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Logistics of Christmas – Public Holidays for All States

Posted October 24, 2016

Christmas decorations are filling the shops which means it is that time of year where we can actually start looking towards Christmas and the New Year and looking at the business logistics of the festive season.

Over the festive season it is important that employers know which days have been declared a public holiday, and the employer’s obligations around these days. If your permanent employee (full time or part time) usually works a day in which a public holiday falls and the salon is closed this day, the employee will be paid the base rate (Monday – Friday rate) for hours they normally would have worked on this day. If your permanent employee is required to work, they are to be paid the public holiday penalty rates.

If your salon is electing to close between Christmas and News Years and you want to direct your employees to take annual leave during this period, it is important that employers give their employees 4 weeks’ notice in writing and specify in this letter that they will be expected to take annual leave.  Should any public holidays fall during the period of annual leave this should be paid as a public holiday and not deducted from leave entitlements.

Public Holidays For All States;

  • Christmas Day Sunday 25th December 2016 (Except Victoria)
  • Boxing Day Monday 26th December 2016
  • Substitute Christmas Day Tuesday 27 December 2016
  • New Year’s Day Sunday 1st January 2017
  • Additional Day Monday 2nd January 2017
  • Australia Day Thursday 26 January 2017

For Additional Hours for South Australia Only;

  • Christmas Eve between 7pm – 12 am Saturday 24th December 2016
  • New Year’s Eve between 7pm – 12am Saturday 31st December 2016

If you don’t feel fully up to date on the logistics of Christmas, HABA is here to answer pressing questions and outline key dates and clear up any confusion. Contact HABA on 02 9221 9911  or visit

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