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Norfolk Island
Public Holidays

Public Holidays 2017

This page contains a calendar of all 2017 public holidays for Norfolk Island. Please scroll down to view.

Norfolk Island is an island located off the eastern coast of Australia and is considered one of Australia’s outer territories. Norfolk Island is very small and is a very important breeding ground for some of the rarest sea birds on the planet. Having a population of only 1,800 people, Norfolk Island is considered one of the smallest territories of Australia.

Norfolk Island is governed by Australia and national holidays celebrated on the island coincide with those in the territory of New South Wales. The laws regulating public holidays on Norfolk Island include the New South Wales Public Service Act of 1979 and the New South Wales Public Sector Management Regulations Act of 2000. Norfolk Island publishes the official dates for the following year every September or October in the Norfolk Island Government Gazette.

Norfolk Island currently celebrates 12 national holidays. Four of these holidays are specific to Norfolk Island and are not celebrated in New South Wales. Norfolk Island is the only place outside of North America to have an official national holiday that is called Thanksgiving.

Employers are required to provide their employees with a paid day off for all national holidays. If the type of position the employee holds will not allow them to take a day off, the employee must receive premium pay for their work that day, usually twice their normal salary, or may be offered a different day off with pay in lieu of the holiday.

Cultural Holidays

Norfolk Island has a very distinct culture and vivid history. Founded by the mutineers of the HMS Bounty, most of the people that live on the island are descendants of the mutineers and are very proud of their heritage. Many of the mutineers married into Polynesian families, so the culture is very rich and unique.

Because of their rich heritage, the population on Norfolk Island has many holidays and celebrations that are specific to that island and culture. The government of Australia acknowledges these holidays and events, but does not recognise them as legal holidays. Employers are not required to provide days off for attendance to these events.

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunNew Years Day
2 JanMonNew Years Day Holiday
26 JanThuAustralia Day
6 MarMonFoundation Day
14 AprFriGood Friday
17 AprMonEaster Monday
25 AprTueAnzac Day
8 JunThuAnniversary (Bounty) Day
12 JunMonQueen's Birthday
9 OctMonNorfolk Island Agricultural Show Day
29 NovWedThanksgiving Day
25 DecMonChristmas Day
26 DecTueBoxing Day