Public holidays

Full-time and part-time employees who get a public holiday off are generally entitled to be paid their base rate of pay for the hours they would’ve ordinarily worked.

The base rate of pay doesn’t include any incentive-based payments, bonuses, loadings, monetary allowances, overtime or penalty rates.

What if an employee works on a public holiday?

Employees who work on a public holiday are paid double time and a half for all hours they work.
Full-time or part-time employees can agree with their employer to be compensated for a public holiday by either:

  • getting paid time off instead of being paid penalty rates (the time off must be taken within 4 weeks of the public holiday or it will be paid out), or
  • getting an extra day or equivalent time added to their annual leave. 

The employee and employer can make a new choice about compensation for each public holiday worked.

If the employee and employer can’t agree on an option, the employee should be paid at double time and a half for the hours worked.

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Page last updated: 19 Sep 2013