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Australia Day public holiday confusion

Mark Fletcher
January 16th, 2019 · 5 Comments

There is confusion among some retailers as to which day is the public holiday. Click here for a link to the FairWork web page that has the information if your business trades under an award. While an EBA could be different, I suspect most coming by here will not have an EBA in place.

For the record, no state lists January 26 as a public holiday. This means public holiday rates will not apply that day.


Category: Newsagency management

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Graeme // Jan 16, 2019 at 9:10 PM

    Mark, I accept your statement, howver I notice that the Day is listed in NSW as a given day off on the Monday as this falls on Saturday.
    a day off is a holiday and posted on a Govt site probably inferes it is gazetted as such.
    I would advise all newsagents toi check this out as I believe you could be up for penalty rates as it is a given holiday just deffered as d most holidays when they fall on a weekend.


  • 2 Graeme // Jan 16, 2019 at 9:18 PM

    Australia Day has been gazetted as a Public Holiday Australia wide, for Monday 28 Jan It attracts the usual penalty rates for Public Holidays.
    I have just have this pointed out as official.


  • 3 Peter // Jan 16, 2019 at 10:43 PM

    This old hoary chestnut arises again. HALLELUJAH !
    If Jesus was not born or got married or got his first root today how can it be a public holiday.

    We have long discarded and trashed this thinking behind us with our 1901 constitution and that glorifies the moment when Australia came to be. We are today allowed i think between 10 nor 11 public holidays a year.

    However some locations like Grafton give a regional and own a half day public Holiday. Jacaranda Thursday, when after lunch the whole town goes out publicly gets pissed.If you want team building in a country town nothing beats it.



  • 4 Mark Fletcher // Jan 17, 2019 at 1:20 AM

    Graeme, That it is on the FairWork indicates it is gazetted. That it is the Monday was my point.


  • 5 Graeme // Jan 17, 2019 at 6:34 AM

    Thanks Mark for clearing this up I have had some newsagents ‘phoning re this matter as they didn’t quite get it.


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