After consulting with state and territory leaders today, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese announced Australia will be given a one-off public holiday so people can pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away earlier this week.

The one-off national holiday will happen on Thursday September 22 and will be called the National Memorial Service Day.

“It will be a one-off national public holiday. That’s to allow people to pay their respects for the passing of Queen Elizabeth. I spoke to all premiers and chief ministers yesterday and I’m writing to them formally this morning, they will have received their letters by now. They have all agreed that it’s appropriate that it be a one-off national public holiday,” Albanese said on ABC’s Insiders.

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For those living in Victoria that means a four-day long weekend because the 2022 AFL Grand Final is taking place on Saturday September 24. That means the Friday before the AFL Grand Final public holiday is on Friday the 23rd.

Yesterday, King Charles II was formally proclaimed king in a ceremony at St James’s Palace in London. The Queen’s funeral will take place at Westminster Abbey on Monday September 19. The British government has designated that day a public holiday for the UK.