Trading Days and Public Holidays

Business Victoria is a valuable resource for micro and small businesses. The link below takes you directly to their Trading Days and Public Holidays page, the details of which are outlined below.

While browsing their site, you'll find many helpful tools including opportunities to attend a range of Events, Workshops and Seminars.

Source:  Business Victoria

A listing of public holidays in Victoria for 2018-2019

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Holiday 2018 2019
New Year's Day Mon 1 Jan Tues 1 Jan
Australia Day Fri 26 Jan Mon 28 Jan (26 Jan is a Saturday, hence Monday is the public holiday)
Labour Day Mon 12 Mar Mon 11 Mar
Good Friday* Fri 30 Mar Fri 19 Apr
Saturday before Easter Sunday Sat 31 Mar Sat 20 Apr
Easter Sunday Sun 1 Apr Sun 21 Apr
Easter Monday Mon 2 Apr Mon 22 Apr
ANZAC Day* Wed 25 Apr Thurs 25 Apr
Queen's Birthday Mon 11 Jun Mon 10 Jun
Friday before the AFL Grand Final Fri 28 Sep Subject to AFL Schedule
Melbourne Cup Tue 6 Nov Tues 5 Nov
Christmas Day Tues 25 Dec Wed 25 Dec
Boxing Day Wed 26 Dec Thurs 26 Dec

*Restricted trading days

Note: All public holiday dates are accurate at the time of publishing, but may be subject to change.

Restricted trading days

Victorian law specifies that there are two and a half restricted trading days each year:

  • Good Friday
  • Christmas Day
  • Between 12.01 am and 1pm on ANZAC Day.

On these particular days, only exempt shops are permitted to open.

What are exempt shops?

Exempt shops are businesses that meet the following criteria:

  • they have 20 or fewer persons employed in the shop at any time during a restricted trading day
  • the number of persons employed by the business and its related entities is no more than 100 at any time during the seven days immediately before the restricted trading day

Exemptions to restricted trading days

Certain types of business are exempt from any restricted trading days. They can open whenever they wish throughout the year. The types of business that are exempt are:

  • chemists
  • petrol shops
  • restaurants
  • cafes
  • takeaway outlets
  • service providers
  • hire outlets (including video stores)