February 17, 2022   |   Compliance

Easter Sunday is now a Public Holiday in WA – How does this impact your business?

Easter Sunday will now be recognised as a public holiday in WA (Western Australia) from 2022.

This change is part of the Industrial Relations Legislation Amendment Act 2021. 

“Making Easter Sunday a public holiday recognises the cultural and religious significance of this day to many Western Australians.” – Hon Stephen Dawson MLC 

The Public and Bank Holiday ACT 1972 has been amended to include Easter Sunday as a public holiday. Easter Sunday as a public holiday in Western Australia aligns with other states within Australia. Easter Sunday this year is on 17 April 2022.  

The national industrial relations system, the Fair Work Act 2009 and national modern awards automatically recognise the new Easter Sunday public holiday.  

What this change means 

  • Employees required to work on Easter Sunday are entitled to receive any public holiday penalty rates. 
  • Full-time and part-time employees not required to work on Easter Sunday, as it’s a public holiday, will be entitled to their usual pay for this day.  
  • Easter Sunday public holiday will be observed on Easter Sunday, not an alternative day. 
  • Provisions that would substitute the Easter Sunday public holiday for another day for some other reason – because it falls on an employee’s rostered day off, will continue to operate as set out in the WA award, industrial agreement, or another state industrial instrument. 

Additional information can be referenced on the Wageline Fact Sheet. 

Public holiday dates 

The dates for the Easter Sunday public holiday in 2022 through to 2024, and all Western Australian public holidays, are available at www.dmirs.wa.gov.au/publicholidays. 


The information provided in this article is general information, not legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. Definitiv does not accept liability for any loss or damage arising from reliance on the content of this article.