Working on public holidays
Employees get paid at least their base pay rate for all hours worked on public holidays.
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Working on public holidays
Awards, enterprise agreements and other registered agreements can provide entitlements for working public holidays, including:
- extra pay (for example public holiday rates)
- an extra day off or extra annual leave
- minimum shift lengths on public holidays
- agreeing to substitute a public holiday for another day.
Find information about working on public holidays in your award by selecting from the list below.
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The options in the list come from the most common awards.
Minimum entitlements and obligations usually come from an award or registered agreement. If you don't know if there is an award or registered agreement that applies, go to our Awards and agreements page for help.
To find a registered agreement, go to the Fair Work Commission website .
Use our 3 step form to help you Find your Award.
Every award and registered agreement has information about who is covered by it. To work out who is covered read:
- the coverage clause
- the job classifications.
- Building, construction and on-site trades
- Contract cleaning services
- Don't know
- Hair and beauty
- Health support services
- Real estate
- Road Transport
- Social, community, disability and home care services
- Storage services and wholesale
Requesting and refusing to work on public holidays
Employees don't have to work on a public holiday.
However, an employer can ask an employee to work on a public holiday, if the request is reasonable. An employee may refuse a request to work if they have reasonable grounds.
The following need to be taken into account when deciding if a request is reasonable:
- the employee's personal circumstances, (for example family responsibilities)
- whether the employee will get more pay (for example penalty rates)
- the needs of the workplace
- the type of work the employee does
- whether the employee's salary includes work on a public holiday
- whether the employee is full-time, part-time, casual or a shiftworker
- how much notice the employee was given about working
- the amount of notice the employee gives that they refuse to work.
When requesting that an employee work on a public holiday, employers need to consider all relevant circumstances, including the ones listed above.
Source reference: Fair Work Act 2009 s.114 -116
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