Based on what you've told us, it looks like you're covered by the Road Transport and Distribution Award [MA000038].
An employee has to be paid public holiday rates for all time worked on a public holiday.
A shiftworker who works the major portion of their shift on a public holiday will be paid public holiday rates for that rostered shift.
To calculate public holiday pay rates, use our Pay Calculator.
Minimum hours on public holidays
Where the major portion of a shift falls on the public holiday the whole of the shift will be regarded as a public holiday shift.
Regardless of how long they actually work, when an employee works on a public holiday they have to be paid for a minimum of 4 hours of work at public holiday rates.
Minimum hours on part-day public holidays
Minimum shifts or payments usually mean that an employee is entitled to be paid for a minimum number of hours per shift, even if they don’t work the full shift.
This will usually apply for every time an employee attends work, even if a shift is spread across a public holiday and a non-public holiday.
Substituting public holidays
An employer and an employee can agree in writing to substitute a public holiday (or part-day public holiday) for another day.
If a public holiday is substituted, then the substitute day is regarded as the public holiday and penalty rates are only paid on the substitute day.
Christmas Day substitute public holiday
A full-time or part-time employee who is regularly rostered to work weekends and works on Christmas Day, when Christmas Day falls on a weekend and the day is not a prescribed public holiday will get:
- an additional 50% loading of half a normal day’s wage for a full days work they work on Christmas Day
- the weekend penalty rate for the hours that they work on Christmas Day
- the substitute day.
To find out more about who this award applies to, go to the Road Transport Award summary.
Source reference: Road Transport and Distribution Award [MA000038] clauses 22.8, 22.12, 23.2 and 32