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'Tis the Season

Christmas is fast approaching, and with it comes the obligatory public holidays for all businesses to navigate.


Below is an outline, state by state, of the days that are considered a public holiday and may need penalty rates to be paid.


I will try to summarise as follows: In general, any employee who would normally work on a particular day, but are not required to attend work as it is a public holiday, they must receive payment of their ordinary hours.

Any employee who is required to work on a day that is deemed a public holiday as listed above, may be entitled to additional rates based on the Modern Award, Enterprise Agreement or Individual Flexibility Agreement applicable to your business.

Those employees who were never required to work on the day that is a public holiday are not entitled to any payment; for example staff that usually work Monday to Friday, they are not entitled to the Sunday Christmas public holiday.


Western Australia, Victoria, NSW & ACT:

Sunday 25 December 2022 (**)

Monday 26 December 2022

Tuesday 27 December 2022

Sunday 1 January 2023 (**)

Monday 2 January 2023


Queensland:

Saturday 24 December 2022 from 6pm to midnight

Sunday 25 December 2022 (**)

Monday 26 December 2022

Tuesday 27 December 2022

Sunday 1 January 2023 (**)

Monday 2 January 2023


Northern Territory & South Australia:

Saturday 24 December 2022 from 7pm to midnight

Sunday 25 December 2022 (**)

Monday 26 December 2022

Tuesday 27 December 2022

Saturday 31 December 2022 from 7pm to midnight

Sunday 1 January 2023 (**)

Monday 2 January 2023


Tasmania:

Sunday 25 December 2022

Monday 26 December 2022

Tuesday 27 December 2022

Monday 2 January 2023


** When New Year’s Day, Anzac Day, or Christmas Day falls on a Saturday or Sunday the next following Monday is also a public holiday. Additionally, when Boxing Day falls on a Saturday the next following Monday is also a public holiday, and when Boxing Day falls on a Sunday or Monday the next following Tuesday is also a public holiday.



More information

If you need further information around public holidays and penalty rates, or any other help during the 'silly season'; please reach out to our staff on 08 6296 5410.

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