In Australia the Labour Day public holiday is fixed by the various state and territory governments, and so varies considerably. It is the first Monday in October in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales and South Australia. In both Victoria and Tasmania, it is the second Monday in March (though the latter calls it Eight Hours Day). In Western Australia, Labour Day is the first Monday in March. In Queensland and the Northern Territory it is the first Monday in May.
8 Hours Work | 8 Hours Rest | 8 Hours Play
Upcoming Labour Day Dates!
- Melbourne / Vic. - Monday, 13th March 2023
- Hobart / Tas. - Monday, 13th March 2023 (Eight Hours Day)
- Darwin / N.T. - Monday, 8th May 2023 (May Day)
- Brisbane / Qld. - Monday, 8th May 2023
- Sydney / N.S.W.- Monday, 3rd October 2022
- Adelaide / S.A. - Monday, 3rd October 2022
- Canberra / A.C.T. - Monday, 3rd October 2022
- Perth / W.A. - Monday, 6th March 2023
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What is Labour Day?
The celebration of Labour Day has its origins in the eight hour day movement, which advocated eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest.
Labour Day is an annual holiday celebrated in Australia resulting from efforts of the labour union movement, to celebrate the economic and social achievements of workers. Around Australia the different states celebrate the day across a number of significant public holiday dates. The majority of other countries celebrate Labour Day on May 1.