWA Wide
King’s Birthday**Monday, 7 August 2023PublicPort Hedland only
King’s Birthday**Monday, 7 August 2023PublicKarratha only
King’s BirthdayMonday, 25 September 2023PublicWA Most Areas
Christmas DayMonday, 25 December 2023PublicWA Wide
Boxing DayTuesday, 26 December 2023PublicWA Wide


*In 2023 New Year’s Day falls on Sunday, 1st January. As a result there is an additional public holiday on Monday, 2nd of January.

** Port Hedland and Karratha observe a different date for the King’s Birthday public holiday. They do not observe the 25 September holiday.

The Queen’s Birthday public holiday has been replaced by the King’s Birthday public holiday. Some areas of Western Australia observe the King’s Birthday holiday on a different date.

WA Specific Public Holidays

There are a total of seven national public holidays that are observed throughout Australia. In addition, each state has their own public holiday dates that are set by the local government.

Some states also have regional holidays. These regional public holidays are observed within individual regions of the state and are often to observe local shows or events. In Western Australia, there are some regions that observe the King’s Birthday holiday on a different date. This is usually due to the original date for the King’s Birthday clashing with another significant date or event.

The national public holidays that are observed by all states of Australia are:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Australia Day
  • Anzac Day
  • Good Friday
  • Easter Monday
  • Christmas Day
  • Boxing Day

The public holidays that are exclusive to Western Australia are:

  • Labour Day
  • Western Australia Day
  • King’s Birthday

What is Western Australia Day?

Western Australia Day or WA Day is observed on the first Monday in June each year.

Originally named Foundation Day, it was formally changed to WA Day in April 2012.

WA Day is intended to be a more inclusive public holiday, celebrating all Western Australians by recognising Western Australia’s Aboriginal history in addition to the early European settlers and everyone else who has made Western Australia their home.