Upcoming Public Holidays

Public Holidays Canberra 2017

A reminder from our Workplace Relations Team

Within the next month, the following five public holidays will occur:

  • Good Friday: 14 April 2017;
  • Easter Saturday: 15 April 2017;
  • Easter Sunday: 16 April 2017;
  • Easter Monday: 17 April 2017; and
  • Anzac Day: 25 April 2017.

Employees (except casual employees) who normally work on a day the public holiday falls will be paid their base rate of pay for the ordinary hours they would have worked if they had not been away because of the public holiday. The base rate of pay doesn’t include:

  • Any incentive-based payments;
  • Bonuses;
  • Loadings;
  • Monetary allowances;
  • Overtime; or
  • Penalty rates.

Employees who work on a public holiday at least get their base rate of pay for all hours worked. However, modern awards, enterprise agreements and other registered agreements can provide for entitlements for working on public holidays, which include:

  • Penalty rates, e.g. double time and a half for all hours worked;
  • An extra day off or extra annual leave;
  • Minimum shift lengths on public holidays; and
  • Agreeing to substitute a public holiday for another day.


If members have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact the Workplace Relations Hotline on 1300 277 881 or wradvice@canberrabusiness.com.

1 April 2017

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