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Changes to the Christmas Day public holiday in Victoria.

Changes to the Christmas Day public holiday in Victoria. (Last Updated On: December 5, 2016)

There has been a recent change to the Christmas Day public holiday that will impact on pay and entitlements for employees working in Victoria.

What is the change?

The Victorian Government has declared that 25 December 2016 is a public holiday for the purposes of employee entitlements. Previously, in Victoria, if 25 December 2016 fell on a Sunday (as it does this year), the following Tuesday would be a substitute public holiday. As a result of this declaration, the following dates will now all be public holidays in Victoria:

  • 25 December 2016
  • 26 December 2016
  • 27 December 2016

The public holidays in other states and territories have not changed as a result of this declaration by the Victorian Government.

What does it mean for employees that are not working on Christmas Day? 

If you have employees in Victoria that usually work on Sundays, they will now be entitled to be paid for their ordinary hours for Christmas Day, even if they are not working on Christmas Day. Further, for employees that are on a period of annual leave and usually work on Sundays, the payment for the Christmas Day public holiday will not be deducted from their annual leave balance.

The number of hours that employees are entitled to be paid for are the hours they would have worked had there not been a public holiday.

What does it mean if I have employees working on Christmas Day?

If your business will have employees working on 25 December 2016, you will be required to pay those employees the applicable public holiday rate for the hours they work.

What about the other states and territories?

Please click here to see the attached table that shows the festive season public holidays throughout Australia.

If you have any questions relating to the recent change to the Christmas Day public holiday in Victoria, please contact the Employsure Advice team on 1300 651 415.

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