Last updated: 2015-07-09

Australian National Holidays

1 January                            New Year’s Day
26 January                          Australia Day
25 April                               ANZAC Day
26 May                                National Sorry Day
2nd Monday in June          The Queen’s Birthday (all States except WA. WA holiday is determined by the Governor of WA)
25 December                    Christmas Day
26 December                    Boxing Day (Proclamation Day in SA)

Other Holidays:
Easter (Good Friday & Easter Monday)

Australia Day (26 January)
Australia Day is Australia's national day celebrated on 26 January annually in all states and territories. 26 January was chosen because it is the day of the establishment of the first English settlement at Port Jackson by Captain Arthur Phillip in 1788.
Since 1960, the winner of the Australian of the Year award is announced by the Prime Minister on the eve of Australia Day (25 Jan).
Recorded celebrations date back to 1808 in Australia, and in 1818, Governor Lachlan Macquarie held the first official celebration of Australia Day. It was made a public holiday in New South Wales in 1836, and Victoria adopted the day as a public holiday in 1931. It commenced to be celebrated by all states and territories in 1946, but began to be actually celebrated on 26 January from 1994. (Wikipedia) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_holidays_in_Australia

National Sorry Day
The first National Sorry Day was held on 26 May 1998 – one year after the tabling of the report Bringing them Home, May 1997.

For more information see
http://www.australia.gov.au/about-australia/australian-story/sorry-day-stolen-generations