Public holidays over Christmas and New Year
There are 4 public holidays over Christmas and New Year.
- Christmas Day (25 December)
- Boxing Day (26 December)
- New Year's Day (1 January)
- 2 January.
When Christmas public holidays fall on a weekend
If any of these days fall on a Saturday or Sunday and you don't normally work weekends, the next work day (or days) will be the public holidays.
If Christmas Day and Boxing Day fall on a Saturday and Sunday and:
- you usually work Monday to Friday — you’ll get Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 December as paid public holidays
- you usually work weekends — you’ll get Saturday and Sunday as paid days off. (Or, if you choose to work, you’ll be paid time and a half and be able to take a paid day off later.)
Some employers shut their business over Christmas and no one works. If public holidays fall inside the closedown period, you'll be paid for them if they're on days you usually work.