Public Holiday information for Western Australia (WA) and Perth residents and visitors.
WA Public Holidays 2023
|Holiday Title||Date||Holiday Type||Area|
|New Year’s Day*||Sunday, 1 January 2023||Public||WA Wide|
|New Year’s Day Additional Day||Monday, 2 January 2023||Public||WA Wide|
|Australia Day||Thursday, 26 January 2023||Public||WA Wide|
|Labour Day||Monday, 6 March 2023||Public||WA Wide|
|Good Friday||Friday, 7 April 2023||Public||WA Wide|
|Easter Monday||Monday, 10 April 2023||Public||WA Wide|
|ANZAC Day||Tuesday, 25 April 2023||Public||WA Wide|
|Western Australia Day||Monday, 5 June 2023||Public||WA Wide|
|King’s Birthday**||Monday, 7 August 2023||Public||Port Hedland only|
|King’s Birthday**||Monday, 7 August 2023||Public||Karratha only|
|King’s Birthday||Monday, 25 September 2023||Public||WA Most Areas|
|Christmas Day||Monday, 25 December 2023||Public||WA Wide|
|Boxing Day||Tuesday, 26 December 2023||Public||WA 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The Queen’s Birthday public holiday has been replaced by the King’s Birthday public holiday.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.