Editor’s note 14 July 2020: Some important dates for 2020 impacted by COVID-19 have been updated in this article, such as show days and sporting events.
If one of your new year’s resolutions was to be more organised, this list of important dates for 2020 in Australia will help get you started! All you need to do is open up your smartphone’s calendar, put in the dates and then wait for the notification to remind you when something is happening you need to know about.
Add in further dates like birthdays, anniversaries, recurring medical appointments specific to you and anything else you’d like to keep on top of. So you can keep organised, you may also like to add reminders of up-and-coming events or appointments a few days or weeks in advance.
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12 Months of Important Dates for 2020 in Australia
Wednesday, 1 January 2020: New Year’s Day
Saturday, 25 January 2020: Chinese New Year
Sunday, 26 January 2020: Australia Day
Monday, 27 January 2020: Australia Day Public Holiday
Friday, 14 February 2020: Valentine’s Day
Monday, 2 March 2020: Labour Day (Western Australia)
Monday, 9 March 2020: Labour Day/May Day (Victoria)
Monday, 9 March 2020: Canberra Day (ACT)
Monday, 9 March 2020: Eight Hour Day (Tasmania)
Monday, 9 March 2020: Adelaide Cup (Victoria)
Tuesday, 17 March 2020: St. Patrick’s Day
Saturday, 21 March 2020: Harmony Day
Friday, 1 April 2020: April Fool’s Day
Friday, 10 April 2020: Good Friday
Friday, 10 April to Monday 13 April 2020: Songkran (Thai New Year)
Saturday, 11 April 2020: Holy Saturday (Most Regions)
Sunday, 12 April 2020: Easter Sunday
Monday, 13 April 2020: Easter Monday
Thursday, 23 April 2020: Ramadan Begins (Dates May Vary)
Saturday, 25 April 2020: ANZAC Day
Monday, 4 May 2020: Labor Day (Northern Territory)
Tuesday, 5 May 2020: Cinco de Mayo
Sunday, 10 May 2020: Mother’s Day
Saturday, 24 May 2020: Ramadan Ends (Dates May Vary)
Monday, 1 June 2020: Western Australia Day (Western Australia)
Monday, 1 June 2020: Reconciliation Day (Western Australia)
Monday, 8 June 2020: Queen’s Birthday (All, Excluding WA & QLD)
Friday, 24 July 2020: Darwin Show Day (Darwin Only) Cancelled due to COVID-19.
Monday, 3 August 2020: Picnic Day (Northern Territory)
Wednesday, 12 August 2020: Brisbane Ekka Show Day (Brisbane Only) Cancelled due to COVID-19.
Sunday, 6 September 2020: Father’s Day
Friday, 25 September 2020: AFL Grand Final Friday (Victoria) Holiday not cancelled, even if the match unfortunately is.
Monday, 28 September 2020: Queen’s Birthday Western Australia
Monday, 5 October 2020: Queen’s Birthday (Queensland)
Monday, 5 October 2020: Labour Day (ACT, NSW, SA)
Saturday, 31 October 2020: Halloween
Monday, 2 November 2020: Recreation Day (Tasmania)
Tuesday, 3 November 2020: Melbourne Cup (Victoria) TBA Depending on COVID-19 Restrictions
Wednesday, 4 November 2020: State of Origin Game 1 New Date (Venue TBA)
Wednesday, 11 November 2020: Remembrance Day
Wednesday, 11 November 2020: State of Origin Game 2 New Date (Venue TBA)
Saturday, 14 November 2020: Diwali/Deepavali
Wednesday, 18 November 2020: State of Origin Game 3 New Date (Venue TBA)
Thursday, 24 December 2020: Christmas Eve
Friday, 25 December 2020: Christmas Day
Saturday, 26 December 2020: Boxing Day
Monday, 28 December 2020: Boxing Day Holiday
Thursday, 31 December 2020: New Year’s Eve
Other Important Dates to Mark in Your 2020 Calendar
Monthly Smoke Alarm Test
On each smoke alarm, there will be a little button used to test your smoke detector. A beep indicates your batteries are still good, while no sound means your batteries are empty and need replacing ASAP.
Once you’ve replaced a battery, always test again. If you do not hear a noise again and they are new batteries, you will need a new smoke alarm.
Twice-Yearly Teeth Clean & Other Medical Checkups
Along with your normal brushing and flossing routine, your teeth need a professional checkup, scale and clean at least once every 6 months. As well as keeping your chompers in good condition, regular visits to your dentist will help you sort out any little problems before they get bigger.
Fire & Storm Season Preparation
While the weather is lovely, it can be hard to want to even think about the possible devastation storms and bushfires can bring. However, being prepared for them will save you at least some peace of mind in knowing you’ve done all you can, if the worst were to happen later on.
Annual Professional Carpet Clean
You could have every carpet cleaning tip under your belt, but none of it will matter if you’re not regularly having your carpet professionally cleaned. Booking in a steam clean of your carpet will remove deep-embedded dirt, grime and bacteria that loves to wiggle down deep into the fibres.
Clean carpets help extend the life of your floor covering, as well as help keep your home healthy for you and your family, so you can see why it’s an important date to mark in your 2020 calendar.
Twice-Yearly Car Servicing
Putting off your scheduled car service can end up costing you more in the long run. During a service, your mechanic will do all the essentials like topping up your fluids and replacing fuel filters, as well as ensuring there aren’t any lurking problems you may not be aware of.
If you’ve been putting off your twice-yearly or 30,000km (whichever comes first) service, put it in your calendar now and call your local mechanic!
You can find a mechanic near you on localsearch.com.au!