How to turn 20 days of leave into 58 days of holidays in the ACT

Living in the ACT? This is how you can get the most days off in 2020.


Those of you in the Australian Capital Territory are some of the luckiest when it comes to public holidays, with a whopping 12 days off in addition to the standard 20 days of annual leave you’ll get from your job.

We’ve done the hard work for you and figured out when you should take your annual leave in line with various public holidays and long weekends in order to get 58 days of holidays throughout the year.

Update: As at 6 December 2019, ACT is celebrating ANZAC Day as a public holiday on 27 April 2020.

When to plan your holidays:

Book in annual leave for the days in italics. The other days are either weekends or public holidays.


Wednesday 1 January (Public holiday: New Year’s Day)

Thursday 2 January

Friday 3 January

Saturday 4 January

Sunday 5 January

Saturday 25 January

Sunday 26 January

Monday 27 January (Public holiday: Australia Day)

Tuesday 28 January

Wednesday 29 January

Thursday 30 January

Friday 31 January

Saturday 1 February

Sunday 2 February


Saturday 7 March

Sunday 8 March

Monday 9 March (Public holiday: Canberra Day)

  • Holiday length: 3 days
  • Annual leave used: 0 days
  • Holiday suggestion: Fly or drive to Melbourne for some coffee and art


Saturday 4 April

Sunday 5 April

Monday 6 April

Tuesday 7 April

Wednesday 8 April

Thursday 9 April

Friday 10 April (Public holiday: Good Friday)

Saturday 11 April

Sunday 12 April

Monday 13 April (Public holiday: Easter Monday)

Tuesday 14 April

Wednesday 15 April

Thursday 16 April

Saturday 25 April

Sunday 26 April

Monday 27 April (Public holiday: ANZAC Day)

  • Holiday length: 3 days
  • Annual leave used: 0 days
  • Holiday suggestion: Canberra staycation to experience the ANZAC Day celebrations


Saturday 30 May

Sunday 31 May

Monday 1 June (Public holiday: Reconciliation Day)

Saturday 6 June

Sunday 7 June

Monday 8 June (Public holiday: Queens Birthday)


Saturday 3 October

Sunday 4 October

Monday 5 October (Public holiday: Labour Day)

  • Holiday length: 3 days
  • Annual leave used: 0 days
  • Holiday recommendation: Catch the end of snow season at Thredbo, Perisher, Mount Selwyn or Charlotte Pass


Saturday 19 December

Sunday 20 December

Monday 21 December

Tuesday 22 December

Wednesday 23 December

Thursday 24 December

Friday 25 December (Public holiday: Christmas Day)

Saturday 26 December

Sunday 27 December

Monday 28 December (Public holiday: Boxing Day)

Tuesday 29 December

Wednesday 30 December

Thursday 31 December


  • Total holiday days: 58 days
  • Annual leave used: 20 days

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