he festive season is just around the corner so this weeks HR Highlight will review the coming public holidays.

This holiday season:

  • Wednesday, 25 December Christmas Day ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC and WA
  • Thursday, 26 December Boxing Day ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC and WA
  •  Tuesday, 31 December New Years Eve 7pm to midnight SA
  •  Wednesday, 1 January New Years Day ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC and WA

Public Holiday Rates – Time worked PLUS

When a full-time or part-time employee works a public holiday they have to be paid for the public holiday PLUS paid a premium or penalty for working on what should have been a day off for them.

When calculating and communicating pay rates to staff there can be some confusion.  This is compounded by the special treatment of Christmas Day and Boxing day in most modern awards.  It is important to review the Award, or employment instrument that the employee is engaged under, to determine the rates and minimum hours to be offered.

ACAPMA members are reminded that ACAPMA can provide advice and support on the operation of public holidays in the industry, as well as resources on the calculation and application of public holiday rates.

Regional Holidays

It is also important to note that Regional Public Holidays may apply in a businesses area of operations and will be treated as public holidays if applicable. For a list of Regional Holidays please click here.

State Public Holiday

2013 – Click here for a list

2014 – Click here for a list

Here to Help

Through the festive season ACAPMA Workplace Relations Professionals are available to assist members on 1300 160 270 or you can email elishar@acapma.com.au. Through the Easter period and indeed all year round, ACAPMA members can access resources and can call on the advice and support of the ACAPMAlliance Workplace Relations Professionals on 1300 160 270.

HR Highlights are things to consider, implement and watch out for in your business. They are provided as general advice and you should seek further advice on your situation by  calling 1300 160 270 and speaking to one of ACAPMA Workplace Relations Professionals its free for members. ACAPMA membership is affordable at only $770 per year for a single site, which represents great value with sites gaining HR advice support and representation as well as a raft of other benefits and discounts. Learn more about ACAPMA membership here.

Elisha Radwanowski  |  BCom (HRM & IR)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Workplace Services Manager