Public Holidays over the Christmas and New Year Period 2018/2019

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Christmas is such a busy time for the year and with all that is going on you need to also keep in mind what days constitute public holidays.  And most importantly you need to make sure that you pay your staff the right rates at the right times!
  • Monday 24th December 2018: Christmas Eve – from 7pm onwards public holiday (SA and NT only)
  • Tuesday 25th December 2018: Christmas Day – National Public Holiday
  • Wednesday 26th December 2018
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With each New Year, the days that public holidays fall on, change.  Public Holidays can be different depending on the state or territory that you’re in so we have put together a handy list for you, in order to ensure that you are paying your staff correctly. Please note that this list is separated into two sections, firstly holidays that apply to all of Australia and then the individual state/territory days.

All of Australia

All Australia States and Territories receive th
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Please note that this is information from the previous year.  If you are wanting information regarding public holidays for the remainder of this year (2018) and January next year (2019).  Please click here. As you know, Christmas and New Year public holidays fall on different days of the week each year.  Because of this, there is a question around which public holidays are genuine public holidays for penalty rate pu
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Public Holidays can be a nightmare for some employers!   What do you pay your staff? How do you roster your staff? HR Central often gets questions around public holidays and here are some of the Frequently Asked Questions.

1. What do I have to pay employees who work on public holidays?

Employees get paid at least their base rate for all hours worked on a public holiday and an extra public-holiday rate. The exact rate that you must pay to your employees varies depending on the agreement or awar
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Each year Christmas and New Year public holidays fall on different days of the week.  Because of this, each year there is a question around which public holidays are genuine public holidays for penalty rate purposes.  We thought, at HR Central, that the following information may be handy for you when considering your staffing rosters, and what days are public holidays and what are not, and to remind you to stay on top of correct rates of pays during this time. This year Christmas day falls on a Sunday.  Whilst Sunday i
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With the Spring Racing Carnival upon us, the issue of Staff Leave becomes highlighted especially when public holidays fall on a Tuesday such as Melbourne Cup Day. As Employers, it is a good idea to remind your team about your Company Leave Policy a few weeks out from these events via email or during Staff Meetings to ensure that you are adequately staffed over this period. Many Employers allow a percentage of Employees to take the Monday off as an annual leave day before Melbourne Cup Day creating a 4-day weekend. This
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