Shift workers and public holidays
You can be paid time and a half for the hours you work on a public holiday and get a paid day off to take later, or transfer the holiday to another time.
Public holidays run from midnight to midnight.
If you work a shift on a public holiday, you'll:
- be paid at least time and a half for the hours you work that fall on the public holiday, and
- get a day in lieu — even if you've only worked part of a shift.
Transferring the public holiday
If you work shifts that cross over 2 days, you can ask your employer to transfer the public holiday to cover your entire shift. Your employer doesn't have to agree.
If you transfer the holiday:
- any other hours you work on the actual public holiday (outside of the agreed shift) won't be paid at public holiday rates
- if you work the shift you've transferred the holiday to, you'll be entitled to time and a half for the whole shift and an alternative paid day off to take later.
Agreements to transfer public holidays have to be in writing.