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Easter Break – How to Manage your Public Holidays


The Easter long weekend is a great time to reset and charge the batteries after a busy start to the year.  It is also a good time to ensure that your business is managing the public holidays correctly and that employees are paid their due entitlements.

Employees have a right to be absent from work on a public holiday and be paid their base hourly rate for the ordinary hours they would have worked if they had not been away, because of the public holiday. This only applies to those employees, excluding casuals, who would have normally worked on the pay the public holiday falls.

The gazetted public holidays for the ACT for this Easter break are –

  • Friday 15th April (Good Friday)
  • Saturday 16 April (Easter Saturday)
  • Sunday 17 April (Easter Sunday)
  • Monday 18 April (Easter Monday)

Whilst there should not be any significant differences, if your business is covered by an enterprise agreement, please check the relevant clauses to check the application of any additional entitlements and rules.

Where you require your employees to work over the Easter break, please double check the applicable Award or your enterprise agreement as the entitlements for your employee required to work during the Easter break may be deemed to be hours worked on a public holiday. These instruments can also provide guidance on what needs to be considered when requesting an employee to work on a public holiday. Still need more information on your obligations, the Workplace Relations and Legal team are here to assist.  Contact the team on (02) 6175 5900.