New South Wales Bank Holiday

New South Wales Bank Holiday is a day that is observed annually on the first Monday of August. As the name suggests, it’s a day that primarily affects bank employees because banks and other financial institutions are closed on this day. However, it’s not a declared public holiday, so most people will not have the day off, and businesses other than financial institutions and banks operate according to normal hours.

Regardless, those who do have the day off often celebrate this holiday in their own unique way. They may take the extra-long weekend to take a trip, spend time with family, or engage in some type of hobby they don’t normally have much time for.

The History of New South Wales Bank Holiday

To understand the history of this holiday, one must travel back to the commercial practices in the UK, where the counting-house staff was compensated for the extra work involved in settling June 30th balances by being granted a day off on the first Monday in August.

Eventually, this practice was enacted in the UK Bank Holiday Act of 1871. This document detailed four bank holidays in England, Wales, and Ireland, including the first Monday in August, which is the holiday now observed in New South Wales (NSW), Australia.

It was officially enacted into law in NSW in 1875 through the Bank Holidays Act passed that year. It was originally observed on the first day of August, but in 1912, it was updated so that it would be observed on the Monday following the first day of August if the 1st was not a Monday.

Observing New South Wales Bank Holiday

This holiday is a day off for employees who work at banks and other financial institutions. Unfortunately, it’s not a day off for the general public, so for most people in NSW, it’s business as usual. Those who do have the day off typically use their three-day weekend to take a trip, catch up on some sleep, or do something that they have always wanted to do.

Where is it celebrated?
Australia (State holiday) - New south wales
When is it?
This year (2024)
August 5 Monday
Next year (2025)
August 4 Monday
Last year (2023)
August 7 Monday