Christmas New Year public holiday information

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Employee / workerEmployer

The Christmas / New Year period is rapidly approaching and it is important to understand public holiday obligations for the festive season. This season’s public holidays are:

  • Christmas Day, Sunday 25 December 2016 / Monday 26 December 2016
  • Boxing Day, Monday 26 December 2016 / Tuesday 27 December 2016
  • New Year’s Day, Sunday 1 January 2017 / Monday 2 January 2017

Which day is the public holiday in terms of an employee’s pay and working arrangements will depend on their specific employment arrangements.

Visit the Christmas New Year 2016/17 public holiday arrangements page for: 

  • An overview of the Christmas / New Year public holiday payment arrangements
  • Detailed information on public holiday arrangements for
    • State system award free employees
    • Shop and Warehouse Award
    • Restaurant, Tearoom and Catering Workers Award
    • Hairdressers Award


Labour Relations
16 Dec 2016

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