Public Holidays in Australia consist of both National and Local public holidays, and therefore differ in each State / Territory.


As a general rule, employees are not required to work on public holidays, however in some cases working on a Public Holiday is necessary - eg. a Retail environment where the shops open on a public holiday, similarly in a hospitality environment where a hotel or restaurant is open on a public holiday.


If a public holiday falls on a day you would ordinarily work, and you are not required to work (and you are not a casual employee), you would generally be paid for the hours you would ordinarily work on that day.


Employees who are required to work on a public holiday get paid at least their base rate for all hours worked.


Awards, enterprise agreements and other registered agreements can provide entitlements for working public holidays including:

  • Extra pay (public holiday rates)
  • An extra day off or extra annual leave
  • Minimum shift lengths for working on a public holiday
  • Agreeing to substitute a public holiday for another day


Source and additional information: ​https://www.fairwork.gov.au/leave/public-holidays/working-on-public-holidays


Details on all Public Holidays for all States & Territories in Australia can be found on the Fair Work Australia website: https://www.fairwork.gov.au/leave/public-holidays/list-of-public-holidays

Public Holidays in Australia

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